November 15, 2014

This Quiet Sky by Joanne Bischof

This book will leave an impact on you.

I read it in one lovely sitting, and quite honestly I was left changed. With tears in my eyes. Okay, on my cheeks. What can I say? I'm a crier.
Joanne's trilogy, The Cadence of Grace series, is one of my all-time favorites. She writes with a profound, gracious, simplicity with moments of the lyrical, the heart-rending--and from beginning to end, her books are truly lovely and refreshing. This novella is no exception.

The young-love story of Sarah and Tucker in the beginning has the traditional markings of classic young literary couples But Tucker has a fatal illness--a subject Joanne tackles with tact and grace. At first I went into reading the novel with a feeling of, "Oh this is going to hurt..." but as it went on, and the friendship blossomed into confusing feelings, and then into a young love, it didn't hurt. I can't even use the word bittersweet to describe Sarah and Tucker's love story that blossomed through him tutoring her in algebra. When the end came--there was such a joy I was left with even as I cried from the depth of emotion that welled in every word Joanne penned.

About the Book: 
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.

About the Author:
Christy Award-finalist and author of The Cadence of Grace Series, Joanne 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.