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Heart for a Hero [Kindle Edition]

Ed Ditto , Laura D. Patrick
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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Book Description

If quilts tell stories, PJ Hathaway’s is a study in brown. Between her twins, her mini-mansion, and her traveling husband, there’s no room for herself.

When an old quilt comes in the mail—addressed to her sainted grandmother, of all people—she feels a faint spark. Having a little mystery to solve might help her muddle through.

But stories can’t be un-told. Her search for the truth about the old quilt and the stranger who sent it pulls her from a Chattanooga cemetery to the desert Southwest to the frozen wastes of North Korea. The story shatters everything she thought she knew about her family, and breaks her heart.

Heroes, like quilts, are made. Does PJ have the courage to piece her life back together?


Editorial Reviews

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Ditto somehow manages to stitch together totally disparate themes into a congruous, heartfealt and uniquely American story. There are sparse hints of a writing style crafted by the southern luminaries that made thier mark in the literary world long before. ...The characters are evocative and real and he eloquently captures the trials and tribulations of heroes and everyday, humble, family life. An excellent read. I am looking forward to the next from this promising,... -Christopher E. Jylkka

About the Author

Author Ed Ditto and quiltmaker Laura D. Patrick are cousins who live not very far apart in southern Tennessee and northern Alabama, respectively. This is their first collaborative project.

Quiltmaker Laura D. Patrick and author Ed Ditto are cousins who live not very far apart in southern Tennessee and northern Alabama, respectively. This is their first collaborative project.

Product Details

  • File Size: 729 KB
  • Print Length: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Treehouse Press (November 15, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A8PIY50
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #828,379 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Read March 26, 2009
Format:Paperback
Don't be fooled by the description on the jacket or the fact that the AQS published this book! There are all kinds of subplots here that will appeal to both men and women. Somehow the authors weave together the Korean War, post traumatic stress syndrome, child abandonment,post-partum depression, and of course, quilts. The story is not a downer, either. Hope they come out with a sequel!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Touching and True February 17, 2009
Format:Paperback
Heart for a Hero made me laugh, remember old times with family, wish for simpler times and think of family members who have already gone on before us with very dear memories.
I had forgotten how in touch a quilt can make you with all the things that have gone on in a families life. i've got to admit I have missed those memories.
I read this book in two days. I didn't want to put it down! I'm ready for the next one!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read! January 15, 2013
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Although the themes of quilting, postpartum depression and the Korean War would not seem to make for a good story, I enjoyed the book. Get ready for a good cry.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fine American Novel March 17, 2009
Format:Paperback
Ditto somehow manages to stitch together totally disparate themes into a congruous, heartfealt and uniquely American story. There are sparse hints of a writing style crafted by the southern luminaries that made thier mark in the literary world long before.
From the title to the epilogue Ditto traces the lives of ordinary and extraordinary people through the life of Quilters and what binds us as humans through love, war and time. The characters are evocative and real and he eloquently captures the trials and tribulations of heroes and everyday, humble, family life.
An excellent read. I am looking forward to the next from this promising, young Author.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a good read March 22, 2009
By Suzi
Format:Paperback
This unusual book is a good read, tells compelling story, and has characters sufficiently well developed that you care about the outcomes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars History and love of quilting all together April 14, 2014
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Excellent and fast read. Good history on the Korean War and great quilt novel. I loved it and could not put it down. I look forward to more about PJ.
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3.0 out of 5 stars not only for quilters August 3, 2013
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This story was OK; better in parts than others. I know, the heroine is finally diagnosed as to suffering depression from the birth of her twins piled upon the death of her grandmother and other life changes. Nevertheless, at times she was a very irritating person. Her long-suffering husband deserves a gold star. The story of her grandmother's quilt was intriguing in its connection to the Korean War and the prisoners of war who sewed a quilt themselves. But the heroine's reactions to events were over the top in my opinion. She seemed to be always running off in one direction or another without any thought,insisting that she could do it herself, and then wondering why things didn't turn out right. I think that this is supposed to be a portrait of someone in deep need of psychotherapy, and I can well believe it. Perhaps what we should take from it is that if we know someone who behaves in such an erratic, often nonsensical way and refuses help, that the person's friends and loved ones should intervene and engage the help of professionals. I do not doubt that post-partum depression is real; it demands treatment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Neverending Quilt March 20, 2013
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This was a very interesting story - first, because I love to quilt and second, because the story was built around a quilt that was started and then not really finished for several years.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars sad
it was sad and disturbing that a persons whole view of a loved one and there impact on life could be so adversely affected by digging into the heretofore unknown past. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Karen
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
I have not read much about the Korean War era. I enjoyed the flash backs. I thought it was well written and the story line good.
Published 20 months ago by Paula Evans
1.0 out of 5 stars I guess you only get what you pay for.
I downloaded the book but got none of the story, only each of the chapter pages. Bit annoyed :( I guess thats what you get when the book is free!
Published 20 months ago by sewgirly
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling account of Korean War Heroes
Korean War POW's story interwoven with young family of today through the discovery of a quilt. Well told and deals with the Forgotten War and Post Partum Depression, how it can... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Lori
5.0 out of 5 stars heart for a hero
I like mystery quilt books and this was hard to put down. It touches on prisoners of war and what happened to them during the Korean War,but also talks about depression and I work... Read more
Published on September 17, 2011 by rntraveler
5.0 out of 5 stars The story of a quilt
The quilt is the background upon which the story unfolds. The path traced out by the person searching for the story of the quilt's creation leads us through pain and betrayal, it... Read more
Published on November 14, 2009 by Cleargrace
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More About the Author

Ed Ditto's unconventional writing has consistently won praise for its playfulness and unpredictability, which prompted one reviewer to say: "More twists than a nest of garter snakes!" As a long-time freelance journalist and fiction writer, Ed brings a mix of street smarts, good humor, and dramatic irony to his work.

His work has appeared in over a dozen local and national newspapers and magazines, and he was honored to write the first novel ever published by the American Quilters Society. He studied thriller writing with Christopher Keane, the screenwriter whose novel "The Hunter" was the basis for Steve McQueen's last movie, and he's recently been selected to teach literary deconstruction at the John C. Campbell folk school in North Carolina. His latest book is "Conquer The Cage," a collaboration with nationally-recognized mixed martial arts coach John Pinder.

Ditto's books are professionally-edited and family friendly.

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