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Weaving Faith and Fiction with a Fresh Twist

Last year, Waterbrook Press released the first book in The Cadence of Grace, a series of historical fiction stories set in Appalachia. Reminiscent of the “Christy” series, yet with a fresh voice and compelling characters, “Be Still My Soul” has become one of the hottest selling, highly reviewed Christian novels.


2013 Christy Nominee!

While considered romance, Joanne’s stories are not cookie cutter, never cliche. The characters are flawed, the settings are real and thoroughly researched to transport you immediately to walk alongside them.

Joanne’s taken risks in creating plots that at once surprise, and then keep you up late turning the pages well into the night.

All reasons to read, but if that’s not enough, Joanne’s faith elements add a dimension that bless and inspire you well after you’ve finished. All these are reasons why I predict that these stories are well on their way to becoming one of the most highly regarded, even classics, in Christian fiction.


Here’s a podcast of Joanne explaining how she weaves elements of faith and scripture into the lives and settings of her stories.

Click on this link to listen as Joanne Bischof discusses “Though My Heart is Torn”

In the meantime, if you haven’t yet read Be Still My Soul, yet, hurry and do so and you will be ready for the next book in this incredible series. You’ll thank me!


Married to her first sweetheart, Joanne lives in the mountains of Southern California where she keeps busy making messes with their home schooled children. When she’s not Joanneweaving Appalachian romance, she’s blogging about faith, writing, and the adventures of country living that bring her stories to life. Visit Joanne at her website, Heartfelt Fiction, and tell her Bev sent you! 

Happy Thanksgiving from Cherryvale

Happy Thanksgiving!

To celebrate, Hearts Unlocked is free for Kindle, November 18-20th!

Here’s a snapshot of the story:

Far from home and alone for the holidays, Stephanie Allan wants to prove she can make it on her own until handsome movie star, Brandon McCallister, sweeps in, exposing her fears and threatening her independence. Will Stephanie resist his playful persistence, or can Brandon discover the key to unlocking her heart?

The story takes place in Cherryvale, but you’ll also find out more about nearby Franklin City. But where ever they go, the smells, sights and sounds of autumn are evident as the characters try their luck in a corn maze, make new friends, and run into the folks who live along the CherryPath.

And like all the books in the Seasons of Cherryvale, I’ve included yummy recipes and heartwarming moments.

In Fresh Start Summer, Grace cooks modified and modernized recipes from her grandmother’s copy of Fannie Farmer’s Original 1896 Boston Cooking School Cookbook. So I thought it would be fun to know Fannie’s suggested menu:

Menu for Thanksgiving Dinner (1896)

Oyster Soup

Crisp Crackers


Salted Almonds

Roast Turkey

Cranberry Jelly

Mashed Potatoes

Onions in Cream


Chicken Pie

Fruit Pudding

Sterling Sauce

Mince, Apple Pie, and Squash Pie

Neapolitan Ice Cream Fancy Cakes


Nuts and Raisins




Cafe Noir

Doesn’t sound too terribly different from our own, right? Unless you consider before they cooked, they had to “blacken the stove” and “build a proper fire.” Mercy.

Instead of mince pie, this year we’re having a phenomenal new pecan pie recipe discovered and perfected by my friend, Joanne Bischof. Here’s a link to her Moonshine Pecan and Butterscotch Pie. (Yes, it’s really made with moonshine, so get your still set up! LOL There is “legal” ‘shine available. I promise!)

May God’s love and blessings surround you and yours with bounty (including yummy food, and perhaps a good book or two!) this Thanksgiving.