This Quiet Sky

This Quiet Sky

by Joanne Bischof

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BN ID: 2940150753495
Publisher: Joanne Bischof
Publication date: 11/02/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 158
Sales rank: 204,030
File size: 363 KB

About the Author

Christy Award-finalist and author of Be Still My Soul, Though My Heart is Torn, and My Hope is Found, 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. You can visit her website at

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This Quiet Sky 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Lane_Hill_House More than 1 year ago
Tuesday, November 25, 2014 This Quiet Sky: A Novella by Joanne Bischof, © 2014 A treasure. I do not want to read the back cover, the snippets, the comments about This Quiet Sky ~ I want to experience it all by myself, word for word. Joanne Bischof's words float off the page to my heart as I read with Sarah viewing Tucker for the first time. Two weeks. A new school. Home now in the mountains away from the sea view left far behind. Our steps are indeed ordered by the Lord.... Rocky Knob, Virginia ~ 1885 If you have read the Cadence of Grace series, you will remember the choice to go to Aunt Sarah's house down the lane or up the mountainside to home. Wanting to know more about Aunt Sarah, I now have my chance ~ for This Quiet Sky is her story. So many times we may have pondered our beginnings, choices we have made, choice made for us. We begin again, each day anew ~ either living now or letting the past dictate our present and future. "Promise me you'll always remember: You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think." -- A. A. Milne Christopher Robin to Winnie the Pooh The sky has opened up clear; fresh beginnings. New views. "You're so focused on being normal that you haven't realized that you're actually not." --This Quiet Sky, 49 All his words hit my heart at odd angles, burrowing in, staying. --Ibid., 50 The small creek gurgles beside us and is so clogged with old leaves, that the water is several different shades of glittering gold and orange. Minnows dart about and water bugs skate on top. Tucker watches it with me. --Ibid., 51 I like the visual elements of Joanne Bischof's writings. I am there with them. As I continue to read I envelop them. Dreams, aspirations, patience, concern, life... So beautifully written and six tissues later I come out the other side. Thank you to author Joanne Bischof for a story that needed to be told ~ for hearts open to receive. A love beyond mention and a healing of a heart. I look forward to the next story! This Quiet Sky - a Novella ***Thank you to author Joanne Bischof for this story of life and love beyond anything we could ever hope or imagine ~ given to us by God, Himself. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation ~ besides Grace! ~ was received.***
Bekah_M More than 1 year ago
It’s 1885, and sixteen-year-old Sarah Miller and her family have just moved to a small town in Virginia. On her first day at the new one-room schoolhouse, Sarah gets seated next to Tucker O’Shay. Warned by the neighbor girls to stay away from him and his fatal illness, Sarah doesn’t really know what to make of him. Then Tucker offers to tutor her in algebra, and thus begins a friendship that will forever change Sarah’s 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.” Just reading the first chapter, I knew this book was going to break my heart. What I didn’t know was just how much I was going to love it. Sarah and Tucker’s story was beautifully romantic and achingly raw. They were wonderful characters who pulled my heartstrings- brave Tucker with his courage and goodness and spunky redhead Sarah with her faith and pure heart. Though the reader knows what the ending will be from the very beginning, it doesn’t take anything away from the story. In fact, it made every scene all the more precious. I loved the charming historical setting and all the supporting characters, like Sarah’s little sister and Tucker’s mom and brother. And who knew math could be so romantic? I had so many feelings reading this novella- it made me laugh and cry (but mostly cry). It’s one of those stories that will inspire you to live life to the fullest. There is literally nothing I didn’t love about this wonderful book! Seriously, go read it. *wink* I have to say, I don’t often read novellas. Which is why I am especially grateful that I was presented the opportunity to read this one. This story touched me in ways that few ever have. Poignant and beautiful, This Quiet Sky is a story of true friendship and young love to be remembered. One that I know I’ll be revisiting again and again.
