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In book 1, Be Still My Soul, we met Lonnie and Gideon.

Lonnie was eager to escape her alcoholic, abusive father as soon as she turned 18. Following a walk home by Gideon, the next day finds Lonnie and Gideon making plans to marry the very next day, courtesy of Lonnie’s father.

As Lonnie and Gideon make their way in the world together, they struggle to find love and knit a relationship together to support their growing family.

Lonnie and Gideon find themselves completely in love, and dedicated to their lives together, as they raise their son. Lonnie hasn’t had any contact with her family, until she gets a strange letter from her father, telling her that Lonnie’s mother is critically ill and needs Lonnie.

Neither Lonnie nor Gideon realize it’s a trap. In Though My Heart is Torn, Lonnie and Gideon travel back to their home town only to find out Gideon’s first marriage wasn’t dissolved, and he now finds himself with two wives.¬† ūüėĮ

The reverends decide that Gideon’s first wife has dominion, despite Lonnie and Gideon’s child, and their marriage is annulled.

With broken hearts, Lonnie travels back to their home without him, and Gideon goes to another house that contains his first wife, Cassie.

The third, and thankfully last, book in this series is My Hope is Found. My-Hope-Is-Found-682x1024

Here we find Lonnie falling in like with a new pastor,  as she tries to knit her heart back together and find her way in her new, unwanted life.

Gideon and Cassie aren’t faring much better. After nearly losing Cassie to small pox, Gideon feels guilty. Should he try to make his marriage work? All he can think of is Lonnie. His heart is broken, too.

Cassie has an epiphany. She realizes that Gideon’s heart will always be with Lonnie- and his son needs him, too. Signing the papers to divorce and end this marriage, Cassie sends him on his way back to Lonnie.

Gideon realizes that this is what happened last time. He doesn’t want to return to Lonnie until he’s a free man, so he decides to take a detour to the court-house to make sure he knows the status of that relationship.

Gideon has to wait a month before the magistrate will decide. Gideon bides his time with all the patience he can muster. As he waits, he does what he can to prepare for the future.

In the meantime, Lonnie and her pastor, Toby, have gotten closer, and Lonnie accepts his marriage proposal. When Gideon shows up with the promise of divorce, Lonnie is unsure what to do.

Can she and Gideon reconcile? Should they reconcile?  Can Lonnie overcome the rumors surrounding her if she marries Gideon again?
Should Gideon leave Lonnie to marry the respectable pastor?

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Lots of questions in this book. You may recall that I was thoroughly annoyed with the last book, because the premise was just awful. I still think it was a horrible concept. As disgusted as I was, when I got the chance to review this title, I knew I would, so I could lay this series to rest.

That being said, this book really dragged on and on and on. I confess to cheating ,actually. Yep. I did. I turned to the end of the book to see how it ended, mostly because I didn’t want to waste all the time reading only to have a really crappy ending.

The ending was ok. It might leave room for another book, even. While the writing was ok, the pace was so darn pokey it was hard to get through. There was excessive back and forth; back and forth.

All in all, I’m giving this one 3 stars. It could have been done in half the book, but then there wouldn’t have been a whole lot to read.

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

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