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The Heart Mender: A Story of Second Chances

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“With the skill of a virtuoso, Andy Andrews continues his string of successful writingperformances in his latest entertaining masterpiece. The plot, characters, and storylinecombine to summon the reader into an unforgettable experience.”

Robert SilversExecutive Publisher, The Saturday Evening Post

“At the Maui Writers Conference, we have had the best . . . including filmmake

Kindle Edition, 257 pages
Published (first published January 1st 2005)
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Daniel Butcher
Sep 09, 2010 Daniel Butcher rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Heart Mender by Andy Andrews presents two compelling and engaging stories. The first story, which consists of parts 1 and 3 of the book, tells the story of Andrews’ discovery of World War II German U-Boat artifacts in his Gulf Coast yard and his own personal journey to uncover the origins of how these items got into his yard. The second story details the ramification of a chance encounter between Josef a German submariner who becomes separated from his German U-Boat while patrolling the Gulf ...more
Jesseca Wheaton
May 24, 2016 Jesseca Wheaton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
WOW! I loved this book so much!!! I seriously had no idea if I was going to like it. I saw it at our library used-book-sale shelf, and decided to give it a try. (You can't beat $0.50 for a hardback!)
It was so good! It took me a little while to get into it, and the writing seemed a little slow but the story was amazing! Also, there seemed to be more telling than showing, but it didn't really bother me at all. It was just hard to wade through some of it. ;)
But the ending was just .. ahh!! I can't
Sep 28, 2012 Gigi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Gigi by: Rose
I started this book by Andy Andrews on my 46th birthday. My friend took me to lunch and I asked her to swing by the library to pick it up. I read the subtitle to her: A Story of the One Principle That Frees the Human Spirit. Do tell! I responded with sarcasm.

While that statement is a tall glass of water, it delivers a thirst-quenching story of forgiveness.

Andrews writes, "Where is it written that for one person to forgive another, the offender has to approve it, accept it, or even know about i
Jo-Anne Puggioni
The Heart Mender by Andy Andrews tells the story of two broken lives on opposite sides of enemy lines during the second world war in 1942. During this time German subs or u-boats are in the Gulf of Mexico to sink U.S. vessels and also carry goods and fuel. It was interesting reading about this part of US history that I hadn't heard about before.

A woman who was widowed due to the war discovers a wounded German soldier on the beach one night. These two lives are thrust together by circumstances, a
May 31, 2010 Nancy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm pretty sure this is going down as one of my favorite books. I absolutely loved it!

Andrews weaves a story of finding German WWII artifacts buried in a can on his ocean front property and Josef and Helen's journey to find peace and forgiveness. Andrews offers photos of buttons, a couple of photographs, a ring, and a medal he found digging up the roots to an old tree. He then seeks to find the story for these items being deposited on the beach.

What he discovers is really quite shocking. German
At first it took a bit to get into the story, a fairly good romance and WW2 themed story based upon real events located in Alabama. It was fun to hear the names of towns that I have been to and especially Robertsdale where my sister lives. Of course the location helped with my enjoyment of the book. I did feel that the book itself had a very clear storyboard from beginning, the middle of the book was the most intriguing and then the slow decline to the end, a little too predictable for me. I thi ...more
Rachael Burrows
Absolutely powerful book on forgiveness. I have read so many books about WWII and this was another perspective of that time period. I have a growing collection of WWII books (about 150...and those are not counting all the ones on my kindle). I keep reading trying to understand the "why's" of Hitler's Germany. Not all Germans were Nazis...I would love to meet Josef and Helen in person. Andy told this tale in a very moving way. It truly has taught me about the power of forgiveness..
Oct 01, 2014 Anna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
C-H-E-E-S-E, that spells The Heart Mender. This story could have been so much better, one of those "based on a true story" novels. But instead it's a self help book with a theme that's crammed down your throat and with possibly the worst dialogue I've ever read.
Dan Gobble
Andrews' narrative offers insight into German U-Boat activities in American waters during WWII. Not much was reported on regarding the German Navy's attempt to disrupt shipping right here in our own waters, and in particular about how these U-Boats were refueled and supplied with food so far from Germany. Apparently there were people here in the United States who helped the German subs get food and fuel simply for the money. This was done covertly under the cover of darkness.
Andrews also offers
Mar 26, 2011 Darlene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This beautiful story takes place along the Gulf of Mexico and alternates between 1942 and current day. There are two stories being told and some very important life lessons being relayed in this book. The current day story involves the author, Andy Andrews and his discovery of some photos, buttons from a military uniform and some military medals... all buried in his yard in Florida.He begins an investigation as to how and why these items were buried in his yard seemingly forgotten. Just who was ...more
Jul 30, 2012 Mimi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club, adult
This was an enjoyable book with many different parts to it. There was a theme of forgiveness throughout. There were interesting facts about German U-boats in the Gulf of Mexico during WWII. There was a historical fiction feel to it, and you're left not quite sure whether it is a true story or not. I enjoyed the story a lot more than the writing, and the story is definitely worth reading.

