|Though My Heart Is Torn|
Multnomah Publishing, 2013
Reviewed by Diana Flowers
Reviewed by Diana Flowers
*WARNING--May contain some spoilers if you haven't read Book One-Be Still My Soul, however, this may be read as a stand alone novel.*
In Though My Heart Is Torn, author Joanne Bischof has crafted a fascinating tale of unrequited love, haunting past secrets, and intense passion -- set against the backdrop of the majestic, pine filled forests of the Appalachian hills.
After much agony of soul and many tribulations, Lonnie and Gideon have finally found happiness together away from the home of their childhood, Rocky Knob. They have fallen in love and enjoy their peaceful everyday existence with their young son, Jacob. That is until the dreadful day Lonnie receives a letter from her father urging her and Gideon to return to Rocky Knob, under the pretense that her mother's health is failing.
Once there, a beautiful young woman, Cassie Allan, steps forward with unbelievable accusations against Gideon and Lonnie finds her happy life crumbling all about her. Lonnie is stunned by these shocking revelations, and against her will must learn to follow a new path -- one that is going to take all the strength she has -- and one that does not include Gideon.
Gideon is left behind to endure the dark hour of his soul and reap the repercussions of his past. His bitterness towards Cassie almost destroys the both of them, and Gid's fledgling faith is sorely tested. Can he and Lonnie surrender one another to a God with a bigger plan for each of their lives? And what of Cassie?...and the lessons she must learn?
This book was unbelievable! Joanne Bischof has made it on my top ten list of favorite authors with her debut series, Be Still My Soul and Though My Heart Is Torn! Although this book continues where the first one leaves off, both may be read as stand alones, but who wants to read just one? Filled with twists and turns and a totally unpredictable conclusion, I was mesmerized from beginning to end. Ms. Bischof's use of descriptive imagery is amazing, her characters realistically human, and her storyline is definitely not cushy and sugarcoated. There are repercussions for sin and hard lessons to be learned! I am duly impressed, Joanne Bischof! Nicely done!
I received a copy of this novel from Multnomah Publishing in exchange for my honest opinion.
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