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Pieces of the Heart: Quilts of Love Series Kindle Edition

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Bonnie S. Calhoun is Owner/Director of Christian Fiction Blog Alliance helping to promote Christian fiction with blog tours. She is owner/publisher of Christian Fiction Online Magazine devoted to readers and writers of Christian fiction. As Northeast Zone Director for American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), she was named ‘2011 Mentor of the Year.” She is also Appointment Coordinator for the Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Conference.

In her spare time she is an avid social media junkie, and teaches Facebook, Twitter, blogging and HTML. Bonnie and her husband live in a log cabin on 15 acres in an upstate area of Binghamton, New York with a dog and cat who consider the humans as wait-staff. Her website is bonniescalhoun.com.


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I love to write, but it doesn't make me happy unless there are the three B's...body count, blood, and blowing things up. I also have mad skills at coding HTML, and website design. I live in a log cabin in the woods with fifteen acres and a pond full of bass, though I'd rather buy fish at the grocery store. I share my domain with a husband, a dog, and two cats, all of whom think I'm waitstaff!

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Carter on June 8, 2013
Format: Paperback
Insightful examination of little known events experienced by African-American soldiers during WWII on New Caledonia. Tender story of one woman's love battling the demons of battle fatigue (PTSD) in her soldier husband. Prayer--as exemplified through the prayer quilt Pinecone pattern--and a deep faith carry the main character pre- and post-war as America deals with the trials of war and segregation.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By L. Germany on June 30, 2013
Format: Paperback
I first saw a Pine Burr Quilt when I was a little girl at my friend's house. It was mesmerizingly beautiful. My friend told me all about how her grandmother made it for her. My mind's eye thought of my friend and her grandmother as I read the story of Cordelia and her grandmother.

My heart hurt when Cordelia faced the evil taunts of racism from childhood bullies. The feelings of loss of some of the most important people in her life. It was torn as it faced PTSD when her husband came back from the war. I worried about her being hungry when she was dealing with food rations.

"Pieces of the Heart" is not the only book in the Quilts of Love series, but it is the one you should not miss. It is the one that will make you think and will make you rethink. "Pieces of the Heart" is the best book of 2012. It is a definite must read.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By K. Branfield TOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 4, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Bonnie S. Calhoun's Pieces of the Heart is a faith-based novel that is rich in historical detail and a beautiful story of family, traditions and faith. It is also moving story of forgiveness and love that is quite heartwarming.

Pieces of the Heart spans several years of Cordelia Grace and Bernard Howard's romantic relationship. They weather many ups and downs throughout their courtship and they finally wed when Bernard returns from war. But will their marriage survive the unseen wounds of war that haunt Bernard?

The summary of Pieces of the Heart is a little misleading. Most of the novel details how Cordelia and Bernard meet and several years of their subsequent courtship. Their marriage does not taking place until very late in the story and only a handful of pages outline Bernard's struggles with shell-shock (post traumatic stress disorder). There are few details of his eventual recovery but a nice epilogue wraps up all the loose ends.

While I enjoyed the overall story, some of the transitions from one time period to another are confusing. We see individual growth of Bernard and Cordelia, but as they spend much of the novel apart, their romance seems a little glossed over. Due to this lack, I had a difficult time connecting with them as a couple.

Pieces of the Heart touches on many issues that are relevant to the novel's time period. As a lighter skinned Negro, Cordelia contends with racism within the Negro community. Living in an integrated part of the country leaves Bernard ill-prepared for the segregation of white and colored troops and the unfairly harsh living conditions while serving his country. Bernard's return home highlights the tragedy of shell-shock for both the combat veterans and their families.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on June 11, 2013
Format: Paperback
Pieces of the Heart
Bonnie Calhoun
Abingdon Press, Jun 1 2013, $12.99
ISBN: 9781426752728

In 1938 Cordelia Grace and Bernard Howard met when both were young as he interceded when the five Wilson bullies attacked her. He was her hero and she planned to one day marry her knight in shining armor. In 1942, about to turn eighteen years old Bernard joins the army after he confronted his abusive father for hitting his mother. He promises Cordelia they will marry when he comes home.

She begins to construct the Pine Cone quilt that she plans for their marriage bed. For the next three years her work on the quilt kept her dreams alive that once he returns they will live a fairy tale forever life together. At the same having come from an integrated community, Bernard struggles with the segregated military. When Bernard comes home, he does not seem like the amiable caring man Cordelia loved before he left for war. Instead over the next few years he struggles with battle fatigue while she struggles to be there for him like he was for her when they first met.

The ninth Quilts of Love inspirational (see A Healing Heart by S. Dionne Moore and Beyond the Storm by Carolyn Zane) is an enjoyable WWII drama that focuses on the impacts of war and racism on a loving couple. The storyline insightfully looks at the lives of Bernard and Cordelia; starting with the racism she receives for being a lighter skinned Black from darker skinned Blacks and what he dealt with in an under-equipped colored only unit risking their lives. Although the coupling of the protagonists never comes together (except early and late), readers will enjoy this tale as love seems not enough.

Harriet Klausner
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kay Harrisonburg, VA VINE VOICE on July 8, 2013
Format: Paperback
A great book rich in history! This story tells a bittersweet love story of two young people of color overcoming trials of WWII. While I enjoyed this book as an over 50 adult, it would serve well in the YA genre (Young Adult). There are so many experiences in the book that lend this book to teaching and discussion. Pieces of the Heart is part of an adorable series called Quilts of Love.

This author has proven to be quite visitable in her writing. Her study of the time period is impressive.
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