I’m a little anxious about selecting which book to read next from my ever-growing stack of, “Oh that sounds interesting!” by my bedside. Recently, I have had such a run of good luck picking well-written, morally sound, historically accurate and tantalizingly fictional books, culminating in, My Hope is Found, by Joanne Bischof.
Somehow, I missed Book 1, but in testament to Bischof’s excellent writing, Book 3 picks up exactly where Two left off and I’m none-the-more confused by not reading the trilogy in order.
My Hope is Found, reintroduces Gideon and Lonnie, a young couple recently christened with parenthood, then forced to separate by the consequences of past poor choices, and circumstances no longer under their control. In, Though My Heart is Torn, Gideon was thrust into the arms of a brief, but former lover who claimed the right to his marriage bed. Alone and confused, Lonnie picked up baby Jacob and returned home to sort the fragments of her shattered future. But their hearts still belong to each other.
The plot is wrought with faith. Bischof uses dynamic characters to reveal God’s miraculous ability to change, heal and redeem human hearts. Gideon’s new bride, Cassie’s, heart is suddenly softened toward Lonnie’s plight and that of the now fatherless Jacob, and she encourages him to return to them.
Often in life what appears to the problem, is not. Just when we’ve found a solution, we discover things are more complicated than we ever thought. In this case, the hurdles to happily-ever-after, only begin when Gideon returns to his family. By the time he finds Lonnie, she has accepted the proposal of another man.
Bischof plays her readers as well as she does her characters. It’s difficult to place loyalty with either man. Lonnie remains the constant, a refuge of sorts, but the reader cannot avoid the heartache of a walk in her shoes.
The pervasive moral of this story displays the far-reaching consequences of split-second choices. With every page turn, Bischof uncovers another complication; like real life developing every tangential problem the reader never expected to happen. As well, she allows conflict to heal just enough between each pain so the characters and reader take a quick breath and are tricked into a false sense of resolution. But there are so many pages to go!
Finally, Bischof seems to allow, as much as to create resolution. Her characters are so real, they seem to take over the story doing everything we, and they, know we shouldn’t and then invariably do.
True again to real life, for those who love God and are called to His purposes, after loss, Hope is Found.