He flashed Lonnie a warning as he took in a slow breath, then turned to his guests. “Now that my daughter is no longer…desirable for a bride.” He looked at Lonnie. “I have spoken with Gideon, and he has agreed to do right by you.” “Now wait just a minute,” Gideon rose. “Son.” Bill’s voice boomed. “Enough. You will do what needs to be done.” Lonnie’s voice slipped out in a faint whisper. “Right by me?” Her hands shook at her side. Fire flashed in her pa’s eyes. “This is the end of the discussion, Lonnie. You will marry this young man. If there is a child, it will be born in wedlock.” He cut the last word off sharp. Rain clicked against the roof. So he wanted to get rid of her after all. And it couldn’t be by her own plans and dreams. She should have known.
Book: Be Still My Soul: The Cadence of Grace, Book 1 by Joanne Bischof, Waterbrook Press, 2012
Genre: Historical Fiction
Target Audience: Girls 17+
Subjects: Forgiveness, Marriage, Family Relationships
Summary: She lives a hard life with a dad who seems to want nothing more than to hurt her or get rid of her. But this time he’s gone too far. It was just a kiss. One kiss. But her dad claims she went all the way with Gideon and is forcing him to marry her. There’s no choice but to go along with it. She hopes that maybe they can make a good life together anyway. And when they take off on their own and find themselves staying with an older couple who is helping and supporting them, there is even more reason to hope. At least she thinks so. Until he’s gone when she needs him the most. Can she ever find it in herself to forgive him? Or will they remain apart forever?
Notes: The first in the Cadence of Grace series, this is a story of a seventeen year old girl living in a small mountain community with a father who chooses to always believe the worst of her. It’s more of an adult novel, but with the character being a teenager I thought it might appeal to some younger readers as well. The spiritual theme running through the book is forgiveness – God’s forgiveness of us and our forgiveness of others. Gideon is weighed down by his sin and needs to repent and turn to God. Lonnie is weighed down by her anger at Gideon and needs to repent and forgive him. Until they do that, they are trapped, unable to grow their marriage.
Spiritual Content Recommendation Scale: 5/5
1 John 1:9 – If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.