Chaplain-Debbie_777 More than 1 year ago
Touches the Heart This is a story that will stay with me for quite some time. Readers will fall in love with Tucker and Sarah and walk away with feelings of sadness and hope. Joanne once again wrote a story that had me sniffing, laughing and holding my hand to my heart. Thank you, Joanne, for writing Tucker and Sarah's story. I highly recommend this book for teens and adults. 
taralynee More than 1 year ago
I normally don’t cry in movies or books. I honestly don’t think I’ve ever cried in a book before. Until now. Now.. I’ve sobbed. The incredible depth of this novella really surprised me; I typically think of novellas and short fiction as not having time to develop the characters enough to truly know and relate to them. This book has so much depth. I felt instantly that I had bonded with young Sarah Miller. And with Tucker O’Shay. Joanne Bischof showed her talent with This Quiet Sky. Descriptions that encompassed my senses. Characters who leapt from the pages (or rather, from my ipod, since I listened via Audible). Scenery that transported me in a very realistic sense to the hills of Appalachia in the late 1800s. All of these were present in this story. This book captured me at a level I’m not sure I knew was possible. Down into the very depths of my soul. My heart ached for Sarah, for Tucker. I connected with them, with Tucker’s need of a good friend, with Sarah’s compassion and desire to reach out to him. Although very different circumstances, I can relate to the fear that I know Tucker felt, because I’m a survivor of the disease that he had. I’m sure he had friends prior to this diagnosis, and I hurt for what he lost. Tucker’s thoughts and the way he pondered life, the way he set out to enjoy the moments that he had, dreaming as if he had all the time in the world, living with a grateful-to-God heart for his every breath.. these traits wove such a real character. I can relate to Sarah, as her heart breaks for Tucker, for his family, for herself… because I have been on this side too. If you have the opportunity, I highly encourage you to listen to Gail Shalan read this book. She added a uniquely beautiful dimension to an already heartwarming, soul-gripping, tear-provoking book. I will be adding the paperback to my permanent book collection, but I will absolutely be listening to this audio book again and again as well. Very rarely do I feel like I could finish a book, turn back to page one, and begin again immediately. This book compels me to do so. I would liken this story to dark chocolate. Very dark chocolate. Something like Ghirardelli’s Intense Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Soiree. The blend of flavors is delicate and perfect. But so very intense, daring you to take the next bite. Go ahead. Do it. Listen. Read. I can’t promise you won’t cry — in fact, I’d encourage you to be free to let this story affect you deeply and permanently. Let God use it in your heart. You will not regret it.
Mindynatsumi More than 1 year ago
This Quiet Sky was the first book that I'd ever read from Joanne Bischof. Up until then, I had never really been interested in reading novellas because I "thought" I preferred full-length books. This Quiet Sky completely changed my mind! I still can't get over how much emotion this tender story evoked in my heart while I was reading it. There were many reviews saying that you should have a box of tissues nearby, and I quickly found out that there was a reason for it. Not the sappy tears kind of sad, but the poignant, honest emotion kind of story that makes a lasting impression on your heart. I know it made one on mine. This novella also helped me understand what had shaped Lonnie's Aunt Sarah into the person she was when I "met" her again in Be Still My Soul since I read this before starting The Cadence of Grace series. A beautiful tale that doesn't shy away from real emotions and heartbreak, but rather looks them in the face and finds the beauty that is hidden away there. A definite must-read!
