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Publisher's Note:

1865 Windmill Point, Michigan Can She Forgive the Hurting Man Who Costs Her the Role She Loves? After her father's death, Caroline Taylor has grown confident running the Windmill Point Lighthouse. But in 1865 Michigan, women aren't supposed to have such roles, so it's only a matter of time before the lighthouse inspector appoints a new keeper--even though Caroline has nowhere else to go and no other job available to her. Ryan Chambers is a Civil War veteran still haunted by the horrors of battle. He's secured the position of lighthouse keeper mostly for the isolation--the chance to hide from his past is appealing. He's not expecting the current keeper to be a feisty and beautiful woman who's angry with him for taking her job and for his inability to properly run the light. When his failings endanger others, he and Caroline realize he's in no shape to run the lighthouse, but he's unwilling to let anyone close enough to help. Caroline feels drawn to this wounded soul, but wit…

Hearts Made Whole

by Jody Hedlund

Overall Book Review:

Hearts Made Whole by Jody Hedlund is the second book in the Beacons of Hope series.  Although there is a small overlap in characters, the first book is not needed to appreciate the second.  Readers will not feel lost or confused at all.

It is remarkable how Hedlund can pen a story which is not action-packed or fast-paced and yet it is interesting and compelling. The story really does not change setting except for moving between the town and the lighthouse.  The author has many interesting characters in the story and she gives each one his or her own unique qualities. 

The one thing the story seemed to do which was not especially appreciated was give the main characters a rather intense physical relationship which was supposed to illustrate deeper feelings.  It really felt more lustful than loving.  However, the author managed to correct all of this with her epilogue.  That message alone was more powerful than the rest of the story.  Characters need to rely on God to help them with their challenges and not base their strength exclusively in another person.

Although the book was religiously based, the characters did not pontificate extensively on their religious views.  It seemed to flow naturally and not overpower the story.  This book went quickly and as a whole, the read was pleasant.  Thus far, the Beacons of Hope series has been consistently enjoyable.

Review of a Digital Advanced Reader Copy

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Bethany House Publishers

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  None

Violence/Gore:  Report of soldiers being ripped apart limb to limb; characters hit one another with various objects, some causing injury; report of an adult striking a child; report of an adult shooting and killing a child; character ties another up and threatens him with a knife; a fight scene in which one character is choked nearly to death and another is beat with objects; a bloody impaled animal is found; report of a person murdering his wife.

Sex/Nudity:  Non-married characters kiss, sometimes passionately and hold hands; non-married characters are in bed together, one occurrence hints at sexual activity and another was unintentional.

Mature Subject Matter:

Death of parents, terminal illness, alcoholism, war veterans/Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Alcohol / Drug Use:

Adult characters consume alcohol in a tavern.   Report of character smuggling drugs and alcohol.  Adult struggles with opium pill and alcohol addiction.

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I primarily read fiction from all genres. I have six children and many happy hours have been spent reading together. I also love quilting, hiking, and camping.