Night’s chill tickled her skin. Lonnie pressed her hands together and glanced up. He was even more handsome up close. Having grown up the shy, awkward daughter of Joel Sawyer, she’d hardly spoken to any boy, let alone the one who had mothers whispering warnings in their daughter’s ears and fathers loading shotguns.
Pretty Lonnie Sawyer is shy and innocent, used to fading into the background within her family, and among the creeks and hollows of the Appalachian hills. Though her family is poor and her father abusive, she clings to a quiet faith. But when handsome ladies’ man and bluegrass musician Gideon O’Riley steals a kiss, that one action seals her fate.
Her father forces her into a hasty marriage with Gideon—a man she barely knows and does not love. Equally frustrated and confused by his new responsibilities, Gideon yearns for a fresh start, forcing Lonnie on an arduous journey away from her home in Rocky Knob.
Her distant groom can’t seem to surrender his rage at the injustice of the forced matrimony or give Lonnie any claim in his life. What will it take for Gideon to give up his past, embrace Lonnie’s God, and discover a hope that can heal their two fractured hearts?
Gideon only ever cared about himself. Now that Lonnie is his wife, will he ever be worthy of her heart?
Bischof kicks off her Cadence of Grace series with a tale of love blossoming in the most daunting circumstances. Lonnie Sawyer's ironhearted father forces her marriage to Gideon O'Riley after Gid's untoward advances; their married life begins badly and gets worse when Lonnie becomes pregnant. They set out to make a new life at the turn of the last century, but weather and Lonnie's fatigue push Gideon into actions he later regrets. The pair, however, are rescued by Jebediah and Elsie Bennett, who offer both a warm home and steady example of what a marriage can be. But Gideon's past catches up to him and he must make amends before Lonnie gives birth. Two stubborn hearts have lessons to learn. A gem by an author sure to draw fans.