A marriage of convenience endures a rocky start in the Appalachian Mountains! When Lonnie Sawyer's alcoholic father catches arrogant bluegrass musician Gideon O'Riley stealing a kiss from Lonnie, he forces the two to get married immediately. But the harsh realities of life quickly turn Gideon's affection to anger. Will they ever experience true love?
Nights chill tickled her skin. Lonnie pressed her hands together and glanced up. He was even more handsome up close. Having grown up the shy, awkward daughter of Joel Sawyer, shed hardly spoken to any boy, let alone the one who had mothers whispering warnings in their daughters ears and fathers loading shotguns.
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 ORiley steals a kiss, that one action seals her fate.
Her father forces her into a hasty marriage with Gideona 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 cant 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 Lonnies God, and discover a hope that can heal their two fractured hearts?
Gideon only ever cared about himself. Now that Lonnie is his wife, will he ever be worthy of her heart?
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 shes not weaving Appalachian romance, shes blogging about faith, writing, and the adventures of country living that bring her stories to life. Be Still My Soul is her first novel.
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