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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.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Multnomah Books
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 160142423X
ISBN-13: 9781601424235
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Series: Cadence of Grace

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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?

Author Bio

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 she’s not weaving Appalachian romance, she’s 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.

Editorial Reviews

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 God’s 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 Lord’s healing love. Lonnie and Gideon’s story is one that stays with you long after you turn the last page. Highly recommended!"
—Laura Frantz, author of The Colonel’s Lady and Love’s 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. Sawyer’s 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 wasn’t supposed to turn out this way.’ "
—Catherine Richmond, author of Spring for Susannah and Through Rushing Water

"Just when I was sure characterization couldn’t 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. Joanne’s 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."
—Publisher’s 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 Bischof’s debut novel is one of those rare finds that will keep you up burning the midnight oil. I literally couldn’t put it down! Her characters are engaging from the moment they walk onto the stage of your heart and so real you’ll 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 Joanne’s deft descriptions. I can’t 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 Bischof’s tender, heart-tugging debut. The author’s 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 who’s known love’s 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, you’ll 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. Bischof’s uplifting tale hits the palate as sweetly as the pancakes and honey her characters enjoy for breakfast. You’ll leave the book feeling you’ve made new friends you won’t 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 can’t 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 you’ve turned the last page."
—Deborah Vogts, author of Snow Melts in Spring and Seeds of Summer

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  1. Kendallville, IN
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    My Emotions Were In Turmoil!
    December 19, 2013
    Judy K Burgi
    Kendallville, IN
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Though My Heart Is Torn, is the second book in this series. It continues with the main characters Gideon and Lonnie. Hang on folks, you are in for a roller coaster ride with your emotions.

    I can't believe how many tears I shed over this book. It is only a fictional story I told myself but yet I was drawn in and made part of Gideon and Lonnie's life. How hard it was for me to sit on the sidelines and not be able to voice my opinion! The story wasn't going my way and I am ashamed to say I cried bitter tears over it, I fretted over it, and I put the book down. I was drained! Yet, the story drew me back and I picked the book back up and finished reading the book.

    The author knows just how far to push your emotions and she did a great job in making that happen. I dare anyone to read this book and not tear up or down right sob!

    Book three, My Hope Is Found, beacons me. Will I dive right in or give myself an emotional break? I don't have a clue!

    I urge everyone reading this review to pick up all three books in this series. Be Still My Soul, Though My Heart Is Torn, and My Hope Is Found. I highly recommend it!

    Thank you author Joanne Bischof for a fantastic story!
  2. Minnesota
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Bittersweet - a hard story, but very good
    November 18, 2013
    An Old Fashioned Girl
    Minnesota
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Joanne Bischof's Cadence of Grace trilogy is the three-part story of Gideon O'Riley and his wife Lonnie in the early 20th century Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. In part two, Though My Heart is Torn, Gideon and Lonnie have finally reached a place of mutual love and respect in their marriage, though some hurts run deep and are still healing. When Lonnie receives a deceptive letter from her father calling them back to Rocky Knob, they hurry back, only to find themselves trapped - by Gideon's first and, unbeknownst to him, still current wife, Cassie Allan. Because Cassie had failed to turn in the papers filing for divorce after their exceedingly brief and secret marriage, they are technically still married, a fact which places a horrid stain on the Allan family honor. Lest he be hunted down and murdered by Cassie's rage-filled brothers, Gideon must leave the woman and son he loves and return to the deceitful woman he now even more despises. How can one survive having one's family forcibly split, never to be together again? Is it even possible to learn to care for the one responsible for this tragedy?

    Like in so many trilogies, one cannot just read this (the second) book. The first of the series was suitably conclusive to stand on its own, and if one had to, one could skip it and start reading the second (though this novel is so much richer having read the first). But if there were not a book to follow, it would be terribly unsatisfying. Does it end horribly? No, but it is clearly not the whole story. Do not read this without the intent of reading the final book in the series.

