Hearts Made Whole by Jody Hedlund | Afternoon at the Beach Giveaway and Facebook Party

Don’t miss Jody Hedlund’s new book, Hearts Made Whole, a story of loss, forgiveness, hope, and true love set in 1865 Michigan. When Ryan’s 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. Can Caroline forgive the hurting man who costs her the role she loves?

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{More about Hearts Made Whole}

Hearts Made Whole (Bethany House, June 2015)

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?

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Jody Hedlund

{More About Jody Hedlund}

Jody Hedlund is the bestselling author of nine novels, including “Captured By Love,” “Rebellious Heart,” and “A Noble Groom,” winner of the 2014 Carol Award and INSPYs Award. She received a bachelor’s from Taylor University and a master’s from University of Wisconsin, both in social work. Currently she makes her home in Midland, Michigan, with her husband and five busy children.

Find out more about Jody at http://jodyhedlund.com/.


“This second book in the ‘Beacons of Hope’ series is a brilliant adaptation of life in 1865 and the faith and responsibilities of a light keeper.” —CBA

“With painterly prose that never skimps on wit and verve, Hedlund gives us vivid characters, inventive plot twists, fascinating historical detail and heartfelt faith journeys….Lovers of inspirational fiction won’t want to miss this sparkling gem of a novel.” —RT Book Reviews Top Pick

“Hedlund’s superb and affecting story of faith and healing is set in the past, but its message about soldiers returning from battle rings just as true today.” —Booklist starred review

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    This is book two in the Beacons of Hope series by Jodi Hedlund. Though I hadn’t read book one, I was able to follow along just fine.

    I wanted to give this book five stars but I felt that it had a slow start and seemed to drag on for awhile. Around chapter four the story started to pick back up and I started to enjoy the story again.

    The characters are very well developed and intriguing. There’s suspense, romance, and elements of faith interwoven into a action packed drama that will leave you turning the pages.

    Jody Hedlund always presents strong spiritual content from which her characters draw strength. If you’re looking for Historical fiction with strong spiritual themes then I strongly suggest anything that this author has written. I look forward to reading more of her works in the f

    Written by A Simply Enchanted Life on June 30, 2015
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    Wowsa! This was an exciting and totally enjoyable book that I thoroughly loved. Hearts Made Whole is a historical novel filled with facts but in a fun way. The plot is what drew me first, other than knowing that the author tells history like none other out there, and I have to say it was well written. A young woman on hew own trying to take care of 4 siblings and a lighthouse makes for a good story. And Jody Hedlund does not disappoint.

    Written by Giveaway Lady on June 25, 2015
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    Jody Hedlund’s historical fiction novels never cease to amaze me. This was one of the most emotionally moving books that I have read in 2015. I am even more enthralled with the idea of being a lighthouse keeper. Caroline Taylor, our heroine, makes it sound so rewarding as a job. However, we are stuck in 1865, when women are not allowed to have such roles. Caroline faces a tough situation because she has depended on this job for so long, not only for herself but for her family as well. I love a good story where women go beyond the social norms of the time. Caroline is no different. Jody Hedlund often succeeds at phenomenal character development, and this book is no different. Caroline felt like an old friend.

    Written by Charming Chelsey’s on June 24, 2015


    In this second book, Hearts Made Whole, from Jody Hedlund’s series Beacons of Hope, Jody has written another heart wrenching story of hope and love and redemption. The story is well written with moments of sadness, joy, regret, fear, faith and hope. There is also some mystery and suspense added to the mix that kept me wondering who was behind the some that happened in the book.

    I would definitely recommend this book to my friends and anyone else that I have any influence over. Obviously, historical/romance fiction is not everyone’s cup of tea, but if you want to give it a try, this is a good place to start!!

    Written by The Life and Times of a pwnmom… on June 24, 2015
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    Both Caroline Taylor and Ryan Chambers were broken people because of the horrible things that has happened in each of their past. So broken they didn’t want to be around people, never thought life would be any better for them, and just wanted to go on with life as it was, to keep from remembering the hurt. But Jody Hedlund has a way of telling about the horrific broken lives of characters, so horrific that readers can’t see how she can turn their lives around in the story, but it happens. I love how Ms. Hedlund so expertly shows love, redemption, grace and restoration, and shows that well, Hearts can be made whole through Jesus. It’s hard for me to get into the story, telling a lot about it because I don’t want to spoil any part of it for anyone. Its just that good

    Written by Splashes of Joy on June 23, 2015
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    Jody Hedlund’s latest novel does not disappoint!! Many times Caroline is dealt a raw hand and is not given the opportunity to prove herself worthy, but she doesn’t let that stop her from doing the best that she can. This is a wonderful book!

