Hearts Made Whole by Jody Hedlund

Caroline Taylor has grown to love caring for the Windmill Point Lighthouse. It allows her to enjoy the peaceful lake and fills her with a sense of duty as she protects boats crossing the water. But the lighthouse board frowns upon a female acting as keeper in 1865 Michigan and appoints a war veteran to resume her position. Ryan Chambers is struggling with his own demons, however, and realizes upon arriving that Caroline can handle this task much better than he. Ryan convinces her to stay for a short time to show him how to manage the light, but someone does not want Caroline to remain in the position. As dangerous events continue to occur, each one suggesting something other than pure coincidence, Caroline must decide between staying and exploring her growing affection for the wounded soldier and moving the family she has sworn to protect from the dangers of the lighthouse.

What a wonderful read! The characters were interesting and possessed significant depth. They were flawed, yes, but their struggles made their personalities, trials, and victories that much richer. The setting of this novel was unique and was described so well that that I felt as though I could feel the breeze from the lake or smell the dew on the grass. The story contained surprising plot changes that created a novel that was not predictable. The romance was complex and the villain was not whom I at first suspected. A truly enjoyable book and most highly recommended!

I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.


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