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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

A Healing Heart

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
A Healing Heart
Abingdon Press (April 1, 2013)
Angela Breidenbach

Angela Breidenbach is a speaker/coach in mental and physical health, author of A Healing Heart April 2013 from Abingdon Press in the Quilts of Love series, Gems of Wisdom: For a Treasure-filled Life, Creative Cooking for Simple Elegance, and Creative Cooking for Colitis. Other works by Angela include compilation books and devotionals from Guidepost, Group, and articles in magazines, ezines, and newspapers. She is certified in mentor/peer counseling as a CTA life coach, as a Stephen Minister, and a weight loss/nutrition coach. Angela serves as an assisting minister (worship/prayer leader) for her congregation in Missoula, MT. Not only did she walk the hard line of deciding to donate her mom’s brain for the study of schizophrenia, but she’s also on the brain donation list at the Brain Bank-Harvard McLean Hospital.

Mara Keegan is an uber-successful mother and a widow of three years. She's been chasing success and all the "good things in life" for her family to make up for the cruel whim God played on them by taking her husband. In an effort to be the perfect mom, she decides to make a photo memory quilt, a graduation present for her daughter, Cadence.
She’s not yet finished when she experiences a heart attack. While Mara recuperates, she revisits the choices she's made that led to this physically and spiritually broken heart. The memory quilt must be finished in time for Cadence's big day, but Mara struggles with her burgeoning feelings for the man who must keep Mara's business going during her recovery, Joel Ryan. Can Joel find his way into Mara's heart and onto Cadence's quilt?

My Thoughts:
I've read many of the books in the Quilts of Love series and this one was a nice read as well as many of the others.  A Healing Heart is a simple story that coveys the power of releasing the past and trusting the future to the One Who holds all our tomorrows.  I loved the dynamic between Mara and her children in this book.  What a sweet story of a mama's love for her children!  The author captures the tension that women feel in trying to meet everyone's need to the point of control at times.  Mara's story is much appreciated.  In the end she learns a lesson we as women must all learn!

Happy Reading,


Angela Breidenbach said...

Just stopping in to say thank you for posting a review :) It's really helpful to authors. And I appreciate yours.

Diane Estrella said...

This looks like a great book. Thanks for the review.

BTW--I have 7 giveaways running at my site if you want to stop over and take a look. Hope you have a wonderful week!

Diane :)