    Written by Our Little Corner of the World on June 23, 2015
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    As is indicative of excellent historical fiction, the themes in Hearts Made Whole are timeless and affecting. Jody Hedlund vivid and articulate prose never fails to entice readers deep in to the lives of her characters and to experience a full spectrum of emotion that breaches the line between fiction and reality. This is a layered plot of romance and restoration that is intensified with a subplot of subterfuge that piques interest and investment from the first page.

    Written by The Overweight Bookshelf on June 23, 2015
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    Hearts Made Whole by Jody Hedlund reinforces why I adore this author. Her historical fiction comes to life. I’ve yet to be disappointed by her writings, this is the second in her Beacons of Hope series and it will keep your attention throughout.
    In this book we find Caroline Taylor left to take control of the lighthouse that was her father’s employ, and also to watch over her four siblings. A new caretaker arrives without her knowing of it and he has battles of his own to face.

    There is love, loss, mystery, threats, danger, and more in this book, yet the characters always remember to lean on the Lord for strength and help. I appreciate when an author weaves the truth of the Word into her works.

    Written by Clicking Her Heels on June 23, 2015
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    It’s been a long time since I’ve read such an emotionally moving book as Jody Hedlund’s Hearts Made Whole. I’m never one to miss reading one of her books since A Noble Groom is one of my all-time favorites, but this one took me by surprise and is now also one of my favorites… though at one point I did want to throw it against the wall. Instead, I set it down for a few days so I could collect myself and dove right back in with much anticipation about how Jody would bring out the happy ending I was desperate to see between Caroline and Ryan.

    Jody writes characters very well–so well, that it’s like they’re right there with you. I think this is why I love her writing so much. I am never disappointed with the deep level of character development she is able to achieve. Or the way her stories, about simple, everyday people, twist and turn and are emotionally spot-on every single time.

    And in case you’re not already convinced you need to read this book, I have to tell you that the kissing scenes in this book are some of the BEST I’ve ever read.

    Written by Www.apassionforpages.blogspot.com on June 23, 2015
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    The story and plot were enjoyable and included a bit of mystery. It was a bit on the slow side for the first half. A lot of adorable and mysterious things happen, but the climax! The plot’s climax was full of danger, intrigue and violence even! Hedlund doesn’t get graphic, but she sure doesn’t shy away from the evil of this world like some Christian authors may.

    Lastly, don’t skip that author’s note at the end! The historical facts are so much fun.

    Written by Sunrise Avenue on June 23, 2015


    This is the second book in the Beacons of Hope Series. The setting is after the Civil War and at Windmill Point Lighthouse Michigan in 1865. Caroline Taylor has been helping her father run the lighthouse. Caroline’s sister Sarah is sick and in trying to get her the much needed medicine tragedy strikes.

    Caroline finds herself trying to keep her family together in a society that frowns on a woman doing what they deem as “man’s” work. How will she be able to keep her family together? How will she manage with no home and no way to support her brothers and sisters?

    Ryan is the newly hired lightkeeper and is recovering from injuries sustained in the War. Can he heal from his physical and emotional wounds from the War? What will it cost him?

    Can he and Caroline move past their hurts, loses and find love or will they let it get in the way and will they endanger others in the process.

    Written by Caffeinated Christian Raves – N – Reviews on June 22, 2015


    This book stole my heart right from the very beginning. Wonderful characters that I fell in love with. The description of the place was wonderful.

    Written by cherylbbookblog on June 22, 2015
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    This book deals with a women fulfilling an unconventional role during the time, helping man a lighthouse,but after the death of her Father that isn’t to last and with a new keeper coming Caroline finds herself without a job and without a place to live. When a wounded Civil War veteran comes to take over the lighthouse she quickly realizes that he knows nothing about running a lighthouse, but will they overcome their pride and past to build a future together? Overall I really enjoyed this book and found the characters engaging and interesting. Quite a bit of the book was predictable but it was still an enjoyable read. I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

    Written by Perfect Beginnings on June 21, 2015


    Jody Hedlund continues her “Beacons of Hope” series in fine fashion with Hearts Made Whole, a wonderful historical fiction novel that will please her longtime fans and garner new ones along the way.

    Written by Christian Fiction Addiction on June 20, 2015
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    Yes, but it doesn’t need to rush to the top of your to-read pile. I really enjoyed the first book, this one wasn’t quite as exciting for me. (In all fairness, I tend to suffer from series syndrome and love the first book in a series and find it hard for the rest to compare.)

