Thursday, August 30, 2012

Review: Be Still My Soul by Joanne Bischof

About the Book:
 Pretty Lonnie Sawyer is shy and innocent-she's used to fading into the background within her family and among the creeks and hollows of the Appalachian Hills. Though they are 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?


About the Author:
 Married to her first sweetheart, Joanne Bischof lives in the mountains of Southern California where she keeps busy making messes with their homeschooled 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. Be Still My Soul is her first novel.

My Review:
 At the beginning this book seem to slow to start. But after awhile the characters start to roll in. And quickly you learn what each character is all about. Joel Sawyer Lonnie's father is a really mean, controlling man. And by the way the bruises are described on Lonnie's arm that was made very clear from the beginning. Lonnie seems like the type that will do just about anything to keep him from trampling her or her feelings. What got to me about the whole book was why would Gideon,if he is such a ladies' man marry Lonnie in the first place. Lonnie has a quiet faith in God. And as we all know that can get us through the most impossible situations. But it is interesting to see how this all plays out in the end. And how the two come to realize that they really are perfect for one another.
 This was a really good read and the author has included readers guide at the back of the book to help with a book group discussion.

**This book was provided to me for free through the WaterBrook Multnomah Blogging for Books program for my honest review.**