My HOpe is FoundHi Friends,

Today I have the pleasure of hosting Joanne Bischoff, the author of the Cadence of Grace Series. I loved Be Still My Soul, and Though My Heart is Torn, books 1 and 2.  So I was thrilled when I received the manuscript for My Hope is Found, book 3, to read early for endorsement. It is wonderful! I highly recommend starting with Be Still My Soul so you don’t miss any of Lonnie and Gideon’s story!


Joanne is doing an awesome giveaway, and I am adding to it. Please read all the way to the bottom for details.

When a Love Story Makes You Cry, by Joanne Bischoff

Recently, I had the privilege of reading Carrie’s novel, The Governess of Highland Hall, for endorsement. My husband and I were heading to St. Louis for the 14th annual Christy awards, and having Carrie’s manuscript in hand, I packed it in my suitcase for some in-flight reading. When we and all the passengers were buckled into our seats, I was immersed in the story that Carrie was so beautifully weaving. I’m a nervous flyer, so I get a bit of anxiety when the plane lifts off—so my solution was to keep my nose in her book as we sped down the runway.

There’s a tender, beautiful scene that takes place in the gardens on the great estate of Highland Hall… and in that moment, just as the plane was gearing up to lift into the air, I had tears in my eyes. I’m quite certain I looked like the nervous flyer that I was, but the tears had nothing to do with the liftoff and everything to do with the pages before me. I love it when a book does that. When a book hits our heart in such a way…that the tears come.

Joanne BischoffFor those of you who know me, I write Appalachian Romance and one of the things I always try to pour into each story is an emotional connection between the reader and the characters. But tears and…romance? How can that be?

Love takes on so many shapes and forms. It has the ability to move us in incredible ways. Stretch our hearts taut with yearning—in the way that only love can. Because of this, love stories can at times, make us cry. I often think that books should come with a little secret pocket to hold a few Kleenex. That and a small box of dark chocolate! For extra emotional support, of course. As an author, it’s been so special to receive notes from readers who have been reading the Cadence of Grace series and hear them share the emotions they experienced. Here are a few snippets:

“Oh, you should have warned me that I would need a tissue…BOX! I am about half way through the book and half way through a box of tissues…I am excited to see how this all plays out.”

“I’m sitting at my son’s baseball practice reading chapter 20 of book 2 with tears rolling down my face. Amazing writing!”

“How long does it take to read a 334 page novel? Between working, sobbing, preparing meals, sobbing, jumping up in reckless abandon because I’m flooded with emotion and sobbing some more… Thank you, thank you!”

There’s just something about being a girl. And the fact that sometimes…we just need a good cry. A bit of angst. That will they won’t they—it’s good for the soul—love story cry. But how can a love story break your heart? How can it still be a romance?

How can it still satisfy?

It satisfies because as women we understand the chase. The depths that yearning can take us to. The unknowing if it’s all going to work out, all the while hoping that two people can find one another. Love—it’s a beautiful thing. We see it played out in scripture, the greatest love story of all time. We reach for an inspirational romance because as the tears roll down, we hunger for victory. It’s the knowledge that hope and love are laced throughout, growing stronger with each turning of the page. It’s what has our nose in the pages, the phone ringer set to silent, a few Kleenex on hand, and a full, full heart.

Have you read a love story recently that’s tugged at your heartstrings?


Thanks for visiting us on the “A Book For Every Reader” blog tour! Leave a comment below to be entered to win not one but TWO books! One of Joanne’s and one of mine. Also, to enter in the grand giveaway prize which includes some country goodies and an e-reader, simply hop on over and fill out the entry form:

You’ll also find the official details. Winners will be drawn on September 28th and contacted via email. Thank you for joining us!

Christy Award-finalist and author of The Cadence of Grace seriesJoanne Bischof has a deep passion for Appalachian culture and writing stories that shine light on God’s grace and goodness. She lives in the mountains of Southern California with her husband and their three children. When she’s not weaving Appalachian romance, she’s blogging about faith, folk music, and the adventures of country living that bring her stories to life.

91 replies
  1. Mary Hicks
    Mary Hicks says:

    Carrie, thanks for sharing Joanne with us today. She sounds like an interesting person and an excellent writer! I’ll look forward to reading her books. 🙂

    • Carrie Turansky
      Carrie Turansky says:

      Hi Mary, thanks for stopping by! Joanne is a very gifted writer. Her first book, Be Still My Soul, was nominated for a Christy Award. That’s one of the top awards in Christian fiction. It’s a lovely series. I hope you have a chance to read all three books!

