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Mysteries, polka dots, California Rolls, TJ Maxx, cozy blankets, rainy days and getting the first spoonful of peanut butter out of the jar make me smile. Spiders, rude people, cold fingers and toes, baby leashes, people that don't wrap their packages before going to the Post Office, poison ivy and Math (pretty much all of it) make me want to scream. My perfect day would be spent with my wonderful husband and sweet girls- watching movies in our jammies! Of course, having the movie theater to ourselves would be great, too. Please pass the popcorn and M&M's.:) I am saved by the grace of God. He is my constant companion and hears my every prayer. What a blessing! I'd love to hear from you! Lori at toosillysisters@cox.net

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

A Heartbeat Away by S. Dionne Moore

My Thoughts:

A Heartbeat Away is a historical novel filled with plenty of drama, action, emotion and romance.  It takes place during the Civil War when two brothers venture out to fight for what they believe in.  One of the brothers, Joe, becomes badly wounded but is rescued and brought to Beth Bumgartner and her grandmother.  They tend to his wounds and a friendship is kindled among the chaos, fear and gunshots.  But where is Joe's brother?  

S. Dionne Moore definitely captured the emotions and passion of war in A Heartbeat Away.  She doesn't candy coat the brutality and desperation felt by those caught in the midst of battle.  The words are often raw and occasionally difficult to read, yet the author is true to her characters and storyline.  Runaway slaves, families desperately fleeing the enemy, badly wounded soldiers (often covered with lice) and gun shots occurring during the day and night all paint a tragic but realistic portrait of the Civil War.  The two shining stars are Beth and her grandmother, Gerta, who do everything in their power to help the wounded and the hungry.  Throughout the pages of this book there are bright moments captured through memories shared and the comfort of kind words and actions.  A Heartbeat Away is bittersweet, as any well written story of the Civil War should be.  History lovers that appreciate a touch of romance will enjoy this book.

More 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?  

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. 

Learn more about S. Dionne at her website

*I was given a copy of this book from Litfuse Publications in exchange for my honest opinion.  No other compensation was received.*

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