If you’ve been reading the Cadence of Grace series, you’ll know that the story has grown and changed into a tale that includes not one…but two heroes.
At different times in Lonnie’s life, each man plays an important role. Today we’ll look at Gideon, her first love and tomorrow, we’ll see Toby, the man who stepped in as her friend when her world crumbled. While each man hopes to win Lonnie’s heart, they both long to see her happy.
Hero: Gideon O’Riley
Age: 23 years old
Born: Rocky Knob, Virginia
Occupation: Woodworking and farming
The last we saw of him was in Though My Heart is Torn:
His father leaned toward him. “This came for you last week.” He pulled a letter from his vest pocket. Gideon reached out and took it. Turning it over, he spotted Lonnie’s handwriting. A cold sensation puddled in his chest.
Reverend Gardner moved to the front of the church, his movements slow, drawn out. Gideon tapped his foot anxiously, knee bouncing haphazardly. His pulse raced, the cold turning into a heat—a fever—that forced him from the bench. “Excuse me,” he whispered to Cassie. She leaned back, and Gideon sidestepped from the pew, barreling toward the door as if Reverend Gardner was not in the middle of his prayer. Heads lifted, but he didn’t stop.
The sides of his jacket flapped open when he strode into the icy mist that surrounded the church. His boots thundered down the steps, past crooked tombstones that sank haphazardly into the moist grass. It wasn’t until the reverend’s voice was but a memory that he finally stopped. Crouching, he rested his forearm on his knee and studied the letter. The paper was worse for wear, but that was Lonnie’s pretty writing. Make no mistake. A muscle tripped through his jaw.
He tore into the envelope, letting the ripped portion float on the breeze that tousled his tie. He shook the envelope, and a single page fell into his palm. A flip of the folds and her words were before him, sinking into the deep mire of his heart that he’d forced numb. He breathed her name. He breathed their son’s name. Tears stung his eyes as he read words of Jacob’s life. How the boy was growing, what trouble he managed to get into. Gideon chuckled and swiped his hand over his eyes when the page blurred. His sweet Jacob.
Lonnie’s words grew smaller as if trying to squeeze more onto the page—more into her message, into his heart. Oh, Lonnie. He touched her soft letters, emotion bubbling up inside him. How he missed her.
From My Hope is Found:
Gideon O’Riley has been given another chance at a life with Lonnie. But will the fight for her heart risk it all over again?
As you know, Lonnie spends much of her time in the kitchen with Elsie. When she’s not taking care of the children, or mixing up a batch of her homemade soap, she loves to bake…and there’s a special place in her heart for making things for the ones she loves. Today’s recipe is butterscotch and cranberry oatmeal cookies. It doesn’t take much for her to recall Gideon’s weakness for sweets and he rarely strayed far from the kitchen around meal times. A few cookies and a hot cup of coffee and they could while away an hour or two on the back porch, watching the sun set. Though they were only married for just over a year…so much has passed between them. So much love and life and longing and now with the future so uncertain, those memories hold a special sweetness for Lonnie.
Included in the giveaway are TWO different prizes
(one on Tuesday and one on Wednesday)
Today’s giveaway is Gideon’s box:
Cookie mix, Mountain-Roasted Coffee and a signed copy of Be Still My Soul
Simply leave a comment below!
*note* WordPress is running a bit slow at the moment, so if you are unable to leave a comment, do feel free to comment on my Facebook page HERE and it will still be counted. 🙂
If you would like to earn additional entries, you can do so by:
- Sharing the giveaway link on Facebook or Twitter
- Pinning one of the images to Pinterest or sharing it on Facebook
Simply tell me what you do in the comments below and I will tally your bonus entries.
For MORE chances to win, be sure to come back TOMORROW for Toby’s giveaway!
Two winners will be drawn from the collective comments at random on Friday September 6th at noon pacific and announced here on my blog. The winners will also be contacted via email.
Hello Joanne! Great post and great giveaway! I still cannot believe this series is over. If I win, I will be sure and pass on the book to someone who has yet to read it. I already have signed copies of the first two books. I only have the ARC of book 3, so you need to have a giveaway of it sometimes as well. I need a signed copy for my collection. And I still want to read Gideon’s intro. I am going to tweet, share on Facebook and pin to Pinterest! Have a great week! 🙂
How great it would be to win!!!! Thank you for the giveaway!!
I’d love to read…
I love to read far more than my budget allows 🙂 these giveaways are great, and I’ve read so much about this series. I’d love to read it!
I will post giveaway link on FB.
Sounds like a beautiful set. Have a God blessed day. Hoping to win. Like and sharing on Facebook.
I loved the first two books and am looking forward to the third and see how it all ends! Thanks for the chance to win!
thanks for the chance to win!! love the cover!
