I received this book from the publisher for the purposes of reviewing it. What a gift! I recently read and reviewed book one in this series, Be Still My Soul, and couldn’t wait to read the second one, Though My Heart is Torn. I’m glad I didn’t have to wait long.
Lonnie, the heroine from book one, returns in this story. She and Gideon have made a sweet life for themselves and their son. All seems to be going well until they find out Gideon has two wives. Yes, even Gideon doesn’t know it. Let me tell you, I was sweating it out during this part of the book. And then biting my nails for the rest of it.
Joanne has such a way with words and description. She makes her characters and their feelings so believable. I laughed and cried while reading this page-turner and did a big “Ahhh” when I finished it.
BOOK DESCRIPTION: 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?