Monday, May 27, 2013

A Heartbeat Away Book Review CFBA Blog Tour

A Heartbeat Away
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This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
A Heartbeat Away
Abingdon Press (May 1, 2013)
S. Dionne Moore

A Heartbeat Away by S. Dionne Moore is a part of the Quilts of Love Stories



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.

Watch the video:
AHeartbeatAway - Medium from S. Dionne Moore on Vimeo.

This is the first Quilts of Love book I have read. I love any book that has to do with the Civil War and this book takes you right into the heart of the battle. Beth is a woman who just wants to help others and nurse but she doesn't realize the horrors of war until she is in the middle of the battle. The house Ruth lives in now with her grandmama and they have been brought a wounded Confederate soldier named Jo. As the battles continue right outside the door and shake the house, it fills with the wounded. Beth nurses Jo and so the story continues with battles, until they move quickly back to Beth's parents house away from the battles. There is a sweet love story that grows while Beth sews together quilting blocks while the battle rages outside.

Overall this is a fairly short story and I enjoyed the love story, yet I wish the book had more depth in some way.

"I received this book from CFBA for free in exchange for an honest review."


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
Follow her on Twitter: @sdionnemoore

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