    I enjoy the history of the series, rooted in the lighthouses along Lake Michigan. It’s interesting to learn a bit about a piece of history I really know nothing about.

    Overall the characters were well written but I think it was a few small plot things that threw me off.

    I liked the tying in of the driftwood, if you read the first story in the series, you will know what I mean. You don’t need to have read the first book to enjoy this story, though as always it adds to the story.

    Written by The Sunset Won’t on June 20, 2015


    I’ve waited a really long time for this… and I’m so very excited to say that I finally have the novella AND the first two books!

    … which is just how I like to review!

    Stories about strong-willed women in distant times seem to be very prevalent in the current market.

    I used to think it was a little silly – and unrealistic, but the more I research, the more I discover how realistic it really is… and I’m thankful to discover so many wonderful authors who write such amazing and accurate novels for us to enjoy.

    I can hardly wait for the next story… if for no other reason than to see where Jody will take this wonderful series.

    Written by J.C.s BookShelf on June 20, 2015
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    I really enjoyed reading Caroline and Ryan’s story. I found myself rooting for them the whole way through the book. This book was so well written, it flowed really well and it kept my attention the whole way through. Caroline and Ryan both had a lot to overcome in this story, but they both put their problems in God’s hands. I liked how they both relied on God and gave him control. I also liked that Caroline and the others in this story fought for a woman’s right to hold a job that was for a man.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.

    Written by Melina’s Book Blog on June 19, 2015
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    This story is just one of a few I’ve had the privilege of reading recently that proves that this summer is going to be the summer of sweet reads! Kudos to Jody Hedlund for her terrific story-telling!

    Written by Black ‘n Gold Girl’s Book Spot on June 19, 2015
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    I’ve always shared a love for the life of a lighthouse keeper and believe that lighthouse in general offer a sense of romantic mystery. The lighthouse itself could probably lend quite a few tales of the lives of those that lived and cared for them in the years that they remained in operation. While the characters are fictional, they are based on the lives of real characters that existed and love the way Jody has carefully crafted them into this novel. The chemistry between Caroline and Ryan truly works because each is looking for a way to get back what has been broken inside them. I won’t share with you what happens but this is truly an exceptional store of restoration and hope in the midst of the darkest storms and well worth all 5 out of 5 stars!

    Written by Reviews From The Heart on June 19, 2015
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    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.

    Written by Books and Beverages on June 19, 2015
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    I stayed up one night to read as putting the story down in the middle of such heart tugging action was impossible. When I completed the book, I just was thankful again for Jody Hedlund’s ability to write a brilliant tale about a period in history where women had restrictions on them that kept some from exploring the uses of their God given talents. Lighthouses are a symbol to me of how God is my strong tower, light, refuge and hiding place. I hope you are compelled to read the book and share with others Jody Hedlund’s latest masterpiece, Hearts Made Whole! I cannot say enough about how enticing the story is to read and then to be shared with others who love reading as well!

    Written by Seeking with All Yur Heart on June 19, 2015
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    Oh how I loved this book! I had to read the first thirty pages in brief snatches but then thankfully I had a day where I was free to devour the rest of this wonderful story! This author absolutely never fails to impress me and I have loved every single one of her novels.

    Ryan and Caroline were amazing and their romance made me melt! Jody did such an amazing job with Ryan’s character. He had several faults that normally would make you disgusted with a character but the author skillfully showed the pain that brought him to the place where he made the wrong choices. While at the same time revealing the true man he was underneath all of his problems, the man he longed to be once more. Thus my heart broke for him and I was cheering him on the whole way…

    Written by Christian Novels on June 18, 2015
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    I loved learning about the responsibilities of the lighthouse keeper and how Jody Hedlund embraced the fact that women could do just as good as a job as men, even if it wasn’t accepted at the time!

    But best of all, was the love story. Jody Hedlund took two lost souls and had them unite to strengthen each other’s faith, hope and love for each other and God. I loved the passion and the reminder that no matter what you have gone through in life, no matter what you have done, and no matter who you are, God loves you, is here for you, and wants you to draw near to him!

    Written by The Review Stew on June 18, 2015
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    This is one action packed book from the first to the last page, you never know what is going to happen, and that is a good thing. I for one never saw or even guessed what was about to take place.
    Loved the faith these people showed, and how they love God, sure helped in hopeless times. I really enjoyed this book!

    Written by Maureen’s Musings on June 18, 2015
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    Jody Hedlund is one of my favorite Christian fiction authors. I think I’ve read just about every one of Jody’s books and have loved them all. This one is no different.

