Admittedly, I was a little disappointed when I received this book to review and discovered it was Book 2, in a three book series. I was worried I would be totally lost. But after reading the first few chapters, I was totally drawn into the story and got caught up in the characters. (The author does such a great job developing likable AND no-so-likable characters.) Even though I hadn't read the first story, there were enough hints that things hadn't started out very well for Gideon and Lonnie, that it was clear theirs has been a long road to redemption and mutual affection.
Things were really proceeding along nicely, when [insert sound of screeching tires]...
Let me just share a little of my inner dialogue:
What? No, this is not happening! (Several antagonists leap onto the pages...getting in the way of my happy place!)
Then after some time and healing, I start to get comfy again...
What? NO!! Are you kidding me?? There are a couple of different ways this can go....but now I have to wait for the third book!
Life certainly brings lots of twists and turns! And this story is no different. Though My Heart is Torn is truly a story of forgiveness and redemption and shows how good can come from even the worst of circumstances. This is the first book I've read by Joanne Bischof, but I'm anxious to find out what happens next with Gideon and Lonnie, and even for Cassie Allen. Unfortunately, I'll have to wait until October 15, 2013 to find out in My Hope is Found. So for now, I'm heading over to get the first book in the series, Be Still My Soul. I'm excited to see where this relationship started and learn how they ended up with the Bennetts and so far away from their families.
This book is set in the Appalachian Mountains at the turn of the 20th Century. If you enjoy historical fiction, Though My Heart is Torn, is sure to be a favorite.