Sons of Blackbird Mountain by Joanne Bischof Review and Giveaway

Friday, July 13, 2018

This is my new rating quote meme. This has to be my favorite quote in Joanne Bischof's new book.
Sons of Blackbird Mountain deserves TEN Stars so this quote meme is for books that I think deserve TEN STARS! You can read about my rating system here. Image found on Pinterest

                            About the Book

Title: Sons of Blackbird Mountain  
Author: Joanne Bischof  
Genre: Historical Romance

After 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 husband’s cousins—three 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 where—and whether—to 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 hearts. Will two brothers’ longing for her quiet spirit tear apart a family? Can she find a tender belonging in this remote, rugged, and unfamiliar world? A haunting tale of struggle and redemption, Sons of Blackbird Mountain is a portrait of grace in a world where the broken may find new life through the healing mercy of love.

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About the Author

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, Facebook: Author, JoanneBischof, Instagram: @JoanneBischof.

Guest Video from Joanne Bischof


My Thoughts:

 I finished Sons of Blackbird Mountain on Wednesday and my review is due today, which doesn’t give me much time to process the amazingness of this book, but I’m going to do my best.

I adored The Lady and the Lionheart and I never thought I’d love a hero more than Charlie Lionheart well, Thor has captured my heart. Thor is a complex character. He’s deaf, and he’s an alcoholic. One of these issues on their own is difficult enough but writing a character with both seems nearly impossible, but Joanne Bischof does it with ease and beauty.

Ms. Bischof tackles the issue of alcoholism head on. She doesn’t shy away from the truth nor does she show it in an acceptable light. My ex-husband is an alcoholic. I watched him as he went through rehab return to smoking after he’d quit. Her portrayal was on target.

All of the characters were complex, loveable, tormented, and in need of grace which are my kind of characters because they are real, and I can identify with them. The conflict within the story is sometimes circumstances of the time and the character’s own creation. Within the conflict Ms. Bischof weaves the hope of redemption and grace which is done beautifully.

My Bottom Line:

Like a ball of yarn this book unraveled me from the beginning. As I turned each page I was pulled into the story like a bee drawn to honey. The setting was beautiful, the characters unforgettable, and the redemption of God perfectly shown. The story’s pacing was just right. The romance, oh, the romance . . . was swoony, sweet, and memorable. I can’t recommend this book enough. It is a must read for every historical romance fiction lover!  I know I'm gushing but it is so hard not to. This book is absolutely beautiful, and memorable! 


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To celebrate her tour, Joanne is giving away
Grand prize of a country crate, a jar of apple butter, a bag of gummy berries, journal, bath salts, honey spoons, copper earrings, and a blackbird sign!!
Click below to enter.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher as part of a street team. I was not required to write a review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.


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Thanks, Carrie! It took me awhile to write it and I wouldn't be surprised if I edit it. :)

Exceptional review, Andi!

Thanks, Caryl! Means a lot!

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