I would love to win. : ) I pinned an image to Pinterest which I have set to appear on Facebook as well. Enjoying My Hope is Found!A little more than half way through and for the first time in a long time, I actually read ahead a bit cuz I wanted to know when something was gonna happen! ; )
I would love to win this giveaway! I read the second book, but never did get a chance to read this first book. Thanks for the opportunity to win the book!
the coffee and cookie mix looks good and the book is just a added bonus! Love to win it!
Please enter me in your contest. Would love to win. Thanks and God Bless.
Books are a better treat even than coffee and cookies! Reading is food for the heart… But both in a giveaway is great!!
I can’t wait to see how the story ends… But at the same time I am sad to say goodbye to the characters 🙂
I would love to win this great giveaway! Be Still My Soul would be a wonderful book to read. I’ve heard so much good about your books!
A book & coffee, two of my very favorites things! So looking forward to finally reading this one. Thanks for the chance to win the first book!
I tweeted here: https://twitter.com/bbulow12/status/374921543455109120
I shared in Christian Fiction Devourers on Facebook as well!
My husband would love the coffee and me?? The signed final print copy, please!! Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House
tweeted about giveaway https://twitter.com/LaneHillHouse/status/374930920211378177
shared Tal’s quote ~ Cadence of Grace series alert! on my Facebook newspage ~ Kathleen
have Tal’s quote and added My Hope is Found ~ have all of the book covers here for the Cadence of Grace series
Have posted all of the above on Facebook, Tweeter, Pinterest ~ will be back tomorrow to see what Toby has to say! Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House
thanks for this wonderful ‘giveaway’, joanne…and I’m looking forward to reading the conclusion of Lonnie & Gideon’s story 🙂
Is it bad that I’m holding off on reading My Hope is Found because I don’t want the story to be over?!? I was so excited to get it in the mail, but then couldn’t bear to rush through it, so I’m teaching myself the virtue of patience. 🙂
Be Still My Soul sounds wonderful. Please enter me in contest. Thank you for the opportunity to win.
Love this article and am looking forward to tomorrow’s as well.
I tweeted and shared on Facebook (my author page and regular page).
I would love to win, thanks for the chance.
i would love to win this book, i really like her books and it would be so good to get a new one
Shirley B firstname.lastname@example.org
Would love to read a new Christian series.
What a blessing you are to me as a friend and an added bonus that you write Christian Historical Fiction, my favorite genre of books! I just loved the first 2 books in this series and I am chomping at the bit to read the 3rd and final chapter in Gideon and Lonnie’s journey. I really hope that it ends with those two reunited! You are an amzing storyteller and really engage the reader by making the charaters so believable -like they could be our friends next door that we are pulling for their relationship to work out! I love the description of the scenery and countryside and for the moments I have of quiet to read I love being transported back in time to the beauty and simplicity of life & love, and of God’s everpresent nature, that we miss in our busy schedules.
love the books.Can’t get enough.Not enough time.But I make the time
if I win will share and I love to read
Great post and the series is very moving. I would love this for my collection! I’m hoping to get it into our church library. 🙂
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Would love to have a copy of Be Still My Soul for my collection. I absolutely loved this book. Can’t wait to read My Hope is Found!
I would love to win.
Thank you everyone for your sweet, sweet comments. I’m enjoying them all! You all are such a blessing!
Joanne, I am excited to get my 3rd book of the series. I was very happy to meet you in person and have my book signed by you. I have the second too and signed it would be great to win the 3rd one and be signed by you as well. I have enjoyed Lonnie’s story and can’t wait to read the last book of her story and sad as well because it’s over. Can’t wait to read more of your work. As I mentioned before even though they are fictional characters I have learned from Lonnie a few things and how to have patience. Thank you for sharing with us your wonderful writing. Blessings to you always. I will share on facebook.
Please enter me thank you! 🙂
Tweeted about the giveaway…
Pinned an image on Pinterest…
Shared on Facebook…
I would love to win this book, it looks so good. Can’t wait to read it
Joanne, I have your book one. Haven’t been able to get book two yet, but would sure love to win this new one. I love the covers on your books and the Titles. Thanks for the give-away. Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com
Joanne, I shared on Facebook and pinned this on Pinterest.
How awesome this would be to win, love reading and can’t never have enough books to read sounds like a great series, love having series novels….gives you something to look forward to thanks
I would love to win a copy of your book. Thank you for your awesome giveaway.
I shared on Face book.
Great review. Would love to win. Thanks for the chance to enter the giveaway. May A Rainbow Shine Down On You. I shared
Congratulations on My Hope Is Found, dear Joanne! You have an endorsement from one of the best, Liz Curtis Higgs – I am reading book 1 & can’t wait to read all 3 of your books, as I have read all of hers. Keep writing those wonderful books to touch our hearts, you are also touching the heart of our Lord!