"Familiar with the place, I stepped from my vehicle and ventured over to the edge of the driveway to look at t
May 26, 2010 Mike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At the first glance of the cover of this book/story, the reader can gain some insight into what they will find inside. Is it a love story, a story of intrigue, a story of espionage, a war story, a story of a combination of two or more? These are the questions that each reader will have to decide for themselves.

As I started my journey towards the story line and answers to the questions noted above, I was immediately captivated by the characters. What I especially liked was the initial part of the
Jun 14, 2010 Sally rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy reading historical fiction and looked forward to reading Andy Andrews’ The Heart Mender. The author said this book was his best work, so I was expecting a knock-out story. While the story had excellent potential to be a really GREAT read, I felt the book fell short. Within the first couple chapters and before the main 1942 storyline even started, I knew how the story would end and which present day characters would turn out to be the 1942 couple. It was just too obvious.

I enjoyed the st
Jo Linsdell
Jul 08, 2010 Jo Linsdell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When author Andy Andrews unearthed a rusted metal container filled with Nazi artefacts he began an investigation into the past that lead to a moving story about the power of forgiveness and being able to let go.

Josef Landermann’s uniform leaves Helen Mason with no doubt that his near lifeless body is that of a German sailor. Given that the country is in full scale commitment to WWII and as a recent widow of the war, Helen’s first instinct is to leave him there to die until something changes her
Nov 03, 2014 Carol rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Last night, I read the last page of The Heart Mender by Andy Andrews. I was astonished by this true story. I kept thinking to myself that it couldn’t’ be true but it was! If it was fiction, it would be too incredible.

The author lives on the coastline of where Alabama and Florida meet. He went outside one day to cut down a big bayberry tree. He was tried to dig up the roots and when he realized this was an impossible job, he hit his shovel on a restaurant sized can. He opened the can and found s
May 15, 2010 Kipi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, read-in-2010, arc
3.5 stars

Even as a person fascinated with WWII history, I wasn't bowled over by this book, but I did find it to be a fairly interesting read. The author says that it is a true story, and since we all know that truth is stranger than fiction, I have no reason not to believe him. The romantic in me loved the love story between Josef and Helen, and the history buff found the the German U-boat officer's tale interesting.

The book is listed as a self-help, inspirational book, not history, and there ar
Joy Carter
Jul 17, 2015 Joy Carter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book started out really slow for me but after a couple of chapters I was hooked and absorbed into the story. I really enjoyed reading and finding out what was going to happen next as the story progressed. A great historical fiction that leaves me it really true??? Very enjoyable and setting was a place I just visited...Perdido Key FL/Gulf Shores AL so made it more real for me.
Apr 26, 2014 Heather rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book has me intrigued even today after having read it a few years ago. This is a historical fiction book but it was also written as a "motivational" story. THe author Andy Andrews writes this story as it really happened but then tries to say that it really is fiction to protect the people in the story. It is a story that addresses the Uboats that would sit out in the Gulf of Mexico just off the panhandle of florida. It tells the love story of one of the soldiers that is washed up onto the b ...more
3.5 stars. I didn't realize this novel was based on facts and some actual people until the very end.
There were German submarines right off the coast in the Gulf of Mexico! A little too close for comfort.
I liked that I learned interesting, little known facts, like some German submarines would approach their target and order them to quickly disembark. They would blow up their ship, then provide them with water canteens and point them to the nearest landfall! The human difference between Nazi's an
Jun 25, 2016 Deborah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love how the author took a piece of history that is not well known and used it to teach us about forgiveness and second chances. The story really came alive for me and I loved the characters in this book.
Dec 04, 2014 Hope rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: light-reading, wwii
The title makes it sound like a romance novel. Thank goodness it’s not. The cover makes it look like average Christian fiction. Thank goodness it’s not. The fact that it is a New York Times best-seller makes it look like pop culture tripe. Thank goodness it’s not!

