Saturday, May 18, 2013

Though My Heart is Torn

"Though My Heart is Torn” by Joanne Bischof continues the heart wrenching story of Lonnie and Gideon O’Riley. When we first met Lonnie and Gideon in “Be still My Soul”, they were forced to marry because of a misunderstanding. Lonnie looked to Gideon as someone who was saving her from a life of misery and Gideon thought of Lonnie as nothing but a burden. Though they had many hard times they did eventually fall in love. Now that love is threatened. They are called back home thinking that Lonnie’s mother is very ill. When they arrive back in Rocky Knob they soon learn that Gideon has another wife. Gideon and Cassie Allan married in secret and soon realized marriage was not for them. Gideon thought the marriage was annulled but Cassie never sent the papers off to dissolve the marriage. Gideon is forced to give up Lonnie and their young son, Jacob. Lonnie leaves and goes back to their home but her heart is torn because of her love for Gideon. Gideon and Cassie stay in Rocky Knob and she soon realizes that she will never have his heart. In the meantime, Lonnie tries to move on with her life but finds that it is hard to do. Will Lonnie and Gideon find their way back to each other?

This is the second book in The Cadence of Grace series and it is a wonderfully written book. Your heart will ache for Lonnie and Gideon as their story unfolds. You will want to read the first book in the series first to appreciate the relationship they have with each other and with God. I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. Click here to read the first chapter.

Once Upon a Prince

In “Once Upon a Prince” by Rachel Hauck, we meet small town Georgia girl Susanna Truitt. Susanna has loved a man for twelve years and has patiently waited for the day they would be married. When her boyfriend returns to the states instead of proposing to Susanna he breaks up with her. She is devastated because she fills she has wasted her life waiting for him. She is also relieved because she soon realizes that she was not in love with him but she starts to wonder what to do with her life. She soon meets Nate Kenneth. He seems to be her knight in shining armor rescuing her in her time of need. They become friends but Nate is hiding something from her. He’s a prince who will soon be king. Just when Susanna starts to have feelings for him she finds out the truth and is hurt because she knows nothing can come of it. When Nate learns that his father has died he returns to his kingdom leaving Susanna for good, or so they think. Although Nate has found the woman he wants to be his queen, can he convince his family that she is the one?

This is the first book in the Royal Wedding series and is another great book by Rachel Hauck. This is a sweet love story that shows us that God is in control and that no matter how bleak the situation may look at the time we must keep our eyes on Him to see us through. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Booksneeze.com.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

A Place to Belong

In “A Place to Belong” by Lauraine Snelling, we are once again taken to the Engstrom ranch in South Dakota. Cassie Lockwood has found her father’s dream valley and has learned that she is half owner of a ranch. Mavis and Gretchen Engstrom welcomed her with open arms and Lucas is determined to marry Cassie, but Ransom still keeps his distance and does not fully trust her. Cassie feels pushed into making a decision to marry Lucas and finally decides that she will and hopes that love will come. But as they plan the wedding and a new life together she still has her doubts. Then Lucas suddenly disappears. He has realized that he is in love with another and cannot marry Cassie. Though hurt and angry, Cassie is also relieved. But other problems worry her. She knows the ranch needs money and feels like she should contribute. So she starts entering shooting matches in hopes of winning money needed for the ranch. She was once a sharpshooter and knows that she could sign on with another Wild West show in order to have a steady income again. The other problem she faces is Ransom. She has fallen in love with him but is sure that he hates her. She starts to wonder if it would be best if she left for good. Will Cassie trust that God has brought her to a place to belong? Will Cassie and Ransom live happily ever after?

This is the third book in the Wild West Wind trilogy and it brings the story all together for a lovely ending. This book is not a standalone and you will want to read "Valley of Dreams" and "Whispers in the Wind" first. This book is a wonderful example of how we should trust that God will bring us through the problems that we face. You will feel like you are there with Cassie as she goes through the ups and downs in her life. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Bethany House Publishers.