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A Heartbeat Away
Abingdon Press (May 1, 2013)
S. Dionne Moore
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
S. Dionne Moore started writing in 2006. Her first book, Murder on the Ol’ Bunions, was contracted for publication by Barbour Publishing in 2008. In 2009 she moved on to writing historical romances as an outlet for her passion for history. In 2010 her second cozy mystery, Polly Dent Loses Grip, was a 2010 Carol Award finalist and she was also named a Barbour Publishing 2010 Favorite New Author. In 2011 her first historical romance, Promise of Tomorrow, was nominated a 2011 Carol Award finalist.
Born and raised in Manassas, Virginia, Moore moved to Greencastle, PA in 1993, then to Mercersburg in 2009. Moore enjoys life in the historically rich Cumberland Valley where traffic jams are a thing of the past and there are only two stoplights in the whole town.
For more information, visit her Website at www.sdionnemoore.com.
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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?
If you would like to read the first chapter of A Heartbeat Away, go HERE.
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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.**