The Hearts We Mend by Kathryn Springer is a contemporary Christian romance and the second book in the Banister Falls series. It can however be read as a stand-alone.
The focus of the novel is Evie Bennett, Cody’s mother. As Cody leaves home to marry Raine, so Evie’s home feels empty. Even Diva the dog moves out with Cody. Evie feels lonely. All her life, hopes and dreams have been tied up in Cody. Now she must learn to live life for herself, but how?
Evie has been a widow for thirteen years. Her husband Max’s death was her defining moment, from then onwards Evie’s life has been on hold. Evie has lived with one foot in the past, clinging to her memories. “The memories can comfort us… or we can hold them so close, so tight, there isn’t room for anything else.” Evie needs to release her hold on the past. Fear has kept her rooted there. Evie trusted God with her past. Now she needs to trust Him with her future.
Love Conquers All
The Dandelion Field by Kathryn Springer is a contemporary Christian romance that deals with the subject of teenage pregnancy.
Tied in to this theme is that of judging others. Kathryn Springer shows that we should never judge others, we are to love them. Unfortunately this message has not got through to all the residents of Banister Falls. Even some of the church goers are quick to judge the teens. Proving that going to church does not make you immune from the struggle with prejudice and gossip.
The novel deals with the past repeating itself down the generations as Raine’s mother Ginevieve also fell pregnant as a teen. What is different is the reactions of those around to the news.