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Cadence of Grace #01: Be Still My Soul

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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?

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"Bischof kicks off her Cadence of Grace series with a tale of love blossoming in the most daunting circumstances. Lonnie Sawyer's ironhearted father forces her marriage to Gideon O'Riley after Gid's untoward advances; their married life begins badly and gets worse when Lonnie becomes pregnant. They set out to make a new life at the turn of the last century, but weather and Lonnie's fatigue push Gideon into actions he later regrets. The pair, however, are rescued by Jebediah and Elsie Bennett, who offer both a warm home and steady example of what a marriage can be. But Gideon's past catches up to him and he must make amends before Lonnie gives birth. Two stubborn hearts have lessons to learn. A gem by an author sure to draw fans. Agent: Sandra Bishop, MacGregor Literary." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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 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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Virginia Campbell, September 17, 2012 (view all comments by Virginia Campbell)
I was born and raised, and still reside, in the beautiful mountains of Virginia. This is a timeless place--as much as things change, they remain the same. The constancy of the mountains is comforting and immovable. Author Joanne Bischof offers a look at life in rural Appalachia in "Be Still My Soul". Lonnie Sawyer and her mother and siblings live under the rule of Lonnie's abusive alcoholic father. Lonnie's refuge is her Aunt Sarah, who offers brief respites from family troubles with readings from the Bible in her home. Lonnie and her mother are both blessed with beautiful singing voices, and at one local musical get-together, her father's pushes her up on stage. When handsome mandolin player Gideon O'Riley walks her home and asks for a kiss, both of their lives are forever changed. At first reluctant, Lonnie agrees to a kiss, but ladies man Gideon wants much more. Ashamed, Lonnie breaks away and runs back to her house before Gideon can have his way. The next day, to her horror, she discovers that her father witnessed the kiss, and he assumes the worst. Lonnie and Gideon are forced by both their fathers into a quick marriage ceremony. Taken away from her family and home, and now married to a resentful man whom she barely knows, Lonnie struggles for emotional survival. Her faith is as indelible as the mountains themselves, but can she endure what awaits? Gideon grew up in a different atmosphere from Lonnie. He was not abused, but he felt trapped by the lifestyle of the generations which had come before him. His music and woodworking skill were his refuge. He was attractive to women, and he went from one to another without a care. Now he was married, and he no longer could drift along through life. Goaded by his friends and emboldened by moonshine liquor, Gideon does have his way with Lonnie, which they both regret. Gideon is not kind to Lonnie, leaving her no choice but to follow him as they walk away from their home area toward a town which may offer work. With no money, and no transportation, they walk and walk, day after day. They find shelter with a kind older couple, Jebediah and Elsie, who have a nice homestead. Having witnessed Gideon's less than kind treatment of Lonnie, Jeb is a stern taskmaster, and Gideon works harder than he ever has in his life. Lonnie discovers that she is expecting a baby, adding to the chains of responsibility which weigh heavily on Gideon. At times, "Be Still My Soul" is tough to read. The poverty, abuse, alcoholism, and lack of education are all part of a continuing cycle. Yet, there is beauty to be found, as faith shines through, and hearts grow together as life goes on. While some never escape from the bleakness of an impoverished existence, others find riches beyond compare in an abiding faith. Gideon and Lonnie endure much, each having to find their own path before they meet as one heart. Highly recommended.

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Casey Herringshaw, August 12, 2012 (view all comments by Casey Herringshaw)
It’s a mountain romance with a very interesting twist…because technically the reader isn’t inclined to like the hero.

How do you enjoy reading a romance where the hero is completely unlikeable? Surprisingly enough, that is exactly what I did: greatly enjoyed this novel. It’s an unconventional romance, but one the reader is aware of when they start the book. Honesty with the reader is so key in a novel where the norm is far from the expected and it kept me from becoming overly frustrated with this young man.

The plot is one reason I loved the novel so much. The unexpected takes an ordinary setting, a tried and true plot and crafts it captivating.

“Be Still My Soul” is a quick read, but a fulfilling one. The Blue Ridge Mountains make for a great backdrop for our characters struggles, contributing to their hardship, but also how they handle them. And I loved these characters. I know, I know a hero you can’t like, you ask? Read the book, I promise you’ll find something in Gideon to love, I know I did. By the end of the last page, I held every confidence in this young couple. That to me, is writing at some of its finest. Take a character you can’t love and believably change them before the end of the novel…? You’ll have to read the book to see for yourself. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to the author for my advance copy to review.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781601424211
Author:
Bischof, Joanne
Publisher:
Multnomah Books
Subject:
Romance - Historical
Subject:
Christianity-Christian Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
The Cadence of Grace
Publication Date:
20121031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.2 x 5.46 x 0.93 in 0.68 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Bischof kicks off her Cadence of Grace series with a tale of love blossoming in the most daunting circumstances. Lonnie Sawyer's ironhearted father forces her marriage to Gideon O'Riley after Gid's untoward advances; their married life begins badly and gets worse when Lonnie becomes pregnant. They set out to make a new life at the turn of the last century, but weather and Lonnie's fatigue push Gideon into actions he later regrets. The pair, however, are rescued by Jebediah and Elsie Bennett, who offer both a warm home and steady example of what a marriage can be. But Gideon's past catches up to him and he must make amends before Lonnie gives birth. Two stubborn hearts have lessons to learn. A gem by an author sure to draw fans. Agent: Sandra Bishop, MacGregor Literary." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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