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.
Listening to contemporary and historical fiction, mysteries/thrillers, and the occasional bio or memoir. Narration is key; nothing is more distracting than a poor telling of a good story! My rating scale: 5=Love It; 4 = Like It; 3 = It's Okay; 2 = Not So Good; 1 = Bad, Really Bad.
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.
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