Book Review

This Quiet Sky by Joanne Bischof

Some books just stick with you after you read them. There is something so memorable about the characters, the setting, or the story itself. Sometimes it is just the beautiful writing. 

A couple years ago, I picked up Be Still My Soul by Joanne Bischof. It turned out to be one of the most poignant novels I’ve read. The two sequels two it blew me away even more. It’s been a bit since the third book in the Cadence of Grace series was released, and I was anxious to read This Quiet Sky. I was a bit sad that it was a novella–after all, that means less time to be immersed in the story. But the story in this book more than made up for it’s length.

**This is a novel from my personal collection. I am not being compensated for this review**

There is nothing extraordinary about Tucker O’Shay’s dreams. Go to college. Become president. Fall in love. And pretend like he has enough time to get it all done. Sixteen-year-old Sarah Miller doesn’t expect anything out of the ordinary when she begins her first day at the one-room-school house in her new hometown of Rocky Knob. But when she meets seventeen-year-old Tucker O’Shay—the boy with the fatal illness who volunteers to tutor her in algebra—she finds herself swept up in a friendship that changes the way she sees the world and a love that changes her life.

“You just went with the first thing that made sense and sometimes life doesn’t work that way.

Sometimes an entirely different equation than you expect is staring you in the face.”

-Tucker O’Shay, This Quiet Sky

I can’t write this review without telling you that my heart broke a little more with each turn of the page. For some reason, you know from the first sentence that the fate of the characters is inevitable, but yet you hope.

Characters: A good novel, or novella in this case will have wonderful characters. This Quiet Sky had two of the best. Tucker is so brave, so encouraging, and just so good. Sarah is good, but she is learning to be brave in this story. The two of them together demonstrate how powerful a friendship can be and how much can be gained when a person’s heart truly cares for the other person.

Storyline: This Quiet Sky is very character driven. Tucker is trying to live as much of his life as he can and Sarah is doing what she can to get by. Most of the novella, we see Sarah learning to grab what she wants out of life more and more as her relationship with Tucker grows. While I couldn’t help but enjoy Tucker’s role in the story (he has such a vibrant personality), Sarah is the one who grows and changes the most, all because of the impact that Tucker has on her.

My Thoughts:  This was a beautiful novel about two young people learning lessons about life. The friendship that grows between these two characters is the kind of relationship I think we all want in life–one in which we really can share everything, our hopes and fears.

Overall, this story contains so much in it’s short length. Every sentence of this story weaves tragedy, hope, and blessings together in a tale that will bind itself to your heart.

If you have read the Cadence of Grace series, then you will love this story about Lonnie’s beloved Aunt Sarah. If you’ve yet to enjoy immersing yourself in that series, don’t fret, you’ll be able to enjoy this story just fine!

About the Author:

Christy Award-finalist and author of Be Still My Soul and Though My Heart is TornJoanne Bischof has a deep passion for Appalachian culture and writing stories that shine light on God’s grace and goodness. She lives in the mountains of Southern California with her husband and their three children. When she’s not weaving Appalachian romance, she’s blogging about faith, folk music, and the adventures of country living that bring her stories to life.

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