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Daughters of Northern Shores

(Blackbird Mountain #2)

4.37  ·  Rating details ·  1,136 ratings  ·  322 reviews
Aven Norgaard understands courage. Orphaned within an Irish workhouse, then widowed at just nineteen, she voyaged to America where she was wooed and wed by Thor Norgaard, a Deaf man in rural Appalachia. That the Lord saw her along the winding journey and that Aven now carries Thor’s child are blessings beyond measure. Yet while Thor holds her heart, it is his younger broth ...more
Paperback, 353 pages
Published March 12th 2019 by Thomas Nelson (first published March 2019)
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Melissa Tagg
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Joanne Bischof does it again! There are tons of authors I like and many I love...but Joanne Bischof is consistently at the suuuuuuper love, top-of-the-list, all-time-fave level. And I absolutely adored this continuation of Thor, Aven and Haakon's story.

In a way, this book reminded me of Joanne's earlier series—the Cadence of Grace series—in that the hero is flawed in an obvious way. All the best characters have flaws, I think, but man, I so admire an author who can write a character with much m
Susan Snodgrass
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
'If God would but grant him another mercy. Should the outcome be dire, he prayed that God would welcome him to peace.'

Oh my. Joanne Bischof never fails to move me deeply with her books. She writes what I like to call heart-deep books. Stories so full and rich that my heart is totally involved.

We first fell in love with Aven and Thor in Sons of Blackbird Mountain and four years have passed and we find them here, married and wonderfully happy and blessedly awaiting the birth of their first child.
Maria Clara
Nov 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, rev
I never doubted this was going to be a five-star read, though now that I’m done I know five stars don’t do it justice, so here are five hearts

I was intrigued about the journey I'd be taken through and how forgiveness and redemption would be won out and how many tears I would shed. I was also very much intrigued by the title of this book and wondered what a role it played.

For those who read the first book, we know forgiveness and redemption are key factors in this current season of the
Leah Good
Can this story not be finished? I want it to keep going.

As always, Joanne Bischof blew me away and captured my heart with her characters. Sometimes her books lean a little too sappy for my tastes, but with most of the main characters already married and redemption (not wooing) holding center stage, I really don't have any complaints to voice.

Aven and Thor are the cutest as a married couple. Haakon's (Hogan) character arc is an intricately woven journey of pain, regret, humility, and courage. Pet
Feb 26, 2019 added it
Shelves: reviews, owned
aaaaAAAAHHHH I was so excited to have read this book! I love Joanne’s books- they’re so full of redemption and truth and humor and the romances are completely on point. 😀 A couple of months ago I read Sons of Blackbird Mountain, and I… didn’t love it because Haakon kind of ruined it for me. In short, his character felt sickening and disgusting to me, and after finishing the book I felt dirty from reading about him. That being said, I did enjoy reading the book overall and that made me intrigued ...more
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical, christian
It was such a pleasure to return to the Norgaard family in Daughters of Northern Shores, the second book of the Sons of Blackbird Mountain series. I fell in love with Thor, Haakon and Jorgan, their close friends and the women they love in that first book. My heart had also broken a little with the tearing of both friendship, trust and brotherly bonds, so it was with relief that I could continue this wonderful story, return to this little group - some now married, others with children and more on ...more
Sarah Grace Grzy
Jul 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Happiness . . . RTC
Heather Gilbert
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-reads
We continue Haakon's journey (kind of like an odyssey!) as he really begins to settle in his spirit in this book 2 of the series. Revenge, resolution, and acceptance are themes in this story of the Norgaard brothers. Loved the touches of Viking lore! A satisfying resolution to this 2-book series! Thanks to the publisher for an early reader copy. ...more
Carole Jarvis
Reviewed at The Power of Words: https://bit.ly/2STxpvB

