Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Book Review & Giveaway - The Heart Mender by Andy Andrews

From the publisher:
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.

I read this book as part of the Book Sneeze program through Thomas Nelson Publishing. It was a lovely piece of fiction. Very easy to read and easy to get sucked into the story.

The blend of fiction and true story was unique and engaging. The story kept me engaged through its 240 pages (which to me is a short book :) ). I felt that there was room for more development on the concept of forgiveness, which is the book's main message, but overall the story was a good one. The character development was good. The story moved at a good pace and provided a decent level of detail. I enjoyed this book and would definitely read it again.

Now for the giveaway! Thomas Nelson Publishing graciously sent me two copies of this book so that I could share one with you!

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This giveaway will close on Monday, May 24th, at midnight MST and I'll announce the winner no later than Tuesday evening. Good luck!!



Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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2 comments:

Eileen Rhoadarmer said...

Tragic. Nobody wants a free book? Well, I saw this last night when I was catching up on your blog ("just in time!" I thought) and tried to comment, but got the message "Internet Explorer cannot display the webpage." "Aha," I thought. "This is why there are no comments, there's some sort of error in the script for this post!" Well, no. It seems people really don't want a free book. I discovered, while trying to do some more browsing, that my internet connection had died for no explicable reason. If you want to count this comment, I'll take it, but I totally understand if you're going to do something else.

Janna said...

I'm reading The Power of a Praying Parent by Stormie Omartian. Very helpful.

I just followed you! And what a beautiful button you have in your sidebar! Thank for spreading the word!

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