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Cadence of Grace #02: Though My Heart Is Torn


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ISBN13: 9781601424235
ISBN10: 160142423x
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Gideon O’Riley has two wives—but he doesn’t know it.


Settling 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.


As 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 conquer all?


Lonnie only wanted her husband’s love. Now that he belongs to another, can she surrender Gideon to a God with a bigger plan?

About the Author

Married to her first sweetheart, Joanne Bischof 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. Though My Heart is Torn is the second novel in her Cadence of Grace series.

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dgottreu, June 10, 2013 (view all comments by dgottreu)
Though My Heart is Torn by Joanne Bischof is a great story of love that is set in the Blue Ridge Mountains in the early twentieth century. Lonnie and Gideon O’Riley have settled into a happy marriage and are the parents of a young son. The marriage had a rocky beginning but Gideon has come to love his wife and to also love God. Lonnie received a letter from her father telling her that her mother was gravely ill and she should come home. When Lonnie and Gideon arrived at her father’s house, they found her mother in great health. The truth that hit them both like a ton of bricks was the fact that Gideon was still married to Cassie Allan. He married Lonnie thinking that the marriage had been annulled. The rest of the story deals with how each person deals with this problem.

The author did a great job in developing the characters, plot, dialogue, and action scenes. The characters seemed so real that at times I just wanted to reach out and give them a good shake or a big hug. There was quite a bit of suspense in the plot because of Gideon being married to two women at the same time. Everything in the book seemed so real that I was going through everything that was happening with the characters. I appreciate the way that the author had God being important to the characters and how His love and forgiveness were part of their lives. The book has a good ending but I would have been happier to see a few things cleared up. I am sure they will be answered in the next book in the series. I definitely enjoyed the book but think it would have been even better had I read the first book of the series before reading this one. However, the author gives enough information that one can figure out what happened earlier.

I highly recommend this book but I do think that one might enjoy it more if the first book of the series, Be Still My Soul, is read first. But do not hesitate to read even if you have not read the first book.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers through their Blogging for Books program in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to give a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
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Casey Herringshaw, January 28, 2013 (view all comments by Casey Herringshaw)
Fans of Janette Oke are going to find a sweet and comfortable haven within the pages of this latest historical novel due to hit bookshelves in April. The second novel in the Gideon and Lonnie saga is taking a new and unexpected twist, one that will twist the heart as well.

This novel has one of those premises that you have to read just to see how everything will be resolved. Two wives? One our hero had no idea he even had? Could such a fact even be plausible?

It’s heartbreaking to watch these characters struggle after reading the first book in their series. But the good news is, we’re not reading the same Gideon or Lonnie as in “Be Still My Soul” and that gives incredible hope to the reader that the best is still yet to come.

How do you resolve the issues that our characters are faced with? The book doesn’t tie it up with the perfect little bow, because a this kind of story can’t be easily finished. It has me anxious to resolove their story in book #3.

It’s a simple mountain tale told through everyday life from the eyes of our main characters. I could see them and their surroundings, the taste much as Oke did in her Love Comes Softly series.

Nostalgic and fulfilling, it’s a great family read.

This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to the author for my copy to review.
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Bischof, Joanne
Multnomah Books
Romance - Historical
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The Cadence of Grace
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8.19 x 5.47 x 0.92 in 0.66 lb

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