Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Book Review ~ A Healing Heart by Angela Breidenbach

A Healing Heart

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review as part of a Christian Fiction Blog Alliance Tour.  
Title:  "A Healing Heart"
Series:  Quilts of Love
Author:  Angela Breidenbach
Publisher:  Abingdon Press
Publication Date:  4/2013
Pages:  240
Buy From Amazon:  HERE

Book Description:

Mara Keegan is an uber-successful workaholic mother of three, widowed three years ago. 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 visits 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?


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 LifeCreative 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.

My Overall Feeling of the Book:

What a sweet story of family, love and quilts!

I really enjoyed reading about the process of making a memory quilt. The author is very detailed in her description and made me want to get my fabric out and play.

The love story aspect of the book develops nicely. Mara is just getting over the grief of losing her husband and Joel had a sad ending to his marriage. Together they discover if they can find love a second time around.

I really enjoyed the family antics written into the story. They are so real and true to life!

A Brief Excerpt:
"The nurse gave Joel five minutes and Jill acted as the witness as Joel read the power-of-attorney to Mara.  He hated waking her up, but without her signature, all fifty employees were going to miss paychecks in the morning."
 Page 106

The Cover:

It has fabric.  Need I say more?

Other Notes:

~  There was a lot of business talk that might scare a person off but stick with this sweet book :)



On to the next book,

1 comment:

  1. Hi Collettakay,
    I really appreciate that you wrote a review! And those family antics were mostly real ;) I have a bunch of kids and grand kids. I just kept thinking about the things they said and did, lol! such great novel fodder! Shh, don't tell my kids...
    Thank you so much,


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