Wednesday, April 24, 2013

CFBA: 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?

If you would like to read the first chapter of A Healing Heart, go HERE

LOVED this story.  In this book a memory quilt is being made for Cadence, who will be graduating soon, I am actually making such a quilt for my daughter, for the very same reason!  My memories are not full of grief though, not like this family. 

Mara is one lady who has buried herself in work since her husband passed away, buried alive...and has driven herself so hard that she has forgotten to take care of herself, until she is struck down, even then, it's hard for her to accept help.

Sometimes you need a good kick to learn a lesson, and that's just what happens to Mara, while you read this story, you will see how much this family grows, and the true art of the quilt comes to life in vivid color, just as much as the life of this family.  They grow, the quilt ties them together, and connects the old with the new.

A very good read, one that kept me turning pages well after I should have been asleep!

*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for review from CFBA


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