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The Hearts We Mend

(Banister Falls #2)

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  341 ratings  ·  119 reviews
Planning and Post-It notes are the epitome of Evie’s life. But when she meets Jack, her life gets more than a little complicated.

Thirteen years ago, Evie's firefighter husband was killed in the line of duty, leaving her to raise their young son, Cody, alone. Now, Cody is marrying the love of his life, and as he packs up his belongings, the house feels as empty as Evie's he
Paperback, 320 pages
Published March 8th 2016 by Zondervan
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Kate The books are related, in that this one follows on the heels of the other, even though the main characters in this one are not the same as in the…moreThe books are related, in that this one follows on the heels of the other, even though the main characters in this one are not the same as in the first. It would be best to read them in order.(less)

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This book was nothing less than delightful! " The Hearts We Mend" is the second book in the Banister Falls series. I seriously thought that nothing could top the Dandelion Field (ahem! A book that you want to add to your reading schedule, asap). But I was so wrong! This book is so warm and heart-felt that you just want to keep it for-eves!

I loved all the characters; Evie, Jack, Gin ,Dan, Cody, Raine, the whole Morretti fam! Kathryn Springer did a awesome job with the character arc of each ind
This book was just, quite simply, a pleasure read. I found the story about Evie's embracing life as an empty-nester (albeit a young one) to be a delightful story and I didn't run across anything that detracted from the smoothness of the storytelling for me.

My main complaint is that there isn't another book in the series! I definitely haven't had enough of this neat town and its inhabitants!
Carole Jarvis
Reviewed at The Power of Words:

The Hearts We Mend is everything that Christian fiction should be . . . captivating storyline, seamless writing, richly-drawn characters with messy lives, and spiritual nuggets that the reader can take to heart. If you have a less-than-perfect family, or if you feel like you're frozen in place after a traumatic event, this book will touch you in a special way. Kathryn Springer is an exceptional writer and both books in this series are on my li
Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
Warmth exudes from every page of Kathryn Springer’s The Hearts We Mend. The characters will set up camp in your heart and may even start refurbishing it if you aren’t careful. Humor, love, and several poignant twists make this a truly enjoyable and inspiring read. It’s loaded with some great symbolism if you’re paying attention, a couple of pretty swoonworthy kisses, and lots of adorable little-girl twirling! Jack and Evie together are just … dreamy sigh. Jack by himself would be dreamy-sigh-wor ...more
Jul 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016
Kathryn Springer's Banister Fall series continues to be delightful with The Hearts we Mend. Her writing style is smooth as glass. I've read each of the novels in the series in around 24 hours.

The Hearts we Mend is Evie's story. After being widowed at age 25 and raising her son as a single mom for 12 years, it's time for her to live for herself. It was rewarding to watch Evie bloom.

The main male character, Jack, is rough at first appearance and a perfect match for Evie.

I look forward to reading
Jun 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Even though I haven't read the previous book, I found this story enjoyable and easy to follow! I liked the characters, setting, and romance. The ending was really sweet, although a bit rushed in spots. I liked how caring the characters were and that they did things to help others. All in all, a very sweet read and I recommend it!

*I received a complimentary ebook copy of this book for my honest review. As always, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.*
I enjoyed this sweet romance about single mom Evie and Jack, the temporary church custodian who shakes up her world. She's lived a sheltered life and he's lived a hard one. They couldn't be more different. But something about this handsome genuine man who reaches out to the poor and needy draws Evie into a whole other way of living. I love her generous heart and willingness to grow and change. I also love Jack's commitment to his family and his way of helping others. The secondary characters add ...more
Mar 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Utterly charming and enchanting, with plenty of sizzle and heart!
Andrea Boyd
Jun 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! There was an issue with head-hopping, but it wasn't enough of a distraction not to read the book. This one will make you think outside of the box about what a Christian should look like.
Sep 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Loved, loved, loved this book!! Absolutely stunning, The Hearts We Mend is a beautiful book to read and treasure. There is just something about Kathryn Springer's writing that makes characters spring from the page and words come to life. I wanted to savour this book and inevitably ended up reading it even faster as I couldn't put it down.