    Hearts Made Whole is the second in a series, but it stands alone as well. It’s the story of a woman named Caroline who longs, more than anything, to run the lighthouse she loves. The only problem…she’s a woman living during a time when women weren’t supposed to be lighthouse keepers.

    When Ryan Chambers, a war veteran, comes into town as the new lighthouse keeper, Caroline is immediately drawn to him, even though his very presence threatens the life she loves. Her compassionate heart longs to help this wounded man, but how can she help him when he’s taking her livelihood?

    Written by Lindsey Bell: Faith and Family on June 17, 2015
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    Always a good one by Jody! I think this is my third book by her. I love this new series she has written – historical fiction, taking place in lighthouses, all of them a little suspenseful.

    This was a nice, easy reading, romantic, fun book to read. It was light but very enjoyable and entertaining. There was not edge of your seat suspense, but there was enough to keep the story interesting.

    Jodi also has a real nice way with characters. I liked all the characters in her, the good and the bad. I did want to find myself wanting to know more about Tessa, the sister who wanted nothing to do with living in a lighthouse. All she wanted was to get away. I would love a book just about her.

    Thank you Bethany house and Litfuse for this e-book in exchange for my honest review!

    Written by Wall-to-wall books on June 17, 2015
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    I love historical novels that have a great story. It was interesting to learn more about lighthouses and their functions. I could only wish I could be as patient as Caroline as she struggles to take care of her family and deals with Ryan’s shortcomings. It takes a person with a lot of love in their heart to deal with someone who has an addiction problem.

    Written by Frugal Shopping and More on June 16, 2015
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    Hearts Made Whole oozes with themes of grace and forgiveness. Character development comes partly through struggles with anger, resentment and grief. The struggle, perseverance and process of overcoming allow the characters to be both relatable and admirable. That the characters needed each other to heal is not uncommon, but the fact that Ryan realized ultimate healing comes from God, not another person, is an important thought missing in many of today’s inspirational romance books.

    Written by Beauty In The Binding on June 16, 2015
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    I’ve been really busy as of lately, so I haven’t much time to read. Luckily for me, Hearts Made Whole was a fast read, mostly thanks to the author’s great storytelling abilities. Out of all the books I have read, I think this might be the first romantic story I’ve read that is set around a lighthouse, so I didn’t know much about them. Overall, Hearts Made Whole is a pleasantly, well-written romance that I highly recommend to other romance readers.

    Written by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer on June 16, 2015
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    Hearts Made Whole is the second book in the Beacons of Hope series. I have not read the first book, but this novel works well as a standalone read.

    Caroline is a strong and sympathetic protagonist. I liked her independence and admired her desire to take care of her four siblings. Ryan seems like an unlikely match for her, but their relationship made a great read. They both had vulnerabilities. Ryan depends on pills and liquor to help ease the physical and emotional pain he endures as a wounded veteran. The topic of addiction was handled well in this novel. The characterizations were well drawn, with dialogue that really moved the story.

    I love historical fiction and the details of life as a lighthouse keeper in 1865 Michigan made for a fascinating read. I have always been fascin

    Written by View from the Birdhouse on June 16, 2015
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    I wish I could say I loved this newest novel by Jody Hedlund. The setting and her description of it were spot on. A few things bothered me though.

    First, it felt like her friend, who ends up playing a kind of important piece at the end, wasn’t introduced soon enough or often enough. Such a dear & important friend should have had a bit bigger role.

    Also, the sheer number of not so nice things happening and her practically nonexistent response to them until there was literally a knife in someone’s side was a little irritating.

    I think the most annoying thing was her attitude toward the new lighthouse keeper. I’m not opposed to mercy, but this dude had problems. Big ones! And she had 4 siblings to take care of…silly.

    Written by Happy Little Homemaker on June 16, 2015
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  • This was an amazing story about redemption, forgiveness and love I had a hard time putting down! I really appreciated the reminder that Caroline’s dad would say, “God is good all the time” no matter what hard times someone is going through and that we need to give our burdens to Him. The romance was wonderful, with many sweet and passionate moments while keeping it clean. This was a very well-written story sure to please fans of historical romance!

    Written by Veronica’s ‘Views on June 15, 2015


    I really enjoyed this book as the time period was brought to life and the characters were so real as they were facing trials in their lives, yet also learning to have hope and leaning on God which is an excellent reminder for each of us today. I highly recommend this book!

    Written by Moments on June 15, 2015
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    What a story! Jody is a fabulous story teller, and the twists and turns she brings into her stories always makes for a highly entertaining and exciting read!….

