Though My Heart Is Torn: The Cadence of Grace, Book 2by Joanne 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/b>
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?
“Joanne Bischof is a lovely storyteller and a unique new voice in historical fiction. Exploring the nature of love, personal responsibility, and the power of God’s faithfulness, Though My Heart Is Torn is a rich novel.
—Cindy Woodsmall, author of A Season for Tending and the New York Times best-seller The Harvest of Grace
“Fresh and memorable as an Appalachian spring, Though My Heart Is Torn is heartrending yet hopeful, romantic, and riveting. Joanne Bischoff delivers a deeply drawn tale of hearts broken and mended in the light of the Lord’s healing love. Lonnie and Gideon’s story is one that stays with you long after you turn the last page. Highly recommended!”
—Laura Frantz, author of The Colonel’s Lady and Love’s Reckoning
“Be Still My Soul introduced the ultimate villain, Joel Sawyer. He coerced his shy daughter to sing for a crowd, failed to defend her when she was assaulted, then forced her to marry her assailant. Sawyer’s up to no good again in Though My Heart Is Torn, shattering the happiness his daughter found with her husband and bringing her a heartbreak worse than death. This is a story for everyone who ever cried out ‘Why, God? It wasn’t supposed to turn out this way.’ ”
—Catherine Richmond, author of Spring for Susannah and Through Rushing Water
“Just when I was sure characterization couldn’t be drawn any deeper, a setting any richer, or conflict any more engaging than in Be Still My Soul, Joanne Bischof delivers Though My Heart Is Torn. Joanne’s astounding ability to paint captivating word pictures of humanity and hope already has me impatiently awaiting the last book in her Cadence of Grace series. And every book after that.”
—Mona Hodgson, author of The Sinclair Sisters of Cripple Creek series and The Quilted Hearts novellas
Praise for Be Still My Soul
“Bischof kicks off her Cadence of Grace series with a tale of love blossoming in the most daunting circumstances. A gem by an author sure to draw fans.”
“Bischof has written a heartwarming and inspirational historical romance that should appeal to fans of Karen Kingsbury.”
“Beautifully set in the Appalachian Mountains, Joanne Bischof’s debut novel is one of those rare finds that will keep you up burning the midnight oil. I literally couldn’t put it down! Her characters are engaging from the moment they walk onto the stage of your heart and so real you’ll remember them long after you turn the last page. As an author of two historical novels set in the Appalachian Mountains, I was enchanted by the setting and Joanne’s deft descriptions. I can’t wait to read book two of the series.”
—Diane Noble, best-selling author
“The rugged charm of Appalachia is the perfect backdrop to mirror the hardship and beauty of Joanne Bischof’s tender, heart-tugging debut. The author’s lyrical voice drew me in; the rich detail and authentic emotion kept me turning the pages. Lovers of historical fiction and topsy-turvy romance will find much to rejoice about in this lovely story. Be Still My Soul is a delight from start to finish!”
—Carla Stewart, award-winning author of Chasing Lilacs and Stardust
“Be Still My Soul is a rare gem: a powerful and compelling story for every woman who’s known love’s real ups and downs. Author Joanne Bischof draws a poignant picture of a forced marriage and its challenges and heartache, followed by the healing and joy of transformative love. A refreshingly honest new voice makes a memorable debut!”
—Rosslyn Elliott, award-winning author of Fairer than Morning and Sweeter than Birdsong
“Be Still My Soul is a wonderful debut from newcomer Joanne Bischof. If you grew up loving Janette Oke, you’ll want to read this tender tale of grace, forgiveness, and redemption.”
—Susan Meissner, author of A Sound Among the Trees
“Be Still My Soul gives readers a refreshing dip into nineteenth-century American Appalachian life, with a story that bubbles into the heart like a clear mountain spring. Ms. Bischof’s uplifting tale hits the palate as sweetly as the pancakes and honey her characters enjoy for breakfast. You’ll leave the book feeling you’ve made new friends you won’t want to forget.”
—Linore Rose Burkard, author of Before the Season Ends and The Country House Courtship
“A moving debut! More than just a love story, Be Still My Soul takes compelling characters on a journey of redemption in the dangerous beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Joanne Bischof ’s masterful and compassionate insight into human nature won me over. I can’t wait for the second book in the Cadence of Grace series!”
—Sarah Sundin, award-winning author of the Wings of Glory series
“Joanne Bischof offers a heartrending tale set in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, where two young souls must put away their past and accept life together as man and wife. While sometimes gut-wrenching, the young couple must endure difficult trials that lead them to seek and find answers in the everlasting arms of Jesus. Be Still My Soul will stir your soul and leave you thinking about the characters long after you’ve turned the last page.”