The Hearts We Mend is the second book in the Banister Falls series. I loved book one, The Dandelion Field, and when I saw that Kathryn Springer had a new book
Tressa (Wishful Endings)
THE HEARTS WE MEND was like coming back home to characters I already love or am familiar with, a small town with all the usual charm and a close-knit church community, and a few new characters to throw some twists in. It was great to see how Evie has slowly thawed since first being introduced to her in the first book and to see how much Jack pushes her to see her town and herself in a different light. Jack was a great character! A perfect balance for Evie. There were so many sweet moments betwee ...more
Mar 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Real life. Real faith. A winning combination that lured me in and held my hostage right to the delectable last page.

Wounded characters accomplish astonishing things as they stretch their faith and place their trust in God. A blessing of a read because I lived their fears and insecurities and grew right along with them. I so appreciate a solid inspirational thread in a Christian fiction novel!

Evie and Jack are navigating life after living through some difficult circumstances. What's really int
Lydia (Overweight Bookshelf)
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Continuing the storyline first introduced in The Dandelion Field, The Hearts we Mend finds Evie's ordered life in upheaval. I crave books with characters and life situations that read authentically and without the saccharine sentiment that "come to Jesus" moments pave the way to problem-free-ever-after. While the synopsis alludes to a familiar opposites attract storyline, these characters diverge from the archetypes of good girl (or in this
Apr 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is not the first book by Kathyrn Springer that I've read. I do call her a friend but I don't think that means I can't give an honest review and I did receive my copy from the pbulisher. I can't help it if I have firends who are really good writers too!

This is a tender, roamntic story of two unlikely people falling in love. Some characters are from the first book in the Banister Falls series, The Dandelion Field. The series is set in NE WI, an unusual but beautiful setting.

The hero is a man
Aug 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Evie knows all about heartache. Her husband, a firefighter, was killed during a fire leaving her with her five year old son Cody. Now, thirteen years later, she's almost a grandmother and Cody is married to a wonderful woman. Evie meets a guy named Jack who is completely different from her organized, scheduled self. Evie needs to decide if she's holding on to her late husband or if she wants to take a chance on a crazy new life that won't be quiet or predictable.

I really enjoyed the nuances of
Teya Peck
Apr 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book with "The dandelion field" book before this one. Also my first time reading it ever. What a sweet story of letting go of the past, being in the present, and hoping for the future. Finding love after tragedy and heart ache to forgive and let go. Moving forward is scary but Evie does a great job. Finding love and growing her heart.
Clean, sweet, and refreshing.
Jan 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars

I loved Jack!! And Evie too, but Jack was my favorite. Such a swoony and GOOD man. He’s a keeper for sure. I totally admit that I went in to this one purely for the romance and I ended up being blindsided with just how wonderful Jack is! I loved the little family he created around him, simply by having his door open and being willing to be there for each of his neighbors. And his neighbors were quirky and awesome!

But Jack and Evie together? Oh my heart, I love those two! I love their in
Feb 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Hearts We Mend is the second heartfelt installment in Kathryn Springer's delightful Banister Falls series. It is another emotional novel of healing and while it can be read as a standalone, I highly recommend the entire series.

