This is another book in the Quilts of Love collection. The main thing that ties the collection together is a quilt at the center of each story; the authors, characters, and settings are different in each book.
Pieces of the Heart is the most emotionally tense one of the collection that I’ve read. It’s definitely a book to make you think. It deals with hard issues like racism among dark and light colored African Americans as well as segregation in the Army during WWII. There’s also religion, abortion, war rations, PTSD, and abuse that the main characters have to deal with.
The thing that stops the book from being downright depressing is the thread of prayer with hope that is woven through the story line. It’s not always from the same character. The grandmother starts out teaching prayer and trust in the Lord. Soon another character has learned it. When that character goes through hard times and stops praying another character has learned to trust and shares that hope with the troubled one. Round and round it goes; which is as it should be in life – encouragement and prayers shared with other Christians to help through the struggles and hard times.
Another major lesson taught throughout the story is also from the grandmother, “Sometimes we have to learn to look through the meanness to their pain.” She was teaching the heroine, Cordelia, to pray for people – especially the mean ones – because we don’t know the story behind why they are like that.
An interesting fact that Bonnie includes in the Note to Readers is that Cordelia is Sloane Templeton’s grandmother. I read part of Sloane’s story in Cooking The Books, and I just found it very interesting how the stories are tied together.
Here is the backcover copy:
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?
You can find more information at the author’s site. You can read the first chapter at Where the Story Begins. Published by Abingdon Press. This book was sent to me through Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for the book tour. The words are fully my own and my affiliate link is in this post.