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Though My Heart is Torn by Joanne Bischof

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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.

Not sure about this one yet? ¬†You can read Chapter One¬†over at WaterBrook Multnomah.¬† ¬†If you aren’t familiar with Joanne Bischof, there is an author bio available there too.

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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.

BloggingForBooks-125x125Disclaimer:  This book was given to me in exchange for my honest review, no other compensation of any kind has been received.  To read more reviews on this book or others, or rate this review, you can head over to the Blogging for Books website, but clicking the icon.

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Trial By Twelve by Heather Day Gilbert

Last year,¬†I had the opportunity to blog about Heather Day Gilbert’s first two novels, God’s Daughter,¬†book one in the Vikings of the New World saga¬†and Miranda Warning,¬†book one in A Murder in the Mountains Series. After Miranda Warning was released, there was chatter about what would come next. Would it be the second book in the Vikings of the New World series or the second book in A Murder in the Mountains Series? ¬†I was torn, because I fell in love with the characters in both stories! ¬†This author does a great job at creating both memorable characters and action to keep you on the edge of your seat.

Just a few short weeks ago, Heather released Trial By Twelve, A Murder in the Mountains series, Book 2 and it does not disappoint! It had me guessing “who done it” right until the end! Before you get started here’s a synopsis of both mysteries:


Book 1: Miranda Warning 

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Child of the Appalachian mountains, Tess Spencer has experienced more than her share of heartache. The Glock-wielding, knife-carrying housewife knows how to survive whatever life throws at her.

But when an anonymous warning note shows up in her best friend Miranda‚Äôs mailbox‚ÄĒa note written in a dead woman‚Äôs handwriting‚ÄĒTess quickly discovers that ghosts are alive and well in Buckneck, West Virginia. Hot on a cold trail, she must use limited clues and her keen insight into human nature to unmask the killer…or the next victim might be Tess herself.

Tinged with the supernatural and overshadowed by the mountains’ lush, protective presence, this twisting psychological mystery is the first in A Murder in the Mountains series.

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Book 2: Trial by Twelve

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Tess Spencer loves her low-key job at the Crystal Mountain Spa, which allows her plenty of down-time with her one-year old daughter and lawyer husband, Thomas. But when a pool installation turns up eight skeletons in the spa’s back yard, Tess becomes entangled in a sleuthing job destined to go awry.

As the investigation gets underway, someone dumps a fresh body near the excavated burial site, confirming unspeakable fears. A serial killer has returned to Buckneck, West Virginia…a skilled hunter with a unique taste in prey.

When Tess agrees to help the cunning Detective Tucker gather clues from the inside, she discovers the posh spa hides more than dead bodies. Even as she sifts through layers of deceit, Tess realizes too late that the killer’s sights have zeroed in on her.

Unpredictable psychological mystery replete with memorable characters, Trial by Twelve is Book Two in A Murder in the Mountains series.

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Available on Amazon Рkindle edition currently just $2.99


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 HEATHER DAY GILBERT enjoys writing stories about authentic, believable marriages. Born and raised in the West Virginia mountains, she believes that bittersweet, generational stories are in her blood. A graduate of Bob Jones University, Heather has been married for eighteen years and has three children.

Heather’s Viking historical novel,¬†God’s Daughter, was an Amazon Norse Bestseller for an entire year. She is also the author of ¬†A Murder in the Mountains¬†mystery series, and the¬†Indie Publishing Handbook: Four Key Elements for the Self-Publisher.

You can find Heather online here:


Disclaimer: I received advanced reader copies of these books in exchange for my posts. No other compensation of any kind has been received. Watercolor Icon courtesy of Rose @

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