—Deborah Vogts, author of Snow Melts in Spring and Seeds of Summer
Read an Excerpt
Rocky Knob, Virginia
Joel Sawyer stared at his unwelcome guests in disbelief, the roomful of faces blurring. He stumbled back and sank onto the bench. His head fell against the wall behind him. “This can’t be,” he muttered.
“I’m afraid it is.” The reverend’s voice trembled worse than the shanty walls, which shook in the evening wind.
Joel closed his eyes. His jaw clenched, and heat rose up his neck. Gideon O’Riley was a dead man. If the task were up to him alone, he would see it done. Wanting to strike the boy, he curled his fingers against his leg, forming a fist so tight it threatened to turn his hand numb.
Opening his eyes, he tipped his chin and stared at the young woman who sat across from him. Cassie Allan, pretty girl. Her brown hair was stuffed into a tidy knot at the nape of her pale neck, hints of unruly curls tugging free. A glance into her eyes confirmed the trait ran deeper than appearances. Yes, unruly was the word. If only his daughter
were as cunning. He chewed the inside of his cheek until it burned. He glanced at the reverend. “So what’s to be done?”
The question hung heavily on the thick silence. On a bench near the fire, Bill O’Riley lowered his head, hat dangling between limp hands. Defeated. He’d yet to speak, and Joel doubted he would start now. Reverend Gardner shifted in his seat, bringing Joel’s attention back to the old man who was too short for his weight. More like a mole than a man. Joel disregarded the thought and forced himself to focus on the matter at hand. The reverend had stuttered his way through the unwelcome news and now sat fumbling with his hat, making Joel wish he could snatch it away, ring the sweat out, and hand it back.
The bedroom door creaked open, and Maggie emerged from the darkened room. Huddled on the bed, his children, shadowed in the light of a single candle, made scarcely a sound. Never had there been so many people in his house. It was crushing. Maggie stepped from the bedroom and closed the door softly behind her. She offered him a weak
He ignored her.
“I apologize for the church’s oversight.” The reverend’s droning words were unsteady, and Joel’s mind hunted for the vital points. “We’d like to put this embarrassment behind us…”
Joel coughed. He tried to focus.
“There is no other choice but to remedy this. Gideon and your daughter must return…if we’re to repair the Allans’ honor.”
Glass clanged against metal. The reverend stopped and nodded to his hostess. With her eyes down, Maggie ducked her head and lit the oil lamp, fingers quick. After silently sliding the glass over the flame, she slipped from the room. The door closed without a sound behind her. One less person. If only Cassie and her pa would leave. Take Bill O’Riley
and their horrid news with them.
Joel felt the reverend’s gaze on him.
“We must find them.” In the candlelight, shadows haunted his face. Leaning forward, Joel rubbed his hands together. Grit ground between his palms. The mistake was Gideon’s—his foolish son-in-law who had deceived them all. The reverend rambled on, and Joel warred with the urge to backhand him. The church’s oversight. Hah! It bordered on criminal.
But Joel could not turn back time. Lonnie was already married to the scoundrel. And now they were asking him to get them home. Now. “And my daughter”—Joel ran a hand along the scruff of his jaw—“what’s to become of her?”
An unwelcome voice invaded the conversation. “It’s beside the point.”
Henry Allan. Joel glared at Cassie’s father. “Watch yourself.”
“Gentlemen, please.” Gardner’s quivering hands reached for the space between the men.
Henry leaned back in his chair, his face filled with a brokenness that was beyond Joel.
Supper sat untouched on the table, and though the fire in the castiron stove had dwindled to meager coals, the smell of roast chicken still hung in the air. A cruel reminder of his empty stomach. If that weren’t rude enough, now Cassie’s father was giving him lip. At least Bill O’Riley was silent where he sat. The man hadn’t an argument to his name. Their children were heathens, the pair of them. The truth made Joel shift in his seat, disgust sliding through his veins.
Joel rubbed his knuckles together to loosen the tension that swept through the rigid muscles in his arm. “Lonnie’s my oldest girl, and—”
“And what of my oldest girl? Abandoned.” Henry’s last word slipped out in a pained whisper, and he stood, sending his chair tilting. His hands, now balled into fists, shook with each word. “Think of the pain my Cassie has endured these last months.”
The young woman rolled her eyes, the wayward motion tipping Joel’s head back. If she were his daughter, he’d smack the look off her face. But Henry Allan was too busy gaining the reverend’s sympathy to notice. Let him have it. Joel had no desire to fight for Lonnie’s innocence.
