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Reviewed by Karen Pirnot for Readers' Favorite
In My Hope is Found, the third book of the Cadence of Grace series, author Joanne Bischof does a quick catch-up with the reader, which both acquaints the reader with the previous two books and also reminds the reader of the critical dilemma facing the two lead characters. Lonnie and Gideon appear to be soul mates but Gideon's past marriage threatens to split them apart forever. He goes to court seeking an annulment while Grace aches for what could have been. She strikes up a friendship with the Reverend Toby McKee, a handsome Scot who knows appropriate boundaries but is obviously smitten with Lonnie. When Gideon returns to the family farm, Grace is forced into making a choice between the two men, both of whom offer something valued but different.
Despite not having read the first two books in the series, I had no difficulty falling right into the story line. Bischof displays a fantastic ability to acquaint the reader with the hearts and souls of her characters. She sets up a plot in which sin has repercussions and forgiveness for past misdeeds is always a promise. As a religious novel, there is no preaching; rather, there is teaching. There is teaching that life holds no promises other than God's love and that human beings, in all their frailty, generally have one more chance to rise to the cause of respect and love. This is a beautifully written novel which features real people with raw emotions and critical, life-altering decisions.