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Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: Abingdon Press
Publication Date: 2013
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
Series: Quilts of Love
Bonnie S. Calhoun is Owner/Director of Christian Fiction Blog Alliance helping to promote Christian fiction with blog tours. She is owner/publisher of Christian Fiction Online Magazine devoted to readers and writers of Christian fiction. As Northeast Zone Director for American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), she was named 2011 Mentor of the Year. She is also Appointment Coordinator for the Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Conference.
In her spare time she is an avid social media junkie, and teaches Facebook, Twitter, blogging and HTML. Bonnie and her husband live in a log cabin on 15 acres in an upstate area of Binghamton, New York with a dog and cat who consider the humans as wait-staff. Her website is bonniescalhoun.com.
susanmsjOdessa, TXAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Really good bookApril 12, 2018susanmsjOdessa, TXAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Ms. Calhoun was able to take some disturbing subjects such as racism, segregation, and PTSD and turn them into a very satisfying story. This book shows the power of prayer and faith, and that sometimes it isnt easy to have those. It is also a story of overcoming. I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it.
jbarr5RIAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Pieces of the HeartAugust 19, 2013jbarr5RIAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Pieces of the Heart by Bonnie S. Calhoun
Love this series and this book is a keeper. It starts out with Cordelia Grace and she's just a teen when the bullies in town go after her but Bernard Howard, the new white kid in town sticks up for her.
Years later she's talking to her grandmother and she's telling her the story of the Pine cone quilt and how each girl who's 18 is presented with her life covering with pieces of fabric from worn out clothes or other special pieces.
Folding the fabric into a square while praying over it. how priceless!
The story also follows Bernard and when he's younger his father beats up his mother and himself. He can't wait til he's 18 and able to leave the house.
Time frame for this novel is when the war is ongoing and women must work in factories and Japanese are being held in camps. It effected all parts of the country.
Cordelia was to wed Bernard next year and he didn't want her to work outside the home.
Love that she uses her hands to design clothing. Bernard learns of his mothers sin and hopes Cordelia's father the pastor can help her have faith again.
Misunderstandings among them leads to disagreements and arguments and I wonder if they will ever get back to what they had. Cordelia is not sure how she can tell him of what she saw his father do.
Seems there are more questions than answers ... His life leads him into a different direction and after a tragedy in her life she must seek work... Love how the bible and the quilt hold the answers to all the problems...
Love the storyline and the mystery and revelation of the quilt. An excerpt from another book in this series is included at the end.
I received this book from Abingdon Press in exchange for my honest review.
Janna RyanNorth Platte, NEAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Worth the wait...June 30, 2013Janna RyanNorth Platte, NEAge: 35-44Gender: femaleThis book was worth the wait. I love WWII and am always excited to see a fresh perspective on it. Pieces of the Heart has a VERY fresh perspective. An African American girl and boy meet when they are young and just know they will get married someday - this is their story... filled with twists and turns and most dramatically filled with Bernard going off to WWII while Cordelia stays home to work in the factories. I was quite taken with the characters and the life breathed into them. There are a lot of supporting characters that surround them, including both sets of their parents with their own issues and Cordelia's friends. They add lots of dimension to what is going on in the lives of Bernard and Cordelia.
I was unaware of what a lot of African Americans soldiers went through in WWII as well as lots of the segregation still on the home front up north - even among light skinned and dark skinned African Americans. I was moved by the threads of forgiveness and prayer wrapped up in this story and I truly enjoyed this newest book in the Quilts of Love line from Abingdon Press.
SallyTampa, FL4 Stars Out Of 5Young LoveJune 24, 2013SallyTampa, FLBernard and Cordelia are a young couple in love, and much like Romeo and Juliet, circumstances prevent them from marrying as early as they'd like. Frustrated, Bernard enlists. They both endure a time of testing. Much research on WWII African-American soldiers is evident. Separation from white soldiers must have been extremely humiliating for soldiers like Bernard, who had enjoyed mixed company all his life.
Cordelia's love for Bernard as he wrestles with battle fatigue makes this reader ache.
There's so much to the story that it seems choppy at times.
The theme and history of a Pine Cone quilt carries throughout the story. I like the way the quilt becomes an intricate part of Cordelia's life.
Discussion questions included.
Thank you to Bonnie at Christian Fiction Blog Alliance and Abingdon for my copy.
Heart2HeartVictorville, CAAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A heartwarming look at survival during WW2!June 24, 2013Heart2HeartVictorville, CAAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5"You know how some people can pinpoint when their lives changed for the better or worse?"
"Yes, baby. I've heard tell about folks like that. For me, I just personally felt it all began the day I was birthed." Grammy Mae, with her hair pulled back in a perfect chignon, wore tailored housedress; she had looked prim and proper every day Cordelia could remember. Even her black Hill and Dale stack-heel oxfords were polished to a high shine. Grammy loved shoes. She had taught Cordelia the brand name of every pair, though, to her grandmother's chagrin, Cordelia preferred to go barefoot.
Cordelia rubbed her hand over the red material that was close to the center of the quilt. "Well, this is when I was reborn."
Grammy smiled. "I knew the day you brought that bloody shirt in here, something was burnin' in your belly."
"That day I met Bernard." She sighed, remembering the whole jumble of feelings from that day. Her mind had raced to find excuses for the dirt on her play dress. She didn't want to tell about being pushed to the ground. A bicycle fall always seemed a handy excuse. Sometimes she was sure Grammy had guessed the truth. And then there was her Superman, Bernard Howard.
In the latest novel to find its way into the Quilts of Love Series, author Bonnie Calhoun takes her turn with Pieces of the Heart. In the beginning we get a snap shot at the life changing even that Cordelia believes changed her life, one that many young adults like myself could easily relate to. Grammy shares pieces of Cordelia's life as they continue to work on completing her Pinecone Quilt. With each piece there is a story to tell that chronicles an event in Cordelia's life, life moments according to Grammy Mae. Not only would it cover her with warm but the quilt itself would become what Grammy would call a life covering and one that has been passed down from generation to generation. But then again most quilts have their own stories to tell and perhaps that is our draw to them. This novel is that story retold once again by Grammy Mae of Cordelia's life.
Going back through the generations, each young lady is presented with her life covering on her eighteenth birthday. It holds the prayers, dreams, and wished spoken for her and her life as a woman, wife, and mother. Each girl gets their own special quilt. Each quilt holds its own blessings just like Elijah and Elisha, that have been prayed over as each piece of material has been added.
I received Pieces of the Heart by Bonnie Calhoun compliments of Christian Fiction Blog Alliance and Abingdon Press for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation for a favorable review. It never fails not only do this novels capture my heart and soul, but they inspire me to want to create my own memory quilt and none more so than this one. I love how Grammy Mae has been collecting this pieces of Cordelia's life, slowly cutting the pieces out, folding them just so and praying a special blessing over each piece. When it's finally complete, not only do you have a lifetime of memories but a lifetime of blessings covering you as you lay beneath it's warmth.The added bonus is that this takes place during World War 2, once of my favorite genre's to have story take place because of the added tension that comes between couples who have to be separated. I rate this one a 5 out of 5 stars.