The third book in the Cadence of Grace series broke my heart, confused me, and made me a little sad to leave Lonnie and Gideon's world.
The story begins off Bischof's last cliffhanger in Though My Heart is Torn, right after Gideon is given permission to find and win the heart of his rightful wife. His rightful wife, but not lawful. Meanwhile back in the home of Jebediah, Lonnie begins courting a young Scottish minister in the hope that God will repair the broken pieces of her heart. The story follows the couple as God takes the chaos of their lives and brings it back into order.
The best part of this book was that Gideon finally learned to trust in God.
After two books-two storms- he's finally learned to lean on the Rock that never fails.
I could relate to Lonnie in a lot of ways while reading this book. Her heart, which is God's, is reeling from yet another wound (and from Gideon, of all people!) and she's not sure if she can stop the bleeding. Toby, the Scotsman, does his best to help...but in all his efforts...he was never enough. He wasn't what Lonnie needed. Even as he competed with Gideon and battled with his flesh, I could see through his efforts.
I loved the family that Gideon walked back into. I loved the friendly, encompassing way Elsie and Jebediah welcomed him back in, a reminder of the way we should treat others who have done us wrong. Lonnie's shattered heart for Gideon is a reminder of just how much she has suffered because of Gideon- and how that guilt in turn leads him to Jesus.
Lonnie's internal struggle to cut off Gideon from her heart and devote herself to what God's called her to do is beautiful and memorable.
A person could learn a lot from this book.