Tuesday, December 31, 2013
The Heart Mender by Andy Andrews
It is the tale of the people, Helen a bereft young WWII widow who moves to Alabama to care for her aunt, her only relative, Helen is a case study of hard luck; other characters, Billy and Margaret Gilbert who own the local cafe and hire Helen after her aunt passes, of their son, Davey autistic or developmentally disabled, the local constable Wan and Josef Newman, the German sailor whom Helen finds on the beach. According to the author, this book was his greatest career disappointment and his favorite. It was first a manuscript, "Island of Saints" and "through issues of bad timing, ..little previous success and zero publicity the book was quickly forgotten." I give it a 2 or 3 **---*** although the book club members liked it. I prefer more depth in reading so it just might be suitable for those interested in a quick non absorbing read.