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The Heart Mender by Andy Andrews

The Heart Mender is a book written by Andy Andrews about his journey to the past as he researched some WWII German buttons and photographs that he found buried in his back yard. He began by describing what he found and went on to tell the story that he unraveled as he searched for information – a story that connected his present find with his town’s past during WWII. 

Andrews tells the story of an embittered American woman, Helen, who is dealing with the loss of her husband at the hand of Nazi Germany.  As she meets German U-boat officer Lt. Josef Landermann, who is hurt and marooned on her beach on the northern shores of the Gulf of Mexico, we are invited to watch their story unfold as their lives intertwine – during a time in which that their association could put both of them at risk of arrest and imprisonment. It is a tale of intrigue, love, loss, and renewal as the two of them struggle to make sense of the war and their part in it.

For the most part, the story was true, which makes it an even more intriguing book. In 1942 and 1943, German subs were dispatched to the Gulf of Mexico to sink U.S. vessels carrying goods and fuel. Though the U.S. did its best to cover it up, the people from the small town were pulled into the war when bodies began appearing on their shores after the U.S. and German vessels clashed out in the nearby waters.  Since I love historical fiction, The Heart Mender was a very enjoyable read for me.

*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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One Response

  1. Val,

    I think I have learned the best of history from historical fiction. Wouldn’t have history in school been great if it had been as interesting as reading a piece of fiction?

    Debbie

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