  2. Judy Burgi
    Judy Burgi says:

    Tears and romance go hand and hand! I guess I am an old softie. My eyes seem to fill with tears when I am deeply touched. God created romance and He saw it was good! I would love to win one of your books as well as one of Joanne’s.

    Judy B

  3. Wanda Barefoot
    Wanda Barefoot says:

    I was recently given the privilege of reviewing an ARC of a debut novel, The Redemption of Caralynne Hayman by Carole Brown, and it really touched me. It wasn’t only about the romance but about the extreme situations the heroine went through as we’ll. it really tugged at my heart strings and emotions. Thank you for having this giveaway. I would love to read your book!


    • Joanne Bischof
      Joanne Bischof says:

      Love those kinds of books, Wanda! Something about that tug on the heartstrings that really makes it memorable. 🙂

  4. Wilani Wahl
    Wilani Wahl says:

    I cry very easily when I am touched or moved and love stories seem to do that very easily. I would love to win these books.

  5. Beth Gillihan
    Beth Gillihan says:

    I have read both 1 and 2 of Joanne’s books. Love them, but am impatient to get my hands on the last one! Great books! Keep up the great work!

  6. Joanne Bischof
    Joanne Bischof says:

    Thank you so much for having me today, Carrie! It’s been a ton of fun getting to celebrate our book launches together and I had a lovely time visiting with you in Indianapolis!

  7. Julie Lessman
    Julie Lessman says:

    Hey, Carrie and Joanne, it was SUCH fun sitting with you at breakfast at ACFW — two of my favorite authors and friends!!

    LOL … I have to agree with Judy above when she said, “Tears and romance go hand and hand!” Or at least they do in both of your books and mine as well, which is one of he reasons I SO fell in love with both The Governess of Highland Hall (and, yes, Carrie made me cry too!!) and Joanne’s Cadence series. These two amazing authors lay the readers emotions bare, which I absolutely adore. I hate roller-coasters in real life, but in my love stories??? Buckle up, baby, and take me for a ride!! 😉


    • Joanne Bischof
      Joanne Bischof says:

      OH, Julie! I just love that! In real life, not so much fun, but in a love story, most definitely 😉 I feel that in yours that I’m reading now! And Carrie, you sure got me a time or two and oh, that scene that had me on the airplane– just lovely!!!

      It was so wonderful to sit with both of you at ACFW. A highlight of the conference for me!

  8. Nettie
    Nettie says:

    I would love to read Carrie’s book! It is added to my TBR pile as we speak! I have had the privilege of reading all three of Joanne Bischof’s books in the Cadence of Grace series and was so deeply moved with each installment. They are fabulous! Anyway – so excited for this chance to win! Blessings on you both!

    • Joanne Bischof
      Joanne Bischof says:

      Nettie, Carrie’s book is definitely one to add to your TBR! I’m so glad you’ve enjoyed the Cadence of Grace series and even more, so thankful for YOU!

  9. Teddy G
    Teddy G says:

    I have read both your newest book, and all 3 of Joanne’s, and loved them all! Joanne’s latest made me bawl like a baby. I would love to have copies of your books to give to friends!

    • Joanne Bischof
      Joanne Bischof says:

      Teddy, Thanks always for your encouragement! I know I shouldn’t be smiling that I made you cry, but I AM glad that the book touched you!

      • Teddy G
        Teddy G says:

        I’m really anxious for the book to be released so that I can post my review! I love getting early releases, but it’s really hard sitting on a good book that I want others to read!

  10. Lynda E.
    Lynda E. says:

    What a wonderful post! I love it when a book moves me in some way; I know the writing is good when I find tears running down my cheeks because of beauty or heartache on the page. Most recently, that was _A Bride for Keeps_ by Melissa Jagears, which had me crying for both reasons! Thanks for the giveaway.

    • Joanne Bischof
      Joanne Bischof says:


      I’ve heard good things about that book. It has a gorgeous cover! I’ll be sure to check that one out. Thanks for visiting with Carrie and I!

  11. Connie Fischer
    Connie Fischer says:

    This is a double fun post today and I look forward to learning more about Joanne Bischof.

    You asked if I had read a story recently that tugged at my heartstrings. I can certainly answer “Yes” to that. I just finished reading Julianne Donaldson’s two novels, “Edenbrooke” and “Blackmoore.” Both were delightful but I must say that “Blackmoore” especially grabbed my heart.

    Looking forward to reading Joanne’s novels and your “Governess of Highland Hall.”