It didn’t exist. They had all been fooled.
He should have expected it from Gideon. The wretch whom less than an hour ago he had still considered family. And look where it landed him. Joel glanced at the reverend, ignoring the man who hovered angrily beside them. He was finished with Henry Allan for the evening.
They should pass it off, wash their hands of this disgrace. “Surely this situation is better suited for the law.”
The reverend cleared his throat, and Joel realized he’d spoken his thought aloud.
“We would. But we wanted to bring it to you first.” As if he’d mustered some unseen strength, Reverend Gardner’s beady eyes bored so deep into Joel’s that Joel found himself shifting. Again. “It seems that if all parties involved can come to an agreement of peace, we needn’t bring in any outside aid…and the trouble it would bring. We need only
resolve the matter and see that the proper documents are in the hand of the circuit rider the next time he journeys on courthouse business.”
“So, now I need to get them home. Is that it? Is there anything else I should know?” Joel clipped the words off, not caring if his mood leaked through. “What of the child?” he nearly spat.
The reverend’s eyes filled with sorrow as they met his. “Will be your responsibility, I’m afraid.”
He should have known.
The reverend’s face grew somber. “It must be done. You must send word…bid them home immediately.” He slid his hat on and rose slowly. “Or the Allans will indeed involve the law. Something, I believe, neither of us wants.” His fat throat worked. “I’d imagine that having the law knocking on your doorstep, asking questions, isn’t desired.” Firelight
drew the shadows long across his face. “The law has a way of…unearthing things.”
Joel wanted to wring that fat neck.
Irritation shot through him that the reverend knew of the accusations. The rumors. Joel would deny the stories until his last breath. But still…a man of the law knew how to hunt for truths best left buried deep. He had no desire to test that.
He stepped toward the door, which was rattling on its hinges in the windstorm that beat against the house. With a single nod, Bill O’Riley rose from his bench and quickly bid the room goodnight in a husky voice.
The reverend held the door open and, with a stiff nod, motioned for the Allans. Cassie stepped out first, clutching her shawl, which fluttered and slapped with a life of its own. Joel caught the glint of her eyes in the moonlight. Her pa followed close on her heels. The wind howled. Henry Allan glanced back over his shoulder, pinning Joel with a fierce
stare before pulling his hat over hair the color of dirty snow.
The reverend hesitated and turned toward Joel. A gust of wind burst into the house, clawing its chilly fingers through Joel’s thin shirt. “Mr. Sawyer. Again, please know that I am sorry. This, uh, sort of thing does not happen…often.”
Meet 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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Though My Heart Is Torn By: Joanne Bischof This is the second book in this series. I could not put this book down! I connected with Lonnie and Gideon in book one and it didn’t stop in this book! Their heart may have been torn, but so was mine. I could not believe what was happening and what they were going through. Rarely have I ever gotten so attached to a character, much less two of them, that I could not wait to read the next book in the series. That’s where I am with this one. I cannot wait to see what happens in the next book. Joanne Bischof does an excellent job of telling a story and incorporating characters that you will care about and pull for. Lonnie and Gideon O’Riley were joined in a shotgun wedding in book one, Be Still My Soul. In this book, Though My Heart Is Torn, we find out that Gideon is still married to his first wife! How can that be? The ruse is believable and this story takes off again. Lonnie and Gideon are separated. Gideon is reunited with his first wife, Cassie Allan. Can Gideon just take his heart back and give it to Cassie? We find it isn’t that easy. Gideon and Lonnie must figure out how to fall out of love with each other and move on with their lives without each other. Can they do this while holding onto their faith in God? Can they hold on and wait to see what God has in store for them? Sometimes waiting is the hardest part. Does Cassie get what she wanted out of Gideon? Can Lonnie move on without Gideon in her life, especially once she meets the new reverend? You’ll have to read this book to find out! Once you finish this one, you will not be able to wait to read the next one! Great job Joanne Bischof! I cannot wait to read more of your books!
This book was very hard for me to finish because it is so heartbreaking! Imagine: you finally get your husband to love you the way you deserve to be loved and he is ripped away from you! Joanne Bischof did an excellent job of describing the pain and heartache Lonnie and Gideon were feeling. You hurt along with them. Your heart breaks with theirs. While I don't particularly care for Cassie's parts in the story, you can't help but sypathize with her and feel her pain as well. The message in the book is clear. God has a bigger plan for our lives and while we don't always agree with what's happening or see a way out, God does. We need to learn to lean on Him for everything. He can give us strength; He can give us peace in the midst of our storm. This story shows Lonnie and Gideon struggling to find strength in God's wisdom and power which is something we can all relate to.
