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Note: I usually wait to post reviews once a book is available for purchase. Sons of Blackbird Mountain releases July 3, 2018, but I simply cannot wait that long to share! (However, you can pre-order a copy now and it’ll be delivered as soon as it releases!)
Sons of Blackbird Mountain
by Joanne Bischof
From the back cover:
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.
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, Joanne Bischof; Instagram: @JoanneBischof.
Racism. Alcoholism. Greed. Pride. Fear. Hope. Healing. Forgiveness. Sons of Blackbird Mountain touches on all of these and more.
Aven journeys to a new world with no idea of the culture and circumstances into which she would be walking. A world of challenges not unlike our own. And yet one of my favorite parts of the story was the deaf culture that played such a prominent role, presenting an opportunity to understand those struggles we have been blessed to have not faced ourselves.
Joanne Bischof is an amazing storyteller, drawing you so deeply into the scene that you forget you are reading. The characters are so real and the emotion so intense, you might even find yourself praying for them. Sons of Blackbird Mountain is an excellent story, and I highly recommend it! You may, however, want to wait until you have a chunk of time, as this is one book you won’t want to put down. 🙂
(I received a complimentary copy of this novel. The thoughts expressed here are entirely my own.)