    • Joanne Bischof
      Joanne Bischof says:

      Glad you enjoyed our double post, Connie! I’m so honored to get to visit Carrie’s blog. (She’ll be visiting mine soon with a yummy recipe from The Governess of Highland Hall!)

      I haven’t heard of those books yet, but you’ve intrigued me! I’ll be sure to look for them. 🙂

  12. Emma
    Emma says:

    I am searching my brain for a book that made me cry, and I am having a hard time coming up with anything. I’ve had a few book in which I had to stop reading and take a breather, because I found myself being sucked in emotionally. But I don’t remember any tears flowing. I am a pretty emotional person, but I guess when it comes to books, I am able to contain myself better.

    Thanks for hosting this giveaway. I have read the first book in Joanne’s series. I own the second one, but have yet to read it. And Carrie, yours has been on my to read list since I saw your beautiful cover!

    • Joanne Bischof
      Joanne Bischof says:


      It’s that being pulled in emotionally that really gets me and it sounds like you too. 🙂 So glad that you’ve read Be Still My Soul and have Though My Heart is Torn on your TBR (#2 seems to be the tear-jerker in the set) 😉

      Isn’t Carrie’s cover GORGEOUS! Her’s is one of my favs of the year.

  13. Beth
    Beth says:

    I am a big softie! I cry at anything even slightly touching, haha. The last one that really touched me was Rebellious Heart by Jody Hedlund and The Remedy by Serena Chase (two totally different genres, but the love stories are fabulous!). Now, the last book that actually had me shedding a few tears was There You’ll Find Me by Jenny B. Jones – talk about a surprise crying from a YA and contemporary novel – but it was that moving.

    Thanks for the chance to win!


    • Joanne Bischof
      Joanne Bischof says:

      Beth, Those sound like such good ones! I recently met Jennie for the first time last week and she was very sweet. I will have to look for those books!

  14. Debbie Mitchell
    Debbie Mitchell says:

    Hey Carrie and Joanne! Glad I was able to pop over here today. Thanks, Joanne, for posting updates on Facebook. All I can say is that the tears fell hard and often while reading Book 2, Though My Heart is Torn. I still can’t believe the series ended….I miss those characters. I don’t think I’ve read another book that touched me the way your books have touched me, Joanne. The only other book I recall (off the top of my head) making me cry, was MaryLu Tyndall’s book the Falcon and the Sparrow. And that was more of a *sigh* than a cry. And I just finished reading The Fields of the Fatherless by Elaine Marie Cooper, which had me emotional on a different level.

    • Joanne Bischof
      Joanne Bischof says:


      It’s always so great to see you. I’ve heard of MaryLu’s book, “The Falcon and the Sparrow” and just the title alone makes me want to read it! 🙂

      It means so much that you enjoyed the series. I’m a bit sad that it’s over too!

  15. Ashley
    Ashley says:

    My mom and I recently read Love’s Reckoning by Laura Frantz and we both cried. More than once. Joanne Bischof’s books are next on our list and I will also be adding Carrie Turansky’s. 🙂

    • Joanne Bischof
      Joanne Bischof says:

      Ashley, I adore Love’s Reckoning and Laura is such a gem! I’m so honored for you to have my books on your list and Carrie’s is going to be such a lovely addition!

  16. Susan Johnson
    Susan Johnson says:

    I often cry when I read romances. I always take my kindle with me whenever I go somewhere. It is kind of embarrassing when I am in the doctor’s office and he walks in and I am crying. I would love to win this book.

    • Joanne Bischof
      Joanne Bischof says:

      Oh Susan, this made me smile. I can just see that happening! And aren’t those kindles handy? I’ve never been a fan of mine until I started traveling more and now I love it!

  17. Patty H
    Patty H says:

    I just recently finished Burning Sky by Lori Benton. It certainly had several moments that tugged at the heart strings!

    Thanks for sharing ladies, I am looking forward to reading both of your books.

  18. Vicki Marney
    Vicki Marney says:

    These books all sound like just the kind of romance books I enjoy–I LOVE when they get you attached to the characters enough to bring tears to your eyes as you read the book! I would love to win these books and find more new authors to love as well!

    • Joanne Bischof
      Joanne Bischof says:

      Vicki, I love that too. There’s something about closing the book but still thinking about the story! 🙂

  19. Kim F
    Kim F says:

    I love stories that make me cry, although I am usually embarrassed to be caught crying while reading 😉
    I love Joanne’s stories, but look forward to discovering Carrie’s stories now – and I’m partial cause my daughter’s name is Carrie too 😀

    • Joanne Bischof
      Joanne Bischof says:


      I’m so glad this gave you the chance to discover Carrie’s books. She is a thoughtful writer and such a wonderful lady!

