Friday, July 6, 2018

Book review with a giveaway: Sons of Blackbird Mountain by Joanne Bischof


About the Book
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 Review

Readers, and especially writers, believe in the power of story as a form of communication.  In this latest novel by Joanne Bischof, the power of communication is especially highlighted as Thor, the middle of three Norwegian brothers living in the mountains of Virginia, is deaf and mute.  Yet through ASL, writing, gestures, and facial expressions, he is able to live a full and productive life.  His cousin's widow, Aven, joins the Norgaard family at the invitation of their now-deceased aunt.  Aven learns to communicate with Thor with insight from a neighbor:  "Just look at him. . .  Look at his eyes, his face.  See him.  See him and be patient.  You'll never wonder . . . Spend ten minutes getting to know Thor Norgaard and you'll forget he silent.  You'll learn and hear things that most men don't even know how to speak."
This story takes place within a three-month period, but in that time we learn much about the Norgaard family as they manage the harvest on their farm, deal with the effects of alcoholism, and work through post-Civil War conflicts with neighbors.
I found it difficult to connect with Thor, but Aven did that for me.  There was much depth to this story, and I recommend it to readers of historical romance.
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher, Thomas Nelson, through Celebrate Lit, for review purposes.  The thoughts expressed here are my own.
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.




Guest Video from Joanne Bischof



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Giveaway



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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