Friday, February 1, 2013

Nostalgic and Fulfilling ~ Though My Heart is Torn by Joanne Bischof ~ Review

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.

More about the novel...

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?

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    Okay, I veeery rarely use all caps. In fact, it's a pet peeve of mine when I get all caps emails at work and feel like I'm being yelled at. :) But it seemed oh so apropos today...because I seriously loved Joanne's book. The only downside was getting to the end and realizing I was in for a wait on book three. :)

    1. LOL! I know, I felt a bit jipped in that too. ;)

  2. I loved the book! And I can't wait for book 3!

    1. I'm excited for the conclusion to their story too. It's going to be a long time coming. :)


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