Monday, March 11, 2013

Though My Heart is Torn

by Joanne Bischof

Multnomah Publishers

Gideon and Lonnie O'Riley have finally settled down after their unpleasant beginnings. Gideon is in love with Lonnie, and Lonnie loves Gideon more than her next breath. Living in the Blue Ridge mountains, their lives and love are secure with the God they now both serve, and happiness has come to stay. With their son, Jacob to complete their little family, things couldn't be better for either of the O'Riley's.

That is, until an urgent letter arrives for Lonnie, summoning them home. They have no choice but to return to Rocky Knob and face the claims of Cassie Allen, who says she was Gideon's wife first. As they delve deeper into the past, it is not what they expected. Lonnie is heartbroken to discover that Gideon's previous choices are coming back to haunt them all and destroy the fragile trust between them. What is to become of Lonnie and their son Jacob if Cassie gets to have Gideon? Is it even a choice anymore, or a matter of honor?

This had to be one of the saddest books to read, I was so torn between the girls and their stories. While I wanted to cast the blame squarely on Cassie's shoulders and hope that Lonnie would get to stay married to Gideon; I also had to consider Cassie's side of the story and the part Gideon played in all of this. It goes to show that the bad choices we make in the past don't stay hidden forever. You can only hide for so long before it all comes to light. Bischof weaves a tale of hope throughout all of this however, and The Cadence of Grace series makes you realize that no sin is too great to be forgiven, nor any faith in God too small to grow.

This book was provided for free by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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