The Hearts We Mend

The Hearts We Mend

by Kathryn Springer

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The Hearts We Mend by Kathryn Springer

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 heart. But for all her planning and mad organizational skills, Evie could never have anticipated the dramatic shift her life is about to make.

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.

Jack doesn’t make Evie feel comfortable, but he definitely makes her feel something. Something she hasn’t felt since Max passed away—or maybe ever. Because even though Jack isn’t anything like her late husband, he just might be everything she needs.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780310339724
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 03/08/2016
Series: Banister Falls Series , #2
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 1,026,908
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Kathryn Springer is a USA Today bestselling author. She grew up 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. Kathryn has written 19 books with close to two million copies sold. She lives with her husband and three children in Marinette, Wisconsin. Visit her online at kathrynspringer.com Facebook: Kathrynspringerauthor

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The Hearts We Mend 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
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MelissaF More than 1 year ago
I kept hearing how good this book was so I had to read it for myself. I have to say I wasn’t disappointed. This book is full of deep and meaningful layers. Kathryn tackles some interesting subjects that challenges even the reader to take a look at the needs around our own communities. My heart went out to Evie as her son leaves her home and she is left wondering what to do with herself. It doesn’t take her long to fill her time with meaningful things. Jack is a strong and rugged hero who the reader will easily come to adore. I did have trouble keeping the many characters in this story straight and their relationship to each other but once I got a handle on them it was all good. Overall a very good read that was different then when I expected in a very good way. A copy of this book was given to me through Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.
mzjensgoodfinds More than 1 year ago
Jack, Evie, romance, kids and more helped to make this book a great book that grabbed my attention throughout the whole book. I was reading this book every chance I got! I loved the concept of Jack and how he had an open house and helped everyone in the department building. He just had a great concept around him and I felt like that was the heart of the book. I felt for all the characters when they went through all the twists and turns in this book. Evie and Jack had such great chemistry and make me want to continue reading the book. Jack’s niece was such a doll! She was so cute and was a great addition. Overall, this book was really good and I would recommend it to anyone. I give this a 4 out of 5 stars. I received this book from Book Look Bloggers in exchange for my honest review.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Kathryn Springer in her new book, “The Hearts We Mend” Book Two in the Banister Falls series published by Zondervan introduces us to Evie and Jack. From the back cover: 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 firefighterhusband 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 heart. But for all her planning and mad organizational skills, Evie could never have anticipated the dramatic shift her life is about to make. 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. Jack doesn’t make Evie feel comfortable, but he definitely makes her feel something. Something she hasn’t felt since Max passed away—or, maybe ever. Because even though Jack isn’t anything like her late husband, he just might be everything she needs. It is my experience that when someone says series that generally means that there are three members of a team and each book will focus on one of those three members. Not so with Ms. Springer, she is actually giving us a story that takes place after the events of book one, “The Dandelion Field“. If you didn’t read book one don’t panic Ms. Springer has set it up so that you can read this book by itself, that’s how good she is. Cody, Evie’s son, is going to get married. Evie is actually growing as a person and is still getting over the death of her husband thirteen years ago. Jack is one of the more interesting characters that I have read about in quite a long time. Jack isn’t pristine, he has rough edges. When Evie and Jack get together the sparks really start to fly. I think Ms. Springer has given us first-class characters that we can identify with and relate to and, certainly, want to read about. I think you will enjoy reading this book and not want to put it down unless you finished. I recommend this book highly and am really looking forward to the next book in the series. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Pooke More than 1 year ago
