Tuesday, June 11, 2013

A Heartbeat Away by S. Dionne Moore

About the Book:

When a band of runaway slaves brings Union-loyal Beth Bumgartner a wounded
Confederate soldier named Joe, it is the catalyst that pushes her to defy her pacifist parents and become a nurse during the Battle of Antietam.

Her mother's mysterious goodbye gift is filled with quilt blocks that bring comfort to Beth during the hard days and lonely nights, but as she sews each block, she realizes there is a hidden message of faith within the pattern that encourages and sustains her. Reunited with Joe, Beth learns his secret and puts the quilt's message to its greatest test—but can betrayal be forgiven?

My Thoughts:

I'm not a fan of historical fiction, but I have enjoyed the "Quilts of Love" series.  This story is rich with detail about the worst war fought on American soil and lives that were changed for the worse and for the better.

Beth and Joe are both well written characters, and the description of the battle scenes is vivid.  I just never connected with the story.  One thought I did walk away with is the same one that comes to mind any time war is involved...I hate the destruction that comes with war, but God can bring beauty from man's ugliness toward one another.

I received a copy of "A Heartbeat Away" from Abingdon Press by taking part in a virtual book tour with LitFuse Media.  While this wasn't a favorite story, I'm sure fans of historical fiction will enjoy the book.


Happy Reading!



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