Saturday, September 1, 2012

Be Still My Soul

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?

 

I received a complimentary copy of Be Still My Soul by Joanne Bischof through the Multnomah Publishing Blogging for Books program in exchange for an honest review. Be Still My Soul will be available for purchase on October 1st, 2012. 

Despite having three children and a full time job, this book entranced me enough to finish the whole thing in just two days. As I laid down to go to sleep, the characters roamed my mind, forcing me out of bed to discover the next chapters of their lives. I cannot recall a book that has evoked such emotion from me. From anger at Lonnie's dad and the way he treated her, to disappointment in Gideon and the beginnings of their marriage. Sorrow over their trials, and joy over their triumphs, I was taken on a roller coaster with this book, and I loved every word of it. I am overjoyed that this book states it is "book 1," promising more from this new author. I cannot wait for the next in this series.

1 comment:

Joanne Bischof said...

I just wanted to drop you a little note and say how much I thoroughly enjoyed your review of Be Still My Soul. I don't read all the reviews, but when I saw yours, it was a huge blessing on my day. I'm so very glad that you enjoyed Lonnie and Gideon's story and hearing your insights was a lot of fun. :)

Have a great night!

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