The Heart Mender by Andy Andrews is a mystery, a history lesson and a love story all wrapped up into one great book with a story and a message that is powerful and life changing.
One day, near his home on the Gulf Coast of the USA, the author, Andy Andrews, found Nazi memorabilia and photographs buried near a tree. After this startling discovery, he set out on a quest to solve the mystery of how the items got there, and what he discovered was a story like no other.
In 1942 and 1943, 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 the 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.
In The Heart Mender, a small town must prepare itself for the worst the world has to offer, and Josef and Helen must reconcile their pasts to create a future. Andy Andrews once again provides a unique blend of historical fact and engaging fiction showing the power of forgiveness.
I can’t say enough about how great this book was, and the elements of true history make it even more compelling. It is a thriller for sure, and the twists and turns the story takes, combined with the historical elements, made this book nearly impossible for me to put down.
Note: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my candid review.