  20. Tammi T.
    Tammi T. says:

    I now have another book / author to add to my reading list. I discovered this blog from Katie Ganshert’s blog on Monday. I’m getting ready to read the second story of Lonnie and Gideon written by Joanne. Her first one really stirred my heart. I look forward to reading The Governess of Highland, with a box of tissues beside me.

    • Joanne Bischof
      Joanne Bischof says:


      The Governess of Highland Hall is definitely one to add to your TBR. And I’m so glad you are soon to read #2 in Lonnie and Gideon’s story. I hope you enjoy these books!

      • Tammi T.
        Tammi T. says:

        I loved the first so I’m sure that I’ll enjoy the second. I’m looking forward to reading the whole series.

  21. Paula Osborne
    Paula Osborne says:

    I love a story that makes you cry, yes I have read a few, great authors make you feel just like you are with the characters and feel all they feel. I want to be in this drawing with all these wonderful fans..we readers stick together you know.
    Paula O

  22. Debbie Lester
    Debbie Lester says:

    Carrie, I loved your book, The Governess of Highland Hall and can’t wait for more! And I loved this review/interview about this “new to me” author. I would love to read her books. They will be put on my TBR list.

  23. Pamela Kliewer
    Pamela Kliewer says:

    I have read the complete Cadence of Grace series and loved them! I have not read any of your books though, and would love to! Thanks for the chance to win. : )

    • Joanne Bischof
      Joanne Bischof says:


      I’m so glad this hop gave you a chance to meet Carrie. She is a gem. And I’m just thrilled that you enjoyed the series. 🙂

  24. Britney Adams
    Britney Adams says:

    It is wonderful to become invested in a story and feel an emotional connection with the characters. Love is beautiful and stirring and can evoke laughter and tears!

    I am eagerly awaiting the release of MY HOPE IS FOUND and THE GOVERNESS OF HIGHLAND HALL!

  25. Pam K.
    Pam K. says:

    It’s not unusual for me to cry when reading a book. Sometimes it’s not that it is sad, but that it is beautifully written and just moves me to tears.
    Thanks for this chance to win one of your books.

  26. Linda Marie Finn
    Linda Marie Finn says:

    OK, I am running out to buy tissues in preparation for reading this book.. I so would love to read both of your books as your both new to me. Julie, where have you been hiding these ladies ….? I so love a good story, ask Julie, I am a faithful reader and This year has been full of meeting wonderful authors and making friends. I feel blessed to get to know each of you. Thank you for being a part of this wonderful giveaway, can’t wait to see who wins. Yes Julie, I am doing each thing daily, faithfully…loyal to you girls !
    Linda Finn
    Faithful Acre Books
    @FaithfulAcresBk on twitter
    Faithful Acres Books on pinterest

  27. A J Hawke
    A J Hawke says:

    When we read a love story I think we are always hoping that it will touch us and absorb us to the point of an emotional response. I read June Bug by Chris Fabry last evening and even though it did not have much of a traditional love story, it was a love story. One between a little girl and the man who surrounded her life with love as her ‘Dad”. Beautifully touching.
    Joanne Bischoff is a new author to me that I am pleased to be introduced to. Thanks, Carrie.

  28. Sunnie
    Sunnie says:

    What a nice storyline. I know that this would be a great book to read. Just as an aside, I have plenty of tissues on hand!

  29. Amy
    Amy says:

    Hm, quite a few books have made me cry… though not many recently. The most recent one was probably “Once Upon a Prince” by Rachel Hauck. I bought it expecting it to be a fun read, but I didn’t expect to love it as much as I did! Yes, it was a modern day fairy tale, but so much of it rang true. The characters were very real, flawed people and I loved getting to know Susanna, Nathaniel, and their families. Rachel drew me into their story instantly, and and didn’t let me go until it was done (and now I’m dying for book 2 to come out). There were several points in the story where she had me tearing up from the beauty or sadness of a moment as Susanna and Nathaniel slowly began to find God’s plan for their lives. Wonderful story!

    Thanks for hosting this giveaway! I’m hoping to get a chance to read your books Joanne and Carrie!

  30. Lisa wilson
    Lisa wilson says:

    Wow, another author I’ve never heard of, Joanne Bischoff. I’ve found so many new authors this last month . It saddens me that if I do nothing , but read I’ll never have time to get to them all. I’ve loved reading since a small child. I’m looking forward to reading this series.Thanks for the chance to win 2 books.

