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Monday, June 24, 2013

Pieces of the Heart

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 the first chapter of Pieces of the Heart, go HERE.

My Thoughts:
I've been associated with Ms Calhoun for a couple of years now through the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance; however, I had never read one of her books until reading Pieces of the Heart.  To say I was blown away by her writing talent is an understatement!  In her book, Bonnie approaches the topic of "battle fatigue" (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as it is more commonly known today), battered women, and racial tension with careful attention and honesty.  I loved Cordelia and the relationship she has with her Grandmother.  I teared up many times at the emotion in this book; Bonnie captures it so well.  She also does an excellent job of capturing the WWII era.  I wasn't ready to leave these characters.  I want to know what lies ahead for Cordelia and her family...maybe a peak into the lives of her children and their families...maybe a sequel Bonnie????
Don't miss this one in the Quilts of Love series!

Happy Reading,