About the Book:
Author: Joanne Bischof
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services
Source: Author Provided
Publication Date: 2014
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Genre: Fiction; Historical YA Novella
Rating: 5 out of 5
Review: I’ve only recently discovered the pen of Joanne Bischof, however all it took was one novel to know this was an author whose works I had to further look into – that one work of fiction was poignantly beautiful, so much so that my usual preferences for a specific era were blown out the window and I read her book, Though my Heart is Torn in (mostly) one day. Her latest offering is a novella of the YA persuasion and tells the story of Sarah, a teenage schoolgirl, who is struggling in math and thanks to her teacher, gains a tutor in the kind, Tucker a boy who soon reveals there is more to him than Sarah first thought – and is the one boy who changes her life forever.
When a story such as this comes across your radar it’s tough to properly talk about it, to speak to its qualities and hope you are doing it the justice it richly deserves. That and then some is the dilemma of This Quiet Sky. Like its title it’s the quiet kind of story that leads us into the hearts (as well as a gentle introduction into Joanne’s ‘Cadence of Grace’ trilogy) of its characters – particularly Sarah’s since she is our narrator, and beautifully illustrates what selfless love and the choice to love looks like. Both Sarah and Tucker were darling – both as individuals and together in their too few scenes, he was particularly kind and loving as a boy struggling to learn how to have relationships, whose character had a right to be anything but. I enjoyed the set up scenes (the story moves quickly because of its limited pages) between them and the reader can even glimpse similarities in said scenes to a certain school girl whose name is Anne spelled with an “e.” In Sarah, there is a character whose view of love might “bother” or be thought unrealistic to some people, when in reality, it’s one of the most healthy, realistic instances of love in modern literature – and yes, I do realize I’m being ambiguous with this sentence, but guys, I can’t give away what happens! Just, you know, go read it. *smile*
This Quiet Sky has the nostalgic charm of Anne of Green Gables (that schoolroom scene – aw…) before it beautifully collides with the mistrials of life, and leaves the reader reaching for a Kleenex box over its poignant and bittersweet conclusion that is sure to make us think about life, love and the important things we cannot forget – and don’t want to. Tucker and Sarah’s story is definitely not a tale to miss; it’s a kind of love not easily forgotten, and while that may be the most heartbreaking variety of all, Sarah proves to be a heroine whose hope is in more than love. This is one of those novellas that’s strength is in being unafraid to have a weakness and sometimes those are the most memorable and beautiful stories – in those, we can often find the genuine gifts life shows us. This Quiet Sky is such a gift for any reader open to receiving it.
Synopsis: 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. – Goodreads
Sincere thanks to the author, Joanne Bichof for a complimentary e-ARC copy of this book for reviewing purposes – thank you, Joanne!