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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This book. I can’t stop thinking about it. I haven’t had a book hangover like this in a little while, so you know it took my breath away. First, kudos to the author for including a deaf hero. My daughter took ASL a couple of years ago, and would share what she’d learned in her class with my husband and I. She developed a real love for the language and would always look for deaf people when we were out and about. Imagine my surprise to see a deaf hero. My immediate reaction was, how in the world is the author going to pull this off? Sure, we’ll be able to hear his thoughts, but the dialogue won’t be the same. I was skeptical, wondering how an author (even as great as Joanne Bischof) could write this in a way that would connect me with the character. Let me just put your mind at ease right now. Not only did I easily connect with Thor, but I found myself feeling his frustrations, joys, understanding him when no one else could, and maybe developing a teeny tiny little itsy bitsy crush 😉
Dare I say that Joanne Bischof has outdone herself with this novel? I couldn’t keep away from it. I wanted to jump inside my ipad and become a character in the story. When there was something wrong, I wanted to help. When Thor hit his breaking point, I wanted to comfort him. When Aven was cooking, I wanted to cook with her. The secondary characters also beckoned me to jump in. To be honest, they didn’t really feel like secondary characters. It was just one big happy family that I wanted to be a part of.
Now, as much as I did love this book, I do have one minor complaint. The ending for one of the characters was a bit short in my opinion. I wanted more! Now, I know there is a sequel in the works, so I hope this character’s story can be wrapped up in that. And by the way, I’m not sure I can wait that long to read it! But this is really my only complaint. My guess is that it was done on purpose for the sequel, but I just felt it was a little too open ended.
Back to the good stuff. I could probably talk your ear off for an entire day with all the good things this story has to offer. Aven is strong, endearing, loving, kind, and devoted. The way she handles herself around Thor is not only mesmerizing to read, but it is inspiring. She adapts to her role in this household very quickly, and I think she kept the three bother’s on their toes every now and then. She showed grace when needed, but also knew how to let loose and have fun.
If ever there was a Joanne Bischof novel for you to read, this is the one. Jam packed with emotion, you will not want to put it down for even one second. It is all that and more! I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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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