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Sons of Blackbird Mountain: A Novel (A Blackbird Mountain Novel) Paperback – July 3, 2018
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'VERDICT Christy- and Carol Award-winning author Bischof (The Lady and the Lionheart) creates endearing characters and a heartwarming story line in this unforgettable novel about the power of family, love, and the true meaning of home. Fans of Kristy Cambron, Julie Klassen, and Susan Meissner will love this one.' (Library Journal)
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Joanne Bischof is an ACFW Carol Award and ECPA Christy Award-winning author. She writes deeply layered fiction that tugs at the heartstrings. She was honored to receive the San Diego Christian Writers Guild Novel of the Year Award in 2014 and in 2015 was named Author of the Year by the Mount Hermon conference. Joanne’s 2016 novel, The Lady and the Lionheart, received an extraordinary 5 Star TOP PICK! from RT Book Reviews, among other critical acclaim. She lives in the mountains of Southern California with her three children. Visit her online at JoanneBischof.com; Facebook: Author, JoanneBischof; Instagram: @JoanneBischof.
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As someone with family members who use ASL, Bischof's portrayal of a Deaf character was accurate, refreshing, and beautifully in-depth. I cannot recommend this book enough!
If you have an interest in historical romance, Appalachia, Vikings, or ASL I highly recommend this novel!
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 applaud her depth of exceptional realism in bringing his deafness to life and his struggles with alcoholism as a coping mechanism.
I felt so many emotions while reading the Sons of Blackbird Mountain. I could feel the brokenness that Thor had inherited from his father, "...he didn't know how to come back from that amount of broken."
The gentleness in Aven's tender ways, "There was a time to stay quiet and let the hurting express what they needed to say. Perhaps something she'd learned in living life among the broken and the suffering. All crushed into place together by fate and circumstance..." Such beautiful compassionate understanding Joanne has expressed so well.
There were lighthearted moments that had me smiling and relieved some of the tension. The romance was sweet and slow simmering building to an exquisite finale that left me content and happy. The inspirational moments were sobering and full of faith and wisdom.
I look forward to the second book in this series and have every confidence Joanne Bischof will captivate with another brilliant epic tale of love and loss, fear and faith. I greatly appreciate Joanne's writing and Thomas Nelson for making a copy of the Sons of Blackbird Mountain available for review.
How is it possible to craft a review worthy 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 over again. This one is no exception. They are worthy of far more than the allowable 5 stars.
The blurb on the back of the book states: 'a tale of Family, Brotherhood and the Healing Power of Love'. Tis true. Aven Norgaard's husband dies a tragic death in Norway and she leaves her home to come to America to her husband's cousins' home, believing them to be young boys in need of a tender. She discovers them to be all grown, however, and wonders why she is here and what she should do now that she has this information. Living in nineteenth-century Appalachia on a 300 acre apple farm with three brothers who brew hard cider for a living is an experience Aven has not ever thought would be hers. Aven is further discouraged by the fact that the two younger brothers both admire her and she is definitely caught in the middle, unsure of herself. Haakon, the youngest, is quite bold in his admiration. The middle brother, Thor, is the one who Aven thinks on most. Thor is deaf and mute and very dependent on the hard cider he brews to cope with his life. Thor is a strong man, though, and determined to give it up.
There exists a rift between Haakon and Thor as the fall ushers in the apple harvest. Will Aven find a tender spot in this precious family without heartache that drives two brothers apart? Sons of Blackbird Mountain is a tale of grace, love and redemption, a tale of God's goodness in the land of the living.
Joanne Bischof has always stood apart as a teller of tales that include great depth of heart. That is my opinion. I long for each book she writes and when I finish, I wish I hadn't so I could linger longer. Normally, when I finish a book, I start another soon. With a Bischof book, I find myself thinking of these characters and it's virtually impossible to pick up another book because I just need to stay with these folks a while.
Bischof is so very good at descriptions of all her scenes, and we learn a lot about apples, cider making and life on this farm. Small details are given time here and the reader is richer for it. She manages to delve into her characters' hearts to such a degree that it is absolutely astounding! We feel as if we are part of their very hearts ourselves! Thor and Aven in particular moved me so much. Even the secondary characters have great place. I wept at times Bischof is so good at what she does! She is described as 'writing deeply layered fiction that tugs at the heartstrings.' I wholeheartedly agree! In every aspect, Bischof is a powerful voice in Christian fiction. Her fiction does indeed have many layers. I just want to turn around and read this book all over again. I highly recommend this book!
*My thanks to the publishers, Thomas Nelson, for an early copy of this book. A positive review was not required and the opinions stated here are entirely my own.
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