This Quiet Sky by Joanne Bischof

"I heard the cavalry when you sat beside me that first day." (55)

Title:  This Quiet Sky
Collection: Heartfelt Fiction
Author: Joanne Bischof
Release Date:  
Genre: Young Adult Historical

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. 


"I heard the cavalry when you sat beside me that first day." (55)  Yes, and I heard the cavalry with this book, This Quiet Sky by Joanne Bischoff. O, how heartbreakingly beautiful. How poignant yet sweet time is. How a message as simple as equations can leave such an impact. And how a short 149 pages novella can leave me with an ache, but still satisfied.


The relationship between Tucker and Sarah is one that lasts a lifetime. Even when tragedy strikes, the connection of their love continues on, leaving a legacy that "...isn't about all life...or all death...It's about living what you can live for. What God gives you the time to do." (130)  And it is such revelation and profound charm that makes This Quiet Sky a booming strength to be able to jump through the pages and into your soul. And be prepared to shed tears, to a point that it might be called "bawling", but at least it clears your sinuses, leaving you feeling good and hopeful. This is what kind of book This Quiet Sky is. 

NOTE:  I won a copy of this book in a giveaway and a review was NOT required.  All opinions expressed are my own.  For my review policy, please see my Disclosure page.




A Carol Award and two-time Christy Award-finalist, Joanne Bischof writes deeply layered fiction that tugs at the reader’s heartstrings. She was honored to receive the SDCWG Novel of the Year Award in 2014 and in 2015 was named Author of the Year by the Mount Hermon Writer’s conference. Her 2014 novella This Quiet Sky broke precedent as the first self-released title to final for the Christy Awards. She lives in the mountains of Southern California with her husband and their three children. Watch for her 2016 Victorian novel, The Lady and the Lionheart coming this summer!

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  1. You beautifully expressed my thoughts about this story, Annie. I loved Sarah in the first book of Joanne's Cadence of Grace series and am so glad she gave voice to Sarah's story. I struggled to write a review that would do justice to this moving story. Great job, Annie!

  2. CAROLE!!! You mean it's part of the series?!!! O.. I HAVE to start on those...I need MORE time! I need to get them! Thanks Carole!

  3. Annie, I am so blessed by your beautiful and heartfelt review! It means so incredibly much to know that Tucker and Sarah's story touched your heart. Thank you for touching mine!

  4. Thank you Joanne. This Quiet Sky will be on my bookshelf and be read and reread.


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