Joanne Bischof carries on the story of Lonnie and Gideon in Book Two of The Cadence of Grace series in Though My Heart Is Torn. I have to admit that I was nervous to pick up this book and start it. I had just read Be Still My Soul and loved the story so much. I was happy to see things working out for Lonnie and Gideon and was extremely nervous knowing that there was going to be some major heartache coming for them in this sequel. However, I am so glad I picked it up and started reading. Once I did, I had trouble putting it down. Yes, there is major heartache as these two characters are literally torn apart and their marriage dissolved. The author leads you through their pain as you watch their separate stories unfold and see how they are moving through their lives as they are forced to be apart. In book one and book two in this series, I have been extremely impressed with the author's ability to take a character and really make me dislike them and the decisions they are making. Then, as I continue in my reading, I realize that I am growing to care for that character, or at least feel some compassion for them. This is how I felt with Gideon in Be Still My Soul and with Cassie in Though My Heart Is Torn. I loved the fact that Lonnie's Aunt Sarah reminded Lonnie about the story of King Solomon and the two women claiming a baby as their own. The real mother, who truly loved the baby, was willing to let the baby go to save the baby's life. This clarified things for Lonnie and it also touched my heart and helped me as I read this story and watched Lonnie love Gideon by letting him go. Book Three, My Hope Is Found, releases in October and I am anxiously awaiting it already! I was blessed to receive Though My Heart Is Torn in a contest on Joanne Bischof's blog and have been blessed even more to have read these books. I will be reading them again and again!
Wow! In a continuation of Be Still My Soul, just as happiness has finally found Lonnie and Gideon, Gideon's past sins come back to tear their future apart. The emotional upheaval woven throughout the novel had me in tears on more than one occasion. Chapter 20, the chapter when Lonnie and Gideon part, was written so beautifully, their emotions so raw and powerful. Definitely a hard chapter to read and absorb. The message of forgiveness and struggling with the plan God has for each and every one of us was handled with delicacy by Bischof. She showed how the past can be learned from and used to make a better future. And by putting others first, happiness can finally be found. I can't wait for the conclusion of these series this fall!
In the Blue Ridges Mountains of Virginia, Gideon and Lonnie O’Riley settle down. Gideon hadn’t planned on a wife, but when he did something he shouldn’t have they were forced to get married. Off they went to find a home, Gideon’s temper got the best of him and when Lonnie could not keep up with him walking he got abusive. Jebediah saved her and Gideon started to change. He started living his life for the Lord. Lonnie and Gideon love each other and have a son named Jacob. When a letter comes that Lonnie’s mother is sick, Gideon agrees to go back to Rocky Knob but, when they get there they find out it was only a trick. Now Gideon must face his past. You see, before he and Lonnie were married he was married to Cassie Allen but, Gideon wasn’t exactly the husband type and she didn’t want him around anymore so they signed the divorce papers and Gideon was free, or was he? Cassie was supposed to take care of the papers and give them to the clergy man to take to the courthouse. Now Gideon is forced back into this relationship with Cassie and must leave the family he loves with all his heart, the only ones he will ever love. How can Gideon make the best of this situation? What’s going to happen to Lonnie and Jacob? Lonnie feels betrayed, hurt, and lied to because Gideon never told her. She wants to hate him with every part of her but she can’t she loves Gideon with all her heart. Read the book to find out the rest of this story that will have you on our toes wanting to know what happens next!!
Though My Heart Is Torn continues Lonnie and Gideon’s story which began in Book 1, Be Still My Soul. Once again, Joanne Bischof masterfully stirred my emotions with every turn of the page. I wept at the heart-wrenching emotion so beautifully written in this story, and my heart ached for these characters that I’ve come to know and love. Though My Heart Is Torn is another must read story in The Cadence of Grace series!
My Emotions Were In Turmoil! Though My Heart Is Torn, is the second book in this series. It continues with the main characters Gideon and Lonnie. Hang on folks, you are in for a roller coaster ride with your emotions. I can’t believe how many tears I shed over this book. It is only a fictional story I told myself but yet I was drawn in and made part of Gideon and Lonnie’s life. How hard it was for me to sit on the sidelines and not be able to voice my opinion! The story wasn’t going my way and I am ashamed to say I cried bitter tears over it, I fretted over it, and I put the book down. I was drained! Yet, the story drew me back and I picked the book back up and finished reading the book. The author knows just how far to push your emotions and she did a great job in making that happen. I dare anyone to read this book and not tear up or down right sob! Book three, My Hope Is Found, beacons me. Will I dive right in or give myself an emotional break? I don’t have a clue! I urge everyone reading this review to pick up all three books in this series. Be Still My Soul, Though My Heart Is Torn, and My Hope Is Found. I highly recommend it! Thank you author Joanne Bischof for a fantastic story!
