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“The rugged charm of Appalachia is the perfect backdrop to mirror the hardship and beauty of Joanne Bischof’s tender, heart-tugging debut. The author’s lyrical voice drew me in; the rich detail and authentic emotion kept me turning the pages. Lovers of historical fiction and topsy-turvy romance will find much to rejoice about in this lovely story. Be Still My Soul is a delight from start to finish!”
—Carla Stewart award-winning author of Chasing Lilacs and Stardust
 
Be Still My Soul is a rare gem: a powerful and compelling story for every woman who's known love's real ups and downs. Author Joanne Bischof draws a poignant picture of a forced marriage and its challenges and heartache, followed by the healing and joy of transformative love. A refreshingly honest new voice makes a memorable debut!”
—Rosslyn Elliott award-winning author of Fairer than Morning and Sweeter than Birdsong
 
Be Still My Soul is a wonderful debut from newcomer Joanne Bischof. If you grew up loving Janette Oke, you’ll want to read this tender tale of grace, forgiveness, and redemption.”
—Susan Meissner author of A Sound Among the Trees

“Beautifully set in the Appalachian Mountains, Joanne Bischof's debut novel is one of those rare finds that will keep you up burning the midnight oil. I literally couldn't put it down! Her characters are engaging from the moment they walk onto the the stage of your heart and so real you'll remember them long after you turn the last page. As an author of two historical novels set in the Appalachian Mountains, I was enchanted by the setting and Joanne's deft descriptions. I can't wait to read book two of the series.”
—Diane Noble Bestselling Author
 
 
“Be Still My Soul gives readers a refreshing dip into ninteenth-century American Appalachian life, with a story that bubbles into the heart like a clear mountain spring.  Ms. Bischof's uplifting tale hits the palate as sweetly as the pancakes and honey her characters enjoy for breakfast. You'll leave the book feeling you've made new friends, whom you won't want to forget.”
—Linore Rose Burkard author of Before the Season Ends and The Country House Courtship
 
 
 
 “A moving debut! More than just a love story, Be Still My Soul takes compelling characters on a journey of redemption in the dangerous beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Joanne Bischof’s masterful and compassionate insight into human nature won me over. I can’t wait for the second book in the Cadence of Grace series!”
—Sarah Sundin award-winning author of the Wings of Glory series

“Joanne Bischof offers a heart rendering tale set in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, where two young souls must put away their past and accept life together as man and wife. While sometimes gut-wrenching, the young couple must endure difficult trials that lead them to seek and find answers in the everlasting arms of Jesus. Be Still My Soul, will stir your soul and will leave you thinking about the characters long after you've turned the last page.”
—Deborah Vogts author of Snow Melts in Spring and Seeds of Summer

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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Product Details

  • Series: The Cadence of Grace (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Multnomah Books; First Edition edition (October 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1601424213
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601424211
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (130 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #873,771 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I can't wait until Joanne Bischof's next book is released.
KGehring
Even though they don't love each other and Gideon doesn't want to be married, Lonnie must learn to trust Gideon and Gideon must learn to love Lonnie.
mustlovetoread
Be Still My Soul is a beautiful story of mercy, grace, love and forgiveness.
Leah Loy

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By millefeuille07 on October 2, 2012
Format: Paperback
I've heard of shot-gun weddings before, but never read a book about one! Be Still My Soul, by Joanne Bischof, is an excellent read. I could barely put this book down!

Through a misunderstanding, two young people from the Appalachian hills, Lonnie and Gideon, are forced into a shot-gun wedding. Lonnie is a sweet, innocent 17-year old, while 22-year old Gideon is a ladies' man who doesn't want to be attached to anyone, let alone a young woman he doesn't care for. The story highlights the rocky start to their relationship, the struggles and blessings that ensue in their unwanted marriage, and how their love for each other eventually grows, despite many trials along the way. Throughout the book, you can see how Lonnie and Gideon's faith and trust in God grows.

