Monday, May 16, 2016

Book Review: This Quiet Sky by Joanne Bischof

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Title: This Quiet Sky

Author: Joanne Bischof

Series: The Cadence of Grace Novella

Genre: Historical

Audience: Young Adult


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.

**5 stars**

This book ... so sad, but so beautiful! Joanne Bischof writes with such tenderness and grace! I loved her other books, and loved this bittersweet, little novella, This Quiet Sky.

It centers around a sixteen-year-old girl, Sarah, who attends a one-room schoolhouse in 1885. There she meet Tucker O'Shay, the boy who rocks her world; who heightens her dreams. The boy who is ill. In a breathless tale of discovery and heartache, we hear Sarah's story.
     This Quiet Sky connects to Joanne Bischof's THE CADENCE OF GRACE series; Sarah to be Lonnie Sawyer's aunt.

I'm not one for tragedies, but there's just something about this simple, impacting short story. The classic-ness and warmth to the writing. The vividness of the characters and their emotions and dreams. The message to live every moment to the fullest! Aw, it was radiantly beautiful in a heart-squeezing way. I appreciated how it showed the journey through fear and grief. Though mournful in many ways, This Quiet Sky somehow bursts with hope.

Note: This is definitely a romance, and there is some kissing. Some kissing scenes were a bit much in my opinion. I would recommend at least 16 and up.

It could feel something like Janette Oke's or L.M. Montgomery's novels. Such a sweet, lyrical, old-fashioned touch to the writing style. (Though it was written in first person, I believe).

Anyway, I loved it in some way or another. The Epilogue was precious, in, yes, a bittersweet kind of way. I do like how it ties into THE CADENCE OF GRACE series ... makes me want to read them again!

Don't miss this heartfelt, historical tale! It's truly touching. I can't wait to read more by Joanne Bischof!


  1. I adored this novella and am looking forward to Joanne's next novel. It sounds amazing! :)

    1. Me too, Rissi! ^_^ And yes! So excited!