    Written by ASC Book Reviews on June 15, 2015


    Caroline is the oldest of 5 children, left orphaned after watching their lighthouse keeper father drown. Despite being haunted by what she witnessed, Caroline has kept the light going since then and appears to be doing a capable job. Ryan has only minor lighthouse keeping experience and is suffering from what we today would call PTSD. He recognizes he needs help and allows Caroline and her family to stay, but someone is determined to drive Caroline from her home.

    Hearts Made Whole is a lovely story of pain, suffering, caring, acceptance and leaning on God. It’s the second in the Beacons of Hope series. I’ve not read book one and, although Ryan apparently appears in it, it isn’t necessary to have read it in order to enjoy this title.

    Written by Proverbial Reads on June 15, 2015
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    Hearts Made Whole by Jody Hedlund is book two in the Beacons of Hope series. The book is a historical fiction novel set in 1865 in Windmill Point, Michigan. Caroline Taylor has been running the Windmill Point Lighthouse on her own, while caring for her younger siblings, after the death of her father.Overall, the story is about Ryan Chambers’ and Caroline Taylor’s relationship.This is definitely not the best Jody Hedlund book. Characters were enjoyable, but not much in the way of suspense.

    In an unusual turn for this author, it does have a few steamy scenes which weren’t too bad but I felt unnecessary.This book was a departure from the former writing style of this author and was disappointing as a historical Christian fiction book.

    DISCLAIMER: In accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising” we would like to note that we received an electronic of Hearts Made Whole provided by the publishers, Bethany House, in exchange for our honest review.

    Written by wisdom in books on June 14, 2015
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    HEARTS MADE WHOLE is the second book in Ms. Hedlund’s Beacons of Hope series, but it easily stands alone. I am torn about this review. I read it through in one sitting. I liked the sexual tension, I liked the setting, I love lighthouses, Michigan history, and … yet this story didn’t click. It was predictable. I knew who the bad “guy” was before it was revealed. I hated that the hero spent most of the book addicted to drugs and alcohol and that she had to manage the light because he was out drunk and stoned. I wanted to put the book down several times, and if I’d bought it I would’ve. But I agreed to read it in its entirety for review. So I kept on. There was no faith message, there were the mandatory deaths, and…

    Written by Lighthouse Academy on June 14, 2015
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    Ms. Hedlund has given us a very interesting book that is loaded with marvelous themes that make us think as well as enjoy the story. Caroline and Ryan are great characters that we can really identify with and care for and root for their romance to succeed.

    Written by Vic’s Media Room on June 14, 2015
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    I loved the historical details, spiritual themes, gripping suspense, and tender romance found in Hearts Made Whole. Jody Hedlund masterfully weaves these threads together, creating a most compelling story! I highly recommend Hearts Made Whole, as well as the other stories in the Beacons of Hope series.

    Written by Buzzing About Books on June 13, 2015
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    Hearts Made Whole, the second novel in the Beacons of Hope series, easily contains all the wonderful qualities a reader should hope for and expect in one of Jody Hedlund’s novels and fans will not be disappointed. I highly recommend it and now can’t wait for Undaunted Hope.

    Written by Book by Book on June 12, 2015
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    I enjoyed this story so much! I love that the author has connections that run throughout these books that tie them together. An important item is introduced in the novella and makes an appearance in each story. I really like that continuity and seeing the way the tale behind the item helps the person who possesses it.

    Written by Britt Reads Fiction on June 12, 2015
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    I really enjoyed Caroline as a character. Her emotions as a big sister rang very true to what I feel as I help raise my younger siblings. There’s no sacrifice that would be too great for them, and Caroline reflects this beautifully. The way Ryan sees this in her and decides to become the champion of the caretaker touched me in a personal way. I also enjoyed the fact that both characters, while falling in love with each other, realized that they needed to rely on the Lord and lean on His strength rather that solely looking to what they could give one another as flawed human beings. All in all, I think this is my new favorite of Jody Hedlund’s stories!

    Written by ReviewsByErin on June 12, 2015
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    Hearts Made Whole is the second book in Hedund’s Beacons of Hope historical romance series about lighthouse keepers in Michigan. Featuring Ryan Chambers who had a small role in “Love Unexpected” and Caroline Taylor who has almost single-handedly run the Windmill Point Lighthouse for some time. After her father’s death, Caroline and her siblings are notified that they must leave their home because only a man is allowed to be a lighthouse keeper and Ryan just happens to be her replacement. Could anyone less qualified have been hired?