  31. Kristie Truett
    Kristie Truett says:

    Thanks for hosting Joanne today Carrie. I often associate a book that can get inside of me and pull at my heart strings and emotions one worth reading and sharing. God bless ladies.

  32. Bonnie Roof
    Bonnie Roof says:

    What a beautiful post, Joanne!
    The books that tugged at my heartstrings: Be Still My Soul, of course, &, A Light in the Window, by Julie Lessman. You both really know how to turn on the emotions, & I can’t wait for the next new book from each of you!

  33. Carrie Turansky
    Carrie Turansky says:

    Congratulations to Linda Finn who is the winner of The Governess of Highland Hall and one of Joanne’s books. Thanks everyone for stopping by. Please visit Joanne’s website and enter her grand prize drawing for a lovely gift basket and an eReader!
    Blessing and Happy Reading,

  34. Abigail Leigh
    Abigail Leigh says:

    I love, LOVE the Grace of Cadence series! I don’t think that I’ve ever been so emotionally invested in a book series before, especially Though My Heart is Torn. I found myself laughing, crying, yelling and being moved spiritually by these books. (yes, yelling at the books! It happened a lot when reading My Hope is Found and my husband found it quite humorous.) I know that they’re works of fiction but they will move you in a way that makes you feel like they are real people. I recently moved to the heart of the Appalachian mountains (I’m actually 1 hour away from Fancy Gap!) and have started to learn some of the history and hardships of the area. I’ve started to read the series again and I’m even more emotionally invested because I feel a connection to the area that I live in now.

    Sorry to go on and on about Joanne’s books on your blog Carrie. I’m super excited for your book! Its on my wishlist for Christmas (I just started pharmacy school so funds are tight!). I hate having to wait that long because its sounds like such a good book! Hopefully I’ll win one of the giveaways and then I won’t have to wait until Christmas =)

  35. Cara Putman
    Cara Putman says:

    Joanne, I am really enjoying getting a glimpse into your writing process. We all do it differently, and I love to see how you pour emotion into your stories. I want to be changed as I read. Carrie does a great job of making her characters connect with readers in her latest book, too!

  36. Abbi Hart
    Abbi Hart says:

    Loved this post! Love stories that make you cry can be some of the best ever! Thanks for the chance to win!

  37. Mary Koester
    Mary Koester says:

    I would very much enjoy reading Carrie’s work, as well as Joanne’s. Three of my favorite authors endorsed Carrie’s novels and I definitely trust their judgement as they write work that I love to read.

  38. Melissa Battles
    Melissa Battles says:

    After reading what all of you ladies have to say about her books I can’t WAIT to read Joanne’s books! The Governess at Highland Hall is on there as well. I love hearing about new authors. Thanks, ladies!

  39. Amanda Trumbull
    Amanda Trumbull says:

    Would love to win the books! I haven’t had the chance yet to read yours or Joanne’s. I’m looking forward to putting both in my to read pile!

  40. Polly Schneider
    Polly Schneider says:

    I love blot hops, they are so much fun. I enjoy reading everybody’s thoughts.
    I recently read Irene Hannon’s book “Lethal Legacy ” I know it is a different genre than yours. I enjoy historical fiction too. I really got caught up in her story and would recommend her books to anyone. Thanks for the opportunity to win your book plus one of Joanne’s.

  41. Tammy
    Tammy says:

    I love when I read a novel and it is so real it can make me laugh out loud or even cry. Makes the characters feel like friends. I will have the tissues handy.

  42. Sarah B.
    Sarah B. says:

    Yes! I recently read “Harvest of Gold” by Tessa Afshar and while it didn’t make me cry (few books actually do) it very much tugged on my heart-strings. I love Ms. Afshar’s writing! She makes Bible stories come alive and has such real and unconventional (for the time period) characters. I get so caught up in her books that I’ll look up and see 2 or 3 hours has gone by and I didn’t even notice! 🙂
    I must admit, that I haven’t read either of your books, but I would love to! I love Historical Christian Fiction! 🙂

  43. Kristen
    Kristen says:

    Thanks so much for the chance to win y’alls books! I’ve been dyeing to read Governess of Highland Hall and start on the Cadence of Grace series!

  44. Andrea Cox
    Andrea Cox says:

    I’m right in the middle (well, almost to the middle) of Joanne’s My Hope Is Found. I think that qualifies as a book that tugs the heartstrings. The entire Cadence of Grace series is one heartstring puller after another.

    Blessings to both of you,

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