Though My Heart Is TornJoanne Bischof
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 ... Read More
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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 toward 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?
Though My Heart is Torn is the second book in author Joanne Bischof's The Cadence of Grace series.
Page Count: 352
- Product type: Book
- Format: Softcover
- Release Date: Apr 2, 2013
- UPC: 9781601424235
- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 340
- Publish Date: Apr 2, 2013
- BISAC: "FIC027050"
- ISBN: 160142423X
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- Best of the best in historical fiction by Carole on 7/3/13
Though My Heart Is Torn by Joanne Bischof, book #2 in The Cadence of Grace series, is a rich, character-driven novel that begins the next chapter in the life of Gideon and Lonnie, with unexpected events that no one could have foreseen. I've read a lot of excellent historical fiction, but this series is one of the very best.
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 interrupts 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.
Riveting, compelling, emotional, and heart wrenching are just a few adjectives that I would use to describe Though My Heart Is Torn. This novel goes far deeper than the average Christian historical romance and is even stronger than the first book in the series. Joanne is a compelling storyteller who also excels at creating a sense of place in the lovely Blue Ridge mountains of Appalachia.
Just when it seemed that Gideon and Lonnie had found happiness at the end of Be Still My Soul, their family is ripped apart by circumstances beyond their control and Gideon finds himself united with Cassie in a bitter marriage built on regret and distrust. Gideon reflects: "Lonnie was nothing like Cassie. Cassie was nothing like Lonnie. There wasn't an innocent bone in Cassie Allan's body. She and Gideon were cut from the same cloth. A convenience, he had once thought. An advantage to his desires in the dark hours of night."
I've been captivated by Gideon and Lonnie since the beginning. Gideon was drawn to Lonnie's God who had given him a second chance and was trying to become a good husband and father, but he discovers that past sins, while forgiven, still have consequences that hurt the ones we love. Lonnie discovers that her happiness with Gideon had been built on sand that was now crumbling. "She'd always known the scoundrel he'd been back then. But never had she imagined the price it would cost her."
I can understand that Joanne found this a difficult and challenging story to write, but I am so glad she did. As the plot began to unfold, I couldn't figure out how in the world she was going to bring it to any kind of tolerable solution, and I still can't, because that will surely come in the third novel.
"Cadence" is a musical term that describes a progression of chords moving to a close or point of rest, and giving the sense of resolution or completion. "Grace" is the free, unearned and unmerited favor and kindness of God. The series title, "Cadence of Grace," beautifully captures the essence of these stories. Rather than separate novels, I see them as three chapters of a narrative that builds toward that final resolution as the characters grow in God's grace.
Joanne incorporates a moving hymn into each of these stories, and it is "Before the Throne of God Above" that touches Gideon toward the end of this one. "The words sank in as no words ever had. They seemed to fill him. Fill the spaces of his soul that had felt so empty." This song is too meaningful not to share:
Before the throne of God above
I have a strong and perfect plea;
A great High Priest whose name is Love
Who ever lives and pleads for me.
My name is graven on His hands,
My name is written on His heart.
The first book in this series, Be Still My Soul, was nominated for a Christy Award, and it is my hope that Though My Heart Is Torn will also receive a nomination and win. I highly recommend this book to all readers.
The final book in this series, My Hope Is Found, releases in October 2013.
Learn more about Joanne and her books at joannebischof.com.
This book was provided by WaterBrook Multnomah through their Blogging for Books program in exchange for my honest review.
- Great Story by dgottreu on 6/10/13
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.
The following links to resources related to this book are included here for any reader that is interested.
Joanne Bischof’s Website: http://www.joannebischof.com/ ;
More information about the book: http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/catalog.php?work=219084
To read Chapter One: http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/blog/2013/01/09/sneak-peek-though-my-heart-is-torn-by-joanne-bischof/
Author Bio: http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/author-spotlight.php?authorid=157548
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.