Book Beat - Be Still My Soul by Joanne Bischof

In Be Still My Soul by Joanne Bischof, we enter the Blue Ridge Mountains at the turn of the last century and meet shy Lonnie Sawyer, who longs to get away from her abusive home. But when handsome charmer Gideon O'Riley steals a kiss, Lonnie finds herself forced into a shotgun wedding. The only person less happy than Lonnie is Gideon. He takes his wife on a grueling march through the wilderness to find work - but they find far more than they expected.

This is such a moving debut novel. 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. On the surface, Gideon might be one of the most unlikeable heroes ever, but Joanne made me care about him and want him to find his way. That takes talent, and Joanne has it. I can’t wait for the second book in the Cadence of Grace series!

Joanne has also helped organize a fabulous event that I'm privileged to participate in - the Hope Chronicles. Five historical fiction authors (Regina Jennings, Joanne Bischof, Amanda Dykes, Karen Barnett, and I) are circulating a gorgeous journal made by Amanda. Each of our five heroines is contributing a journal entry. From November 5-9, we're having a blog hop featuring each journal entry and a prize bundle inspired by our heroine. The grand prize at the end of the week is the journal with our handwritten entries. You can learn more about the Hope Chronicles, see the individual prize bundles, and enter the contest on the Hope Chronicles event page.

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