Evie Bennett is putting the finishing touches on her son Cody's upcoming wedding when she is dismayed to discover the church's regular custodian has been called away on a family emergency. She is even more distraught when she realizes his temporary replacement, Jack Va
Susan K
Romance, clean, Christian
Loved this sweet romance that was also a story of redemption and faith. There were definitely prayers, hope, service, and a lovely story of family, community and most importantly, a very tender sweet attraction.
This was such a lovely read about Evie and Jake. Evie's new life without her son, seems empty, but she fills it with helping out Jake and his kind hearted efforts to help others in the poor section of town where he lives.
It was sweet to see how the church and fam
A. Hunt
Jan 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Christian Romance Lovers
Recommended to A. by: Litfuse Publicity Team
This was my first Kathryn Springer book and my first visit to Banister Falls, If you know me, you know I usually take my love and romance with a bit of zombification, alien intrusion or ghostly possession. Yet whenever there's a fireman involved, I tend to get a bit squishy. In this tale, Evie Bennett is a 25-year old widow and single mom. She's also the Women's Ministry Director, so she's used to telling women how they need to step out on faith and be bold about it. She's a woman in control an ...more
Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
I started this book not realizing it was the second in a series. It took me a few chapters to get a feel for all the characters and their relationships since the story pretty much dives right in to Evie's life, and I think it would have been a smoother start for me if I had already read the first book, The Dandelion Field. Evie is angsting over her empty nest now that her only son is married, but once she and Jack become unlikely friends, the story focuses on her eye-opening experiences in the s ...more
ASC Book Reviews
AMAZING! :) I usually find contemporary fiction mildly entertaining and will read them every now and again, but there's just something about the way Kathryn writes that always sucks me in and won't let me go! :) I absolutely LOVE her characters! Which is saying something where Evie is concerned! ;) Yes there were times when I just didn't like her very much, but that all changes! :) I truly love how far she comes and her relationship with Jack! I also enjoy and LOVE how Kathryn expresses God's pl ...more
Nov 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2016
If you want a good book to read and you like contemporary romance, then read this one. Its a series of two books, this being the second, but I think you can get away with reading this by itself, but I highly recommend reading the first one first then this one, only because they are both so so good and you shouldn't deprive yourself. Kathryn Springer has now been added to my list of favorite authors. Definitely pick both of these up, they deal with real life stuff and make you want to live in Ban ...more
Feb 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was one of those book I was sad to see it end. I loved these characters in The Dandelion Field (first book in Banister Falls series), and I loved them even more now. This story is one of love, redemption, and growing in God. I knew how I wanted it to end, but I wasn't sure it was actually going to happen. I really hope there is a follow-up with these characters so we can check in on them in the future. *I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.*
Apr 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of those books that grabbed me from the beginning and didn't let go. I had planned to read about 4 chapters in my first sitting with the book, but the next thing I knew, I had finished 7! Ha!
I appreciated the fact that the beginning of this story had a bit of a 'refresher course' on what happened in the first novel ('The Dandelion Field'). I do think it is important to read that one before this one, but you do not need to read them back-to-back to understand what happens with this on
Kellie Coatney
May 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wow, what a fantastic book! I haven’t read one this good in a while! I personally really enjoyed Evie and how strong she was even after all the heartbreak she had in her life. Oh my, but Jack, was incredible. He melted my heart so so many times. His trust in the Lord throughout his trials was very eye-opening.
I would recommend this book to someone because it is very different than your average love story.... and I loved it!
Mar 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Evie Bennet was widowed at age 25 and has spent the last 13 years devoting herself to raising her son. Now that Cody is out on his own, Evie struggles with grasping what her life will look like now. She's been so well taken care of by her lifelong friends and the men at the fire station who worked with her husband. Her life has been singularly focused and very, very safe.

When Jack Vale temporarily takes the job as custodian of Evie's church, he hopes no one finds out about the mess that is his e
Tattooed, rough-around-the-edges Jack raises quite a few eyebrows in the tight-knit community of Banister Falls. Where Evie's life is stream-lined, Jack's approach to living is moment-by-moment. But as Evie gets drawn into Jack's world—a world that isn't as safe or predictable as the one she's worked so hard to create—he challenges her to open her eyes to the problems outside the walls of the church.

Modern Christian romance is not my favorite genre as I am much more a historical romance, suspen
Jan 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-review
When I saw this book on NetGalley, I had to grab it. I had some other books to read and review and ended up forgetting I had this one waiting! But this week I remembered and started reading...and didn't stop until I finished. I really enjoy Ms. Springer's writing style.

This book picks up not too long after the first one ended. Cody and Raine are getting no married and Dan and Gin have recently started dating. And Evie is trying to deal with all the change in her life, and handling it well, even
Denise Hershberger
Jun 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
I loved the first book in this series and hate that it took me this long to get to reading book two. I really loved Evie's story. I knew I liked her in the first book but I really grew to love her even more in this one. And Jack, with all his family flaws, was honestly perfect.

I cannot even imagine losing a husband at such a young age. I also cannot imagine raising a son alone. But Evie is so strong and she handled it honestly better than most probably would have! There were parts of this story
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Kathryn Springer, winner of the 2007 Write Touch Reader’s Award (long contemporary), grew up in a small town in northern Wisconsin, where her parents published a weekly newspaper. As a child, she spent many hours sitting at her mother’s typewriter, plunking out stories, and credits her parents for instilling in her a love of books – which eventually turned into a desire to tell stories of her own. ...more

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