Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Pieces of the Heart

Pieces of the Heart
(Quilts of Love Series)
Bonnie S. Calhoun
(Abingdon Press)
ISBN: 978-1426752728
June 2013/240 pages/$12.99

Cordelia Grace watched Bernard Howard, the love of her young life, go off to fight for our country in WWII. And she has spent the last three years creating the Pine Cone quilt that will grace their marriage bed when he comes home. Each row of triangles signifies a layer in her life, sets of memories, hopes, dreams, and prayers for her future, enough spoken words to cover them forever. Her image of their “happy-ever-after” grows proportionally as the quilt expands.

But is the man that returns from the war, the same man that she remembered? Are the dark shades of color that she had to use for the outside edges of the beloved quilt prophetic of her life to come? Can love and faith overcome all?

Read the first chapter HERE.


Bonnie S. Calhoun is Owner/Director of Christian Fiction Blog Alliance, owner/publisher of Christian Fiction Online Magazine, Northeast Zone Director for American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), the ACFW ‘2011 Mentor of the Year,” President of (CAN) Christian Authors Network, and Appointment Coordinator for both the Colorado Christian Writers Conference (CCWC) and the Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Conference(GPCWC).

For the last six years she has taught workshops in Facebook, Twitter, Blogging, and creating Social Media promotions at both CCWC, and GPCWC, and in 2011 at the Montrose, Pa Christian Writers Conference. She also taught a Facebook workshop at the 2012 ACFW conference.

Bonnie and her husband live in a log cabin in upstate area of New York with a dog and cat who think she’s wait-staff.

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I am thoroughly enjoying the Abingdon's Quilts of Love series, and this is one of my favorites. Based on the lives of the author's grandparents, Pieces of the Heart stirs the heart and soul and gives the reader a glimpse into a an oft-overlooked segment of the Greatest Generation. A basic plot summary such as the blurb provided cannot do this book justice, for its layers go far beyond a simple "war romance." Calhoun has stitched a story that depicts the many struggles and prejudices that African-Americans experienced during the World War II era. (The extent of prejudices that existed between the African-Americans themselves was an eye-opener to me.) As the quilt begun by Cordelia's grammy is pieced together from scraps and prayers, so must Cordelia and Bernard allow God to stitch together the broken Pieces of the Heart. This is a beautiful book; don't miss it!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Abingdon Press as part of a blog tour. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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