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Friday, June 7, 2013

Review of S. Dionne Moore's A Heartbeat Away

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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My Review:

This was an okay book, I'll admit it wasn't the best that I have read lately, it was just okay.  I had a hard time keeping my attention on this book.  It had a lot of action in it because of being set during the Civil Was and revolving around the battle of Antietam.  It gave a good glimpse of what it would have been like to have lived during that time.  I think the author did a good job with the terror and emotion of the time.  Joe, a southern soldier, is brought, severely wounded, to Beth and her grandmother so they can nurse him.  While he is in their care, he and Beth figure out they have feelings for each other.  But Beth thinks that no man will ever want her because of her injury to her foot.  Joe is also there to help Beth get through a tragedy.  I felt that the quilt in this story didn't come into play till the end of the book.  Beth worked on the quilt throughout the book, but the quilt plays a part in how everything comes out in the end.  This was a
fast read only having 216 pages.  Good job!

I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review. 

Meet 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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