It seems like an impossibility today, enemy war-ships from a foreign country patrolling the coastal waters of the United States, close enough to send landing patrols ashore. But that impossibility was in fact a reality during the Second World War. Somehow I missed that lesson in my days studying US history.
Andy Andrews in his book “The Heart Mender” dives into an investigation of German U-boats and their patrols off the Alabama Gulf Coast. The historical facts get you hooked for continued reading, however it is the stories of the people who were affected by the facts that keep you reading.
In the midst of the facts we find an intriguing story of acceptance, love and forgiveness as only Andy could tell.
The book is a quick read and one that I had trouble putting down once started. I have already been talking up the book to family and friends.
If you are looking for a good summer read that highlights the good that can come out of tragedy go out and find “The Heart Mender.” I would also recommend Andy's other books: "The Traveler's Gift" and "The Noticer."