Thursday, June 6, 2013

Book Review: A Heartbeat Away

S. Dionne Moore's A Heartbeat Away begs to answer the question "Can a quilt and a hidden message bring enemies together?"

The Civil War did not only divide a nation but hearts.  Beth Bumgartner's broken leg has led her to a broken heart and more importantly a severed relationship with God.  Knowing the danger of walking in darkness, her mother seeks to get to her a message of hope through the quilt she sends her.  Will Beth see the message and have a change of heart or has her heart been hardened beyond repair?  Confederate soldier Joe's sudden arrival at her doorstep leaves them both with more questions than answers. Will both of them be able to see the hope there is in God or will the war raging in their hearts consume them?

This book did a wonderful job at demonstrating human kindness in the midst of the realities of a war.  Rather than taking on a survival mode mentality, Beth and her grandmother, Gerta's willingness to help the enemy characterized the selflessness maybe too often overlooked in the Civil War's history.  As the war progressed so did the vivid imagery detailed in the battlefield.  The inconceivable atrocities of war and its conditions were sympathetically dealt with rather than turning it into a gory account.  Seeing the heartbreak of the ladies nursing as well as the soldier's despair brought the realities of war into perspective.  

The best part of the book was seeing Beth and Joe grow despite of their hurt.  Both had been hurt trying to save a life and both had remained prisoners of their hurt.  Seeing their relationship blossom from the inner beauty of character rather than on external physical traits was so refreshing to read.  Finding their wholeness in Jesus and not their physical capabilities was simply beautiful.

This book is a refreshing read for anyone interested in historical fiction.

I received a complimentary copy of above mentioned title from Litfuse  in exchange for an independent and unbiased review.

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