Be Still My Soul

Melissa Smith

4 Stars

September 3, 2012

From the back of the book: "Pretty Lonnie Sawyer is shy and innocent-she's used to fading into the background within her family and among the creeks and hollows of the Appalachian hills. Though they are 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?"

My review: There are not many books that I read where I really do not like one of the main characters. This is one such book. While I enjoyed the book, Gideon's character was one that I just could not like. The book was written in such a way that I think that is what the author intended, and I was sure that I would change my mind by the end of the story. I just wasn't sure how the author, Joanne Bischof, would be able to accomplish that mind change. Although predictable and frustrating, I enjoyed the story and by the end of the book I found myself actually liking Gideon. I think this a good debut novel, and I would certainly be happy to read other books by this author. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Multnomah Books in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.