Daughters of Northern Shores is another outstanding epic by Joanne Bischof, one for my “best of the best” list, and impossible for me to adequately review with any words of mine. This novel is filled with exquisite romance, emotion, poignancy, suspense and adventure. Anything that Bischof writes is excellent, but for me, she shines best in Appalachian settings. My ancestors lived in the southern foothills of the Appalachians, so I’m well acqu
Dana Michael
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Y'all! This book! I can't even think of the words to describe how I feel right now. This book is amazing. I love those Norgaard men! If I could be any fictional character, it would be Aven. Why? Thor! Swoon! I love these characters. This book with the back drop of the Appalachian mountains in 1895 has romance, action and a beautiful story of redemption. I loved Sons of Blackbird Mountain and I love this book too. I don't know if there will be any more after this book, but I certainly hope so. Th ...more
May 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Ah, what to say about this sequel.. First of all, it was lovely to revisit these characters. Unfortunately I got very bored in the middle and had to force myself to finish. It didn’t have enough romance for me (totally personal preference, which I realize) and I was really hoping to see Haakon fall in love, but none of that was in the novel. I know the synopsis was outright about this being a redemption story for Haakon (which I’m happy about), but I feel like I was almost mislead by the title a ...more
Andrea Cox
This book returned to the eloquent, poignant storytelling I’m used to seeing from Ms. Bischof. The most important thing about this book was that there was a beautiful and fitting resolution to the previous book’s shocking finale. There were other things to enjoy about this book too, such as its emotional, heartrending, redemptive qualities. This was exactly the sort of story I was in the mood for, and it was the precise type of story I love.

The familial ties were amazing. I especially enjoyed th
Jocelyn Green
This story of a prodigal's journey home is told in the way only Joanne Bischof can. Her distinctive style continues to delight and entrance her fans, and her sensitivity in handling her deaf character is truly admirable. Be sure to read the Author's Note at the back of the book for the story behind the story. ...more
Mar 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Joanne has done it again! Daughters of the Northern Shores was everything I was hoping it would be and more. The characters were raw and real, the bond of brotherhood was inspiring, the themes of grace and forgiveness were beautiful, and the deep trust they all had in God through their trials is something I hope to have.

I also really enjoyed reading from Haakon’s point of view throughout the story and reading about his journey, both spiritually and physically. Overall, this book was absolutely a
Alysha (For The Love of Christian Fiction)
Book one was definitely my favorite, but I did enjoy coming back to Blackbird Mountain and reading Haakon’s redemption story!
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Daughters of Northern Shores was a beautiful, captivating tale that, once again, reminded me of how much I love the characters from this series. I do highly recommend reading Sons of Blackbird Mountain before beginning this book.

The drastic change that has taken place in Haakon and the depth of the forgiveness he is seeking is clear when both stories are read in order. Other situations that occurred in book one have repurcussions, as well, in Daughters of Northern Shores. Both stories weave toge
Mar 27, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, netgalley, series
Thanks to Netgalley and Thomas Nelson-FICTION for a digital galley in exchange for an honest review.

Although I was not familiar with the author or with this series, I found that it was very clear what was happening to all the characters. Daughters of Northern Shores is a Christian historical romance that centres on three estranged Norwegian brothers living in Virgina in the 19th century. Well, the youngest brother, Hakkon, is working on a ship while his two brothers, Jorgan and Thor, are o
Nov 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Did you ever read a book that just feels like a mountain wind swept right through your soul and deposited hope there? That's what this book is. A stunningly written sequel to Sons of Blackbird Mountain, it takes up the threads from book one and weaves them with grit and beauty into the next chapter of the Norgaard brothers' lives. Joanne Bischof uses her gift of storytelling to venture into terrain that is both honest and hope-giving, both raw and redemptive. It is a tale of healing, growth, hea ...more
Naomi Musch
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
OH. MY. GOODNESS. Combined with book one, this should be a movie. Daughters of Northern Shores brings Joanne Bischof's characters from Sons of Blackbird Mountain full circle. As angry and broken-hearted as we all got with Haakon's behavior in book one, we are slowly gifted with the insight of his back story in book two, and we watch his progression into spiritual and personal maturity in this remarkable story of redemption and grace. Joanne has just rocketed to the top of my favorite authors lis ...more
Lucette Nel
Nov 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My review will be inadequate. All that I can assure future readers is that this book is true to Ms. Bischof's impressive storytelling. *I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own* ...more
Courtney Clark
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I have come to expect a story from the pen of Joanne Bischof to be one that slices straight to the heart with its truth and tenderness. Daughters of Northern Shores is no exception. With its return of beloved characters and a message of trust at its center, it is one I will cherish upon recalling (and REREADING!).

