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Sons of Blackbird Mountain

(Blackbird Mountain #1)

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  2,033 ratings  ·  509 reviews
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 thre
Paperback, 339 pages
Published July 3rd 2018 by Thomas Nelson (first published July 2018)
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Melissa Tagg
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
At some point, I'll find the words to capture how much I loooooved this book. But right now, I'm in too much of an exquisitely happy and awed fog. 💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗

Full review to come...

And finally, weeks later after having read the book a second time (because it's just that amazing!) here's the full thing...

Hold on…crazy amounts of gushing about to happen!

So, full disclosure: I am a massive Joanne Bischof fan. Her Cadence of Grace series was so beautiful and surprising and put me in the mind of one of
Deanne Patterson
This is the first book I've read by Joanne Bischof and what an introduction it was!
I've read massive amounts of historical fiction books in my lifetime but this one is unlike any I've read before. The author takes us inside the head of the main male character, Thor. Now Thor is one of the three brothers Aven came over from Norway to take care of. She thought the brother's were children in need of care. Upon arriving from her voyage across the ocean she sees they are grown men living in rural 19
Cue difficult review....may be some spoilers ahead...

As much as I wanted to enjoy this story, I never could connect with it. Aven was a great character, but I never really got to know her—and moreover I don’t think she knew herself. We know who she is in the moment, but we have no clue what her goals in life are or what her ultimate dreams are. It’s clear from the story that she doesn’t even know from one month to the next what she really is going to/hoping to do, other than her talent for bakin
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
*Update to my previous review - Still one of my all time favorite novels! I just listened to the audiobook of this wonderful story and the narrator did an outstanding job with the accents of the characters. She captured the feeling of this story beautifully!*

This beautiful book cover hides a story within its pages that is even more exquisite than the artwork. The author’s writing style drew me in from the very first paragraph and I was transported back in time to watch this heartachingly tender
Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
This is the first book I've read by the author, and now I'm ready to go binge-read all her other books! I felt like my heart was being tugged on as I read the story of Aven and Thor, their thoughts, struggles, triumphs, and joys. The writing is absolutely beautiful and I just sank into it, not wanting to miss one word. Aven is such a thoughtful, compassionate person, having endured harsh circumstances and heartache, and blossoms in the supportive household of the Norgaard brothers. I loved her p ...more
Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
Spend but ten minutes gettin’ 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.”

There is so much depth to this gorgeous story – even (especially) in the gentle subtleties that Bischof tucks inside her writing, from the way the Norgaard brothers each represent a different facet of the Viking spirit to the way the variety of apples in the orchard itself reminded me of the different dimensions to the story. As tenderly as poss
Jul 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow. Another amazing book by Joanne Bischof. I got this book yesterday and finished it last night. I set all of the books that I was reading aside to start this one, because you always know that you’re in for a treat with Joanne Bischof. The authors writing style is just beautiful and she has such a way with words. There are many times when reading a paragraph / sentence in her book you just have to look up for a second and say “wow”. Her books always have so much meaning to them and I have yet ...more
Sarah Grace Grzy
Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Ages 16+ for mature themes
This is Bischof's best work, by far. My review can't do this beautiful book justice, but I'll do my best.

The characters. Just wow. Somehow, Bischof creates such amazing, multi-faceted, realistic characters, and has you in love with them before you even reach the end of chapter two. I loved the female MC, Aven. Her sweet spirit, compassion, kindness, and gentle heart were inspiring, and her struggles were so relatable and realistic. Thor, the male MC, is a bit rough-and-tumble but has such a swe
Courtney Clark
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Sons of Blackbird Mountain is an achingly beautiful story of brotherhood and romance. The quiet strength and vibrancy of the characters, especially the main viewpoints of Thor and Aven, combine with an atmospheric setting and compelling era to create a story that resonates deeply within the human heart. It is riveting, atmospheric, with a complexity of characters (especially the themes of brotherhood) --- and that doesn't begin to describe it!

Thor's perspective is an experience in itself. With g
Jun 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley-read
Sons of Blackbird Mountain was amazing. The story tackles some difficult subjects (including alcoholism), but I loved the way redemption was portrayed in the book.