A beautifully written, bittersweet continuation of Gideon and Lonnie's lives as they must deal with the consequences of Gideon's past. Joanne Bischof's writing draws you in so gently, you feel like you're there, sitting on the porch with a cup of tea, waiting to see what happens next. Highly recommend this series to anyone who enjoys historical fiction, especially Janette Oke and Catherine Marshall fans. 4.5 stars!
I am so excited about writing my review for this book because of the special effect it had on me, but before I say why let me mention some of the awesome things about it! I absolutely LOVED Though My Heart is Torn! There is no better name for this book because my heart was torn along with these characters as well! One minute I feel like I'm rooting against Cassie and then the next minute I have such compassion for her! I could not even begun to think about being in Lonnie's position! I had to put the book down several times because it was so overwhelmingly heartbreaking! I have not cried while reading a book in a very long time, but this book did me in! I cried/teared up in the beginning, middle, and the end! Usually when I have that kind of reaction to a book I will not want to finish the book, but I STRONGLY recommend this novel because of the strength and second chances God gives each of these characters! He truly loves us and nothing we go through is in vain! One thing I will mention is that reading the first book would be a great idea before reading this one! That might sound like a no-brainer, but I did not realize it was the second book in the series until I started it! I was completely lost in the beginning and really wanted to know how the characters got to where they were, but within a few chapters I understood what was going on. However it would have been nice to have the whole scoop prior. Something that I thought was very interesting is that the book seems to be based off the story in the Bible of King Solomon's wisdom with the two mothers who both claimed the one child who was living was theirs. However Solomon says the woman who is the truth mother is when she was willing to give up her son so he could live. Joanne takes that story and applies this to Gideon and Lonnie's marriage of having to give up the other. That Scripture fit perfectly for the novel. Now through the course of reading the beginning to about the middle I was so distraught about Lonnie's and Gideon's marriage that I had to KNOW if they would be back together again! So I broke one of my biggest book reading ethics: To not read the ending! I'll admit I did it and I am so AGAINST doing that, but like I said I had to know! I have never done this with any other book and it definitely confirmed to me that when a novel can make you want to read the ending, that it must be amazing! I will always remember the power this book had on me! I give "Though My Heart is Torn" 6 stars! I received for free from Water Brook Multnomah in exchange for an honest review! (Thank you so much for allowing me to read it)
The Cadence of Grace Lonnie and Gideon O'Riley have a new found love for each other on the Bennett farm. Jebediah and Elsie Bennett care for Lonnie and Gideon like they were their children and the new baby is such joy and blessing to them all. They have gone through some tough times but now life was better and the future looked very promising. That is until Gideon discovers he has another wife and has no legal right to be married to Lonnie. How will this change the life he so wanted to spend with Lonnie and their young son? They must make things right even though their hearts be torn. Lonnie aches for her loss of the man she so dearly loves. What does her future hold? Will she have to raise her son without a father? She knows God has a plan and she must trust that God will provide. The author zeros into your heart! She turns this couples life upside down and shows us that Good is in control of all things. It will have you looking back on your own trials and tribulations and realize God has always been in control of our lives. He is The Author of our lives. Pain, sorrow, betrayal, love, hope, faith, trust and reconciliation is what Joanne Bischoff writes about in this book. You will be eager to read book three, MY HOPE IS FOUND, in this series, THE CADENCE OF GRACE. I highly recommend not only this book, but also the other books in this series. I rated this book a 5 out of 5. Disclosure: I received a free digital copy of this book from Multnomah Books via Edelweiss for review. I was in no way compensated for this review. This review is my honest opinion.
