The second installment of the Bannister Falls series by Kathryn Springer, The Hearts We Mend, does not disappoint. This novel can be read as a standalone book, but the first book really adds to the richness of the characters. There is a small town feel which appeals to readers.
Springer does a nice job of creating flawed but likeable people. She really pulls at the heartstrings and creates emotional connections. She also manages the religious beliefs of her characters in a realistic and non-preachy manner. Her characters face real challenges and none of them seem too good to be true.
This novel has a little romance, a little danger, a little town and a lot of enjoyment. The pacing is not particularly fast, but it doesn’t seem to drag. It moves forward at a small town pace and happily carries readers along with it. Enjoy the story and its characters.
Review of a digital Advance Reader Copy
This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Zondervan
Violence/Gore: Report of an adult leaving bruises on another, spousal abuse implied; report of a fight involving flying furniture; character wants to hit another.
Sex/Nudity: Report of characters not waiting until marriage; non-married characters kiss and embrace many times.
Mature Subject Matter:
Death of a spouse and parents, spousal abuse.
Alcohol / Drug Use:
Reports of adults drinking beer; report of an adult addicted to painkillers; report of adults dealing drugs.