Friday, June 7, 2013

Litfuse Blog Tour for A Heartbeat Away by S. Dionne Moore


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?


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.
Find out more about S. Dionne at


MY THOUGHTS-I wasn't too sure about this book as I am not a big fan of civil war style books. I enjoy reading history but for some reason a lot of fiction books about that time period seem boring. I guess I am hard to please in this area:) But if I am that picky, that makes this book that much better. I sat down to read this and finished it in about 2 hours. Maybe a little bit less. It totally captivated me and I had to finish the story. The characters draw you in and I felt a kinship to Elizabeth, or Beth. She has a hard time accepting that her limp can be looked past and it doesn't have anything to do with the person she is inside. What a giving spirit once she learned the lesson Gerta was trying to show her.

And don't even get me started on Joe! What a guy:) Handsome, gentle, understanding and caring. I understand why Beth fell for him, even as hard as she tried not to. And Jim was a great guy as well. He is the epitome of a helper. Always there and ready to help no matter what. He might have actually been my second favorite. Overall a great story that drew me in. And that isn't even touching the whole part about the quilt. Beth's mother gives her a package as she leaves and once Beth opens it she realizes it is quilt pieces. Why would her mother give her a quilt to do? She doesn't even like sewing! But as she pieces this together she comes to find out that it is a sign of hope and a drawing towards home. Excellent book!!

**DISCLOSURE: I was given a free product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given, and all thoughts are 100% mine. Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**

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