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
GenreChristian Fiction, Historical, Historical Fiction, Romance, Christian

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...
  • Brittany
    Full review to come at release date. I read an early beta copy of this novel. Wow! Loved, loved, loved this beautiful story and can't wait to read the final novel!
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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!
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Amber Stokes
    Joanne Bischof excels at creating vivid atmospheres for her stories, and the setting, scenery, and emotions in Sons of Blackbird Mountain are rich and beautiful. I loved getting to know Aven, the three Norgaard brothers, their housekeeper, and the characters who either waltz gently or march harshly in and out of the orchards. There is a sweetness to most of the interactions, and you can't help but love the characters—hardships, weaknesses, and ...
  • 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 ...
  • Susan
    This lyrical tale will resonate with its readers long after the last page has been read. It is a story that is timeless, that of broken people struggling to find healing in their relationships with family and in love. Ms. Bischof is a master storyteller, crafting characters that seemed real. Telling their poignant story in a way that made my heart ache as if they were members of my own family. Bischof gives us memorable characters who are flawed,...
  • Susan Snodgrass
    'She didn't know what to make of all this, but it landed in her heart in that lonesome place called bitter and sweet.'How is it possible to craft a review worth of a Joanne Bischof novel? In many ways a hard task, in others, easy. When I discovered her with her very first book, I knew this was an experience I always wanted to take part in. Joanne Bischof writes books that are definitely for the keeper shelf, books that should be read over and ove...
  • Diana
    Author Joanne Bischof has penned a poignant, hauntingly beautiful, sublimely romantic tale set in the majestic Appalachian Mountains.Aven Norgaard has no intentions of pitting brother against brother when she arrives at Blackbird Mountain, but her unassuming beauty and gentleness capture the hearts of each of them. Haakon, with the blue eyes that stay etched in her mind, is bold and passionate. Thor, deaf and mute and bound to alcohol as a coping...
  • Cynthia Marcano
    Another amazing book by Bischof. She brings the reader into her stories both in imagination & heart. I could see myself walking the orchards with Thor, and feeling the pain of his struggle as if I was a member of Norgaard family. I could feel the push & pull of Aven and the choices laud before her.I loved how Bischof's stories make you fall in love with her very flawed characters & reminds us that no one is perfect & we all want to be loved. Her ...
  • Amy
    Sons of Blackbird Mountain is one of those books a reader wants to take their time reading. I wanted to savor every word, so much so, that I had to read it twice. Joanne Bischof is the master at capturing emotions within a story. She, also, perfectly describes the area where the book is based. I loved Aven, but my favorite character would have to be, without a doubt, Thor. I love him!I give Sons of Blackbird Mountain a well deserved five plus sta...
  • Janell R.
    Ah, this was a really lovely book. When one calls a book lovely, that does not mean there were never any painful moments in the story, but a book is lovely because it feels real and you enter into it with all your heart. That was this book! In some ways it had the feel of a Seven Brides for Seven Brothers story which I loved! Each of the characters were original and so well portrayed. I have got to say, Jorgan was probably my favorite! Honest...
  • Tracey
    I wish I could adequately communicate all the soul-satisfying wonder I experienced in the pages of Sons of Blackbird Mountain. Joanne Bischof's talent for expressing the innermost thoughts and feelings of the human condition is both masterful and breathtaking. Joanne's portrayal of deaf mute Thor, and what it was like to live in his silent world, is the most unusual character experience I have ever had or seen any author attempt to convey. I appl...
  • Rachael
    This was a beautiful love story. Heart-wrenching, at times, and a bit bittersweet, but very tender and moving.I loved how the author was able to convey a deaf character so well, both in how Thor communicates and his frustrations in not being able to always understand and be understood, even amongst those who know him best. And it's made all the harder with alcoholism and the process of breaking that addiction.The brotherly love--and rivalry--is a...
  • Amanda
    Reading Sons of Blackbird Mountain is like stepping into a painstakingly woven tapestry of love, loss, hope, and life…and being enfolded completely by it. As is her way, Joanne Bischof picks up words and turns them into legacies. The saga of the Norgaards is one that runs deep with courage to inspire, tug heart strings, and stitch itself to the reader’s heart in a permanent and beautiful way. Joanne’s care-filled approach to Thor as a perso...
  • Maria
    "Received an Advance Reader Copy in exchange for a fair review"4.5 starsFrom the wounded hero perspective, this is a fabulous story. Excellent depiction of a deaf hero in Virginia late 19th century: the two different languages, American Sign Language (ASL) and English, the need for translation. I loved to have parts of the plot told from Thor’s point of view, having the opportunity to watch how he dealt with communication barriers. It’s also ...
  • Dana Michael
    This is one of the best historical romances I have ever read. I couldn't put the book down and when I did all I could think about was Aven and Thor. I will do my best to give justice to this amazing book. First of all, it was well written and easy to read. The words just flowed off the page. Secondly, the characters were well developed and I couldn't get enough of them. I kept wishing I was actually there as a part of their family. I loved them. ...