Though my heart is Torn by Joanne Bischof
Lonnie and Gideon O Riley didn’t have the best of starts in the 1st book of the Cadence of Grace series but they had made it good and they very much loved one another and their baby son, Jacob. They had settled into a small farmstead in the Blue Ridge Mountains with their good friends and mentors Elsie and Jebediah. They had led Gideon to accept Lonnie and their faith and to rely on the Lord for their needs. Life was simple but good. Now this is the 2nd of the Cadence of Grace series. Gideon’s first wife, Cassie, (which Gideon thought had annulled their marriage) and her family plotted to get Gideon and Lonnie to return to the poor farms which they had grown up in order to see Lonnie’s mother before she died. When they return they find that not only was Lonnie’s mother hale and healthy but that her cruel father had tricked her into returning in order to force Gideon and Cassie to annul their marriage in order to enforce the marriage of Gideon and Cassie. Gideon and Lonnie have no choice but to comply. Both are broken hearted and this is the story of how they stay true to their faith but live life as they are forced. Gideon is bitter toward Cassie and does not understand why she did this but plans to remain true to Lonnie and love her forever while living with Cassie. He sends Lonnie and his son back to Elsie and Jebediah to provide for their emotional needs as well as the only stable home she has ever known.
I loved this book as much as the first one. I found myself wanting to get the two of them back together before too much time had passed and one or the other of them fell in love or something. I read this book in 2 days and it only took that long because I started in the evening of the first day. Anyone who loves Christian romance will love this book.
I was provided this book from Waterbrook Multnomah Books for this review.