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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Review of Joanne Bischof's Be Still My Soul

Be Still My Soul: A Novel (The Cadence of Grace)picture and synopsis from


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?
My Review:
I really enjoyed this book, once I got into it, I didn't want to put it down.  Gideon and Lonnie have a truely heartbreaking story.  They have to marry in a "shotgun" style and they really don't know each other.  They leave their home in search of a better life and run into a couple who takes them in.  Gideon doesn't want to stay with this couple, but as time goes on he sees it is for the best.  Sometimes Gideon doesn't make the best decisions and one bad decision causes him to lose everything that he has come to hold dear.  But he seeks GOD and figures out what is really important to him.  In the end he ends up with his family and a little more.
Joanne Bischof did a really good job with this story.  It is truely heartwarming.  It tells of how life really was in the Blue Ridge mountains.  Good job!
I received a copy of this book from Blogging for Books, via Edelwiess, for my honest review.

Author Bio from her website:

About Joanne

Married to her first sweetheart, Joanne lives in the mountains of Southern California where she keeps busy making messes with their home schooled children. When she’s not weaving Appalachian romance, she’s blogging about faith, writing, and the adventures of country living that bring her stories to life.

 Where to buy this book:
Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Christian Book Distributors

Author's website:

Be Still My Soul by Joanne Bischof (Chapter 1 Excerpt)


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