Be Still My Soul by Joanne Bischof is the first book in the Cadence of Grace series. Lonnie Sawyer is a 17 year old girl growing up in the Appalachian hill. Her family is poor and so are most of those around her. She comes from a Christian background and she clings to this quiet faith throughout her growing up years. Her father has always been an abusive drunk especially to her and her mother. One evening she attends a gathering and meets a musician named Gideon. She allows him to kiss her and her father sees it. With threats from her father Lonnie and Gideon are forced into a marriage that neither of them want. Gideon who comes from an equally poor family is frustrated by this turn of event and wants to start out clean. He and Lonnie start out on foot away from the only home they have ever known, Rocky Knob to try to get work in the city of Stuart where he has word that they have jobs.
This is a good book. Ms Bischof states that she tries to remain true to the times of growing up in the Appalachians. This is a historical book though I could not figure out when but it would have had to be back quite some time as there is talk of working for $2 a week. It talks of a hard life and how Lonnie remains true to her faith in God through all her difficulties. Neither Gideon nor Lonnie is perfect by any means but she teaches by observing her that Gideon’s life is only made better by faith in Jesus. Good read can be read by all ages.
I was provided this book by Waterbrook Multnomah for this review.