If You Like-a-Me and I Like-a-You.... A widow since she was twenty-five, Evie is still wearing her wedding ring thirteen years later. Her husband, Max, a firefighter, died a hero's death in the line of duty. Now her only child, Cody is getting married, and she finds herself truly alone. Jack is everything Evie's late husband wasn't. Max had long-range plans for life, his family, and a good home in a nice neighborhood. Jack has no long-range plans, and takes things as they come. He also takes care of everyone, including his alcoholic brother, Travis and sister-in-law, Cheryl. Additionally, he picks up a big portion of the parenting duties of their daughter, his niece, Lily. In fact, Jack left a good job and home, to help his brother and family start a new life in Banister Falls. Over and over, Evie finds herself thrown together with Jack. From projects at church, to helping with Lily, Evie finds herself quite often being in the run-down apartment building, located in the worst section of town, that Jack calls home. She doesn't know what to make of the rag-tag group of people that congregate in Jack's apartment every night. A variety of ages, from teens to senior citizens, show up to eat, or for assistance and advice. Without batting an eye, Jack attempts to help them. Evie is finding herself more and more often rolling up her own shirt sleeves to lend him a hand. In the midst of all these new friendships and relationships, Evie's friends worry about her. Even though she has been a widow for a long time, in all these years, she has never been involved in a relationship. Their concern reaches new heights when the legal and alcohol problems surrounding Travis and Cheryl result in both of them being put in jail. Evie's friends wonder if Jack may have hidden skeleton's of his own, and she would be better off without him. This story has a lot of interesting, likable characters, and realistic story-lines. New romantic relationships can be difficult for adults, especially when trying to juggle complicated responsibilities, pasts, and dysfunctional family members. Evie and Jack face those issues, along with their determination to stick with their strong Christian beliefs and morals. This story-line will keep you turning the pages wondering how, or if, things will work out. The Hearts We Mend is part of a series, but this story stands on its own. This 5-star book is recommended to anyone who enjoys well-written fiction, with a dash of romance. The publisher has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of The Hearts We Mend, through Zondervan Publishing for the purpose of review. I have not been compensated in any other manner. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
HeartofaBookWorm More than 1 year ago
The Hearts We Mend is such an EXCELLENT read! It is book 2 in the Banister Falls Novels. The Dandelion Field was book 1 and was excellent and left me hoping for another book! I was thrilled to read this one for sure!! It is one of those books where you feel like you've just moved into the neighborhood and have met all of your neighbors and already love each one of them! I LOVE Evie and Jack! They both cherish their families and together they teach each other how to step out of their comfort zones and see things from a whole new perspective! As they do their feelings for one another grow, but can they let go of their past? Can Evie let go and move on since having lost her husband, Max? Evie has lived in their town for a VERY long time! She has many friendships with Max's friends, and all of them are very protective of her! So when Jack comes to town they are in full protective mode, and Jack isn't quite sure how to take that! Jack is a family man through and through! He gave up his job to help out his brother! What a guy huh!!?? He comes to Banister Falls and he makes quick friends with all of those in his apt. complex! His door is always open to his neighbors, which is just one of the many things Evie Loves about Jack! (And there is ALOT to love!!)
19269684 More than 1 year ago
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 and knows what to expect... until she meets Jack. I'm going to tell you- it's hard to find a man like this! Jack Vale put everyone above himself and so Godly, I was nearing jealousy! The story is fun, loving, and emotion-provoking. Springer wrote the story so well, I was in the trenches of their relationship with them! This story is unbelievable and made me wonder if the first book is just as good? The theme of being able to walk away from the past and move with confidence into God's planned future for us was felt and understood- a theme we all look to apply in our lives. I truly appreciated the gentleness and loved how realistic the characters were, even if some men are dreamy. I may be adding the first book to my library! For a romance, this book is IT! I don't think I've ever given a romance novel 5 specs before, but there's always the first time- Now! ​On to the next book! For this review and others: http://tinyurl.com/jclt79c **Book provided by Litfuse Publicity Group, for an honest review.
