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The Hearts We Mend (Banister Falls Novel #2)

Kathryn Springer


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Hardcover, Large Print (5/18/2016)


Planning and Post-It notes are the epitome of Evie's life. But when she meets Jack, her life gets more than a little complicated.

Thirteen years ago, Evie's firefighter husband was killed in the line of duty, leaving her to raise their young son, Cody, alone. Now Cody is marrying the love of his life, and as he packs up his belongings, the house feels as empty as Evie's heart. But for all her planning and mad organizational skills, Evie could never have anticipated the dramatic shift her life is about to make.

Tattooed, rough-around-the-edges Jack raises quite a few eyebrows in the tight-knit community of Banister Falls. Where Evie's life is stream-lined, Jack's approach to living is moment-by-moment. But as Evie gets drawn into Jack's world--a world that isn't as safe or predictable as the one she's worked so hard to create--he challenges her to open her eyes to the problems outside the walls of the church.

Jack doesn't make Evie feel comfortable, but he definitely makes her feel something. Something she hasn't felt since Max passed away--or maybe ever. Because even though Jack isn't anything like her late husband, he just might be everything she needs.

Zondervan, 9780310339724, 320pp.

Publication Date: March 8, 2016

Conversation Starters from

Discuss the changes Evie is facing when the story opens.

Jack shares a verse from Nehemiah with Evie. Do you agree that he did the right thing by moving to Banister Falls?

Which character in the book could you relate to the most? Why?

Bert told Evie, “You can hold onto the memories so close, so tight, that you don’t have room for anything else.” How was this true in Evie’s life? What changes did you see in her after she got to know the people in Jack’s building?

What was the turning point in Jack and Evie’s relationship?

Evie realized it wasn’t grief but fear that prevented her from moving forward after Max’s death. What are some other things that hindered her growth?