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Review and Giveaway: Pieces of the Heart by Bonnie Calhoun June 24, 2013

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This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing

Pieces of the Heart

Abingdon Press (June 1, 2013)

Bonnie S. Calhoun


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.

Her sites are:


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?

If you would like to read teh first chapter of Pieces of the Heart, go HERE.

My thoughts and giveaway:

This book is full of treasures. Nuggets of wisdom, deeper understanding of Christ’s love, it can all be found in this book.

From the first chapter I was pulled into Cordelia’s story and her struggle to trust God, something I can relate to.

Bonnie shows us the racism that existed during World War II not only between caucasian and African America individuals, but also the racism that exists between African Americans themselves. How heartbreaking, but so real.

She doesn’t hold back in speaking truth in this story and showing the reader the raw pain of her characters.

This is a fast paced book. A lot takes place in 219 pages. A fast read if you are looking for something quick.

Of course I enjoyed the story of the quilt and when you read the book you can read more about what the quilt means to Bonnie in her letter to the reader. This is more than just a story for her, it comes from deep places in her heart.

Overall, a touching read that made me want to wrap up in a Pinecone quilt 🙂

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or the publisher.

Check out Bonnie’s website here.

You can win a copy by leaving a comment by June 30th at 5:00 pm. (U.S. residents only)

A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher through the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance in exchange for an honest review.