Michaela_95 More than 1 year ago
I got this book as an audio book on audible to review for Joanne it was such a good book I plan on getting a paperback copy as well Another amazing historical romance by Joanne This story is mostly about 16 year old Sarah Miller and 17 year old Tucker O'shay. Sarah has just moved to Rocky knob, Virginia from South Carolina, unlike most girls her age she still goes to the one room school house. there are only two students in the higher grades, her and Tucker O'shay, who plans to take the college exams in the fall. Sarah doesn't feel like she is smart enough to take the college exams and doesn't really want to her parents don't have enough money to send her to college and that's not really for girls anyway is it? Most of the students are scared of Tucker they say he has a contagious disease and are afraid to get too close. But Sarah is fascinated with Tucker and they become friends. Tucker starts tutoring Sarah in algebra because she isn't very good at it. Between Tucker and Sarah's friendship and the tutoring a love blossoms and they don't even realize it. Only when Tucker isn't at school for a couple days does Sarah start to realize the she is fond of him. I better not right much more or I will give it all away. If this has interested you at all I hope you will find this book and read it I actually got my paperback copy in the mail today and plan on reading it even though i have already listened to the audio book three times. Words cannot describe how great this book is. Considering I have listened to it three times and still bought the paperback may shed some light on how much I really did enjoy this book. You will just have to read it for yourself to get the full experience, you will laugh with the characters and you will cry with them so you may want a few tissues around and you may also laugh until you cry. :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I usually dont like novellas but this was a wonderful , heart touching story. I highly recommend!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Brilliant, beautiful, and touches the deepest part of who we are and what we do with our time here on this journey. I was so amazed by the way the author was able to move me so deeply with such few words. Just brilliant.
Faye_reviews More than 1 year ago
My Review: Sarah Miller isn't looking forward to sitting next to Tucker O'Shay at school. She's heard the stories, that he isn't quite right, he's sick, yet no one will tell her what ails him. The first day of school she meets Tucker, and it changes her life, he shows her a world where dreams are treasured and life is best lived in the moment. This is a beautiful tale from beginning to end, and even though it is a novella in length, don't let that fool you, this one really packs a punch, and won't leave you untouched. The whole time I was reading this, I kept thinking that I should know who Sarah was, but it wasn't until near the end that it all came together. I loved the tender friendship between Tucker and Sarah, they were both what the other needed, and had so much to give. Overall, this is a beautiful read, with characters that I won't soon forget, I loved Sarah and I'm definitely hoping that there will be more about her in future books! Highly recommend this unforgettable read! Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Tr ade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and testimonials in Advertising."
BonnieRoof More than 1 year ago
BEAUTIFUL, TENDER, EXQUISITE STORY OF YOUNG LOVE Set in 1885 and told in a first person point-of-view, This Quiet Sky is the story of 16 year-old Sarah Miller,  who - on her first day of school, after recently moving from South Carolina to Rocky Knob, Va., finds herself sharing a desk and books with 17 year-old Tucker O'Shay. Tucker is shunned by some of the children due to rumors of his terminal illness.  When he is asked to tutor Sarah in math, by their teacher, they start off on the wrong foot - however, rapidly form a close friendship that deepens into love. Tucker is a courageous young man, refusing to relinquish his life's dreams to his illness and continues to prepare for college admission, taking the required testing. Wanting to improve Sarah's life, he requests that she promise she will do the same - even though Sarah feels she doesn't have the knowledge or money required for college. Tucker tries to shield Sarah from the burden of his illness by pulling away, but Sarah feels a deepening desire and need to be ever present as an encourager and help-mate for Tucker. I read This Quiet Sky in one sitting, unable to put it down. Such a tender, emotional, beautiful story that grabs the reader's heart and refuses to turn it loose. A story of hope and a lesson learned in enjoying what life has to offer - no matter how brief - and never taking it for granted. I read the paperback of This Quiet Sky and also listened to the audio version. Gail Shalan does an excellent job of narrating the audio version - portraying the emotion, depth, voice and personality of each character expertly.      