Frankly, I opened The Heart Mender with low expectations because of all its above-mentioned qualities. But I was soon lost in a real page turner. The book appealed to me on many levels. I love World War II history, I love a good story,
Aug 11, 2012 Kathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a delightful true story! I was astounded that I had never heard of German U-boats in the Gulf. We had some Germans come ashore here, in Ponte Vedra Beach, and they were captured, and I believe killed. The dose of forgiveness in the book was a little heavy, but heartfelt and certainly worthy. Andrews' passage about the downfall of democracies was VERY eerie, and I thought so applicable to where our country is today. I was "blown away" by it. I highly recommend this book to all!
Claudia Taller
I was able to read The Heart Mender by Andy Andrews relatively quickly. It caught my attention with its subtitle of “A Story of Second Chances.” The book’s ;background is a surprise—German submarines came right up to the Atlantic and Gulf Coast shores, and it was kept out of the media. They got their supplies from traitors, and they blew up supply boats. It’s a tale woven around finding personal items on a beach that were puzzling—buttons with anchors, a ring with German lettering, an anchor bad ...more
Richard (Rick)
Oct 20, 2015 Richard (Rick) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: high-school
This is a fascinating book, and I'm obsessed with trying to figure out how much of it is true. The author says "most of it" but doesn't give specifics, which is driving me crazy, but I can't find anything more on the internet. In any case, this is an interesting story about a part of World War 2 that i didn't know anything about (German subs sinking commercial ships in the Gulf of Mexico). It's also a beautiful love story with a tense conclusion.

In criticism, the "forgiveness" theme was overpla
Terry Becker
Nov 24, 2015 Terry Becker rated it it was amazing
This "novel" is one of the best books I've read recently. Though categorized as fiction because, in part, of the addition of dialogue and names that were changed, the story is true...and compelling. Andrews' passages on forgiveness? Worth remembering. I cannot recommend The Heart Mender highly enough!
Aug 21, 2014 Jenn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wish I could give 5 stars for the historical sleuthing and the historical story, and 2 stars for the unsubtle presentation of forgiveness, while giving 5 stars to the forgiveness theme itself. Then there was the unwelcome political education that seemed jammed in for no good reason for which I would award 1 star. While the information about democracies is not new to me, and also true, it felt even preachier than the staged conversations on forgiveness. I guess a book that is a mashup of self-h ...more
Jan 15, 2014 Kimberly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
For the most part, I really enjoyed this book. It's a fictionalized account of actual historical events. I always like books that show a new aspect to a well known (to me at least) historical time frame. This book deals with the fact that U-boats from Germany were off the shore of the United States in World War 2, sinking ships. The government kept it out of the news, but obviously those people living on the coast did know about it.

This book deals with some artificats that Andy Andrews found in
Oct 06, 2015 April rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book on a total whim and I'm so glad I did!
Jun 25, 2016 Sandy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't usually do book reviews unless a book really, really strikes me but I want to tell you about a FABULOUS book and highly recommend that you go to your local library tomorrow and check it out!

This is an amazing story about German U-boats in the Gulf of Mexico during World War II. But more than that, it is the story of a German submariner and a widow who lives on the Gulf Coast of Alabama who learn to love and forgive despite the heavy tragedies in their lives. It is a story filled with his
Oct 11, 2014 Anna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great story taking place in the Gulf coast between present day and during WWII. I was not aware of the presence of German U boats off the Gulf coast during WWII and that hundreds of US tankers and freighters were destroyed, killing many men, as well as how the US Navy did not want the public to know any of this information. I, like many others, thought WWII only took place in Europe/Asia, and did not reach the US. I also enjoyed how forgiveness was woven into the story, as both the lead charac ...more
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~ Hailed by a New York Times writer as a "modern-day Will Rogers who has quietly become one of the most influential people in America."

~ Spoken at the request of four different U.S. Presidents

~ Every single minute a book by Andy Andrews is sold somewhere in the world!

~ New York Times Bestselling Author of The Noticer and The Traveler's Gift

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“There are no hopeless situations, sweetheart, only people who have grown hopeless about them. You still have choices you can make.” 21 likes
“We begin to forgive by choosing to forgive . . . by deciding, not by feeling. Our feelings don't lead us to forgive. Most times, our feelings lead us the other way. That's why a person has to decide to forgive first. Our feelings always follow along behind our decisions.” 21 likes
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