I wanted to introduce this series by Joanne Bischof because the third book, My Hope Is Found, releases on Tuesday, October 15. With its rustic 1900 Appalachian setting, endearing characters, romantic tension, and unexpected plot twists, this series will always be one of my favorites. I will post my review of My Hope is Found soon, but recommend reading all three books in order. Meanwhile, enjoy some interesting information about the Cadence of Grace series . . .
The Cadence of Grace series begins with a shotgun wedding…
between two unlikely people.
Shy and quiet, Lonnie Sawyer has never kissed any boy, let alone the one who has mother’s whispering warnings in their daughter’s ears and father’s loading shotguns. When that one kiss seals her fate, she finds herself wedded to a man who does not love her. Yet God promises that His eye is on the Sparrow and clinging to that hope, Lonnie takes one brave step in front of the other and the Lord’s blessings unfold in her life.
Handsome ladies man and bluegrass musician Gideon O’Riley has always wanted one thing–his own satisfaction. But as his heart softens towards his young bride with the strong, quiet, faith, he begins to yearn for more; longing to become the man she deserves and to better understand the God who can save him from a life of destruction.
"I really wanted the series title to honor God’s goodness towards us. In combining GRACE: An unearned and unmerited favor; the absolutely free expression of the loving kindness of God to men finding its only motive in the bounty and benevolence of the Giver. And CADENCE: the modulated and rhythmic recurrence of something.
"The idea behind this series is that God has a perfect plan . . . but it’s not always through calm waters. Nothing along the journey is for naught. Perhaps it wasn’t time for their happily-ever-after to come. Not just yet. I think the hero of the story, Gideon, still has some lessons to learn. He still has some growing up to do. I think that trials come into our lives, so that we might come out on the other end a little bit stronger and a little bit wiser. Not because God is unkind, but because He is gracious to give us that time of growth—when we need it the most."
Read the first chapter: BE STILL MY SOUL
Read the first chapter: THOUGH MY HEART IS TORN