Saturday, October 5, 2013

My Hope is Found by Joanne Bischof

Read the first chapter here.
Gideon O’Riley has been given another chance at a life with Lonnie. But will the fight for her heart risk it all over again?
After finally finding love with his sweet bride Lonnie, Gideon’s heart was torn when a woman from his past claimed to be his true and rightful wife, forcing him away from his family. God’s merciful hand saw Gideon through the heartache, and with Cassie’s blessing, he is able to return home. But his journey back through the Blue Ridge Mountains will hold a trial he never anticipated.

Meanwhile, Lonnie determines to seal off her heart from Gideon, convinced he is lost to her forever. Strengthening her resolve to move on is her growing fondness for the handsome Scotsman, Toby McKee—the young reverend she has come to care for deeply. His proposal of marriage offers a bright future for her and her young son.

Yearning to allow joy back into her life, Lonnie must put aside the broken pieces of her heart that still love Gideon. When he returns to find her betrothed to another, he has to place his hope in God, trusting that the One who redeemed their love once can do it again.

My Hope is Found by Joanne Bischof is the third novel in the Cadence of Grace series, and it was either a wonderful conclusion or a great installment to the series. The plot line was interesting and contained a perfect mix of romance, suspense, emotion, and plot twists. The themes of this novel were well developed by the author, and they included topics such as choosing forgiveness, trusting in God, putting God and others before selfish desires, and being kind to others. The novel was written in third person, but the story was still told from the alternating perspectives of Lonnie, Gideon, and Toby. These different perspectives allowed the reader to understand what each character was feeling and have a better idea of why certain events were occurring.

While all three novels have focused around the lives and struggles of Lonnie and Gideon, I felt like My Hope is Found had the greatest emphasis on what was occurring inside Gideon than the other two novels. I found this concentration to be important for the overarching story because for the first time Gideon began to truly find God and to understand what it means to find peace, love, and true live in Him. I loved seeing the changes that began to really take place in Gideon's heart and how it affected his interactions with those around him, particularly Lonnie and Toby. I liked Toby as a character, and I hope he appears again in future novels. Lonnie did not have as large a role in this novel, and she spend most of it working through her anger and disappointment in Gideon and his behavior as well as trying to understand her own feelings. I thought Lonnie could have been developed a little more in this novel so that the reader got a larger glimpse of her feelings and her struggle to decide between Toby and Gideon.

Overall, I really enjoyed My Hope is Found by Joanne Bischof, and I look forward to reading her future novels! I would highly recommend the Cadence of Grace series to any reader looking for a wholesome, heart-wrenching, yet still sweet, romantic series.

I received this novel for free from Waterbrook Multnomah Press in exchange for an honest review.

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