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The Heart Mender: A Story of Second Chances

"The principle woven into this incredible story has changed my life."

Tim Brando FOX Sports Host & Commentator

Can natural enemies make peace? Actually . . . can they fall in love?

In 1942 and 1943, German subs are dispatched to the Gulf of Mexico to sink U.S. vessels carrying goods and fuel. While taking a late-night walk, Helen Mason‚ widowed by the war‚ discovers the near-lifeless body of a German sailor. Enraged at the site of Josef Landermann’s uniform, Helen is prepared to leave him to die when an unusual phrase, faintly uttered, changes her mind.

In The Heart Mender, a small town must prepare itself for the worst the world has to offer, and Josef and Helen must reconcile their pasts to create a future. Andy Andrews once again provides a unique blend of historical fact and engaging fiction showing the power of forgiveness.

Released in a previous edition as Island of Saints.

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Introduction (2:44)

Chapter 1 (11:42)

Reviews from Pioneers, Frontrunners, Innovators and Leaders

The Saturday Evening Post

"With the skill of a virtuoso, Andy Andrews continues his string of successful writing performances in his latest entertaining masterpiece. The plot, characters, and storyline combine to summon the reader into an unforgettable experience."

Robert Silvers Former Executive Publisher,
The Saturday Evening Post


"When Andy Andrews unburies the secrets under the wax myrtle tree, he unburies the heart of what makes us most human. This incredible story will resonate in every part of your life."

Scott G. Halford Emmy Award-winning writer, speaker and author

the Insider

"The Heart Mender is a sweeping adventure filled with many emotions. The compelling narrative unites the past and present in a fantastic must-read."

Bonnie Tiegel Senior Supervising Producer,
Entertainment Tonight, The Insider

From Twitter


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hey_its_la If you like "The Noticer" you will like Andy Andrews' new book "The Heart Mender."


kenwoody @AndyAndrews I just finished The Heart Mender in one day. Wow, what a great book. I agree, Andy, it may be your best yet. Great job.


Laurabo finished The Heart Mender by @AndyAndrews - GREAT book, historical fiction about second chances and forgiveness - based on a true story


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From Facebook


Becky Lack The Heart Mender is Wonderful! We own a condo in Ft. Morgan area and I could just picture what that area was like in those days. Loved, Loved the book. Can't wait to read what you write next.


Kathy Nicholls I just finished The Heart Mender and what a powerful story. ALL of your books have had such an impact on me. I often give The Traveler's Gift as a gift to people. Thank you so much for what you do an for your writing.


Julie Bufkin Lewis just finished The Heart Mender. It is amazing!! It is now my favorite book and I will recommend it to everyone I meet. Thanks Andy for writing it!


Bill Hoyt Andy: I just finished "The Heart Mender" on Friday eve. I love your perspective and how you tell a story. It's entertaining and inspiring. You are now my favorite author. I tell everyone to read your books and I share them at my office. When's the next one coming?

Blogger Reviews

"Not only is it a fascinating story, but it brings up all kinds of questions about war, hatred, family, and forgiveness."

— Susan Heim, On Parenting

“Andrews has a unique manner of storytelling, unlike any other author I’ve found.”

— The Randleman Review

“This is an amazing story of life, loss, and love in an unexpected place.”

— Faith, Family, Frugality

“I discovered so much about the art of forgiving.”

— Tea and Inspiration

“The Heart Mender is an excellent book: mystery, thriller, love story, historical fiction, and inspiration. I couldn’t put it down.”

— Pausing To Consider

“I highly recommend this book and believe it has something to offer to everyone that reads it.”

— Diane Estrella

“Andy Andrews left me captivated, inspired, and mesmerized yet again.”

— Counting Our Blessings

“I’m pretty sure this is going down as one of my favorite books. I absolutely loved it!”

— A Musing Reviews

“If you love a good heartfelt story and the chance to learn a bit of history in the process, I would highly recommend this novel.”

— Lorah Kylen

“The Heart Mender is a wonderful book that will encourage and inspire you.”

— From the Heart of a Bookworm

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Trade Information

  • Title: The Heart Mender
  • Subtitle: A Story of Second Chances
  • Author: Andy Andrews
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson
  • Date of Publication: May 11, 2010
  • Retail Price: $18.99 US (Hardcover)
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-7852-3103-5
  • Pages: 256

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Meet Andy Andrews

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Hailed by the New York Times as someone who has "quietly become one of the most influential people in America," Andy Andrews is a best-selling novelist and in-demand speaker for some of the world’s largest organizations. The Traveler's Gift, a featured book selection of ABC's Good Morning America, has been translated into more than 20 languages and was on every bestseller list in the country for months.

Andy has spoken at the request of four different United States presidents and toured military bases around the world at the request of the Department of Defense. Arguably, there is no single person on the planet better at weaving subtle, yet life-changing lessons into riveting tales of adventure and intrigue—both on paper and on stage.

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