Pressing Into God
Daughters Of Northern
Shores by Joanne
Bischof is a delightful Christian historical adventure romance. It is the
second book in the Blackbird Mountain series but can be read as a stand-alone.
For maximum enjoyment, I recommend reading book one first.
I loved my return visit to Blackbird Mountain
and meeting up with familiar faces. The characters are all wonderfully and
realistically drawn. They have their flaws, imperfections and struggles and
these serve to endear themselves to the reader. A lead character is deaf and it
is refreshing to see him treated as ‘normal’ and leading a full life.
Life is a journey. It is mirrored on the
journey on a ship. There are life’s ups and downs but with the correct
navigation we will make it home if we keep our eyes fixed on Jesus.
There is the theme of the Prodigal Son. “God
wouldn’t want the likes of him.” Jesus came for everyone. Every sinner can have
a fresh start and a future with Jesus – that has got to be good news for us
The Bond Of Brothers
Sons Of Blackbird Mountain by Joanne Bischof is a marvellous, gritty Christian historical romance and one that I loved.
Joanne Biscof is not afraid to tackle the age old problem of alcoholism. The reader sees the affects of liquor not only on the affected but on all those around. He “knew what a battle it was – the pull of the bottle each and every moment of each and every day.” People need to want to give up the addiction but they also need help from those around them.
Being hurt in the past means hearts are locked away. “Realities had taught her that a woman’s heart was best bundled up and hidden away.” There is a sadness surrounding a character who in her wish to guard her heart, has imprisoned it.
Where Two Worlds Collide
The Lady And The Lionheart by Joanne Bischof is a historical Christian romance that will remain long after the last page is read. It is a pure delight and I loved it.
The pages of the novel really come alive with Joanne Bischof’s descriptions of the circus. The reader can almost smell the greasepaint and feel the excitement as the crowds gather to gaze in wonder.
There is a wonderful feeling of camaraderie. The circus is made up of all sorts of different people with different talents. They have no fixed abode but they make a home in their hearts for all. “Home to me has always been with my family.”
This Quiet Sky by Joanne Bischof is quite simply a beautiful story. It is a Christian historical romance set in 1885. It is a beautiful gentle love story and one that definitely went straight to my heart and soul.
This Quiet Sky is told in the first person from the point of view of sixteen year old Sarah. Sarah is the new girl at school and is sat by seventeen year old Tucker, so he can help her with her algebra. No one wants to sit by Tucker. Tucker is ill. No one can catch it but all the children avoid him. All except Sarah. This Quiet Sky is the story of Sarah and Tucker’s friendship. Theirs is not a superficial friendship. It is deep and lasting. It is a bond that will not be broken.
The novel is also about God. Joanne Bischof shows how Christians can be ‘real’ with God. They can tell Him their dreams and they can be honest about their feelings. “I don’t feel like praying right now… if I could look God square in the eye… I would tell Him how angry I am at Him.” Being angry at God doesn’t mean Sarah doesn’t love Him, it means she feels so comfortable in her relationship with Him that she can be truthful about her feelings.