The Cadence of Grace novels are now a huge favorite of mine.
The characters go through some odd trials throughout the series, but realistic non the less. I really loved them all in these novels. Especially Gideon. His faith journey was not your average predictable journey, but rather a very moving and genuine one.
So what are these books about?
Lonnie, while walking home gets caught talking to Gideon who tries to steal a kiss. Her father is outraged and insists they marry. The first book goes through their struggles of being married to someone they don't even know.
( HERE is my more in depth review on the first book... Be Still My Soul )
They finally start to fall in love, but then in book two there's a shocker...Gideon has been married before and unbeknownst to him, still is! He is forced to return to his first wife and the emotional part of this situation had me stressing along with the characters. The author did a wonderful job of drawing me into their lives and to feel what they were feeling.
Book three continues Lonnie and Gideon's story, but I won't say what happens, other than this is the book Gideon finally surrenders to the Lord. It's written beautifully. Again I felt the characters deeply and will miss them now that the story is over.
If you like reading love stories with the Lord at the center, I think these books will fit the bill. With a beautiful setting in the Appalachian mountains, at the turn of the century, you're sure to enjoy all the descriptive writing of this time and place. As well as all the wonderful characters within it's pages.
Buy Book 1 HERE on Amazon
Buy Book 2 HERE on Amazon
Buy Book 3 HERE on Amazon