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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 (http://www.theborrowedbook.blogspot.com) 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: #639,157 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
Format:Paperback
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
Format:Paperback
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
Format:Paperback
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Sweet June 11, 2013
By Lisa
Format:Paperback
Beth has always wanted to be a nurse. Unfortunately, the US Civil War has provided the perfect opportunity to hone her skills. A group of runaway slaves brings a man who is in desperate need of her care, but Beth is hesitant as she is a loyal Unionist. However, Beth works on Joe at her grandmother's urging, and she finds herself growing closer to Joe as she tends him. Beth and Joe are both hiding things though, and this could break the bond that they are forming. Surrounding all this is a quilt that Beth's mom left to Beth to finish. It becomes a symbol of hope in a dreary world for more than one person.

I was very interested in this story. The historical aspects are always fascinating to me, and this book did a great job with showing the conflict between the two sides. It was never as easy as just tending to one side and ignoring the other for Beth. Families were torn apart by this conflict, and the result was just a horrible war. I felt for Beth though, knowing how hard it must have been to help people who seemed so against everything she stood for. Just recognizing them as fellow humans was difficult at best for her. The back stories of both Joe and Beth develop slowly, but it's not so slow that you lose interest. I think the pacing of this book was really great.

I especially loved the running ideas surrounding the quilt. Sewing was something the Beth didn't particularly want to do, but this quilt was a gift from her mother. Through this quilt though, Beth and Joe were able to find some insight and peace in terrible times. The quilt became more than just a quilt. It became a symbol of things as they could be. It was inspiring to think of all the ways that we can find strength throughout our days. This book was very beautiful, and it was a wonderful read.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A message of hope and forgiveness. June 7, 2013
By Kristin
Format:Paperback
My mother is a quilter and I was intrigued by the idea of quilting and storytelling.

The Civil War has always been an interest in mine--it was a very sad time in our history where brother fought against brother. I can't imagine how heartbreaking this was for the families involved.

The fascinating thing to me is that there are documented stories of "enemies" that fought in the Civil War becoming close friends. How could two people that fought one another ever become friends? This book really focused on the power of forgiveness and shows how our lives can change when we soften our hearts towards our fellow man. I would be interested in reading more by this author!

About the Story:
Beth has gone against her parent's wishes in learning to become a nurse. When Beth arrives at her grandmother's she is completely loyal to the Union and finds it hard to serve the injured confederates. Her grandmother however sees each injured man as a person with a soul and feelings and refuses to turn away anyone--regardless of which side they fight for.

Joe is one of the injured confederates that Beth is caring for and she is intrigued by his gentle nature. He doesn't seem to be the monster she assumed a confederate would be. As it turns out, Joe tried to help a family of slaves and in doing so was shot--his brother killed.

Joe is struggling to recover emotionally and physically while Beth is learning to see past labels and the exterior and see the man that is inside. A promise of love develops between them but there are obstacles to overcome.

A quilt sent to Beth by her mother holds a secret message in the pattern. The design hides a message of faith and hope that Beth begins to discover as she pieces together the blocks.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Nice book, good story.
Published 4 months 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 6 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 7 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 7 months ago by Cindy
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Well written but slow to unfold
Published 7 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 7 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 7 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 8 months ago by Suzanne Kent
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
A nice little story. More like a short story tho.
Published 8 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 8 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 http://www.sdionnemoore.com.

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