I was excited to get The Hearts We Mend (A Banister Falls Novel) by Kathryn Springer in the mail when I opened the envelope. It looked like a nice cover for a fun story. I couldn't wait to read it!!
Planning and Post-It notes are the epitome of Evie’s life. But when she meets Jack, her life gets more than a little complicated. Thirteen years ago, Evie's firefighter husband was killed in the line of duty, leaving her to raise their young son, Cody, alone. Now, Cody is marrying the love of his life, and as he packs up his belongings, the house feels as empty as Evie's heart. But for all her planning and mad organizational skills, Evie could never have anticipated the dramatic shift her life is about to make.
Tattooed, rough-around-the-edges Jack raises quite a few eyebrows in the tight-knit community of Banister Falls. Where Evie's life is stream-lined, Jack's approach to living is moment-by-moment. But as Evie gets drawn into Jack's world—a world that isn't as safe or predictable as the one she's worked so hard to create—he challenges her to open her eyes to the problems outside the walls of the church.
Jack doesn't make Evie feel comfortable, but he definitely makes her feel something. Something she hasn't felt since Max passed away—or, maybe ever. Because even though Jack isn't anything like her late husband, he just might be everything she needs.
This book was a great inspirational book to help you turn your life around after the death of a loved one. It is also great for an empty nesters that are looking for life after their kids move out and leave the house. Evie lost her husband in a fire but focused on raising their son alone to have the best life he could have without his father. When her son finds the love of his life and gets married, Evie realizes how empty her life is in her quiet house by herself. Although she has friends and a community around her, she is sad and trying to reinvent her life. She finds love when she wasn't expecting it and Jack turns her life around with his interesting tight-knit community. Evie quickly adopts this new group of friends and expands her life in ways that she never dreamed. The great news is that she has found happiness with new f I hope that you enjoy this book as much as I have. Check it out at your local library and bookstore. It will make you want to see more of these characters and give you hope for your own life too!!! Add it to your reading list soon!!
**I received this book for my review and my honest opinion. All opinions here are my own.