Yep. Possibly I should've just skipped the video that time around and saved viewers that little peek into messy Melissa, but I loved the book so much I had to gush about it on video. And no worries, I'm mostly put together in today's intro.
I recently read the ARC for Joanne's next book in the series, Though My Heart is Torn. Oh my...oh my. Sooo good again. Pretty sure I was crying at the end mostly because a) it was such a beautiful ending, but also b) now I have to wait for book three! After you read Joanne's post today, be sure to check out the prize bundle giveaway going on at her website.
When Hope and Heartache Entwine
Clearing his throat, Gideon voiced her name. It fell from his lips like sweet honey. Would he ever have a reason to say her name again? Perhaps he would have to whisper it in the silent places of his heart to keep himself from losing his mind. They continued walking and Gideon waited until he had her attention. He longed for her forgiveness, but that seemed selfish. He focused instead on bringing her peace.
Gideon O’Riley has two wives—but he doesn’t know it.
I find myself wanting to guard this new revelation, especially for those of you who’ve journeyed through the first stage of Lonnie and Gideon’s story in “Be Still My Soul.”
I worry about how it will effect hearts, and for you wonderful readers who’ve followed this couple from the first moment of their shotgun wedding, those words may be heartbreaking…but hope and heartache can entwine.
Hope and heartache can entwine.
I’ve been thinking of this a lot lately. I’ve lived this. Perhaps you have too?
I think of the Psalms and the idea that though at times, the Psalmist is enduring a great trial, it is often ended by “but You oh, Lord.”
You oh, Lord are good. And just. And ever-present. Even when the road is rocky. Even when it is steep.
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I think it did just that when a shy innocent girl was forced to marry a selfish scoundrel. Yet that man changed. Grew, matured. All for the love of his family. All so they might have a joyous life…and that he might be given the grace to be part of it. So he could hold his family tighter. And tighter. Little did he know, a mistake of his past was going to come back to haunt him.
Now, though their love story will take a surprising twist in “Though My Heart is Torn” it will not be for naught. Because love can blossom under these circumstances. It does it in the same way a flower finds its way through a pebbled path or the first ray of sunlight bursts through the storm.
It’s my firm belief that a happily-ever-after is all the more richer—purer, sweeter—if we had found ourselves looking out from the darkness and wondering how sweet the light might taste and if one day we might see it again. Though all hope may seem lost and though weeping may endure for a night…
Joy comes in the morning.
I wonder if perhaps you’ve been there, dear reader. Have you ever passed through a sorrow—only to experience the overwhelming, breath-bated joy of hope rising amid the ashes?
Has there been a time in your life, when your joy was sweeter, because of the rocky path you have walked?
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.
Readers, be sure to check out the giveaway going on at Joanne's website. Joanne, thanks so much for being here today!