A Heartbeat Away, Quilts of Love Series #7
beyond the hard times
A Heartbeat Away by S. Dionne Moore
This book is set in the 1860 and the war. Joe is brought by slaves to Elizabeth and Gretas' house and the grandmother sews him up but he needs rest and they fear the troops will find him.
Loved learning about healing and the use of honey and cornstarch.
Found a bond right off the first few pages while she's drinking tea a splash of hot water and cinnamon heated up the tea-I drink tea all year round also.
Joe starts to recover and others are brought in for her to heal. She's always prayed God would cure her crushed ankle so she'd not limp. She loves nursing even if it's for the enemy.
The quilt her mother had sent means something to Joe, the wounded that she's caring for-it will show what's beyond that hard times.
So many more wounded, from both sides are brought to her grandmother's house and they must leave as it's being taken over. Jim secures a cabin for them to help heal a bit more before they move on...The women continue to go into the fields to help the men.
When she finally makes it back to her mothers home she learns many things and what will her future hold?
An excerpt from Pieces of the Heart, the next in the series, is included.
I received this book from Abingdon Press in exchange for my honest review.
August 24, 2013
Ravages of War
A journey into the reality that came with the Civil War. We experience it with our own eyes and ears with the help of this Ms Moore.
Death and tragic loss of human life is everywhere. We see all of this though the eyes of Beth Bumgartner and her Grandmother Gerta. They have been called upon to nurse the wounded Confederate soldiers. We feel the shells shaking the house and breaking the windows. We smell the blood and unwashed bodies, and we see the pile of legs and arms the surgeon has cut off, along with the flies. Not a glamorous site here.
We also see the compassion of people who sympathies are not with the South, including some emancipated slaves. Where hate could have lived, there is a kindness to man and the love of the Lord.
We see God work in these poor people. There is a bit of romance in this story, and we loose people we have come to love.
This is a very different War story, and includes the working of a beautiful quilt throughout the shattering affects of battle. The book is a very fast past read, and will leave you wanting more, and there is a preview of the next book in this series included.
I received this book through Litfuse Publicity Book Tours, and was not required to give a positive review.
June 13, 2013
God's Hope is a Heartbeat away...
A Heartbeat away...
The terror of war....
The carnage left on the battlefield...
The loss that tore hearts...
The pain that those who lived endured...
The fact that those who lived were changed...
The fear that "changed" meant unlovely and broken....
The truth that Love sees through all loss...
These themes are vividly depicted
in S. Dionne Moore's book.
A love story set in the Civil War, between two vulnerable people, A Heartbeat Away tells the story of Joseph Madison and Beth Bumgartner.
He is a Rebel soldier, she is a nurse from a Union loyal family. They are left in the wake of the war that has etched its bloody horror on their minds and wounded their bodies with its weapons.
They are wounded souls, flesh and blood people in need of God's strength, peace and grace.
As Beth pieces together the quilt blocks her mother gave her, and Joe heals from his wound, will they find that God's hope is a heartbeat away?
Filled with memorable writing and characters you want to see healed and together, S. Dionne Moore's A Heartbeat Away tells a very good story.
Thank you S. Dionne Moore and Litfuse for my copy of this book!
June 8, 2013
S. Dionne Moore's A Heartbeat Away begs to answer the question "Can a quilt and a hidden message bring enemies together?"
The Civil War did not only divide a nation but hearts. Beth Bumgartner's broken leg has led her to a broken heart and more importantly a severed relationship with God. Knowing the danger of walking in darkness, her mother seeks to get to her a message of hope through the quilt she sends her. Will Beth see the message and have a change of heart or has her heart been hardened beyond repair? Confederate soldier Joe's sudden arrival at her doorstep leaves them both with more questions than answers. Will both of them be able to see the hope there is in God or will the war raging in their hearts consume them?
This book did a wonderful job at demonstrating human kindness in the midst of the realities of a war. Rather than taking on a survival mode mentality, Beth and her grandmother, Gerta's willingness to help the enemy characterized the selflessness maybe too often overlooked in the Civil War's history. As the war progressed so did the vivid imagery detailed in the battlefield. The inconceivable atrocities of war and its conditions were sympathetically dealt with rather than turning it into a gory account. Seeing the heartbreak of the ladies nursing as well as the soldier's despair brought the realities of war into perspective.
The best part of the book was seeing Beth and Joe grow despite of their hurt. Both had been hurt trying to save a life and both had remained prisoners of their hurt. Seeing their relationship blossom from the inner beauty of character rather than on external physical traits was so refreshing to read. Finding their wholeness in Jesus and not their physical capabilities was simply beautiful.
This book is a refreshing read for anyone interested in historical fiction.
I received a complimentary copy of above mentioned title from Litfuse in exchange for an independent and unbiased review.
June 6, 2013