Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Though My Heart is Torn



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?

The first book in The Cadence of Grace Series, Be Still My Soul was a moving tribute to how powerful God's love is in life when people give God their full faith and trust. I was overjoyed to see that the second book of the series was available through Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing's Blogging for Books program in exchange for an honest review. I jumped on the chance to review it, and was not disappointed. Lonnie and Gideon have overcome amazing trials and managed to not only begin a family, but fall deeply in love with each other and explore God's love. When news from home comes to them, urging them to return their lives are completely shattered. Though My Heart is Torn is an emotional book, that had me crying along with both Lonnie and Gideon as they attempted to move on with their lives and learn to trust that God always has a plan, and it is always better than our own. While I was a little disappointed that I didn't get to read an emotional reunion at the end, I am also excited for a book three to pick up where this one leaves off and see where these characters go from here. Another great book from Joanne Bischof!

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