mackenzie_carol More than 1 year ago
The Hearts We Mend is the second of Kathryn Springer’s Bannister Falls novels, coming after The Dandelion Field. I became a huge fan of Kathryn’s after reading that first novel, so I have been dying to read this novel for quite some time now. However, I never expected I would love it as much as I did. I really, really enjoyed The Dandelion Field, and even put it on my all-time favorites list, but I liked this one ten times better than the first! I’m not entirely sure how that’s even possible, but apparently it is! Reading The Hearts We Mend, I laughed, I cried, and I was faced with the injustice of innocent children being punished for something they never had a part of in ways they could never deserve: the sins of their parents. Evie Bennet wasn’t my favorite character in the previous book. I’m just going to admit it. I saw her as a bit stuffy, a bit of a boring stick in the mud, and not exactly as Christ-like as those who work with her at Hope Community would like to believe. However, all of that changed as soon as I started reading this book. I saw her for what she is, a gorgeous woman with an even more beautiful soul that is still struggling with what it means to move on after her husband’s death without forgetting him or dishonoring his memory. I loved watching Evie grow through her blossoming friendship with Jack, her adjusting to Cody’s marrying and moving out of her house, and in the new calling God was placing on her life. Jack Vale, on the other hand, I did like from the very beginning. Though, I will confess I never saw his true identity coming, once it was made plain to me it made so much sense and I realized I liked him even then (that sentence will make more sense to you once you read the book). Anyway, Jack is truly a hero in this book, especially to all those he opens his home to, and to his niece Lily, his brother’s sister-in-law Nicki, and her three kids. He has a heart of gold that constantly has him helping people, and I cannot help but believe that it is that fact that originally drew Evie to him. Now for what I mentioned earlier about parents and their children. Throughout the course of this book I watched Lily –and cried over her—because of all that she went through at the hands of her parents. I’m not going to go into detail so that I don’t ruin this story for you, but I couldn’t help crying for Lily’s pain and the injustice of it all. It is stories like these that make me wish people like Jack’s brother and his wife weren’t allowed to have children until they could get themselves straight enough to care for them, and made me thankful that some kids have people like Jack in their lives to pick up their parents’ slack. At the end of the day, I cannot sing Kathryn’s praises loudly enough with regard to this book. It is so touching, so emotionally heavy, so inspiring, and I couldn’t help but love it immensely. I am so thankful that I have a copy of this novel, as I know I will be reading it time and time again. I have to give it all five bookshelves, because there honestly isn’t any other option, and you can bet on the fact that it has a permanent place on my all-time favorites list. Kathryn hit it out of the park with this one, and I cannot wait to see what she comes up with next. I received a copy of this book from the Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for only my honest review. (This review is from my blog, spreadinghisgrace.blogspot.com)
BookReviewerNicole More than 1 year ago
*My Thoughts* I'm a romance girl. I'm 16 years old and constantly looking for those "sappy", adorable movies and books where the heroine always gets her man and they live happily ever after and face life together. This book...well...it wasn't exactly the flowery love story I dream about. But it was still fantastic. Because even though it wasn't flowery, it was heartwarming and real. Kathryn didn't cover up the hard, real life stuff. She didn't pretend her characters were living in a fairytale. They faced challenges. They made me cry. They made me laugh in relief. They made me FEEL. And that, reader friends, is something to treasure when experienced, because it means that author has done their work gallantly. I'm proud to say, this was one of those books. I can't wait to see what Kathryn does next! ____________________________________________________ *My overall thoughts* If you get tired of reading fiction filled with fairytales and sunny strawberry patches, skipping all the reality, pick this one up! Plenty of romance, but with a perfect message of strength, healing, and redemption through Christ. _______________________________________________________ *My Rating* I give The Hearts We Mend by Kathryn Springer... 5 stars!! _______________________________________________ *I received this book from Litfuse, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review, which I have given. All thoughts were my own and I was not compensated in any other way.
busymomoftwo More than 1 year ago
Sometimes you find love when and where you least expect it. In The Hearts we Mend by Kathryn Springer we meet several characters, including Evie and Jack. This modern day love story unfolds as Evie prepares for her son's wedding and the next phase of her own life. With the janitor at the church takes an unexpected leave, Evie's and Jack's lives start to cross paths more frequently. She has a strong first impression of Jack, but the more she gets to know him, the more she realizes that there is a lot more to Jack than is visible on the surface. The story was well written, it felt like I was right there with the characters. Although this was the second story in the Bannister Falls series, I felt that nothing was lost in jumping in with book two. The characters were revealed with time, through backstories and current events. I'm sure that if I had read Dandelion Field, the first book in the series, I would have likely known more about the characters going in, but certainly got to know them well through this story. In fact, the more I got to know the characters the more I loved them and the more I cheered them on for things to go 'right' for them. The characters and story are heart-warming - a feel good story that makes you appreciate the diversity of those around you. A complimentary review copy was provided for me, all opinions are my own.