    Returning from the war, Ryan is a broken man – dirty, smelly, hairy, and addicted to the alcohol and opium he uses to escape the physical pain and the guilt. This man is the most unlikely hero for a love story that I have run across and I really did not like him for awhile. But somehow, even with all her problems and responsibilities, Caroline was able to see the gentle, kind-hearted man of integrity hidden beneath his visible appearance.

    Written by Daysong Reflections on June 11, 2015
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    This is the first novel by Jody Hedlund I have ever read and I really enjoyed it. The setting is in the 1800’s, and Caroline Taylor is holding down the position of lighthouse keeper after her father’s death. The problem is, although she is very good at her job, women are not supposed to hold such positions. It does not take long for the inspector to hire a man to take over. Unfortunately, Ryan Chambers is a Civil War veteran who has physical and emotional issues he is dealing with. He really is not fit to take over the lighthouse position.

    Written by The Talbert Report on June 11, 2015
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    I like that Jody Hedlund used a strong female protagonist to set the stage for a story about women who make a difference…I enjoyed the twists, turns, and surprises of this well-written tale of courage.

    Written by Beauty in Everyday Life on June 10, 2015
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    Hearts Made Whole has a storyline that is gripping. Jody uses her characters to unfold mystery, jealousy, and tenacity. She also uses those characters to inspire trust in the Lord, love, forgiveness and second chances. Some characters you can not help but love while others you make you so mad you want to scream.

    Written by Simple Harvest Reads on June 9, 2015
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    This book has it all – family drama, romance, crimes, mystery, friendship, and more.

    This book opens with the tragic death of the father of the family currently living at the lighthouse. We learn quickly that he has died the same death as their mother a few years earlier. It doesn’t take long for the lighthouse inspector to show up, and things really start getting interesting with the story line.

    Written by Ting’s Mom Books on June 9, 2015
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    This is the second book in the series and it really doesn’t relate much to the first, so I would say you could read them separately. I have read all of Hedlund’s books and she is a favorite author of mine. This one wasn’t quite as good as the first in the series. I still really did enjoy it and couldn’t put it down too often. There is a bit of a “mystery” that threads throughout the book and I didn’t find it to be too mysterious. The first part of the book I just couldn’t decide how I felt about all of the characters. Tessa and Caroline’s relationship is a unique portrayal of sisters though it was not fun to read. There are a lot of darker heavy issues in this book that surprised me but I applaud the author for writing about it.

    Written by I Hope You Dance on June 9, 2015
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    There are so many interesting things that I loved about this novel! The first being that the author doesn’t shy away from portraying the hero as a doped and drunken mess in all his stinky glory, which provides a distinct contrast to the goodness in his heart and the strong, courageous man he truly is under his pain, fears, and doubts, and emphasizes the power of his transformation. We get to know Caroline and her own fears, flaws, strength and compassion through her relationships with those around her. She faces the injustice of her situation with dignity, sacrificing everything for her family. I loved the romance between her and Ryan- they strengthened each other and brought joy and laughter into what could have been a grim environment.

    Written by Heidi Reads… on June 9, 2015
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    Jody Hedlund is one of those authors whose books I want to read just based on her name appearing on the cover. Hearts Made Whole, the latest release in her Beacons of Hope series, definitely lives up to the Hedlund name.

    Though Ryan is far from your classic romantic hero, I couldn’t help but pull for him. I desperately wanted him to be with Caroline, even though for much of the novel he was absolutely not husband material. Caroline’s character is wholly likeable, and I loved her determination to take care of her family, even when that determination led her to make decisions I didn’t agree with.

    Overall, I loved Hearts Made Whole. The ending is wholly satisfying, and the novel took a few turns that kept me guessing.

    Written by Christian Chick’s Thoughts on June 8, 2015
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  • Jody Hedlund did such a fabulous job in setting the historical backdrop of Hearts Made Whole. I also loved the characters and was immediately drawn into their lives. I wanted to cheer them on, believe in them, and see them to a happy end. It was a bit rough getting there, but I enjoyed the journey.

    Written by Wishful Endings on June 8, 2015
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    I am thoroughly enjoying Jody Hedlund’s Beacons of Hope series focusing on lighthouses of the Michigan’s Great Lakes. Jody Hedlund weaves a compelling story from historical records that pays tribute to the enormous responsibility undertaken by those who faithfully served as lightkeepers of these vital landmarks. I loved Caroline’s fortitude and determination to continue her role in the face of strong and equally determined opposition. Her devotion to the lighthouse coupled with her fierce loyalty to her family make her a force to be reckoned with! Tension builds as intrigue, danger, and romance weave together in a tale impossible to put down….

