Friday, July 23, 2010

The Heart Mender by Andy Andrews - GIVE AWAY!

ABOUT THE BOOK: (from the publisher)

A unique blend of historical fact and engaging fiction showing the power of forgiveness. While digging up a withering wax myrtle tree beside his waterfront home on the Gulf coast, author Andy Andrews unearths a rusted metal container filled with Nazi artifacts and begins an intriguing investigation that unlocks an unspoken past that took place in his backyard . . . literally.

In 1942, as the country gears up for a full-scale commitment to WWII, German subs are dispatched to the Gulf of Mexico to sink U.S. vessels carrying goods and fuel. While taking a late-night walk, Helen Mason—widowed by war—discovers the near-lifeless body of a German sailor. Enraged at the site of Josef Landermann's uniform, Helen is prepared to leave him to die when an unusual phrase, faintly uttered, changes her mind.

Set in a period simmering with anger and suspicion The Heart Mender offers the very real chronicle of a small town preparing itself for the worst the world has to offer. As cargo from torpedoed ships begins to wash up on the beach, Josef and Helen must reconcile their pasts to create a future.

Blending his unique style of historical accuracy with unparalleled storytelling, New York Times best-selling author Andy Andrews offers a tale of war, faith, and forgiveness illuminating the one principle that frees the human spirit.

Previously released as Island of Saints. Now includes a Reader's Guide and a Where are They Now? section.

My Thoughts:

When I read a novel by Andy Andrews I always feel like fact and fantasy merge….and I am left wondering, indeed compelled, to sort out the difference! Never more so than with the release of his latest novel, The Heart Mender! I am a resident of Alabama, so I was particularly interested in the role the Gulf Coast played in the story. I was fascinated! The entire plot has so many twists and turns, unexpected tender moments, startling truths and all of it left me the richer for having experienced this novel.

For in truth, you do experience and Andy Andrews novel. By the end of the story your curiosity is peaked, your heart is pricked, and you want to examine your own heart a bit more closely to see if in fact forgiveness has transformed it to look a bit more like Christ. The story of Helen and Josef will be one you won’t soon forget, and you will most certainly want to share with friends. Forgiveness truly is the greatest gift we’ve ever been given, and it is the most priceless gift we can ever share!

The story does contain a couple of instances where the author takes the Lord’s name in vain, and there are a few colorful expletives along the way as well. The words did fit the characters, but as talented an author as Andy Andrews is, I think he could write just as effectively without them…especially taking the Lord’s name in vain. I mention this not because it takes away from the story, but because I personally didn’t think it added to the story either.

If you like fiction that makes you consider life more deeply, pick up any of Andy Andrew’s novels! But The Heart Mender…it’s a classic. Enjoy!

About the Author:

Andy Andrews, hailed by a New York Times writer as someone who has quietly become "one of the most influential people in America,” is a best-selling novelist and in-demand corporate speaker for the world’s largest organizations. The Traveler’s Gift, a featured book selection of ABC’s Good Morning America, has been translated into nearly twenty languages and was on the New York Times bestseller list for seventeen weeks.

Andy has spoken at the request of four different United States presidents and toured military bases around the world, being called upon by the Department of Defense to speak to the troops. Arguably, there is no single person on the planet better at weaving subtle yet life-changing lessons into riveting tales of adventure and intrigue—both on paper and on stage.

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Renee said...

I'd like to be entered in this giveaway.

Mocha with Linda said...

You always make books sound so great!

Unknown said...

Please enter me in the draw! :)

karenk said...

i'm interested in reading this novel...thanks for the chance :)

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Kim said...

Renee -
You won this great book! Be watching for my email!