Be Still My Soul……By Joanne Bischof

Be Still My Soul

By Joanne Bischof

About This Book

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?



This book was especially special for me because I live near the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia and love driving through there and visiting, which we have many times. This is a  beautiful story about Lonnie, a strong and wonderful Christian young lady and the man her father pretty much demanded she marry, Gideon. Gideon was anything but strong and faithful, he was a jerk at times, I thought, and he really needed to grow up. I felt sorry for Lonnie quite a bit, but she is such a wonderful, loving and caring character, I felt myself wanting to be more like her.


A wonderful debut novel by Joanne Bischof that I highly recommend. I thoroughly enjoyed this blessed story and will sure be back for more from this author. I appreciate the way Joanne Bischof shows Lonnie’s faith in the Lord, how we as His children can go to Him for everything. He doesn’t always take our problems away, but His carries us through them just as He did Lonnie. I really enjoyed reading about her faith!!


This book was provided by Blogging for Books through their reviewer Blogging program. I was not expected or required to write a positive review. The opinions in this review are mine only.


About the Author

Joanne Bischof Married to her first sweetheart, Joanne Bischof 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. Be Still My Soul is her first novel.


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