Saturday, May 15, 2010

The Heart Mender

While digging up a withering wax myrtle tree beside his waterfront home on the Gulf Coast, author Andy Andrews unearths a rusted metal container filled with Nazi artifacts and begins an intriguing investigation that unlocks an unspoken past that took place in his backyard...literally.

In the summer of 1942, as the country gears us for a full-scale commitment to WWII, German subs are dispatched to the Gulf of Mexico to sink U.S. vessels carrying goods and fuel for the war. While taking a late-night walk along the coastline, Helen Mason - recently widowed by the realities of war-discovers the near-lifeless body of a German sailor. Enraged at the site of Josef Landermann's uniform, Helen is prepared to leave the lieutenant to die when an unusual phrase, faintly uttered, changes her mind.

Set in a period simmering with anger and suspicion, The Heart Mender by Andy Andrews offers the very real chronicle of a small town preparing itself for the worst the world has to offer. As cargo from torpedoed ships begins to wash up on the beach, Josef and Helen must reconcile their pasts in order to create a future.

My Review:

I loved this book! After reading Andy Andrew's last book, The Noticer, I knew I had to read this one. Set in the 1940's during WWII, the story takes place right here in our own country just along the shoreline of the Gulf of Mexico. There are two stories that take place in this story, the fate of Josef and Helen, and the discovery of the Nazi artifacts by Andy Andrews. While the names and places have been changed to protect the people whom this story is about, it remains true for reasons you will discover upon reading the book in it's entirety, and once more Andy Andrews does not disappoint.

I received this book compliments from Thomas Nelson Publishers and must say I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves American History, WWII, romance and spy like thrillers. Trust me, add this one to your library.


  1. Howdy
    I follow your Moms blog and well here I am :)
    That was a wonderful book review .
    I love history and this sounds great for a little summer time reading !
    Thank you for sharing .
    Have a fantastic weekend .
    Until next time
    Happy Trails

  2. Good for you getting into reviewing books. I don't have the spare time to read these days, but would one day enjoy reading the library I have growing in my basement. Great review.
    I popped over from your Mom's blog to say hi.
    Love your modeling pictures. I have a Model too...but she has not had any work in a while.

  3. Caitlyn ~ Wasn't this a great book! I loved it too! I just wanted to come say congratulations on your permit! Great job young lady! Now of course the momma in me is going to come out and say...."Please drive safely okiedokie" I know you will be awesome!

  4. Congrats Cate on such a great year! And remember-no cell phone while driving! LOL!

  5. I came over from HEART2HEART.
    Congrats on going into Senior year, getting a job and getting your driver's permit. Look out for Motorcycles.

  6. Hey Girl, Encouragement here for blogging your senior year...don't leave anything will be fun to have it printed and then browse thru it with your own kids one day...they'll get a lot of laughs out of it, LOL!

  7. Hi Cait! This does sound like a great book. I just popped over from your mom's blog to meet you. Your mom has been such an encouragement to me.

    Again, it's nice to meet you.

    Lee Ann

  8. You seem like quite the reader... which is great! I love to read as well.
    If you have not heard of it, I highly suggest a book titled "Life Quest" by Mr. Cary Schmidt. That book changed my life. And it's perfect for the age you are at right now. You can read more about it on my blog if you'd like.
    God bless!
    ~ Heather Joy