    Written by Mocha with Linda on June 8, 2015
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    Caroline is a strong heroine who can’t afford to expose any vulnerabilities. Ryan is a flawed hero who sees them anyway. The two together seem like a disaster waiting to happen and yet they compliment each other in so many ways — unknowingly drawing strength from each other.

    Written by Best Reads on June 8, 2015
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    Reading stories that deal with part of our American history not covered in history books but which writers of historical fiction have researched and plotted into delightful stories to entertain and, yes, to educate, is a favorite pastime. Jody Hedlund is just such an author. Her previous book in the Beacons of Hope series was a really good read which I reviewed. See review here.

    In Hearts Made Whole, the story begins tragically with the drowning of the lighthouse keeper. His daughter and her siblings remain at the lighthouse and she “mans” it despite the 1865’s mindset that keeping a lighthouse is a job for which only a man is suited. She desperately needs the job, but so does Ryan Chambers who is returning injured from the Civil War……..

    Written by Chat With Vera on June 7, 2015
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    The Beacons of Hope series, written by Jody Hedlund, tells stories about lighthouses and those who keep them. In her second book of the series, Hearts Made Whole, Ms. Hedlund tells the story about Caroline Taylor, who with her father and siblings help man the lighthouse at Windmill Point, Michigan in 1865. After the untimely drowning death of her father, Caroline tries to keep her job at the lighthouse in order to care for her two sisters and two brothers. Ryan Chambers is injured in body and soul. He and Caroline, of necessity, start to work together to help each other. I thought this book was well written and very interesting. I was sent a free print copy of the book by Litfuse Publicity Group and Bethany House in return for my honest opinion of the book.

    Written by I’m Hooked on Books on June 6, 2015
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    A fast-paced read, and well written companion novel to Ms. Hedlund’s previous book, Love Unexpected. This book finds Ryan Chambers a wounded and haunted war veteran, fresh from the Civil War, looking to find a way to make right the wrongs he witnessed during the war, as well as to find a place to lay his head.
    Overall, a really well done story, the side characters were wonderful, I especially liked Esther. The setting of the lighthouse is beautiful, yet terrific, and it’s a beacon of hope to those at sea. I think my favorite character was Ryan, because he was humble and honest with himself, and genuinely wanted to make a fresh start, even though he wasn’t sure if he could. fantastic story-telling, and another amazing read from Jody Hedlund!

    Written by Labor Not in Vain on June 6, 2015
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    Hearts Made Whole (Beacons of Hope #2) by Jody Hedlund is one the suspenseful, romance novels of the summer. From beginning to end the story feels like an episode of Dateline “Who did it?” mixed in with two characters finding love and comfort while depending on God. This novel will keep you anticipating the end and holding out for the war torn hero and the burdens that hang on the young heroine’s shoulders. This is a must read for summer!

    Written by Taylor Reid Reads and Breathes on June 5, 2015


    I really like that Jody puts a lot of research and detail into her stories, bringing to life the period of history she is writing about. I found this story to be an interesting and unique look at the role which light keepers played on some of the Great Lakes. It was also interesting to have one of the main characters be a Civil War veteran, showing how hard it was for him to get back to work after being injured in the war and having to deal with memories of unjust acts committed during the war. And, also for it to show the adjustment of the women who had to work during the war, to cover for the shortage of men to fill jobs. I enjoyed the historical aspect, but I didn’t care for one of the characters, who was just not a kind person. Over all though, the story is an interesting one, full of depth. I enjoyed getting to know most of the characters!

    Written by Inklings and Notions on June 5, 2015


    Hearts Made Whole was an amazing book. This book has it all! I was either laughing or just plain enjoying the adventure! This book is a must read, because once you start, you wont be able to stop reading.

    Written by A Simple Life, really?! on June 5, 2015
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    Tender romance, poignant drama, & gripping suspense, all set within the framework of an interesting period in America’s history. As with all of Jody’s stories, my attention was captured on page one and never waned. Characterization is another strong point and I found Ryan and Caroline, as well as several secondary characters, extremely appealing. I can’t help but reflect on the spiritual themes lighthouses represent – danger, lostness, rescue, hope, safety, all epitomized in Jesus. This is a wonderfully entertaining story that I am glad to recommend to all who enjoy historical romance.

    Written by The Power of Words on June 4, 2015
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    This is a well written historical novel that will tug at your heart. Ryan is a wonderfully flawed character. Hedlund did an excellent job of showing his pain and heartache after being in the Civil War. Yet Caroline could see the goodness under those layers of pain. Only God could get through to the real Ryan. So, a wonderful romance with some mystery and suspense too. A great novel.