Jocelyn_Green More than 1 year ago
This novella should come with a notice that the reader will need both kleenex and chocolate. And that you will want to read this in one sitting--which, because of its handy length, is entirely possible. Sarah and Tucker are two of the most endearing characters I've ever read. The reader knows where the story is headed right from the start--Tucker suffers fro a fatal illness. But the way the tale unfolds is absolutely beautiful, and not to be missed. Those who have enjoyed Bischof's Cadence of Grace series will especially enjoy the connections made clear in the epilogue of This Quiet Sky. This is anything but your typical happily ever after young adult romance. But more importantly, it's anything but dark and depressing. The way the author tells this story with faith, courage, hope and light is something you'll have to experience for yourself. ~Jocelyn Green, author of Yankee in Atlanta
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Brenda Casto for Readers' Favorite If I had to describe This Quiet Sky by Joanne Bischof in one word it would be soul stirring. There is no way to read this story and not be emotionally affected by the lives of these characters. Sarah Miller and her family move to Rocky Knob and the first day of school has her sitting with Tucker O'Shay, a boy she has already heard rumors about. The rumors are that he is sick and could be contagious. She doesn't intend to like him, but when he volunteers to help her with algebra, a friendship forms. Turns out that Tucker does have a terminal illness, but he doesn't let that dictate his life; instead he teaches Sarah a few things about living, impacting her life in a way that will change her forever. Even though This Quiet Sky is a short read, the author packs plenty of emotion and feeling into the story. The characters are very well developed, allowing Ms. Bischof to effortlessly pull me into the lives of Sarah and Tucker. We see the story unfold through the eyes of Sarah, which really made me feel like I had stepped into her shoes, experiencing the feelings that she felt, allowing the emotions to pour from the pages. I really can't say anything about Tucker other than he was an amazing character. I still tear up every time I think of him. There are so many valuable life lessons woven into This Quiet Time, from embracing every day to the gentle reminder that God always watches over us. The epilogue leaves me hopeful for Sarah, and all I can say is that I want another story from Rocky Knob because I need to know how Sarah's life turns out, and what about Tucker's brother Benjamin - how does he handle the losses life has dealt him? Overall, This Quiet Sky is an emotionally fulfilling read that grabbed my heart and left me thinking about the characters long after I finished the final page. Easily one of the best books I have read this year.
Britney_Adams More than 1 year ago
Joanne Bischof’s writing is exquisite! This Quiet Sky is an achingly beautiful story of timeless love and finding hope in the midst of sorrow. Tucker O’Shay and Sarah Miller are two precious characters who stole my heart completely. I savored every word of this poignant story; it is one that won’t soon be forgotten!
WildflowerMom More than 1 year ago
Oh, wow, what a heartachingly beautiful story! One of the best novellas I've ever read. Joanne Bischof has created another must read tale that ties into her Cadence of Grace series. Have the tissues ready! 5+ stars
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
Ahh! It has been WAY too long since I read a book by Joanne Bischof. How exciting to dive back into time in Rocky Knob, Virginia. This Quiet Sky tells the story of young, sixteen year old, Sarah. If you have read The Cadence of Grace series, then you should remember Lonnie's beloved Aunt Sarah. Yes, these two Sarahs are of the same person.  I loved seeing the young Sarah and even her sister, Lonnie's mother, before Lonnie was born. I loved seeing how they lived and what they had been like younger. And when Sarah meets Tucker - oh my! I will just leave it at that. I cannot say enough how much I love this book - well, Joanne's writing period. The only complaint I have is that no one had told me anything about needing a box of tissues handy while reading this book. But I am warning you now that you WILL cry! Joanne Bischof is a master at writing emotion. I look forward to more by her for many years to come. She is one of my top must read authors.  Highly recommended. 100 plus stars well deserved!
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
Wow! This Quiet Sky is such a deeply moving, powerful story! I found myself connected to Sarah and Tucker right from the first chapter and that connection continued all the way through the book. This author has such a way with words. She tells the story from Sarah's perspective, which makes it so personal. There is such a sweetness in the way Sarah relates the tale to the reader. There are certainly very touching moments in this novella, moments that have sadness woven into them. But the overarching theme of God being in control, having his "eye on the sparrow", and having a purpose for our lives is so uplifting that I was left with a hopeful, peaceful feeling at the end of the book. There are also such sweet times of lightheartedness in this book. I definitely see the value in an education that includes Latin! If you read this story, I think you will agree! I can honestly say that this book has moved me more deeply than any other story I have read this year. These characters are staying with me! They feel real and their story is one worth telling. Do not miss the opportunity to read this book! I feel blessed to have been given an advanced copy of This Quiet Sky to read. All thoughts and opinions are my own.