Despite being comfortable in the reading habits I have developed over these many years, I’m a girl who can appreciate discovering new books and their authors, but am also a reader who likes to read books that have a high chance of being favorite reads. Anything less and in forcing myself to read a book, the joy of reading vanishes. This particular novel has several attributes and despite my skepticism, it’s fair to say, because of those glowing qualities, I’ve learned that sometimes a risk pays off – in the quietest of ways.
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STORY: Lonnie O’Riley had a rough start to her marriage. It came about after a horrible misunderstanding and now she and her husband, Gideon have found happiness in their small home. Just as the two finally find each other, a summons brings them home again. Then Lonnie’s world shatters when she is told that Gideon is actually married to a girl he grew up with. Devastated not just for the loss of her marriage, but also for the sake of their young son, following an unceremonious annulment of their marriage, Lonnie packs up their son and in agreement with Gideon, she returns to the home they made sure that only her faith will give her the courage to build a new life for herself – without Gideon.
Though My Heart is Torn, by Joanne Bischof | Book Review
Books that take familiar elements and throw out the “rules” are the stories that touch our heart, leaving in their wake a lingering touch that makes the narrative hard to forget. This is what Though My Heart is Torn is all about.
Even having the handicap of not reading book one didn’t put a damper on what this story has to say. Being the middle book also doesn’t drag down this series as the “curse” some middle books suffer (or can). Instead, in many ways I would even say, this is probably the strongest book in the trio because of its emotional punch. This is the kind of book any aspiring writer wishes they could accomplish. The poignancy and careful approach Joanne took with it is breathtaking. The characters have their emotions, hearts and dreams stripped bare, which is what in turn makes us fear for their futures. It’s in the heartbreak and the romance; it’s in the faith and the word building, it’s in everything; the love in its narrative breaks down barriers and opens up wounded characters for us to cry with. It’s the weaknesses that are the book’s strength.
Unusual to some of the market, this has a goodness that isn’t always present in the Christian fiction historical genre and it literally takes me for a spin. But I respect the story all the more for it. Part of the reason I don’t get “into” this era as much in historical fiction is because I, regretfully, find it boring. Something about “prairie life” fiction just doesn’t pull me in no matter how much respect I have for ancestors or the author. When a book like this comes along that surprises me, needless to say, it’s good.
This novel by Joanne is an outstanding one that creates a new kind of theme within a common era just because she dares to write a book that isn’t “safe”. For this alone, I suspect this is one of the rare historical novels that won’t be giving up its place on my bookshelf in favor of something else anytime soon.
About the Book:
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Author: Joanne Bischof
Publisher: Multnomah Books
Source: Publisher Provided
Publication Date: 2013
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Series: Cadence of Grace, Book 2
Genre: Fiction; Historical, Inspirational
Rating: 5 out of 5
Sincere thanks to the publisher for providing a complimentary copy of Though My Heart is Torn for INSPY consideration.