Set during the Civil War Battle of Antietam A Heartbeat Away lets the reader see into the lives of Beth Bumgartner, her grandmother Gerta, and Joe, a wounded Confederate soldier.
Beth desires to be a nurse and dreams of the day she’ll join The Army of the Potomac and work with Clara Barton. In order to reach her goal, she moves to Sharpsburg, Maryland, to live with her grandmother, Gerta, to learn the necessary nursing skills. When slaves bring an injured Confederate soldier to her grandmother's home for help, Beth doesn’t like that they’ll be treating a rebel; because, after all, her brother is a Union soldier. She soon learns that Joe was injured while protecting slaves. Gerta explains to Beth that is doesn’t matter whether a soldier belongs to the Union or Confederate Army, if a soldier comes to their door needing help they will do what they can for him.
As the Battle of Antietam draws closer to their home, a bond begins to develop between Beth and Joe; as they help each other through their struggles with past memories that keep them from moving on. Beth’s healing begins with piecing quilt blocks together that her mother sent to her. Joe not only needs to heal from his injuries, but he also needs to make sense of the memories of the night he was injured.
I liked that the story was set during the Civil War, which was the catalyst that brought Beth and Joe together; two people from two different backgrounds who grow in both faith and hope.
If you enjoy history, a bit of mystery, romance, fantastic characters, along with God’s truth woven into the fabric of a story, you will enjoy reading A Heartbeat Away.
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?
Meet S. Dionne Moore:
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.
Dionne invites you to visit her website to learn more.