Title: Pieces of the Heart (Quilts of Love Series)
Author: Bonnie S. Calhoun
Publisher: Abingdon Press
Have you ever read a book that reminded you of a movie? Not that movie was based on a certain book, but that the subject brought to mind a movie? Whether you have or have not, for me Pieces of the Heart did as it covers the time era of WWII along with segregation of the men who went along with a pinecone quilt. I love historical novels as they reveal some information about history framed in fiction. Perhaps we think PTSD is a new diagnosis for those returning from service, but it is actually a new term put on what used be called battle fatigue. Bonnie Calhoun also shares her own personal family history at the end of the novel along with ways readers can further learn about topics covered in her novel.
Cooking the Books is the first novel Bonnie wrote and has a direct link to a descendant from this WWII historical story. As I sat and read, I was actually amazed at how my attention never wavered nor lost interest. I didn’t put the book down until I completely read the whole thing; I was that enthralled. Here we see the infighting that occurs between those who are lighter skinned African Americans and those who are darker skinned. Cordelia is always being harassed because she is light skinned and therefore doesn’t belong in the neighborhood. Bernard comes to her rescue once and from then on Cordelia loves him even though his faith seems more real to him than hers. Her Grammy works on her quilt until her passing, which means Cordelia has to complete it on her own.
Grammy tries to teach prayer as a real relationship and life-changing habit while Cordelia is growing up. However, due to her lack of believing, seeing the hypocrisy in her own parents and having no Biblical knowledge of her own that when bad things happened in her life, she gives up on prayer. Bernard was raised with an abusive father. Due to his turning 18 and also a misunderstanding that causes him to lose his standing in the church, he signs up to serve in the Army. When he returns, Bernard is not the man who left. There are people and situations that have changed as well. On top of it all, Grammy left such a deep inheritance that it takes a moment of surrender to discover what has been before both Cordelia and Bernard for a long time.
Pieces of the Heart takes a look at different topics set in the WWII era, but that are still happening today. On top of that, the novel shares the truth of our brokenness and the lengths God goes to draw us to Himself no matter how broken we see ourselves. In fact, our brokenness should reflect the truth to our hearts of our need for Him and the love we desire from other people. I loved how honestly the struggle we all have sometimes with prayer in our lives is depicted brilliantly. There really is freedom if we are open and truthful about what we are struggling with and how we feel about life. It isn’t that it stops, but that He comes in and gives us His love, strength, comfort, compassion and peace to live with the truth every new day.
My rating is 5 stars.
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