I'm used to lots of romance in most Christian fiction, but this book was definitely different with a storyline of basically an arranged marriage in 19th century Appalachia. I personally really enjoyed reading a different kind of Christian historical novel, because it wasn't as predictable as some of the others I've read. This is Joanne Bischof's debut novel, and I was quite impressed at how well it was written. Be Still My Soul is the first book in Bischof's The Cadence of Grace Series. The next book Though My Heart is Torn will be released in 2013!

I'd highly recommend Be Still My Soul to anyone who enjoys a good romantic Christian novel.

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. The opinions expressed are my own.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jen R on October 2, 2012
Format: Paperback
Be Still My Soul, not only kept me up late at night when I wanted to read "just one more chapter" but also brought tears to my eyes throughout the last chapters. I owe that to the amazing storytelling abilities of Joanne Bischof and her keen sense of details and her character's emotions.

Be Still My Soul is the story of Lonnie and Gideon, two young residents of the Appalachian hills in the early 1900's. Brought together by a first kiss and an unplanned and unwanted marriage, the two begin a life together. Their marriage is one that is filled with uncertainty by Lonnie, anger by Gideon and the lack of love by both. But as Gideon determines to find a fresh start, they journey far away from home, only to discover an older couple who sees in them what no one else could. Only time will tell if Lonnie's faith and Gideon's fresh start can bring their hearts together as one.

Be Still My Soul truly is a story of forgiveness and redemption. The trials and joys that Lonnie and Gideon face are very realistic and their reactions to what life throws in their paths are what makes this book such a page-turner. Joanne doesn't mince words and shows exactly how cruel and harsh the world can be, but at the same time also shows how the hard times help us grow and mature and come to a fuller understanding and appreciation of the good that happens in life as well.

I can't wait for the next chapter in Lonnie and Gideon's life, and luckily I won't have to wait for long. The next book in the Cadence of Grace Series, Though My Heart is Torn, will be released this spring.

I received this book from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing for my honest opinion. The above is my own thoughts.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By VicG on July 28, 2013
Format: Paperback
Joanne Bischof in her new book, "Be Still My Soul" Book One in The Cadence Of Grace series published by Multnomah Books brings us into the lives of Lonnie Sawyer and Gideon O'Riley.

From the back cover: 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?

I can't believe there is anything worse than a forced marriage. Neither Lonnie nor Gideon love each other. All Gideon did was steal a kiss and now he is paying a very high price for that one moment.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Leahhhh12 on May 2, 2013
Format: Paperback
I had seen Be Still My Soul and Though My Heart is Torn reviews on a few of my friend's blogs. After their rave reviews, I knew I needed to check these books out myself. And wow, am I glad I did! Be Still My Soul exceeded my expectations and stole my heart! You'll definitely want to add this to your to-read lists!

One night while Gideon was walking Lonnie home, he stole a kiss. When her father finds out, he immediately thinks Gideon has spoiled her reputation and forces them into a hasty marriage. After suffering an abusive father in her own home, Lonnie believes she is stuck in a marriage where she will never be happy.
Gideon and Lonnie are both not satisfied with the arrangement. Being bitter about the arrangement, Gideon gathers up all he owns and sets off with Lonnie to live away from their families. Gideon acts very immature at some points and it is obvious that he has a lot of growing up to do. But with the help of an elderly couple, Gideon and Lonnie both learn to accept the position they are in. Will their acceptance of their situation lead to love?
Throughout the book God is at work in both of their lives, willing them to rely on him above all else. My heart broke for Lonnie throughout the book. I felt the pain she was in and sympathized with her throughout each page. Even through all the pain that Lonnie was put through, she never wavered in her faith. She continued to look to God for strength and he granted her the strength she needed. Though this book is full of heartache and sadness, I am happy to say that the ending will leave you satisfied.

If you're willing to have your heart strings pulled, I definitely recommend picking this book up.
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