Gideon O’Riley is a man who has made his share of mistakes in the past, but had finally found love with his wife Lonnie. That is until he is forced to leave Lonnie and his son because Gideon is rightfully married to Cassie. Cassie releases Gideon to return to Lonnie and he seeks an annulment. However, upon returning to his home, he finds that Lonnie has moved on and accepted a proposal from Toby, a young reverend. Whom will Lonnie choose?
This is the third book in Bischof’s Cadence of Grace series. I wanted to like it a lot more than I actually did. Admittedly, I have not read the first two books, but I really think that shouldn’t matter. There have been several times in the past where I started a series in the middle and have gone on to read all of the other books in the series, just because the characters are that interesting. My opinion is that even books in a series should be able to stand on their own and pull readers in on their own merit, not just continuing the journey from the other books.
I never really got a clear picture of how Gideon found himself “married” to two different women in 1902. Historically speaking, I had a hard time understanding why the townspeople accepted Lonnie and her son Jacob, who would have been considered born out of wedlock at a time when that was not socially acceptable. Granted, the situation was not her fault, but that puzzled me throughout the book.
Aside from my difficulties with the plot, I found the writing to be interesting and descriptive. Bischof is a lovely writer and I would love to read other books by her in the future. The book is heavy on characters thoughts and feelings, more than dialogue between characters. I always enjoy reading about what the characters are thinking. This is one of those books I found myself racing through, just because I wanted to find out who Lonnie chose, and not because it was so interesting I couldn’t put it down.
Overall, I have mixed feelings about this book. If you have read the first two books in this series and loved them, then you should definitely read this one. I can’t say I would recommend this one as a stand-alone book, although I would recommend the author. Perhaps my best advice would be to read Be Still My Soul first to determine if you want to keep reading through the series.
I received a copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.
If you are interested in more information about this book or the author, please click on the links below:
- My Hope is Found By Joanne Bischof (homeschooling4boyz.wordpress.com)
- Interview with Joanne Bischof plus a Giveaway! (brittreadsfiction.wordpress.com)
- Book Review of “My Hope Is Found” by Joanne Bischof (markdoreenstewart.wordpress.com)
- Though My Heart Is Torn (deborahwilliams1.wordpress.com)