The characters and their struggles were so real and I could feel for them. There were some heart-wrenching moments in the book that I did not see coming and were hard to read.

I loved the romance story. It was so sweet and I was rooting for Aven to end up with a certain someone. ;) I liked the way ASL and deafness was handled in this bo
Andrea Cox
FTC disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley. I was not required to write a positive review. These are my honest thoughts and opinions.

I am terribly conflicted over this story. While I admire Ms. Bischof for tackling such a tough topic as alcoholism, the presentation was too heavy-handed for me as the entire first half of the book focused nearly solely on the addiction rather than the other plot points that had been set up within the first two or three chapters. Ho
Rachel McMillan
Apr 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
At times tart and sweet, poetic and soft, Bischof returns to her heart's word's homeland in 19th Century Appalachia for a tapestry of loss and love. It is a tale of old as time: the bond strengthened and tethered between strong brothers ( each vulnerable in their own way) by the arrival of a beautiful stranger.

What Bischof does with this trope is turn it into an illustration of healing, restoration, forgiveness and the discovery of words--- in action and in heart.

For such a poetic writer to use
Jul 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Loved the setting and the characters. Thor, the middle son, really drew me into the story. I really felt for him as he tried to communicate. It was endearing. His complicated relationship with his little brother, Haaken, also pulled me in. I would have liked to have given 5 stars but I had trouble with sentence structure or something that I can't really put my finger on. I would feel like I missed something in parts and have to go back and reread sentences or paragraphs. I also felt there was a ...more
Oct 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Captivating! From the moment I started reading this story, I felt that I had been transported to 1890s Virginia. The setting and amount of details were perfect!The story dealt with several tough issues, including addiction, deafness, racial prejudice, and jealousy, and handled them in a way that I thought felt real. My heart broke for Thor with his addiction to alcohol and watching the agony he and his family suffered while trying to break free from its horrible grip. I immensely enjoyed watchin ...more
Mar 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had full intention of keeping control of my schedule and not read until I was done. Failed! Shamelessly!
Widowed, Aven is looking forward to traveling land and sea in order to have a new beginning through caring for her late husband’s kid cousins. Only, once she arrives at this remote place called Blackbird Mountain, she’s greeted by three very grown men.

In a place where the blackbird sings, apple blossom cheerfully paint the mountains, and Norwegian culture and tales are thickly woven in the
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Amanda Tero
May 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Aven was a very endearing character, whose past had been filled with heartache and pain, yet who enters the book with a hope for a bright future. This bright future is found in her cousins’ farm on Blackbird Mountain. As a shock, though, their occupation comes from the very thing that Aven detests: hard liquor, made with pride from the orchards on the Norgaard farm.

Joanne weaves a heartfelt story through the lives of Aven and Thor. I must admit, my absolute top-favorite character was Jorgan. His
Pepper Basham
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Joanne Bischof has a gift. With the same lyrical beauty and intricate detail as award-winning author Laura Frantz, Bischof has woven an exquisite story of love, jealousy, the deep ties of family, and the tenderness of patience in her newest release, Sons of Blackbird Mountain. Our hero is Deaf - a challenging endeavor for an author to try and portray authentically, but Bischof does so with grace and care. With a masterful pen and elegant characterization, the reader is ushered into a uniquely de ...more
This ... this is perhaps the most beautiful book that I've read by Joanne Bischof thus far. How does she pen such lovely and tangible and heartfelt stories? Sons of Blackbird Mountain was an absolute delight, as I was sure it would be when I requested to review it! I'm certain I will never turn down a novel by this author. ^_^

In the Appalachian hills, on a three-hundred-acre farm, we venture with Aven Norgaard to meet three brothers. The oldest is a steady and compassionate presence. The middle
{3.5 stars}

When I first saw this cover, I wanted to read this book, but when I read the summary I knew I must. I'm always on the look out for a unique story, and since I've had experienced with this authors writing, I knew she would describe life so well.