    This is a hard novel to read - I cannot imagine the pain to have one's husband ripped away to be someone else's wife, or how one can move on from there. Somewhere in the back of the mind would always be the hope that he would return. Having a child who cannot grow up to know his father - not because the man is dead or because he wants to live without his son - is incomprehensible. And as for Gideon - now he is married to a woman whose actions repulse him. How can he treat her the way a husband should his wife without bitterness tainting every action? And for Cassie, now that she has the man she wanted, how can she live with the pain of being unwanted and unloved, when nothing she does can please him? None of the three are in an enviable position.

    I wanted Gideon to stay in love with Lonnie, to keep Cassie forever at arms length. I wanted Lonnie to forever be in love with Gideon so that she would never consider another man. But . . . do not covet your neighbor's wife (or in this case, husband). Since Lonnie can't have Gideon anymore - since he is another woman's husband - she should make an effort to cut ties and not come between them. Gideon has a wife - he should not commit adultery by forever wanting another. And when it comes down to it, God hates divorce. It seems an impossible situation.

    How can such a situation come to be? When people are not following God, there are major consequences. Gideon had been a selfish youth, taking what pleased him and discarding it when done. Cassie was no better - she had an equal part in their sin. It is well after the fact, but their sin comes to light, and there are consequences, even though Gideon is now following the Lord. Just because God forgives one's sins does not mean one is exempt from taking responsibility for them on Earth. Unfortunately, sometimes the innocent must suffer for it when one does.

    I am glad that Bischof does not take the easy way out with this novel - and she clearly had the opportunity. Instead, it is well thought out; not completely satisfying, but I don't think there is a solution that could be anything but bittersweet. 4.5 stars
  3. Kentucky
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Evocative and emotional
    September 2, 2013
    Laura Frantz
    Kentucky
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Now that I've finished the second book in the Cadence of Grace series, Though My Heart is Torn, and also had the privilege of endorsing it, I can honestly say it's one of my favorite books of the year if not the favorite. Not only do we continue to feel the joys and heartaches of Lonnie and Gideon but we're introduced to another character that will tug at your heartstrings in fresh, equally memorable ways. I simply cannot wait for the release of the last book in the series and am counting down!
  4. Richlands, VA
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Make sure you've read the 1st book 1st!
    August 6, 2013
    AbbyBabe126
    Richlands, VA
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Though My Heart is Torn is just as good if not better than Be Still My Soul. It starts out with a shocking twist that you never see coming. Through out the book I found myself in tears over the struggles of Gideon and Lonnie. I felt the pain they were going through and your heart just breaks for them. The only thing that I hated about this book was then ending...because the book isn't really resolved and you've got to wait until the next book. Talk about a cliff hanger!! But seriously, definitely a good read
  5. Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Possibly A Previous Wife For Gideon & His Marriage
    August 2, 2013
    VicsMediaRoom
    Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Joanne Bischof in her new book, "Though My Heart Is Torn" Book Two in The Cadence Of Grace series published by Multnomah Books continues the story of Lonnie Sawyer and Gideon O'Riley.

    From the back cover: 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 interrupts 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?

    According to the rules the way you write a drama is in three parts. Part One ends on a happy note, Part Two is a downer and Part Three ends again on a happy note. "Though My Heart Is Torn" is Part Two in this series so that should give you some kind of indication of where this story is going. Though this is not meant to say that this book is not worth while. On the contrary this book is very exciting and draws you into not only the story but the lives of each character. Gideon and Lonnie have come so far and now they have a son and into their lives comes an atomic bomb in the form of Cassie Allan who claims to be Gideon's wife. Now these two need to address this new wound and see what can be done. This is a highly emotional story so be prepared to shed a few tears as you read anxiously to the end. Ms. Bischof has done an outstanding job of giving us characters that we care for and so want to succeed. "Though My Heart Is Torn" is an exploration of marriage and how this journey will be so deeply spiritual and emotional. Ms. Bischof is continuing this series with a bang and I am so looking forward to seeing how this very talented author is going to end this series.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book for free from Multnomah Books for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
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