With a balance of poignancy and vivid life, the story unfolds as one tentatively hopeful yet confronting pain, broken trust, trials, and jealousies of life. The rift left unsettled at t
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)

I have been waiting for this book with much anticipation! It's book two in this series and you really need to read the first book (Sons of Blackbird Mountain) to appreciate this one. Joanne Bischof has such an incredible ability to draw me right into her stories and feel as if I am actually there. All of my senses become alert and aware. It's nuts. In the best of ways. Her characters feel solid, real. They pull on my emotions.

This book jumps right back into life in the Norgaard family, a handful
Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Be still my heart and let me take a few deep breaths! Wow! In her beautiful prose, masterful author Joanne Bischof has done it again—penned another powerfully haunting, emotive read set in rural Appalachia.

Since this novel is the sequel to 'Sons of Blackbird Mountain', I must take care to avoid spoilers. Once again we are reunited with the lovely, compassionate Aven, who won the heart of tough, handsome Thor, a deaf mute with a heart of gold—a man who ends up fighting a battle much graver than h
Mar 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
Daughters of Northern Shores is Michael Phillips meets Thomas Hardy—lots of long lyrical descriptive passages. Beautiful, if you like that kind of thing. Unfortunately, high school English destroyed Hardy for me, and I'm still in recovery.

This is the fourth Joanne Bischof novel I've read. I didn't like the first—the heroine struck me as stupid, and her "hero" even more so. That was the first book in a trilogy, so I skipped the sequels. Then I read This Quiet Sky, a Young Adult novel that was The
Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
I was so happy to return to Blackbird Mountain and the haven where Thor and Aven share such a tender and devoted love. Life isn't perfect there- it's full of peril with the Sorrels threatening trouble again and a mysterious sickness weakening Thor. I was glad that the story alternated to Haaken's point of view as well, seeing his journey of redemption as his regrets compel him to return home after four years to make amends. The writing is beautiful and evocative, not flowery, but gently and subt ...more
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was honored to have the opportunity to read this book before its release. And boy, if I thought the first book was amazing, this one really exceeded my expectations.

“Daughters of Northern Shores” picks up 4 years after the end of “Sons of Blackbird Mountain”. We learn that much has been changing in the lives of Aven, Thor and the rest of the Norgaard family, especially with Haakan, who has been at sea. Each of their hearts went under much refining as the story unfolded.

This story dives deep
Maureen Timerman
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
We are back with the Norgaard family and as with the first book with this family it quickly becomes a page turner, and the author kept my attention all the way to the end, often with my heart in my throat.
You can read this as a stand-alone, and there is enough information given to bring you up to date, but you will be missing out.
While reading this and all that happens, you wonder whom will be there when the last page is turned, there sure is a lot of action here!
Through all that happens the han
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was so eager to get this book, and it did not at all disappoint. Beautifully written story with characters that become family. I just love Aven and Thor, especially. The writing itself takes you away to a different time and place, the characters jump off the page, and the entire book evokes so much emotion. Another book by this author that is incredibly well done! Highly recommend this read.. delightful, alluring,and so much more!
I was so glad that I was able to visit Blackbird Mountain through this beautifully written sequel. In my opinion, one needs to read the Sons of Blackbird Mountain first to fully appreciate this stirring tale.

Bischof never fails to deliver an emotionally charged tale of characters that are broken, yet find strength in God and those they love. This is a story of the unbreakable bonds of family, told from the viewpoint of three characters: Thor, Aven and Haakon. In Daughters of Northern Shores, th
Suzie Waltner
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars

In the continuing saga of the Norgaard family, Joanne Bischof returns readers to Blackbird Mountain in the Virginia Appalachians. Y’all, this is a continuation of Sons of Blackbird Mountain so if you haven’t read that one, go get it now.

Four years after where Sons ends, readers are swept back into this family’s trials and joys. After four years of running, spending it on the sea, Haaken returns to Blackbird Mountain to make amends. Thor and Aven are married, but a threat hangs over thei
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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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