About the Book
Title: Sons of Blackbird Mountain
Author: Joanne Bischof
Genre: Historical Romance
After the tragic death of her husband, Aven Norgaard is beckoned to give up her life in Norway to become a housekeeper in the rugged hills of Nineteenth-Century Appalachia. Upon arrival, she finds herself in the home of her late husband’s cousins—three brothers who make a living by brewing hard cider on their three-hundred acre farm. Yet even as a stranger in a foreign land, Aven has hope to build a new life in this tight-knit family.
But her unassuming beauty disrupts the bond between the brothers. The youngest two both desire her hand, and Aven is caught in the middle, unsure where—and whether—to offer her affection. While Haakon is bold and passionate, it is Thor who casts the greatest spell upon her. Though Deaf, mute, and dependent on hard drink to cope with his silent pain, Thor possesses a sobering strength.
As autumn ushers in the apple harvest, the rift between Thor and Haakon deepens and Aven faces a choice that risks hearts. Will two brothers’ longing for her quiet spirit tear apart a family? Can she find a tender belonging in this remote, rugged, and unfamiliar world?
A haunting tale of struggle and redemption, Sons of Blackbird Mountain is a portrait of grace in a world where the broken may find new life through the healing mercy of love.
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In My Opinion…
The ability to transport a reader to a time and place, to immerse them in a family so thoroughly that they become real, is a gift God’s given Joanne Bischof. Even more impressive is the way she puts readers in the head of a man who can’t communicate like most.
In the first book of her Blackbird Mountain series, we are introduced to the Norgaard brothers. Three men who make a living brewing something that haunted Aven’s marriage with the brothers; cousin.
Both of the younger brothers, Haakon and Thor, have demons they battle, but they approach them differently. Thor is a big, strong hero with a heart of gold when it comes to Aven. He’s willing to do the hard things—fight those demons, learn new things, protect with this life—for the woman who has captured his heart.
Aven is enveloped into the family, but it’s the big, quiet Thor who both calls to her heart and offers her the promise and safety of home.
Bischof portrays life in late 19th century Appalachia—complete with feuds and social issues—combined with the depth of characterization make this worth the read alone. Then she goes and adds the detailed descriptions of the Norgaard farm and the scenery that I could almost see (and taste) to once again confirm why this author’s stories are so loved (if you need proof of that, just check out the 100+ Goodreads reviews for Sons of Blackbird Mountain).
This beautiful story of love conquering life’s biggest challenges is one you definitely need to read as soon as you can fit it into your TBR pile (you might want to slip it to the top)! A memorable portrayal of I Corinthians 13:7: Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Now, my only question is How long do I have to wait until the next book?
I receive complimentary books from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including NetGalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
About the Author
JOANNE BISCHOF is an ACFW Carol Award and ECPA Christy Award-winning author. She writes deeply layered fiction that tugs at the heartstrings. She was honored to receive the San Diego Christian Writers Guild Novel of the Year Award in 2014 and in 2015 was named Author of the Year by the Mount Hermon conference. Joanne’s 2016 novel, The Lady and the Lionheart, received an extraordinary 5 Star TOP PICK! from RT Book Reviews, among other critical acclaim. She lives in the mountains of Southern California with her three children. Visit her online at JoanneBischof.com, Facebook: Author, JoanneBischof, Instagram: @JoanneBischof.
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Grand prize of a country crate, a jar of apple butter, a bag of gummy berries, journal, bath salts, honey spoons, copper earrings, and a blackbird sign!!
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Perrianne Askew says
Thank you for the review. I was able to catch her Facebook live promotion and I love how she is so invested in her characters and portrays them so well. I caught a bit of the image of the time frame that the book was written. It definitely piqued my interest.
Am so looking forward to reading this book. Love the review. Thanks!
Sarah Snider says
This book sounds very interesting! Thank you for the post!
Jennifer Hibdon says
Thanx for the review! I am looking forward to reading this book. Joanne, thanx for the giveaway! Keep writing such wonderful stories!!!!
Robin in NC says
This book sounds great! Thanks for sharing & being a part of the blog tour!