Sons of Blackbird Mountain by Joanne Bischof
Blackbird Mountain, Book 1
Thomas Nelson, 2018
This is hands down, my favorite book of the year.
Joanne Bischof has written a beautiful masterpiece in Sons of Blackbird Mountain. I am blown away by this story filled with love, conflict, and hope. Joanne weaves a story rich in detail and slowly reveals her characters.
This is a stunning tale about brotherhood, the complexity of familial relationships, and the desire to belong and be loved. The joy and grief these characters experience during the length of the novel were so poignant and lovely and heartbreaking.
I found all the characters to be dear to my heart. Jorgan, Haakon, Thor, and Aven were all such complicated characters. Their struggles and decisions are so beautifully written, shedding light on humanity and how pain and brokenness color our choices.
It’s hard to choose a favorite scene, but one that continues to return to my mind is when Thor teaches Aven sign language. She so desperately wants to understand him and communicate with him, that she urges him to teach her. And his caring and thoughtful response is so beautiful, as he teaches her how to spell her name and sign his.
There are so many little moments that were so meaningful and lovely and insightful that I just adored while reading. My heart is full. I can’t say enough good things about this book.
I am eager to read the second installment in this series. All I know is it follows these same characters and jumps ahead a few years. I am already anticipating the next part of this story.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I am on the author’s launch team. All thoughts expressed are my own.*
If I haven’t convinced you, read the book’s summary. It is compelling enough on it’s own:
“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.”