MeezCarrie More than 1 year ago
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-worthy enough but Jack in love with Evie is completely twitterpating. In fact, I’m still smiling over the epilogue. But as much as I adored the romance (still fanning, as a matter of fact), the deeper meaning – the symbolism – remains my favorite part of the story. Just like the storefront that Jack is restoring, there is more to Jack than meets the eye. And much like Evie added a bit of variety to Jack’s dinner menu, her presence added some flavor to his life – and his neighbors – as well. Fans of Denise Hunter will enjoy this series too! Note: This is the second book in the BANISTER FALLS series and, while it can easily be read as a standalone, it did take a few pages to orient myself to people and events – something that probably would have been unnecessary if I had read the previous book. (I received a copy of this book in exchange for only my honest review.)
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
The Hearts We Mend, book two of the Banister Falls series, can be read as a stand alone, however, I believe that the reading experience will be even better if you also read book one of the series, The Dandelion Field. I loved both books and they have each taken their place on my shelf as top favorites! There were so many things I loved about this story. I thought that the way Evie and Jack met was great. It was just a fun set up for the story and highlighted their differences. Evie was such a likable and wonderful character. She went through a great transformation in this story! What a work God did in her. And much of the way that God helped Evie, was through Jack’s influence in her life. Jack was simply fabulous. His willingness to help others and the way he cared for people demonstrated the amazing impact God had made on his life. I loved the attraction between these two and the hopeful feeling of this story. It was fun to be able to continue to follow along with the main characters from the first book and see what was happening in their lives. I highly recommend both books in the series for fans of contemporary fiction, especially those who are fond of the works of Denise Hunter. I received a complimentary ARC copy of this book from the publisher, through Litfuse Publicity, in exchange for an honest review.
LovenGod More than 1 year ago
I missed the first book in this series so I was worried I wouldn't know what was going on, but I really shouldn't have worried, the story stood alone completely. I LOVED this story. I laughed and cried, and cried and laughed. Evie was the model of a Christian women's ministry leader. Put together, lovely and soft-spoken, she exudes confidence. I want to be Evie when I grow up :-). My heart hurt for Jack as he tried so hard to keep his brother's little family from falling apart. Such a beautiful story of sacrificial giving of yourself. 5 stars from this reviewer. This book was provided for review purposes only, no payment was received for this review.
kp68 More than 1 year ago
You will meet Evie Bennett on the opening pages of Kathryn Springer's latest novel, The Hearts We Mend. Evie has just left a celebration for her son Cody's up and coming wedding and is finishing up some last minute preparations for the big day, when she is surprised to run into a stranger in the darkened church! Jack Vale is temporarily filling in for the custodian at the church where Evie is also employed, so this means she will be running into him on quite a frequent basis. Following Cody's wedding, Evie is having trouble filling up the hours in her days. Soon her time will fill up with more activities involving Jack than she ever expected! Evie, who lost her husband, Max, to a fire years ago, is not quite sure what to think of this tattooed man who seems to be from a much tougher world than she has been exposed to. As Evie and Jack seem to be moving past being just acquaintances, neither one knows where these new feelings will lead! This is an interesting tale to see how God can can bring two people together who come from totally different worlds! I received this book from Zondervan in exchange for my unbiased review http://penlessreview.blogspot.com/
Heidi_Reads More than 1 year ago
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 seedy part of town and the love and kindness needed by the people there. Evie has a true heart for service and I admired that she made friends in Jack's neighborhood quickly and without judgement. Her compassion is a blessing to Jack's family and although he doesn't feel worthy of her, he falls for Evie and they begin a sweet romance (amazing first kiss, by the way!) I felt for Jack as he repeatedly tries to be the rescuer and fix-it man for his splintered family, only to realize that he has to let God take care of things out of his control. I loved his character trait of being handy at renovating and improving buildings, it reminded me of my uncles and their skills :) The theme of letting go of fear to embrace the blessings God has in store for us is one that was successfully represented throughout the course of the book. Now I'm going to go read The Dandelion Field! (Thank you to Litfuse Publicity and Zondervan Publishing for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
