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A Heartbeat Away: Quilts of Love Series [Kindle Edition]

S. Dionne Moore
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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?

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About the Author

S. Dionne Moore resides in South Central PA with her family. She is a weekly contributor to The Borrowed Book ( where she posts tips on the writing life, recipes, and teaches on various writing-related subjects. In addition to writing cozy mysteries, she pens historical romances that bring strong focus to locales within her region of Pennsylvania as a way of indulging her passion for history. November of 2011 sees the release of her first compilation, Promise Brides, a collection of three Pennsylvania romantic historicals. In Winter of 2012 the first of three romances set in Wyoming, A Sheepherder's Song, will release.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1289 KB
  • Print Length: 242 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1426752709
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press (May 1, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CD79M0W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #685,063 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Heartbeat Away March 2, 2014
By Megan
This book sounded like it was going to be one I would love, it's set during the Civil War and is about a romance between people from opposite sides, but I just couldn't connect with it.

I loved the heroine grandmother, she was such a great character! The way she took care of everyone she could, no matter what color uniform they wore, was wonderful. I loved how she explained why she was doing it to Elizabeth.

There is a lot of repetition, which is always boring to me. Though the romance was sweet, it did seem very rushed and that's something I don't like at all. The way things were told made it very hard to understand what was happening or did happen - for the longest time I was trying to figure out what was the cause of Elizabeth's injury.

The part the quilt plays in the story, while touching, felt forced and a little too much.

All in all, this book was okay. If the synopsis sounds interesting and you want to read it, this is one I would recommend borrowing first.

I received a complimentary copy of this book to review. I was asked to give my honest opinion of the book - which I have done.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Right in the Middle of the Battle May 27, 2013
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."
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3.0 out of 5 stars More like 3.5 stars July 13, 2013
This was a sweet love story set during the Civil War. I tend to be a sucker for war love stories. This one had a bit more gore than a like to read about, though. I have a weak stomach. All the stuff about stench and lice was realistic I'm sure, but...ew. But I did like the way the characters interacted. I appreciated how loyal people were when they had seen sacrifice for people on the either side of the war. Poor Joe was sick for what seemed like forever. I thought it was sweet how he helped Beth heal by believing in her. She had rejection issues, and because of an injury when she was younger, the man she was in love with as a youth no longer wanted her. Joe saw beauty in her that made his former southern belle seem selfish and petty. It had the typical "wounded soldier from the other side of the war falls in love with the woman caring for him while he's feverish and at death's door" theme, so there were no surprises. One of them had to be angry with God and the other encouraged them to let go of the hurt. I didn't see how the quilt played a part in her emotional healing. I must have missed the connection. The story was pretty good, just not amazing.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars beyond the hard times August 24, 2013
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Different Look at the Civil War December 30, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
It would seem that the Civil War is one of those moments in our history that has engendered a number of films, documentaries, and books--maybe more than any other event in our history. And Ms. Moore has now added a very touching look at this moment in our history, and it is certainly well worth the read. Her powers of description and viewing the Civil War in a little different light bring the sights and sounds of this horrendous battle right into our present-day consciousness.

I had never considered the fact that normal, everyday people were caught in the cross-fire of the Civil War. It was chilling to consider that one may look out of their window and see an actual battle being played out. People never knew if a Reb or a Yankee would drop by their house and demand money, food, or just take over their home. Makeshift hospitals were set up for the wounded and the dying in the basements and cellars of people's homes. I had no idea how dangerous it was.

The story was good, for sure, and the idea of the heroine being disabled made things quite intriguing. I did find myself somewhat bored by the romance, and I would have preferred more historical details. The sovereignty of God does come through, and the Christian message is there, but it is not overbearing. I did find myself sometimes bored, but at least I did not have to endure profanity nor sex scenes. If you are looking for a quick read with a simple love story and some historical elements, this just may be what you are looking for.

I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Nice book, good story.
Published 1 month ago by Dottie J
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes another highly recommended book in the series I have everyone to...
Yes another highly recommended book in the series I have everyone to date and a notice the next will soon be on its way
Published 3 months ago by Barbara C. VanBurger
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This book was bought used and is in very good condition.
Published 4 months ago by J. Corcoran
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This is a great book for beginner, intermediate and advanced quilters. The the free patterns!
Published 4 months ago by Cindy
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Well written but slow to unfold
Published 4 months ago by Kimberly M. Gray Sheehan
5.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT READ
This was a very good book, had a great inspirational story. I enjoyed the characters and the book moved along and kept me interested.
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very interesting and good read, especially if you are at all interested in quilting.
Published 5 months ago by Cb
5.0 out of 5 stars MATURING A GIRL TO A WOMAN
Best in this series. Brings another perspective to this part of our history. Fast moving story.
Published 5 months ago by Suzanne Kent
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
A nice little story. More like a short story tho.
Published 5 months ago by josiebookworm
5.0 out of 5 stars A Heartbeat Away
This is a very good book by a talented writer. I recommend this book if you like Historical books about the Civil WAR. Great story.
Published 5 months ago by Fannie Williams
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S. 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. Her newest historical romance, A Heartbeat Away, releases in May of 2013. Visit her at

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