Joanne Bischof in her new book, "Though My Heart Is Torn" Book Two in The Cadence Of Grace series published by Multnomah Books continues the story of Lonnie Sawyer and Gideon O'Riley. From the back cover: 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. 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? According to the rules the way you write a drama is in three parts. Part One ends on a happy note, Part Two is a downer and Part Three ends again on a happy note. "Though My Heart Is Torn" is Part Two in this series so that should give you some kind of indication of where this story is going. Though this is not meant to say that this book is not worth while. On the contrary this book is very exciting and draws you into not only the story but the lives of each character. Gideon and Lonnie have come so far and now they have a son and into their lives comes an atomic bomb in the form of Cassie Allan who claims to be Gideon's wife. Now these two need to address this new wound and see what can be done. This is a highly emotional story so be prepared to shed a few tears as you read anxiously to the end. Ms. Bischof has done an outstanding job of giving us characters that we care for and so want to succeed. "Though My Heart Is Torn" is an exploration of marriage and how this journey will be so deeply spiritual and emotional. Ms. Bischof is continuing this series with a bang and I am so looking forward to seeing how this very talented author is going to end this series. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book for free from Multnomah Books for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
Though My Heart is Torn by Joanne Bischof is the second book in her Cadence of Grace series. Oh, how I wished I had read the first novel before starting this one! I was able to read through a few reviews and piece together what occurred in that portion of their story and discovered that Gideon and Lonnie were able to find love. Book two takes off with the gift of their son, Jacob, and the reader is taken on a whirlwind adventure that only life can bring in the discovery of another wife (Gideon’s). This story has so many twists and turns that you’ll want to read it all in one sitting! I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multomah Publishing Group for this review.
*I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group through the Blogging for Books program for this review.* Though My Heart is Torn is the second book in The Cadence of Grace series. Upon picking up this book to read, I did not realize that there was a whole other book about these characters before, so it took me a short time to get my bearings on the story and the characters. I was a little lost, but this riveting story swept me off my feet, and I was quickly immersed and invested in the characters and their stories. Gideon ends up with two wives, and the trouble begins there. His past mistake caught up with him, and it not only hurt himself, but it also hurt Lonnie and Cassie. As each character goes through this difficult trial, they experience emotional turmoil. It is heartbreaking to watch these characters suffer with complicated feelings and powerful emotions about what has happened to their lives. The author writes their emotions with an honesty that is beautiful to read. Each character goes through their own journey in this book. Gideon must learn to accept Cassie as his wife. Cassie must learn how to be a wife to a man who is angry and loves another woman. Lonnie must come to terms with the fact that her husband is no longer hers, and she must go on in life alone, and raise her son without his father. These journeys are difficult and painful, as each character tries to cope with the situation. But, how do you move forward with a life you didn’t ask for? When life is turned upside-down, how do you come to a place where you understand what is happening and what that means for your future? How do you accept what has happened? These are the questions that are explored as Gideon, Lonnie, and Cassie go through the journey of this book. They all must face the consequences of past choices. One quote that stood out in particular came when Gideon and Lonnie were preparing to annul their marriage because Gideon had to be with his rightful wife, Cassie. Even though Lonnie knew she would no longer be able to call Gideon her husband, she also knew that she could never un-love Gideon. He was a part of her, and that would never change. She knows that every day when she looks at her son, she will see Gideon. In that scene, her love for her husband was described as this: “But the deep places of her heart were rooted and tangled- a love like that could never be undone” (118). Amidst the pain and hurt, Lonnie’s love for Gideon was a love that would last forever. Lonnie’s aunt, Sarah, was a character that I liked very much. She was so loving and cared deeply about Lonnie. She is someone that Lonnie had warm memories about. Another character that I became fond of by the end of the book was Toby, the Scottish reverend. I am very interested to see what happens to him in the next book. Overall, a lovely book that explored the emotional ups and downs of the trials each character faced. I can’t wait to see what happens in the third book, and now I must go back and read the first one! P.S. Be sure to read the author’s acknowledgements at the end of the book. I especially love what she wrote to her husband and children. So sweet!
Goodreads Synopsis: 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? Review: 5 Stars!! WOW! I fell in love with this story on the first page, well, the first page when the author quoted Joshua 1:9! This is a continuation of book 1, Be Still My Soul. And it is so good, if you like books set in Cowboys & Indian days, and romance you should read this book. But, you should read book 1 first to know what is going on.
