Thursday, August 02, 2018

Sons of Blackbird Mountain by Joanne Bischof

About the Book
A Tale of Family, Brotherhood, and the Healing Power of Love
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.

My Thoughts
Where to even begin? This book took my breath away with its quiet beauty.
Based on the caliber of this author and some high praise from trusted sources I knew this book was going to be amazing, but there’s nothing quite like experiencing mind-blowing story for yourself.
This author somehow took a man who was deaf and mute with a dependence on strong drink and turned him into a hero with unimaginable layers and depth that you couldn’t help falling in love with. She gave him a voice all his own, that was even more powerful than those who can speak and hear. I was honestly in awe of the way the author made him come alive on the page. Thor was quite simply amazing and one of the best written characters I have ever seen.
Aven was wonderful in her own right as well. She had a hard life but she still had hope for the future and I loved the way that she accepted Thor for who he was while also cheering him on to become better. Many people would have just written him off but Aven saw a deeper side of him and stuck close.
Thor and Aven’s love story quietly unfolded in such a beautiful way and you couldn’t help but getting swept away in it.
The brother’s relationship was certainly rocky at times but through it all they were there for each other and I loved seeing their dynamics. There were also many other characters and relationships that were all wonderfully written and captured my heart.
This book dealt with many hard issues, alcoholism, racism, family rifts, and deafness, to name the big ones, but they were all handled in a respectful yet realistic manner. Which is another testament to this author’s brilliance!

I could honestly go on for days raving about this book but I think I’ll leave you with this-I loved every page of this book and cannot recommend it enough!

Meet 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; Facebook: Author, JoanneBischof; Instagram: @JoanneBischof.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own. 


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