Book Review: A Heartbeat Away from Dionne Moore

About 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?


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About the author . . .           


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. 






 Reader review . . . 


Beth Bumgartner is a Union sympathizer, but when she goes to help her grandmother care for wounded soldiers, she quickly learns that there is no room for politics for a nurse.  Joe, a wounded Confederate, is brought to them by a group of runaway slaves who claim he saved their lives.  When Beth was leaving home, her mother gave her a gift to be opened when she was homesick.  Beth is comforted by the sight of the quilt blocks she finds in the package as she is shocked by the atrocities of war.  Joe battles with horrific nightmares of the things he has seen in his time as a soldier.  Together, they learn to transcend the division of the War.


Set in the Civil War, this was one of the more enjoyable Christian fiction novels I’ve read lately.  Not only did I enjoy the historical theme, but it was not a “preachy” novel, which sometimes distracts from the story.  The characters of Beth and Joe are both sympathetic, causing the reader to continue reading to find out what happens to them.  I will admit to finding Jim and Emma to be somewhat stereotyped, which bothered me, but I am sure this was not the author’s intention.  


Great historical fiction with soft Christian theme.


4 stars


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