Gideon O’Riley has two wives–but he doesn’t know it.

(“read it with a box of Kleenex” they say) ๐Ÿ™‚

As I sat down to write this post, I got a little worried that I didn’t have anything fancy planned or super clever to say. I just have a book that I pray will bless people. That it will show them God’s love. In “Be Still My Soul” I hoped to show what HE could build out of nothing. This desire continues with “Though My Heart is Torn”.

My prayer is that this story blesses you and in wanting to find the words,ย I grabbed the book and flipped to the back:


This was by far the most challenging story I’ve written. I’ve prayed over these words time and time again that they would be nothing less but honoring to God and that any piece that fell short would be trimmed away. At times it’s been overwhelming to tell the story of a scoundrel, the sins of his past and the ways he and those around him were affected by it. I can’t tell you how many times I saw this manuscript as crazy but to hear from my editor that it was “brave” filled me with the courage to keep going–and as a dear friend shared with me, “Brave is not easy, but brave and courageous is the atmosphere where the Lord says He is in your midst and with you wherever you go.” (See Joshua 1:9)


Today is such a special day–that some kind of wonderful. THANK YOU for celebrating with me!ย 

If you want to grab a copy… you can find it in your local bookstore, or order it online! Here is theย book pageย that has those links. And if you haven’t read the first book in the Cadence of Grace series, you can learn all about “Be Still My Soul”ย here!ย 

P.S. If you’ve read “Though My Heart is Torn” and have been waiting to place a review on Amazon, it should be officially open to do so!


Thank you to EVERYONE who has been waiting for the next part of Lonnie and Gideon’s story. You all are so, so dear to me! I can’t thank you enough for your support andย encouragement.

P.P.S.ย  I really want to take a moment to thank the FANTASTIC authors who have taken the time to read and endorse these first two books in the Cadence of Grace series. You ladies are such a blessing to me!ย 

A very special thank you to Linore Burkard, Rosslyn Elliot, Laura Frantz, Mona Hodgson, Susan Meissner, Diane Noble, Catherine Richmond, Carla Stewart, Sarah Sundin, Deborah Vogts and Cindy Woodsmall.