Sunday, February 17, 2019

SONS OF BLACKBIRD MOUNTAIN by Joanna Bischoff, Reviewed by Kim

I will start first with an apology. I’m struggling to find the right words to convey how I’m feeling about this story. First, let me just say, this book is so beautifully written. Joanne tackles some really hard subjects, and yet, this story is also full of love, forgiveness, redemption, and hope.
Let’s start with Thor - Wow! When I first started reading, I was wondering how Joanne was going to write a deaf character who is an alcoholic. Well, I can tell you, she did it wonderfully! She is so talented! She doesn’t shy away from his alcoholism or his struggles with being deaf and how both affect his family. He is such a unique and special character - one not to be missed! 

Aven is Thor’s perfect match. I loved her kindness and her understanding when Thor was going through his struggles. Some of my favorite parts of the story are when she is teaching him to dance. So sweet! I didn’t want their story to end!

I am really looking forward to book 2, Daughters of Northern Shores, which comes out in March. I am seriously wondering just how Joanne is going to redeem a certain character.  Excellent! 

*I purchased this book and was under no obligation to provide a positive review. 

BackCover Blurb:
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.

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