Sons of Blackbird Mountain by Joanne Bischof
This is only the second book I’ve read by this author. I first heard of her books when I kept hearing about “The Lady and the Lionheart” (a book about the circus) and knew I needed to read it.
Because I enjoyed that book so much, when I heard that Joanne Bischof had a new book coming out, I knew I wanted to read and review it, if at all possible.
This book is set in Nineteenth Century Appalachia. But the characters are Norwegian. The story begins with Aven arriving at the farm of her late husband’s cousins, the only family she has anywhere. She finds three brothers, who were not at all as she expected them to be, and to top it all off, the one she meets first, Thor, is deaf.
I really like how the author portrays Thor, and how he and Aven get to know each other. I enjoyed the setting, and I also enjoyed the other brothers, and their relationship with each other, and Aven.
The deaf angle in this story is something that I’ve not read about before, and it really adds something. Aven has to learn how to communicate with Thor. Sign language, lip reading, and more. I tried to imagine what a world would be like in which there would be no sounds or noises. I was able to realize just a bit more how it must feel to be deaf.
There is a tantalizing sweetness in this story, one that befits its time and place. Apple Orchards. Berries. Cider. Hill country. Simple folk.
And then there’s the issues of alcoholism, racism, trust, hope, forgiveness, redemption, love, and more.
Aven is faced with decisions. Will she go or stay. Which brother will she choose.
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Back cover copy:
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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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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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!!
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