Beacons of Hope, Book 2
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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I have become a big fan of Jody Hedlund's work. So far her stories have been compelling and unique. If her name is on the cover then I want to read it. I enjoy her strong female leads and the unusual aspects of their histories.
The first book in the Beacons of Hope series, Love Unexpected, introduced us to the exciting and challenging life of a female lighthouse keeper. Hearts Made Whole is the second book in the series and it centers around the Windmill Point Lighthouse. After the accidental death of her father, Caroline Taylor finds herself as the acting lighthouse keeper. She's very proficient at her job and even manages to balance it with caring for her four younger siblings. But the lighthouse inspector has nefarious plans to replace her so his underhanded schemes can continue.
The Civil War has recently ended and the lighthouse board has decided to appoint veterans to vacant lighthouse keeper positions. Ryan Chambers is given the Windmill Point post which leaves Caroline and her siblings without a home or a source of income. To say that Ryan is a mess is an understatement. The war has left wounds that go much deeper than the visible scars. He needs Caroline and her skills to make everything work. But things begin to happen that are obviously meant to frighten Caroline into leaving.
In what is becoming the trademark Hedlund style this story has a bit of everything. There is of course history combined with a complicated romance. The elements of mystery and intrigue speed the story along and keep you speculating as to who is behind the dangerous events. And finally the redemptive story of a second chance is the overriding theme that lifts this book above many in this genre.
If you enjoy a fast paced story laced with the above elements then I think you will find not only Hearts Made Whole but the entire Beacons of Hope series a delightful read.
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