Genesis 5020

My Story for His Glory

Review and Giveaway: A Heartbeat Away by S. Dionne Moore May 28, 2013

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
A Heartbeat Away
Abingdon Press (May 1, 2013)
S. Dionne Moore


S. Dionne Moore started writing in 2006. Her first book, Murder on the Ol’ Bunions, was contracted for publication by Barbour Publishing in 2008. In 2009 she moved on to writing historical romances as an outlet for her passion for history. In 2010 her second cozy mystery, Polly Dent Loses Grip, was a 2010 Carol Award finalist and she was also named a Barbour Publishing 2010 Favorite New Author. In 2011 her first historical romance, Promise of Tomorrow, was nominated a 2011 Carol Award finalist.

Born and raised in Manassas, Virginia, Moore moved to Greencastle, PA in 1993, then to Mercersburg in 2009. Moore enjoys life in the historically rich Cumberland Valley where traffic jams are a thing of the past and there are only two stoplights in the whole town.

For more information, visit her Website at

Follow her on Twitter: @sdionnemoore




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?

If you would like to read the first chapter of A Heartbeat Away, go HERE.

Watch the video:

AHeartbeatAway – Medium from S. Dionne Moore on Vimeo.

My Thoughts and Giveaway:

What I liked about this book was that the heroine had an actual physical flaw. You don’t see that much, usually they are perfect. I am guilty of writing perfect heroines in my stories, so it was nice to read about a heroine that has a physical flaw.

On the flip side, I really struggled to get into this book. I felt there were too many story questions and I couldn’t keep track of what was going on and who Beth (the main character) was referring to when she was thinking about people in her past.

The writing itself was good, the author has a good handle on craft, I just couldn’t connect with the characters very well. I think there were so many questions presented it kept me from really getting into the story because I kept wondering what was going on.

This is my opinion only and you might feel differently. Therefore, I am having a giveaway of the book so you can read it for yourself and form your own opinion.

Just leave a comment by June 3rd at 5:00 pm to be entered (U.S. residents only).

To purchase the book visit your local retailer or order from Amazon, Barnes and Noble or

A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


20 Responses to “Review and Giveaway: A Heartbeat Away by S. Dionne Moore”

  1. Beth C Says:

    I enjoy Civil War era books and would enjoy this. Thanks!

  2. karenk Says:

    thanks for the chance to read this novel 😉

  3. Katie J. Says:

    I would really love to read this book. It looks fantastic! Thanks for the giveaway.

  4. carolee888 Says:

    I love Civil War historical fiction and that the main character has a disability so I would love to read this book. Thank you for this giveaway,


  5. I would like to check it out. I have tried before to win one for a gift. Please add me to the drawing. Thanks! MAXIE mac262(at)me(dot)com

  6. Pam K. Says:

    I’ve read several books lately set during the Civil War and am interested in reading A Heartbeat Away. Thanks for the chance to win it here.

  7. Martha J. Sturm Says:

    Thank you for offering the book. I am thoroughly enjoying reading this series of books. This looks like another good one. My grandmother made me a quilt years ago. I enjoy wrapping it around me while I am reading.

  8. lib1lady Says:

    We have the Quilts of Love series in the Church Library. I would love to add this one to our collection.
    Thanks for the chance to do so.

  9. Would love to win this interesting book! We are trying to build up our church library….so this is a good way to do that!!
    Thanks for the interesting post!

  10. Veronica S. Says:

    This sounds really good. I like that the main character isn’t perfect, too. shopgirl152nykiki(at)yahoo(dot)com

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