‘Be Still My Soul’ by Joanne Bischof: a Review

Can God work ALL things together for good? A review of 'Be Still My Soul' by Joanne Bischof.Be Still My Soul

by Joanne Bischof

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?

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.

My thoughts:

Can God work all things together for good? A forced marriage that destroys everything that should have been, can’t be good. Or can it?

I love the way Be Still My Soul draws you right into the Blue Ridge mountain town, and right into the struggles Lonnie and Gideon face. Even more, I love that we are able to watch faith in action through each character — whether that faith is deep, growing, or non-existent! We aren’t told how to live this Christian life, but shown through the lives on the pages.

While I love Gideon’s growth, Lonnie’s tender willingness to keep trying, and Elsie’s warmth, my favorite character is Jebediah. I love the way he becomes Jesus’s hands and feet  to the young couple.

I was wary of the first Joanne Bischof book I read because of its circus setting (The Lady and the Lionheart LOVED it!). I was unsure about starting this one knowing it had been her first. I am so over it. I need to read ALL of her books! <3

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9 thoughts on “‘Be Still My Soul’ by Joanne Bischof: a Review

  1. carylkane

    Beautiful review, Sarah! I love Joanne’s stories!

  2. Sally Davison

    The first book I read by Joanne Bischof was The Lady and the Lionheart. That book was so original and it impressed me so much I thought about it for not just days but weeks. I loved her writing so much I then read Be Still My Soul and loved it too. She is so amazing that she has become one of my very most favorite authors!

    • Me, too, Sally! And having had a chance to talk with her, I can say she is not just an amazing author, but an amazing lady, too!

  3. Pam K.

    You will certainly want to read the next two books in this series to see how Lonnie and Gideon’s story turns out. I waited to read Be Still My Soul till the other books were released and in my possession so I could read the entire story from start to finish. There is also a novella that goes with this series, A Quiet Sky. It takes place years before and is Sarah’s story. Have plenty of tissues handy! Joanne Bischof is such a talent writer. The Lady and the Lionheart is so hauntingly beautiful as it shows God’s love for us. I love all of her books!

    • Pam K.

      Oops! The title of the companion novella is This Quiet Sky. I typed it wrong.

    • Yes! I think I have the novella, but I need to track down the other two ASAP!

  4. I’ve never heard of this author! I love the cover of this book, though.

    • Oh, you simply must read at least one of hers, Dianna! (Although I doubt you’ll want to stop there! LOL)

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