“I trusted you.” She climbed the steps and slipped inside the door without making a sound. How could she have been so foolish? Lonnie Sawyer, Be Still My Soul
From the Back Cover:
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?
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.
Another book with a “Married Love” theme – yes! Be Still My Soul is the story of a girl and a boy and a shotgun wedding…and the ensuing aftermath of two strangers reluctantly joining forces to face the unknown future into which they’ve been thrust.
Gideon O’Riley is a player – both of the mandolin, and of female hearts. When he crosses a line with the naïve and innocent Lonnie Sawyer, he’s called to make an accounting by her father, and the resistant, angry groom becomes a resistant, angry husband. Lonnie, trusting, ever hopeful, prays these words often, “Let it be so, Lord.” She knows in her heart that only Christ can salvage the mess that she and Gideon have made, but her new husband wants none of it. Through harrowing experiences that bring out the very worst…and eventually, the very best…in each of them, Gideon and Lonnie learn that there is only victory in stillness, in surrender.
Joanne spins a terrible, beautiful tale of redemption in this Appalachian love story about a woman who longs to be loved, and a man who doesn’t know what it means to be a man, (Click to Tweet) and the people who come in and out of their lives, for better or worse. It’s a love story that clings to you like a sweet fragrance, long after you close the last page of the book.
I highly recommend this book to my readers – you’ll be swept away. But keep the tissues handy….
On Friday, February 22, Joanne will be visiting with us and sharing with us about her the second book in her Cadence of Grace Series, Though My Heart is Torn. I hope you’ll join us – I’ll be announcing the winner of today’s drawing for Be Still My Soul, too!
Readers, enter your name in a drawing for YOUR CHOICE of one of Joanne’s books, either Be Still My Soul NOW, or Though My Heart is Torn when it is released on April 2nd, 2013!
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- Your name
- Your email address in non-spam format. If I draw your name and there is no email, you will not win. Example: becky (at) beckydoughty (dot) com
- My word for 2013 is STILL, and this book really spoke to me about what it means to be STILL in so many ways: STILL faithful, STILL waiting, STILL obeying, being STILL. Do you have a special word in your life? P.S. – Please indicate which book you want if your name is drawn!
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Contest ends on February 21st at midnight (PST). Winner will be notified by email (ONLY if you include your email in your comment) and announced in Friday’s (February 22) post.
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