    Written by Book Reviews from an Avid Reader on June 4, 2015
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    SETTING: 1865 Windmill Point, Michigan

    Is forgiveness possible? When Caroline Taylor’s father died, she ran the Windmill Point Lighthouse and began to get more self confidence as time went by. The problem being, in that era, 1865 Michigan, women weren’t supposed to run any companies. They were supposed to stay home and raise the family, be a good wife and mother.

    That being, it wasn’t long before the inspector put in a new keeper. Caroline was left out in the cold, nowhere to go and no other job that was available for a woman in that time period.

    Written by BOOKS REVIEWS ETC on June 3, 2015
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  • A fantastic novel from start to finish! Loved the story of pain, strength and finding courage and hope when you feel lost. The lighthouse is a beacon of safety and this is what both characters find.

    Written by Working Mommy Journal on June 3, 2015


    I have a deep affection for Jody Hedlund as a writer. Her books are some of the ones I turn to when I’m in need of a guaranteed good story. Like comfort food, they always offer satisfaction.

    When she releases a new book, in this case Hearts Made Whole, no matter when I start reading or what else is going on in my life, there is one thing I just can’t do with one of her books–stop reading! (Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book in exchange for my review through Litfuse Publicity Group.)

    I can’t do it! My house could be a mess, the kids in need of dinner, chaos reigning all around me and still my nose is stuck in a Jody Hedlund book as I turn page after page to see what will happen to my new friends, er, the characters in the book.

    Written by Living Echoes on June 3, 2015
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    Hearts Made Whole by Jody Hedlund was a great historical fiction book. This book takes place in Michigan and I love Michigan so I knew I would at least love the setting of the book even if I didn’t end up liking the characters or the plot of the story. From the first time you hear from Ryan I felt bad for him and had a soft spot for everything he had to have gone through.

    Written by The World As I See It on June 3, 2015
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    This book appealed to me for two reasons right up front. The first was that is takes place in the 1800s which has always been one of my favorite time periods to read about. Second I love lighthouses and all things to do with them so since this story takes place around the lighthouse I jumped at the chance to get to read it. Thank you Jody for combing two of my favorite things.
    I really liked Caroline from the beginning. She is a strong woman doing a job that in that time period women were not supposed to do and doing it well. Also I did like Ryan even though he was struggling with his own demons. I like the chemistry between these two characters and how their relationship builds. They kind of play off of each other throughout the entire story. Jody does a good job of dealing with real problems like addiction and terminal illness. Both the character development and the scene descriptions were done very well and make you feel a part of the story.

    This is the second book in this series and although you will want to read both books you are able to read this as a standalone book and not feel lost. I am looking forward to the next book in this series.

    Written by Griperang’s Bookmarks on June 2, 2015
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    A lighthouse needs tending. Siblings need looking after. Journey with Caroline as she struggles to break through into a man’s world and be a home-maker.
    Ryan, a civil war veteran addicted to alcohol and opium pills attempts to re-enter society. Will he be able to defeat the past horrors?
    Break the sins of the fathers by focusing on the heavenly Father who has the power to define who you are.
    Step back in time and follow Caroline and Ryan as they face their own battles.

    Written by Avid Reader Reviews on June 2, 2015
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    Jody Hedlund is a master storyteller. She takes history and teaches you but you don’t even know you are being taught because of how the story draws you in. The characters are authentic and flawed. There is romance and mystery in this book, but that doesn’t mean the Jody leaves out God. Instead she makes a deep impact in her writing as the characters hearts are made whole by God and God alone.

    Written by Book Reviews on May 21, 2015
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  • Anne Rightler says:

    Looks like a great prize package. Thank you for the opportunity. Here’s hoping to be a winner of at least a book 🙂

  • Pauline Osborne says:

    Hi Jody, love your giveaway summer and beachtime sure go together. My sister and neice visited last month and we went to beach near us and spent couple days soaking up sun and eating out…seeing the sights like tourist. had a great time. I brought a book with me but not much reading. ocean breezes are a special kind of treat.

  • Barbara Lima says:

    The sun reflecting on my face.

  • Debbie Gomes says:

    Love the contest! Beautiful book

  • Rachel D says:

    Burying my toes in the sand!

  • Cuba Henderson says:

    I would love to win this book/giveaway and just go to the beach and read it with a good piña colada in my hand( the virgin kind not alcoholic)

  • Jennifer Pritchard says:

    What a wonderful give away! I would love to be apart of this! I’m praying for a great success time!

  • Deb sugg says:

    Love your books, Jody! Can’t wait to read Hearts Made Whole and I sure hope I’m a winner! God bless you and yours!