In the historical romance tradition of Christian fiction pioneer Janette Oke, debut author Joanne Bischof weaves an enthralling story of a good-hearted Appalachian woman-and her unexpected journey toward love with the man she is forced to marry. Lonnie Sawyer is pretty, sweet, and innocent-making her the ideal target for arrogant Gideon O'Riley, a talented bluegrass musician who cares only about satisfying his own desires. When Lonnie's alcoholic father discovers Gideon stealing a kiss from Lonnie, she is forced to marry him, but the harsh realities of life soon turn his affection to anger. When an elderly couple intervenes, taking the O'Rileys under their wing, Gideon learns what true love is. He surrenders his will to God and endeavors to be a husband worthy of his tender bride, and finally begins to win his wife's heart. Yet just as the pieces of their lives fall into place, an unfortunate turn of events lands Gideon on the wrong side of justice and at risk of losing Lonnie all over again.Publishers Description
"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?
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.21" Width: 5.52" Height: 0.89"
Weight: 0.7 lbs.
Release Date Oct 2, 2012
Publisher Multnomah Books
Availability 0 units.
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