Monday, March 18, 2013

Be Still My Soul - Joanne Bischof

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?
First Thoughts After.....
I would have liked a bit more at the end to seal the story off...unless there's a sequel?

How Distracted Did I Get??
Be Still My Soul is a interesting historical women's fiction. For myself I prefer a little less heaviness in a story, however it is well written and I would highly recommend it to those that love the more serious side of Women's Fiction.

I give Be Still My Soul.....

3.5 Baskets!!!


  1. Thanks so much for the thoughtful review, Tobi :) I know...the ending really did have a few loose threads but I'm happy to say its because Lonnie and Gideon's sequel is just around the corner! Though My Heart is Torn will be out in April. :)

    1. Thank goodness!!! I was hoping!!!!! I'll be sure to grab a copy! Thanks for stopping by!!