Faith in the Lord gives Lonnie & Gideon strength of move ahead Lonnie and Gideon O'Riley with their son Jacob are finally very happy where they are in their lives. Gideon has changed his life around, he and Lonnie are truly in love and they have their handsome son to complete the happy family. Things couldn't be better for them. When Lonnie receives a letter from her Dad telling her that she needs to return home as soon as possible because her Mother is very ill and he doesn't know how long she has left to live, the small family hurriedly leaves with plans to return as soon as possible to Elsie and Jebediah who have helped them become the people they are today. Arriving at her parents house, Lonnie hears her Mother's voice as she's approaching the door, she sounds fine. Curious she rushes in to find her Mother very healthy. They soon discover that her Father outright lied in the letter just to get them home, why? Their happy life will by turned upside down the next day when Gideon's past comes back to hit them in the face. Will their marriage survive this bump in the road or will Lonnie and Jacob be returning to Elsie and Jebediah alone? It seems like this is how life is for a lot of people, some are able to struggle through and try to make the best of things for a bright future anyway and others seem to give up and return to the old life or give up altogether and end their lives after something devastating/heartbreaking happens. If you have faith in the Lord you know that things happen for a reason and there is something better ahead of you, just try not to lose that faith. Joanne did a wonderful job of pulling you even further into Gideon and Lonnie's life with this second book and leaves you hanging at the end so you are anxious for the next one in the series, My Hope is Found, due out in October of 2013. I really don't want this year to go any faster, maybe we could jump to October then come back to June, haha
booksbysteph says "Read Series in Order" I am not sure why some blog-for-book companies do not make book one in a series available to read. Maybe it is so we buy the first book ourselves, but that takes away time needed to post reviews for the company's deadlines. It is something I do not understand. When having to start with a book in a series that is not the first, a good author writes so you do not have to read the previous books to understand the latter. Though they make you want to buy the previous books as well as the soon-to-be-released books. I did not read book one in this 3-book series. I wish I had and I urge you to read this series in order. There are a lot of references made in this book that have to do with book one and I can only come to assumptions. We all know the saying about assumptions, but assumptions in a story line can drastically alter your perception of the book you are reading. I am hoping I was smart enough that my assumptions are accurate. This story line is something you would see on a bad afternoon talk show and it surprised me that this book and this story takes place in 1901. Even the travel and chores seemed behind in times compared to other historical books I have read. I had to keep reminding myself that this takes place in the West. Way of life and inventions came from the East and mostly from Europe and had to make there way west and that did not happen overnight. It was also difficult to deal with the backwards way of thinking. Today, a divorce can be simple but at the turn of the 20th century, it was not as easy. In fact, if I am truly honest, I never really thought of divorce 100+ years ago. All the stories I read seem to have some type of happily ever after. I have ordered book one to see how Gideon and Lonnie ended up together. It does not sound like it was pretty. And I look forward to the release of book three on October 15, 2013. Until next time, live life one page at a time!
Doesn't get better than this! Joanne Bischof has moved up top my favorite authors list. Her style is like no other. Though My Heart Is Torn is a heartbreaking, tissue-getting story. Very well written. I felt like I was actually there with the characters and being part of the story. Such vivid descriptions. My favorite line was: "She had stitched her heart inside his chest pocket and didn't know how to break that thread." Oh my goodness! Where did I leave those tissues? My grandpa was from the area this book was set and I have to admire the research put into this story. If I could, I would give this book 100 stars!
I loved Be Still My Soul, book #1 in The Cadence of Grace Series. by Joanne Bischof and was excited to also review book #2, Though My Heart Is Torn. Once again I was drawn quickly into the story of Lonnie and Gideon. I'll admit that at first I did not like the way the story continued but soon realized that God had a plan for this book and He used Joanne's talent as a writer to lead us "through the valley" He chose for the unforgettable characters of Lonnie and Gideon. It is always a joy to stand back and watch God work in the heart of a author to show us our way is not always His way. I look forward to where God lead Joanne in the next book in this series. This one is a keeper that I will read again. I give Though My Heart Is Torn 5 out of 5 stars. I received this book through Blogging For Book and Waterbrook/Multnomah for my honest review. I was not paid for my review in any way.
Having put his sins behind him, Gideon O'Riley is eager to follow a new path with his wife Lonnie and their son Jacob, but finds that he's left one detail undone. Cassie Allan claims to have been legally married to him...to still be married, in fact. But where does that leave Lonnie and the baby? Reminiscent of the Jacob, Rachel and Leah story of the Bible, Gideon is caught between two women and the legal consequences seem to conflict with what is right morally and emotionally. Because the outcome was impossible to guess (and I tried, believe me, I tried!) I wanted to skim pages to get to the conclusion, but I couldn't help but linger over the rich language and the exquisite descriptions. Bischof writes beautifully and expertly places her characters in an impossible situation. What I love even more is that I wasn't sure what I wanted to happen. She avoids the cliché by making her most of the characters sympathetic - victims of the circumstances or of their previous decisions. It would've been easy to create a villain, but Bischof lets readers care about everyone in the story. Truly, my heart was torn, too. And it's not over. I'm doing my best to beg, borrow or steal a copy of Bischof's third book in the series before October. That's just too long to wait.
