A unique blend of historical fact and engaging fiction showing the power of forgiveness.
In 1942, German subs are dispatched to the Gulf of Mexico to sink U.S. vessels carrying goods and fuel. While taking a late-night walk, Helen Mason - widowed by war - discovers the near-lifeless body of a German sailor. Enraged at the site of Josef Landermann's uniform, Helen is prepared to leave him to die when an unusual phrase, faintly uttered, changes her mind.
In The Heart Mender, a small town must prepare itself for the worst the world has to offer, and Josef and Helen must reconcile their pasts to create a future. Previously released as Island of Saints, this new edition includes a reader's guide and a "Where Are They Now?" update on the real-life characters.©2010 Thomas Nelson, Inc. (P)2010 Thomas Nelson, Inc.
Enjoying one good listen after the next!
This is a relatively short book, thankfully. I found myself liking, then disliking it; mostly because the "mystery" was so transparent that there really was no mystery. The characters and events were so ordinary, predictable and scripted! Still I kept listening, just to find out how the adventure concluded.
Part of me wanted to believe that this is really a true account of a true story. The setting is WWII in the Gulf Coast area of Orange Beach, which was then a sparsely populated beach front community of fishermen and laborers. History records that there were German submarines in the Gulf, causing mayhem with US shipping via the Merchant Marines. But could a German submariner who is injured leave his sub and survive a harrowing swim through the shark-infested waters of the Gulf and end up on the beach, where he is found by a woman grieving the loss of her husband to the Nazi war machine?
If the story is true, it is an amazing wartime tale. That part I liked. What began to get prickly was the way the author pounded away at definitions and acts of forgiveness. . .over and over again. Every character in the book presented at least one long soliloquy on the topic, to the point of redundancy.
Three stars. . .that's the best I can do. It's not a bad book, just not a great one.
I read this book years ago when it was named "Island of Saints". I enjoyed it then and bought several copies to give as gifts. I downloaded it on Audible this time and was delighted that Andy Andrews, himself, was the reader. I loved it even more and realized I had actually forgotten so much from my previous reading. The book is wholesome and dear and makes me long for a simpler time in our history. The plot is interesting and the characters were great and full of personality. I will continue to buy this book as gifts. We all need to understand the principle of forgiveness and this book teaches it in a practical non-preachy manner.
I always find myself completely engulfed in Andy's stories. Truthfully it is hard to believe that this is a true story, but if it's coming from Andy, then I'm a believer!
Most definitely! Andy Andrews has yet to publish a book that was anything less than stellar! His perspective on life is something everyone could benefit from hearing about!
Andy reading the book himself brings tremendous value. The highs and lows, and various voice inflections really adds to the listening experience!
If an Andy Andews book does make you both laugh and cry, then you may not be human!
This was a fascinating and captivating story. I would rank this among the top 5 books I have listened to.
When Joseph spoke of his family and what had become of them the detail and emotion was unlike any I have experienced in an audio book or in any book to date.
I have now listened to three of Any Andrews's books and with each one I am fascinated, captivated, enriched, and completely immersed in the story. Each time I complete I book by Andy I think I have found my favorite; however, that thought is challenged when I begin the next book by him. This book had a different quality than the last two I listened to by painting the story so perfectly it made you want to be in that time and in that place. I can not rank Andy's books that I've listened to but this one had a different feel to it then The Noticer & The Noticer Returns in that it was more graphic, more detailed, more vivid. The style of writing fit this story just as the style of the Noticer books had their unique styles and fit that story.
Joesph: he is so patient, kind, composed and well mannered during such a terrible experience. I would like to have him on my board of directors to learn from him.
This is not a story I would normally choose to purchase or listen to. The history that makes this story possible is not something I am normally drawn to or something that would normally keep my attention. The energy and spirit in which it was delivered was powerful and captivating in a way I could have never have imagined. The phrase don't judge a book by it's cover has proven to be such a blessing for me. I'm grateful Andy wrote this book and even more grateful I found it.
I love GOD, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. Family is very important to me. Good wholesome audio books, and Christian music are my favorites.
The characters became alive in this book
The Notice Returns. The same author and narrator. A very gifted Writer!!!
Andy has a very special gift of narrating all the characters in his books. You need to buy one to believe it. Andy is very talented writer.
Where history, mystery, and love meet!
Absolutely the best book my Wife and I have ever encountered. Andy Andrews is by far our favorite author.
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