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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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Lonnie and Gideon fought hard to find love in their marriage- and they won.

Having a son has gelled their bond, and neither could be happier.  ThoughMyHeartIsTorn

Life is pretty perfect, until Lonnie’s father writes and says that Lonnie’s mother is gravely ill and she needs to come home before it’s too late.

Lonnie and Gideon make the week-long trek with infant son in tow, despite the coming winter.

Unbeknownst to them, it’s a trap.

Lonnie’s father is all too eager to break up the marriage of his escaped daughter, and he sees his chance when Gideon’s first-¬†and secret-¬†marriage is revealed.

Arriving home, Lonnie and Gideon are stunned to learn Gideon has two wives- she being the second, but the only one with whom he has a child.

Two ministers of two towns will decide which wife Gideon stays married to.

Can they both survive when it’s decided that Lonnie and Gideon’s marriage shall be annulled and he has to return to the first wife?

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If you’ve read my review of Be Still My Soul, book 1, you’ll know I thought there were certain things that were a bit ‘off’ that tainted my impression and affected my review. I said I might think about getting the second book.

I was a few confusing pages in when I realized what was going on. And can I just say that had I not been reviewing, I would have stopped reading and deleted this book from my Kindle.

This is an absolutely *horrible* premise for a book. The author has a note saying along the way, folks were praising her for writing such a hard book. I think it absolutely stinks. It may well be that things like this happened, and it may well be that this is how those situations were resolved. I really don’t care.

I still think it’s awful, and definitely not something I would choose to read on my own. I have a hard time reconciling that any church-¬†much less two of them- would assign the title of “bastard” to a child based on a lie told to the child’s father about the status of his first marriage.

Nonetheless, given the ending, if¬†the opportunity¬†comes around, I will have to read¬†the third to see if there’s any kind of satisfying ending.

Because of the subject of this title in the series, I’m giving it a 2 out of 5 stars. If a revolted response was what the author was going for; she got one, and for that, she’d get 5 stars. It was just simply too distasteful for my personal preference, though.

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