Friday, May 17, 2013

A Heartbeat Away-S. Dionne Moore

A Heartbeat Away

S. Dionne Moore

Abington, May 1 2013, $12.99


ISBN: 9781426752704

In 1862 at the Battle of South Mountain, Confederate soldier Joe Madison is shot. He is fortunate that runaways brought the severely wounded rebel before he bled out to the farm of Gerta Baumgartner, who provides nursing care to anyone hurt.

Gerta’s granddaughter Beth is at the farm over the objection of her parents who prefer she stay out of the war. Instead she wants to help with the healing. However, Beth refuses to nurse a Confederate soldier. Her grandma persuades her that God ignores people’s stupid labels as the Lord tends to all his flock. Beth nurses Joe back to health while both work on the quilting blocks her mom gave her as pieces of home.

The latest Quilts of Love inspirational (see Threads of Hope by Christa Allen, Path of Freedom by Jennifer Hudson Taylor, A Wild Goose Chase Christmas by Jennifer AlLee and Beyond the Storm by Carolyn Zane) is a great Civil War drama. The romance between the protagonists deftly supports an insightful look at mid nineteenth century combat medicine as the audience obtains a deep look into soldier pain and suffering as love and death are both A Heartbeat Away.

Harriet Klausner

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