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.
Gideon ORiley has two wivesbut he doesnt know it.
Settling into a simple life in the majestic Blue Ridge mountains, Lonnie and Gideon ORiley 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 Knoband forces them to face the claims of Cassie Allan, a woman who says she is Gideons 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 Gideons 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 husbands love. Now that he belongs to another, can she surrender Gideon to a God with a bigger plan?
Married to her first sweetheart, Joanne Bischof lives in the mountains of Southern California where she keeps busy making messes with their home-schooled children. When shes not weaving Appalachian romance, shes blogging about faith, writing, and the adventures of country living that bring her stories to life. Though My Heart is Torn is the second novel in her Cadence of Grace series.
Praise for Though My Heart Is Torn
"Joanne Bischof is a lovely storyteller and a unique new voice in historical fiction. Exploring the nature of love, personal responsibility, and the power of Gods faithfulness, Though My Heart Is Torn is a rich novel. Highly recommended." Cindy Woodsmall, author of A Season for Tending and the New York Times best-seller The Harvest of Grace
"Fresh and memorable as an Appalachian spring, Though My Heart Is Torn is heartrending yet hopeful, romantic, and riveting. Joanne Bischoff delivers a deeply drawn tale of hearts broken and mended in the light of the Lords healing love. Lonnie and Gideons story is one that stays with you long after you turn the last page. Highly recommended!" Laura Frantz, author of The Colonels Lady and Loves Reckoning
"Be Still My Soul introduced the ultimate villain, Joel Sawyer. He coerced his shy daughter to sing for a crowd, failed to defend her when she was assaulted, then forced her to marry her assailant. Sawyers up to no good again in Though My Heart Is Torn, shattering the happiness his daughter found with her husband and bringing her a heartbreak worse than death. This is a story for everyone who ever cried out Why, God? It wasnt supposed to turn out this way. " Catherine Richmond, author of Spring for Susannah and Through Rushing Water
"Just when I was sure characterization couldnt be drawn any deeper, a setting any richer, or conflict any more engaging than in Be Still My Soul, Joanne Bischof delivers Though My Heart Is Torn. Joannes astounding ability to paint captivating word pictures of humanity and hope already has me impatiently awaiting the last book in her Cadence of Grace series. And every book after that." Mona Hodgson, author of The Sinclair Sisters of Cripple Creek series and The Quilted Hearts novellas
Praise for Be Still My Soul
"Bischof kicks off her Cadence of Grace series with a tale of love blossoming in the most daunting circumstances. A gem by an author sure to draw fans." Publishers Weekly
"Bischof has written a heartwarming and inspirational historical romance that should appeal to fans of Karen Kingsbury." Library Journal
"Beautifully set in the Appalachian Mountains, Joanne Bischofs debut novel is one of those rare finds that will keep you up burning the midnight oil. I literally couldnt put it down! Her characters are engaging from the moment they walk onto the stage of your heart and so real youll remember them long after you turn the last page. As an author of two historical novels set in the Appalachian Mountains, I was enchanted by the setting and Joannes deft descriptions. I cant wait to read book two of the series." Diane Noble, best-selling author
"The rugged charm of Appalachia is the perfect backdrop to mirror the hardship and beauty of Joanne Bischofs tender, heart-tugging debut. The authors lyrical voice drew me in; the rich detail and authentic emotion kept me turning the pages. Lovers of historical fiction and topsy-turvy romance will find much to rejoice about in this lovely story. Be Still My Soul is a delight from start to finish!" Carla Stewart, award-winning author of Chasing Lilacs and Stardust
"Be Still My Soul is a rare gem: a powerful and compelling story for every woman whos known loves real ups and downs. Author Joanne Bischof draws a poignant picture of a forced marriage and its challenges and heartache, followed by the healing and joy of transformative love. A refreshingly honest new voice makes a memorable debut!" Rosslyn Elliott, award-winning author of Fairer than Morning and Sweeter than Birdsong
"Be Still My Soul is a wonderful debut from newcomer Joanne Bischof. If you grew up loving Janette Oke, youll want to read this tender tale of grace, forgiveness, and redemption." Susan Meissner, author of A Sound Among the Trees
"Be Still My Soul gives readers a refreshing dip into nineteenth-century American Appalachian life, with a story that bubbles into the heart like a clear mountain spring. Ms. Bischofs uplifting tale hits the palate as sweetly as the pancakes and honey her characters enjoy for breakfast. Youll leave the book feeling youve made new friends you wont want to forget." Linore Rose Burkard, author of Before the Season Ends and The Country House Courtship
"A moving debut! More than just a love story, Be Still My Soul takes compelling characters on a journey of redemption in the dangerous beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Joanne Bischof s masterful and compassionate insight into human nature won me over. I cant wait for the second book in the Cadence of Grace series!" Sarah Sundin, award-winning author of the Wings of Glory series
"Joanne Bischof offers a heartrending tale set in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, where two young souls must put away their past and accept life together as man and wife. While sometimes gut-wrenching, the young couple must endure difficult trials that lead them to seek and find answers in the everlasting arms of Jesus. Be Still My Soul will stir your soul and leave you thinking about the characters long after youve turned the last page." Deborah Vogts, author of Snow Melts in Spring and Seeds of Summer