About the Book (from Waterbrook Multnomah)
"Gideon O’Riley has two wives—but he doesn’t know it.
into a simple life in the majestic Blue Ridge mountains, Lonnie and
Gideon O’Riley have finally found happiness after the rocky start to
their marriage. The roguish bluegrass musician has fallen in love with
his gentle wife and the God she serves, and Lonnie rests secure in his
tenderness for her and their young son. A heartless ruse interupts their
peace, bringing them back to Rocky Knob—and forces them to face the
claims of Cassie Allan, a woman who says she is Gideon’s rightful wife.
Gideon wades into the depths of his past choices, Lonnie is stunned by
the revelations. She has no choice but to navigate this new path,
knowing that surviving the devastating blow will take every ounce of
strength she has.
While Gideon’s guilt and his
bitterness towards Cassie threatens to burn up his fledgling faith,
Lonnie wrestles to find the courage to trust the God who brought them
together in the first place. Will their hard-earned love be able to
Lonnie only wanted her husband’s love. Now that he belongs to another, can she surrender Gideon to a God with a bigger plan?"
"The Cadence of Grace" series continues with more of its beautiful but isolated setting, and even more relational hardships, in Though My Heart is Torn.
The title is certainly apt, as my heart was torn for various reasons
over and over again as I read this sequel to Gideon and Lonnie's story
(begun in Be Still My Soul).
sets the scenes with simple, yet simply lovely, descriptions of the
mountains and the weather and the characters' homes. But as rough as
each of those might be in turn, the truly rugged nature of this book
comes in its main focus - the drama of secrets unfolding and desires
For some, this story might be a little
much. Hope is scattered amid the anger and the sorrow and the loss and
the heartache, but it is often overwhelmed by the latter feelings. There
are many poignant scenes, yet I think the volume of them at times keeps
the pace rather slow and the mind too shocked to let everything sink
into the heart.
What Gideon and Lonnie (and others!)
go through is utterly frustrating and painful, and I was surprised that I
didn't cry more, because I definitely felt like I ought to! (It might
just have been my mood, though!) At one reunion scene I did shed a tear -
the secondary characters are, in general, wonderfully depicted, and
that scene involving one of them touched my heart.
though the way this story is rounded out defines this as the middle
book in the series, with another installment to follow, I still was
blessed by the way the characters are given such depth. I love the
understanding and the compassion Bischof's stories foster, despite the
emotional whirlwind the reader has to endure!
When all is said and done, at the conclusion of Though My Heart is Torn I
was left with curiosity and a big sense of trepidation at how this
story will continue. I'm concerned for the characters, and my heart is
torn between the possibilities. If you loved Be Still My Soul or
if you are touched by the perseverance and faith of well-drawn
characters through trials, consider trying out this sequel. But be
prepared to endure distressing situations and the wait for the third
*With thanks to the author for providing me with an ARC of the book in exchange for my honest opinion.*
Note: This book will be released April 2, 2013. You can pre-order it now at Amazon.com!
About the Author
"Married to her first
sweetheart, Joanne lives in the mountains of Southern California where
she keeps busy making messes with their home schooled children. When
she’s not weaving Appalachian romance, she’s blogging about faith,
writing, and the adventures of country living that bring her stories to
life." Learn more about Joanne at her website.