Thursday, June 13, 2013

A Heartbeat Away by S. Dionne Moore ~ Book Review/Tour

About A Heartbeat Away: 

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?

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S. Dionne MooreMeet Dionne:

Dionne Moore is a historical romance author who resides in South Central PA with her family, surrounded by the beautiful Cumberland Valley and lots of fun, historically rich locations. She is a weekly contributor to "The Borrowed Book", a blog for book-lovers and "Cozy Mystery Magazine", for all things cozy mystery. 

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My Thoughts:
"The darkness would fade as we journeyed toward the light."

In a time when state fought against state, man against man, white against black; hope seemed especially bleak. This book, although historical fiction, can be applied to today.

Beth, not exactly crippled, but not exactly right, knows what rejection feels like. Loss. Pain. Suffering. But what will it take to bring her back to the God who still loves her; the one she's turned her back on?

I enjoyed the themes running throughout this book. Themes of forgiveness, hope, despair, trust, and faith all combined make this a thoughtful read. It wasn't an impassioned plea to take sides in regards to the Civil War, but two very personal journeys from the protagonist's points of view. There were times though that I would have to re-read something to get my bearing of what was going on. 

Beth understood the black on the quilt blocks her mother had given her. But why did all the triangles, brighter at each step, point to such a bright, cheerful middle?

We are reminded that life, with all its bitterness, sadness, and depressing issues, isn't meant to remain bleak, black, and cold and without hope. Though there will be difficulties and hardships, we must not forget that tomorrow is a new day. And, one by one, those days will brighten again if we keep our eyes fixed on the Lord.

"No one in their right mind asks for trouble, but sometimes it is measured out to us to prove what we are made of."

My thanks to the publisher for providing me with a copy of this book. These opinions are my own, and I was not required they be favorable. :)

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