They say the death of a child is something no one should experience, but I would conclude that the death of the spouse is often times more difficult to death with, especially when it leaves them with raising children on their own, without the financial and emotional support of a spouse. That is the premise behind The Hearts We Mend, the second novel in the Banister Falls Series by Kathryn Springer. Evie Bennett is busy planning for her son Cody's wedding after spending the last 13 years raising him alone after the death of her husband, firefighter and town hero Max. She isn't prepared to face the rest of her life alone even though her time with the women's ministry at church occupies some of her time. Even with the support of well meaning family and friends, its not a future she is looking forward to especially when Cody claims the family dog as well. Now she won't even have the responsibility of coming home to care Diva anymore. Is this really all there is to look forward to anymore? When Evie is forced to work with the new temporary church custodian, Jack Vale, a man she ran into late when night when she and her friend Gin were caught doing a blessing burglary. She just never expected to run into him again especially in the only place where she can find solace and meaning in her life at the moment. Yet God has plans in store for both Evie and Jack as well as those who are connected to their lives in a very powerful way, one that can not and will not be ignored, no matter how much either of them try to fight it. Despite how organized and well-planned Evie believes her life is, God has other plans in store and life will never be the same for either of them. I received The Hearts We Mend by Kathryn Springer compliments of Zondervan Publishing and Litfuse Publicity for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation aside from a free copy of this novel in exchange for my personal and honest evaluation. I love the chemistry that Jack and Evie both share, and their connection to their families. I believe it is what initially draws them together, how much they genuinely care for others putting their needs second. It disarms them to really seem the person inside instead of facing the exterior only and allows a rare peek into the heart of the person inside. I love Jack's willingness to step in no matter how appearances present themselves, like Evie's confrontation with Max's parents who hold her responsible for his death because she didn't try harder to sway him to stay in the family business instead. I was rooting for him after that episode! This is well worth a look into for fans of contemporary romance and well worth 5 out of 5 stars in this book lover's heart!
lolly-pops More than 1 year ago
THE HEARTS WE MEND is the second book in Ms. Springer's Banister Falls series and I hope it won't be the last. I loved the first one, The Dandelion Field, and I anxiously waited for this one - and oh, it did not disappoint. I devoured every word of this book. Jack totally rocks (to use my teenage daughter's words) and Evie has grown so much since The Dandelion Field. She continuously surprised me. I totally loved this book, the characters, and it was so good to catch up with Max and Gin, Cody and Raine. Did I mention that I loved this? My copy is going on my keeper shelf. If you haven't read The Dandelion Field, don't worry. THE HEARTS WE MEND does stand alone even though it does have continuing characters in it. You will, however, want to read it. I think Ms. Springer is on the way of becoming one of my favorite authors with this series.
Evie4 More than 1 year ago
In Kathryn Springer's novel, The Hearts We Mend, readers meet Evie who functions best when things are orderly and under control. Widowed at an early age, she raised her young son alone. Her son is getting married and Evie is facing a major life change. But, not in the way she expected. Suddenly, Jack comes into her life and order and planning go out the window. Jack comes with baggage that includes a damaged family that he cares deeply for. It's not that he wouldn't welcome a less complicated life than the one he has, but he survives by being flexible and adapting to the life he has. The story is set in Banister Falls, a close knit community, where people care about each other. Jack is an outsider and people are curious about him. Does he pose a danger to Evie? Evie and Jack are special and realistic characters who know how to love. Can they take that knowledge and make a life together? The back stories of the diverse secondary characters are an important part of the novel. They don't all come from the same part of the community and there are challenges in bringing them together. I found this to be a well told story. Written with warmth and sensitivity, the author brings to the reader a beautiful story about memorable people. I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
Smw30 More than 1 year ago
This book has heartache and empty nest feeling. It's great for women with children regardless if they have left home or still live with you. Starting over with a new romance and empty house. I'm not even close to a empty nest and still have my husband thank God but I love stories like this one. I recommend for all book lovers.