Sons of Blackbird Mountain: Blackbird Mountain #1 by Joanne Bischof was published on July 3rd, 2018 by Thomas Nelson and is a historical romance novel. 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 woman, Thor Norgaard never anticipates Aven will befriend him, let alone treat him as her safe harbor. Though hard cider is their livelihood and his greatest talent, he fights his way to sobriety with Haakon’s help, defying the bottle for Aven’s hand—only to face a battle of the heart that tests even the strongest bonds of brotherhood.
About the author: 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 more awed by how wondrously the two go hand in hand. She lives in the mountains of southern California with her three children and is represented by Sandra Bishop of Transatlantic Literary Agency.
My thoughts: Sons of Blackbird Mountain is a lovely story of brotherhood, romance, and heartbreak. Bischof has a creative and unique writing style that grabs your attention and pulls you in with intriguing characters and a plot with an unexpected twist. The characters are well-developed, relatable and realistic making this story bittersweet that is sure to pull on your heartstrings. Their struggles are written in a way that makes them seem real and causing you to feel for them. There were some heart-wrenching moments in the book that I did not see coming and were hard to read. Overall, I enjoyed reading Sons of Blackbird Mountain and recommend it to anyone who loves historical Christian romance novels. ** I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.**