The Heart Mender

I picked up The Heart Mender as a review for  I didn't really know anything about the story, other than I really liked the cover.  Here is the description that gives for the book:
"A unique blend of historical fact and engaging fiction showing the power of forgiveness.
In 1942, 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.
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."

This book was unlike anything I expected.  It was easy to read and had a fantastic story line.  I found the first few chapters extremely interesting (the author gave a history lesson to set up the premise of the book.)
I do have to say though, that the only thing I didn't like about the book is how short it seemed.  Perhaps I am used to reading longer fiction- but I really think the book could have had another 100 pages- to go deeper into character development.
It was a satisfying read, and I look forward to picking up more of the author's books.

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