The Heart Mender: A Story of Second Chances
“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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Andrews also offers ...more
"Familiar with the place, I stepped from my vehicle and ventured over to the edge of the driveway to look at t ...more
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 ...more
I enjoyed the st ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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, ...more
In criticism, the "forgiveness" theme was overpla ...more
This book deals with some artificats that Andy Andrews found in ...more
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 ...more
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