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Publisher's Summary

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.

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Amazing book

Absolutely loved this book. it's extremely well written. It reads like a fictional story but is true.

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Andy Does it again!

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!

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What a great story!

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.

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You cant go wrong with a book by Andy Andrews!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

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!

What does Andy Andrews bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Andy reading the book himself brings tremendous value. The highs and lows, and various voice inflections really adds to the listening experience!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

If an Andy Andews book does make you both laugh and cry, then you may not be human!

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Best book I've ever listened to TWICE

The story is so detailed it will feel as though you are living it. Several chapters brought me to tears it was so well told and so moving.
I'll listen to this again & again.

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The best book we have ever purchased

What made the experience of listening to The Heart Mender the most enjoyable?

The characters became alive in this book

What other book might you compare The Heart Mender to and why?

The Notice Returns. The same author and narrator. A very gifted Writer!!!

What about Andy Andrews’s performance did you like?

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.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Where history, mystery, and love meet!

Any additional comments?

Absolutely the best book my Wife and I have ever encountered. Andy Andrews is by far our favorite author.

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Incredible

It's amazing that the only a few knew what was going on right off our shores

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Maybe Andy's best book ever

As a frequent reader of Andy Andrews and a Gulf Coast resident I cannot believe I missed this book until now, Andy's voices on the Audio book made the book so much more entertaining. This is a must read/listen and might be my new favorite book written by Andy. Yes this is his best work and the historical accuracy is the cherry on top. Thank you Andy!!!!

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What a great story!

After reading nearly all of Andy Andrews books in the past two months and hearing Andy mention in a podcast that this was his favorite book I had to download it on Audible. Besides being a wonderful story, hearing it told by Andy adds depth and richness because you know exactly how he meant every word to sound. It’s an incredible blend of history that few people know, wrapped up in a beautiful story of love and forgiveness. It’s not a 5...it’s a 10!

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Wonderfully Written Story

This book is a must read! I listened to it as I drove, and at times found myself sitting in my truck long after I'd reached my destination engulfed in the story. Loved it!