Only recently did I discover the pen of Joanne Bischof, however one novel in and I know this is an author I’ll need to read more from. That one work of fiction is 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.
STORY: Sarah is struggling in her studies, particularly, math and thanks to her teacher, she gains a tutor in the kind, Tucker. He’s a boy who soon reveals there more to him than Sarah believes, and he’s also the one boy who changes her life forever.
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When a story such as this comes across your radar it’s tough to properly speak to its qualities. It’s the kind of story you hope you give the credit 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 heart of its characters; particularly Sarah’s since she’s our narrator, and beautifully illustrates what selfless love and the choice to love looks like. Both Sarah and Tucker are darling as individuals and together in their too few scenes. He’s particularly kind and loving as a boy struggling to learn relationships. I enjoy the early scenes (the story moves quickly because of its limited pages) between them and we even glimpse similarities to a certain school girl whose name is 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!
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 am 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.
About the Book:
Author: Joanne Bischof
Publisher: Mason Jar Books
Source: Author Provided
Publication Date: 2014
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Genre: Fiction; Historical YA Novella
Rating: 5 out of 5
Sincere thanks to the author, Joanne Bischof for a complimentary e-ARC copy of this book for reviewing purposes – thank you,