Sons of Blackbird Mountain (Blackbird Mountain, #1) by Joanne Bischof

Sons of Blackbird Mountain (Blackbird Mountain, #1)

When Aven Norgaard leaves Norway to serve as housekeeper to her late husband’s cousins in Appalachia, she expects lads in need of care, not three grown men—each in need of a wife and bound by a powerful brotherhood. As the men carve out a living by brewing artisan liquor, young Haakon’s pursuit tempts Aven’s lonely spirit . . . but it is his deaf brother, Thor, whose silent strength shows her the depths of real love.Unable to speak to any...

Details Sons of Blackbird Mountain (Blackbird Mountain, #1)

TitleSons of Blackbird Mountain (Blackbird Mountain, #1)
Release DateJul 3rd, 2018
PublisherThomas Nelson
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Romance, Christian, Historical Romance

Reviews Sons of Blackbird Mountain (Blackbird Mountain, #1)

  • Melissa Tagg
    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 o...
  • 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 oc...
  • Brittany
    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 story unfold.These characters were absolutely captivating. From the first time Aven met the Norgaard brothers and uncertainty ruled her thoughts, to the sarcastic quips that Haakon threw into conversations, ...
  • Sarah Grace
    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 mal...
  • Maddy
    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 b...
  • Courtney Clark
    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!Tho...
  • Melanie
    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 lik...
  • 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...
  • Emilee
    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...
  • 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...
  • Rachel McMillan
    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 ac...
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  • Clara
    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...
  • Shantelle
    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 i...
  • Amanda Tero
    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...
  • Olivia
    {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 tou...
  • Pepper Basham
    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 characte...
  • 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...
  • Alyssa
    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!
  • 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 em...
  • Madison
    Sons of Blackbird Mountain is an utterly charming and beautiful historical novel. Set in the heart of the Appalachian mountains, it combines the complexity of brotherly relationships and finding a place to belong, with the sweet joy of finding a true love connection, despite many challenges.Aven Norgaard has faced many challenges in her short life. Having escaped from the workhouse, her husband then died. Travelling from Norway across the oceans ...
  • Maureen Timerman
    Be ready to step back into 1890 and the beautiful hills of Virginia, and with a young woman about to meet some family for the first time.Aven Norgaard is a survivor, she was brought up in the workhouse in Ireland, rescued by way of marriage by an older man, widowed and then travels all the way from Norway to Virginia to stay with relatives of her late husband. When she arrives, she is greeted by three cousins, and she thought she was going to hel...
  • Sandra
    First of all, Joanne Bischof where have you been all my life? I can not believe I have not read this author until now. I am glad I rectified that error and I can't wait to read more by this very talented lady.I Sooo Loved this novel. It is in my top 5 favorites for this year. I don't know where to start explaining why I loved it so much, but I will try. If you read this book, which I hope you do, you must read Joanne Bischof's explanation at the ...
  • Carrie Turansky
    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.
  • Melissa
    "Spend ten minutes getting to know Thor Norgaard and you'll forget he's silent. You'll learn and hear things that most men don't even know how to speak."Getting to know Thor Norgaard was an incredible experience. As a deaf man, his disability does not take away from his appeal or masculinity even in the slightest. In fact, it enhances it! Joanne's writing is so expressive you feel what he's feeling, see what he's seeing, hear what he's thinking. ...
  • Melissa Tagg
    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 muc...
  • Chautona Havig
    With delicate, artistic strokes, Bischof paints a picture of Appalachia that makes me ache for those hills and mountains I love so much. I can feel the crunch of leaves under my feet, smell the sweet, fresh scent of apple in the air, breathe the dew-dampened morning air… And all without a single extraneous word.The story begins, and the brush strokes change. I feel Thor’s pain and self-loathing for his weaknesses, see the love he has to offer...
  • Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
    This is going to be a gushy sort of review because I just cannot help myself. Last year I read my first Joanne Bischof book, The Lady and the Lionheart. Words cannot express how much I loved that book. I still love that book. It was one of my favorite books last year. I have been anxiously awaiting this new book for months and I finally, finally, got to sit down and immerse myself in it. I say immerse because Joanne Bischof has a way of writing t...
  • Hallie Szott
    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, co...
  • Beth Vogt
    Author Joanne Bischof kept me up until the early morning hours with this book. I kept thinking, "Oh, I'll stop with this chapter," and then I'd keep reading -- and found myself at the end of the book at about 3 AM. I'm already looking forward to the next book in this series, and have found myself going back to this first book, reading a few favorite passages. Bischof's created complicated, real life characters and an unexpected -- and beautiful -...