Many of my recent reads have focused on time periods where women had very few rights, but were moving forward and proving themselves more than able.
It’s been awesome reading these stories!
It’s inspiring reading about real life women who we can thank, as Jody Hedlund’s dedication for Hearts Made Whole reads, for their “courage and for showing that women are capable of doing anything.” Stories like this one (which is based off a real woman) are so encouraging and not only that, but this was another captivating tale that will keep you turning the pages and not stop until you’ve finished.
Windmill Point, Michigan
Can She Forgive the Hurting Man Who Costs Her the Role She Loves?
After her father’s death, Caroline Taylor has grown confident running the Windmill Point Lighthouse. But in 1865 Michigan, women aren’t supposed to have such roles, so it’s only a matter of time before the lighthouse inspector appoints a new keeper–even though Caroline has nowhere else to go and no other job available to her.
Ryan Chambers is a Civil War veteran still haunted by the horrors of battle. He’s secured the position of lighthouse keeper mostly for the isolation–the chance to hide from his past is appealing. He’s not expecting the current keeper to be a feisty and beautiful woman who’s angry with him for taking her job and for his inability to properly run the light. When his failings endanger others, he and Caroline realize he’s in no shape to run the lighthouse, but he’s unwilling to let anyone close enough to help. Caroline feels drawn to this wounded soul, but with both of them relying on that single position, can they look past their loss to a future filled with hope…and possibly love?
This is a stand alone novel, but if you’ve read the first in the series, you’ll remember Ryan. I’m so glad he got a story and I enjoyed it so much!
Caroline is such a loving and loyal character. And such strength. Without making her unbelieveable, Hedlund was able to show how beautiful a life full of compassion can be. Her life was by no means easy and had some hard events to work through, but she never gave up.
As a veteran of the Civil War, Ryan has many demons to face. Hedlund portrays the harsh reality that many veterans faced in compelling fashion. I cannot even begin to comprehend what it must have been like after the war. While it was another battle for these men to face, Ryan’s journey is a hopeful one. Oh and I loved seeing them form a friendship and deepen into something more.
Just when I thought I knew where the story was going, boom – plot twist! And man, were there some emotions internet. Sad ones, angry ones, hopeful ones.
I also really appreciated that the changes the characters went through weren’t rushed. Healing takes time and this was a wonderful example of that. Waiting and patience isn’t always easy, but it’s always worth it. The reminder of God’s faithfulness was weaved throughout so gracefully.
I can’t wait for the third in the series. I loved that Ryan passed along the story and cross from the novella and Love Unexpected!
Since I would definitely recommend this for a summer read, what’s one of your summer books? Oh and next week, join in as we discuss this one here for the Hedlund Challenge!
(Thank you to Litfuse and Bethany House for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)
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