I shared the giveaway link on my FB timeline, also shared – separately – on FB the book cover.
I tweeted and put the giveaway on Facebook.
Don’t enter me, but girl, you could make the phone book a weep and love fest!!
I would love to win this. The paragraphs you shared. Wow!
Thanks for the giveaway!
iwould love to win so i can read this book, Shirley Blanchard email@example.com
Hi Joanne, I would love to win this book. Thanks for entering me. Have a great day. 🙂
Ps i forgot im sharing on facebook
Shirley B firstname.lastname@example.org
Would love to win this book. This series looks so good.
Would really like to win this book! I’ve read the first book in the series and I’m interested to see how the story evolves!
Cannot wait to be able to read the conclusion. So many emotions involved. Thanks for another chance to win!!
Would love to win this book. This series sounds really good. I really enjoy reading series and seeing the story merge into each book. Thanks for the opportunity to win.
I love this post and look forward to tomorrow’s post! Thank you for the gift of your beautiful book series!!
I have the first two books in the series and am so looking forward to reading the third.
I’d love to read this! Thanks for the giveawy!
This sounds very good. I loved reading what you posted and it takes you to another time and place. Very good writing!
I love your books! Thank you for the opportunity to win!!
The coffee sounds good!…and the cookie mix and book. :). I have really enjoyed this series. Thanks for the giveaway.
Oh, yes!! I want to read your books! Can’t wait to get started!
I would love to win this prize especially your book! TAMMI
I am looking forward to reading Be Still My Soul. Thanks for the great giveaway! I tweeted and added another pin to my boards on Pintrest. I love the way you have with words. You are blessed.
Thanks for the great giveaway.
I am loving My Hope Is Found. I have The last two books. And just wish I could get the first one as well!! 🙂 Gideon has captured my heart and I’m hoping that it will end up the way I would like. 🙂
I also shared it on facebook and pinned it to pinterest, and tweeted about it! 🙂
Would love to win this book! Thank you for the chance!
Shared and pinned!! Love the O’Riley and the name, Lonnie! My mother’s maiden name was Riley and her dad’s name was Lonnie. Just love how the sweet memories tie together!
Thank you for the opportunity to win this book. I have shared on Facebook.
Nothing is more relaxing than a good book, smell of treats baking and eating them warm! 🙂
I love books that sweep you away into another time, so absorbed that you have no idea where all the time went but it was time well spent 🙂
You are a new author to me, and I haven’t had the privilege of reading of your books. I look forward to doing so in the near future!
Would love to win this book, and give to my daughter as a gift. She has been reading this series but missed the first book and wants it badly 🙂
Thanks for the giveaways. It is so fun to connect with the authors.
I just can’t wait to find out what happens next! I am Terri ly torn between the two heroes as far as who I want to be with Lonnie goes.
I shared on facebook and pinned an image to pinterest.
Shared on pinterest also!!
I can’t wait to read this book! Loved the first ones in this series.
I hadn’t heard of this series until a friend recently told me they are amazing! Would love to read sometime. The cookies look delicious! I’d love the recipe, unless it’s a carefully guarded secret! 🙂
I’ve also shared it on Facebook!
I loved reading be still my soul and look forward to the next two.
you know I would love reading more of your books!!!!! great giveaway….
What an interesting story!! I would love to know what happens in their relationship! Thank you for the giveaway!!
This book sounds like another winner for you. I would love to win it.
Thank you for offering it.
please enter me into your drawing.I would love to read this great sounding book
I would love to win, this book sounds like it is going to be a great read, thanks!
I would love to win! Can’t wait to read it!!
I haven’t heard of your series but from these little snippets, I am planning on finding the first book!
Thank you so much for the wonderful giveaway.
I would love to win
Hope to win! Thanks for doing these giveaways to give us a chance to read your books!
Shared on Facebook and pinned to Pinterest…
Thank you for the fun giveaway, Joanne!
I haven’t begun the series yet, but it does sound wonderful.
I WOULD LOVE TO WIN!! THANKS FOR THE CHANCE!!!
What an amazing giveaway! Of course they go with what I have heard are just amazing books, now I need to find out for myself 😉
Please enter me in your contest. I will also FB about your giveaway!
I have bene trying to win your books everywhere! 🙂 Being a former music teacher, I love the musical theme all your titles carry and based on interviews I’ve read, I think I’d really enjoy your books. THanks for the chance to win! 🙂
Such a sweet deal Joanne! Thanks for the opportunity!
I know you are preparing for your big day, so here are some heartfelt prayers that your meeting with Sarah is all you hope for (I love reading her books!) and that all goes as you wish!
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