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Though My Heart is Torn by Joanne Bischof

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11/15/1016: Update – Now On Sale! ūüôā

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.

Author’s Website:

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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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My Hope is Found

I couldn’t have been more excited to be chosen as an “influencer” for the third book in the Cadence of Grace series by Joanne Bischof. ¬†It was mostly¬†because I was happy to find out what transpires with Cassie and Gideon. ¬†This series has so many interesting twists and turns and “oh no’s!” and “oh my’s”, that I simply had to know where the story was headed!

But… if I have to be honest, I also wanted to have a little inside information ahead of the pack! ¬†I love to have a secret, way more than I like to tell a secret. ¬†So I’m excited that I know what happens with the story before most other readers! ūüėģ

If you’re a regular follower of Mindful Ramblings, you know that I had the opportunity to read the second book in the series, Though My Heart is Torn, for the publisher’s Blogging for Books program. ¬†When I requested the book, I failed to notice that it was the second book in a series. ¬†I had not yet read the first! ¬†But I trudged ahead anyway, and had no problem connecting with the story. ¬†When I finished, I immediately looked online for the 3rd book, and found that it would not be published in October!! ¬†What? ¬†Don’t you hate waiting to see what’s going to happen with the characters, your new fictional friends, the friends you’ve grown to love? ¬†And with this story in particular, there was an emotional cliff hanger at the end of book two. ¬†But, I figured, sadly I’d just have to wait. ūüė¶

But while I was waiting, I began to wonder about the difficult start to Lonnie and Gideon’s relationship that was eluded to in the second book, so I decided to go ahead and back up, and read the first book in the series, Be Still My Soul. ¬†It added so much depth to the characters and where they came from. ¬†And I’ll tell you….WOW! What a journey! ¬†What an amazing story of redemption and forgiveness! ¬†Now the waiting for book three would be even more difficult.

I decided to find Joanne Bischof’s Facebook page so I could stay in the loop. ¬†And in the loop I was!! ¬†One day she posted she would be receiving some Advance Reading Copies and would like to distribute copies to few people who could be “influencers” ahead of the October release date. ¬†I put my name in the hat…..and here I am! ūüôā

So here I sit….having finished the third book in the series, My Hope is Found. ¬†Just filled to the brim with secrets about the crazy twists and turns that unfold….and I’ve pledged not to give away any spoilers! ¬†So you’ll just have to trust me on this. ¬†This story will keep you wondering until the end….Ha! And even at the end, there is a glimmer of something new the may unfold in the future. ¬†The door is open, if the author chooses to walk through it. ¬†It could be the birth of a whole new series!

So, if you haven’t read Be Still My Soul and Though My Heart is Torn, now is the perfect time! ¬†After you’re done, please come back and tell me….Are you Team Gideon or Team Toby?

Enjoy!

P.S. ¬†You can get a sneak peek of My Hope is Found over at Joanne’s blog.

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