Monday, June 24, 2013

CFBA Review:Pieces of the Heart by:Bonnie S. Calhoun

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 Review:
 A very endearing story of a woman waiting for her true love to return from war. A wait that lasted for many long years. While she waited she made a quilt-- a quilt of love, togetherness, and waiting.She begins a quilt that is their lives intertwined. She eagerly waits for a love in this man and when he returns home for it all to go back to the way it was before. But something in him is different, something changed.

 Cordelia waits for Bernard to return from war. They are not wed till somewhere towards the end of the story. The story has a very historical setting and gives us the view of life from an African American perspective. But to me love is love and Cordelia has the honor, true grace and grit to stand by her fiance and help him through a horrifying ordeal.

 The author shows us that true, rich characters full of life. Will Cordelia make it to the altar? Will she be able to get through to Bernard so that they can share the life they both have longed for? Is "Battle Fatigue"
going to drive them apart for good?

**Disclosure** This book was provided to me at no charge for my honest review by CFBA.