Sons of Blackbird Mountain by Joanne Bischof Review

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About the Book

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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.

My Thoughts:

I don’t use this phrase often,  but this book gave me “all the feels”. Joanne Bischof is a master storyteller. There were moments when I laughed out loud and moments where tears were in my eyes as I read this beautiful tale.

The characters in this story are very richly developed. They are flawed and real in a way that made me feel for them more than most fictional characters I read about.

The inclusion of a person who is deaf was very interesting. I’ve often wondered what it would be like to be in that isolation of a silent world. The author’s descriptions of what this character’s life is like were very good. She brought to attention things that I had never thought about…not only the character’s experiences but also his emotions.

The romance, (ah, the romance!) in this book was one of my favorite love stories. It was beautiful and never felt rushed or forced. Can I say that I have my first official book boyfriend?

The historical setting was very descriptive….taking place in 1890, soon after the Civil War ended, there was a lot of turmoil in Virginia, where this book is set. The author never sugar coats the facts of that time period and I appreciate that as I feel that history should be remembered so that it isn’t repeated.

I loved this book. I was immersed in the story and the lives of the characters. It is definitely a story that will stay with me and a favorite read of 2018. I highly recommend it!

*I received this book from the author/publisher to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

About the Author

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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.

Guest Video from Joanne Bischof

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Giveaway

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To celebrate her tour, Joanne is giving away

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!!

Click below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/d140/sons-of-blackbird-mountain-celebration-tour-giveaway

 

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