My Hope is Found
By Joanne Bischof
Reviewed by Martha Artyomenko
From Back Cover:
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.
Gideon really messed up. He was a playboy, a flirt and ended up somehow, married to two women at the same time. Stuck in the marriage he didn’t want, he has lost the woman he loved.
Lonnie, seeking to move on with her life, cannot forget her husband. She seeks to put her heart into her son, her life and maybe finding love again, but it is hard.
Everyone just seems to want her to forget and move forward and she is not ready for that or is she?
This conclusion to Gideon’s and Lonnie’s story is filled with frustration. This is for everyone, not just one person that was involved in the story. To me, the little things that were frustrating often did not make sense to me. It may have been because of the culture at that time, but everything took so long, there was a lack of communication, lack of understanding and constant fighting. How many fistfights can you have in a book?
This book is one of those that you cannot wait to read, because you really want to see what happens to the characters, it is well written and engaging, but maddening at the same time. This book will draw you into the absolute reality of the Ozark way of life in the Blue Ridge Mountains. It will teach you about patience, love and forgiveness. It also shows you how forgiveness is earned often, even though it is freely given at times. The ending will have your heart smiling, which makes this a worthwhile read! ~ Martha
This book was provided to me by Blogging For Books for review. The opinions contained therein are my own and I was not paid for this review.