I just finished reading the 2nd book in the Beacons of Hope series by Jody Hedlund. I had not previously read the 1st in this series, but I wasn't at all lost. This particular title, Hearts Made Whole, was a fantastic read. It addresses the issue of the capability of women to do a job as well as a man (in certain areas--a lighthouse in this case), PTSD in combat soldiers before the disorder ever had a name. Substance abuse, scandal, and a murder scheme all rolled into one, this was one fast-paced book that will keep readers on their toes.
What I most enjoyed about this particular title was how very complicated it became, and how there was never an easy way out. Each situation demanded hard work and commitment. Abuse was also highlighted in this novel and reveals its devastating effects on all. Besides a few cheesy romance moments (pure scandal during this time period), this is a very entertaining read with much value.