A tale of family, brotherhood, and the healing power of loveAfter 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 husbands cousinsthree brothers who make a living by brewing hard cider on their three-hundred-acre farm. Yet even as a stranger in a foreign land, Aven has hope to build a new life in this tight-knit family.But her unassuming beauty disrupts the bond between the brothers. The youngest two both desire her hand, and Aven is caught in the middle, unsure whereand whetherto offer her affection. While Haakon is bold and passionate, it is Thor who casts the greatest spell upon her. Though Deaf, mute, and dependent on hard drink to cope with his silent pain, Thor possesses a sobering strength.As autumn ushers in the apple harvest, the rift between Thor and Haakon deepens and Aven faces a choice that risks hear...
|Title||:||Sons of Blackbird Mountain|
|Number of Pages||:||339 pages|
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Sons of Blackbird Mountain Reviews
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 help tend the little ones, who are at least her age o ...more
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 ...more
*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 ...more
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
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
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 ...more