A Heart Mended is an emotional story that revolves around one particular year at summer camp. For anyone who has fond memories of summer camp stays, this book will bring them back. Anyone who lost a love will identify with Wilfred’s (Will) pain and self-doubts.
Shannon, the heroine, shines as the camp nurse and Will’s love interest. She is determined to help Will, and love him, whether he realizes he needs it or not. Will, the reluctant hero, is the resident camp handyman and nature counselor for the kids. While he welcomes Shannon’s attention, he also moves away from it, thinking he is helping her. Young Robbie’s painful adolescence can’t help but touch the reader’s heart as he struggles with his own very real problems.
The characters share their summer adventures at camp with the reader, rekindling memories for those who attended or worked at summer camps–or still do. Will’s unusual interest in poor beleaguered Robbie is finally explained in a satisfying conclusion.