Sunday, June 9, 2013

A Heartbeat Away Book Review

I love reading history romance books and this one is set during the Civil War. And a decision has to be made by a young woman as to which side will she be on? The name of the book is called A Heartbeat Away and was written by S. Dionne Moore
Here is an excerpt from the back of 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?
I don't think that this was an easy war to fight because it was American versus American and we have never had to do that again like a lot of countries have in Europe and in Africa and Asia. So, it would be almost impossible for me to imagine having to choose sides and know that no matter what I decide, I will be dealing with other Americans. I am so glad I was not born in that time period!

Beth had always wanted to be a nurse  and one day that dream died when a fire broke out and her friend, Leo was trapped inside, she tried to rescue him and got burned herself and hurt her leg and Leo died.  She vowed that from that day forward she would help people as much as she could.

In the middle of the war, a couple of black people brought a confederate soldier to her and her grandmother and told them he had saved their lives and they wanted Beth and her grandmother to try and save his. Beth doesn't really want to but her grandmother said he is alive now and I aim to keep him alive.

There are lessons to be learned in this book so I am stopping here so that I don't give you too much information. It is a good book that has a moral to it and it's actually a pretty good one, if only we would understand that now! I think we are tested over and over and given so many opportunities and I sometimes wonder, when will they dry up and we get no more chances to redeem ourselves?

Happy Reading!

Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours.


Mer said...

This sounds like an interesting read. I like historical fiction as well, as this is a time period with lots of room for exploration.