This book is no exception. She sweeps you into the life of Thor and Aven, who both seem so different, but have ties that bind their hearts together. I dearly, dearly loved Thor and his scenes touched me so much. I could feel his deafness and sin
Hallie Szott
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you’re looking for a book with a story as beautiful as its cover, Sons of Blackbird Mountain is it.

Set in historic Appalachia, this book brings to life a family of uniquely tempered brothers, a woman alone and far from home, the orchard that connects them, and the struggles they must endure or overcome. There is a quietness that pervades the pages as the story unfolds, hinting at strength and redemption, that blends among lyrical writing, complex characterizations, and an exquisite, I-want-to
m a r y l i z
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing

All words fail me right now. Not my favorite book of hers, but mostly that was because I read it verrrrrry slowly over the course of longer than a month, so that inhibited my ability to really engage with the story/characters.

Still . . . absolutely, breathtakingly lovely. It was literally the PERFECT book for right now, as the setting was an apple orchard (which I visited just last weekend) in the mountains of Virginia (where I am currently) during the same months that I read it
Carole Jarvis
Reviewed at The Power of Words:

“She’d witnessed hatred before, but never in such a precise display. Like soldiers, those men had been. Out to patrol upon this mountain. And now, somewhere out there, women were stirring from slumber after passing the night beside the cloaked men who had stood here under a half-wane moon.”

Joanne Bischof is a wordsmith, a most gifted writer who, seemingly without effort, pens the most emotionally creative stories imaginable. Returning to the
Yes, I'm already rating this 5 stars! Because it's from the mind of Joanne Bischof so I know it's going to be amazing!

That cover though!

Carrie Turansky
Jun 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Joanne Bischof always has a way of transporting you to another time and place so completely you feel like her stories are real. Sons of Blackbird Mountain is a heart-tugging tale, and one I throughly enjoyed. The characters are unique and memorable and the writing is lyrical and lovely! I highly recommend this book to readers who enjoy well-written historical romance.
Nov 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
Joanne has a beautiful writing style and she brings her characters alive in the Sons of Blackbird Mountain. Unique about this novel is that the main male character is deaf. Quite interesting to read the author's note on what inspired this aspect of the novel and how she strove to make the characterization realistic. ...more
Alysha (For The Love of Christian Fiction)
A story so full of grit and feeling! The author did a great job with the different voices of the characters and their motivation for life.

I really enjoyed the book, and I can’t wait to wrap the story up FULLY in the sequel. (Though every end that needed to be tied was tied)

Though Aven & Thor’s romance was “technically” fast, it felt slow and cultivated. It was nicely paced.

4.5/5 stars!
The Lit Bitch
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the main reasons that I decided to review this book was that it sounded different. Set in the Appalachian Mountains with a family just arrived from Norway.

From the description of the book, it was clear that this was going to be a book with some historical romance but with some strong Christian themes as well. I am not put off by Christian fiction as long as it doesn’t get preachy.

Over the years I’ve been really lucky with the Christian fiction books that I’ve read and they haven’t been to
Melissa Tagg
May 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hold on…crazy amounts of gushing about to happen!

So, full disclosure: I am a massive Joanne Bischof fan. Her Cadence of Grace series was so beautiful and surprising and put me in the mind of one of my classic faves, Christy. And her 2016 release, The Lady & the Lionheart, is one of my top five favorite books of all time. So I knew going into Sons of Blackbird Mountain that I was going to love it.

I didn’t realize how much I’d love it. So much that I basically couldn’t pick up another book for day
Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
It's awesome to see a Christian novel focusing on a character who uses ASL. It gives me more admiration for those I've known who either use it because of a disability or interpret it. ...more
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An ECPA Christy Award winner and an ACFW Carol Award winner, Joanne Bischof writes deeply layered fiction that tugs at the reader’s heartstrings. Joanne’s 2016 novel, THE LADY AND THE LIONHEART, received an extraordinary 5 Star TOP PICK! from Romantic Times Book Reviews among other critical acclaim. Joanne has a long-standing passion for romance and a budding fervor for theology. She is more and m ...more

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