I didn't know what to think of this book in the beginning. This is the second book in this series. The first being Be Still My Soul and unless you have read the first book, it will take at least two chapters to finally catch on to what is going on. That was a tad annoying, but once I got the hang of the storyline, it was actually a good story. This is definitely a story of a couple in love, forced apart by religion and the law. Gideon and Lonnie learn to trust in God fully because they soon learn that is their only hope! These two faithful servants of the Lord, trust God even when it feels like, with everything in them, God has turned His back on them. Gideon very quickly learns he is married to two women. In the eyes of the church he is still married to Cassie, but was this a terrible mistake that can be fixed easily or will Gideon have to reunite with Cassie and make it work? Though My Heart is Torn speaks of the three main character's hearts, it tore mine too. I could clearly see God working in one way and then it seems as if the author wanted to turn the story around and make God work in a way befitting her audiences approval. Although the storyline was good and it held my attention, it seemed like the author was confusing things and making God work in the way she wanted to. There is a third book coming out and if it weren't for that, I would have been a little angry at how the book ended. It cut off in the last act. I can say that I do want to read the first in the series Be Still My Soul to see how Gideon and Lonnie's love story started.WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing group has provided me with this book complimentary for review purposes.
THOUGH MY HEART IS TORN by Joanne Bischof is a powerful inspiration Historical Romance set in 1901 Rocky Knob, Virginia. #2 in "The Cadence of Grace",it can be read as a stand alone,but I would recommend reading "Be Still My Soul" first,to better understand the characters. "Gideon O'Riley has two wives--but he doesn't know it." Yet.... Follow, Lonnie and Gideon O'Riley on a journey of past choices,secrets,faith,love,heartache,hope,deceit,betrayal, and trust. Be prepared for a few shed tears,lots of hope,and on your seat anticipation. Lonnie is a wonderful,devoted wife and mother but challenges are all around her. Gideon has finally accepted Lonnie's faith when unforeseen Cassie Allan,enters the picture and upsets their happy home and lives. With strength few have and the determination to make a happy home for herself and their son Lonnie, continues forward while she waits for Gideon, once again,Gideon must finish things with his other wife,Cassie Allan. But will Gideon be too late this time if he returns,for Lonnie has another option...she has a suitor? "Though My Heart Is Torn" is an emotional,powerful,and heart wrenching story of the undeniable strength of faith and love. But be warned it ends with a cliff hanger. While, I like my stories with a tidy ending,"Though My Heart Is Torn" is still a great story with engaging,and dramatic characters and an intriguing plot. Another hit for this author,she is a wonderful storyteller. Received for an honest review from the publisher. RATING: 4 HEAT RATING: SWEET REVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book Addiction Reviews
Joanne Bischof weaves a story that wraps itself around your heart. You will hold these characters in your heart and be rooting for them as they journey on in this second book in The Cadence of Grace Series. Do yourself a favor and get Be Still my Soul and Though my Heart is Torn and you too will be a fan!
What I Loved I said it about Joanne's first book (in which we first meet Lonnie and Gideon) and I'll say it about this one, too. This was such a beautiful book. The best part was receiving it in the mail and diving right into the first page. Right from the start, you can tell something big is about to go down. Something's going to happen that is going to shatter the shaky peace achieved at the end of book one (no spoilers for those of you who haven't yet read Be Still My Soul!). And does it ever! It was partly my fault for not flipping the book over and reading the back cover, but I had no idea what was going to happen... and then it did and wow, just wow. Hope that wasn't too confusing. Just know it's an excellent, intriguing, good grief, how is this going to work out? beginning. Then it continues. Hearts are broken, lives are changed, separation ensues, hurtful words are spoken...it's a heartrending journey that is riveting in its intensity. What I Didn't Like As Much The ending. Meaning: it ended. I milked the ending of this book. I can't remember ever having done that before, but I clung to the excuse of school tugging at my hours and made the last three pages last two days. Book Three can't come fast enough for me! Why I Recommend This Book Though My Heart is Torn is lovely and lyrical. I think what I love best about Joanne's writing is that she conveys so much with just a whisper of a movement or an echo of a heart's thought. I realized that halfway through this book. She doesn't overdo emotion and that is what makes you feel. If you love historical fiction that offers a glimpse into a forgotten time when life was simpler and at the same time so moving, pick up the Cadence of Grace series.
I read this book in three sittings. I relished the writing in Joanne's first book, Be Still My Soul, and of course was drawn in by the characters. But this book? The writing is just as exquisite, but the story line had me by the throat. On the back cover you read, “Gideon has two wives–but he doesn’t know it.” Now, I am not a “cry-er,” but the drama and emotion in this book had a lump firmly lodged in my throat more than any other book in my memory. You will not want to stop reading until you get to the end. If you have already read Be Still My Soul, you simply can’t leave the story there. Grab your copy of Though My Heart Is Torn and savor every page. ~Jocelyn Green, author of Wedded to War