This story swept me away to Appalachia and I found myself wanting to stay there. I longed for more time to savor the crispness of fall, the mountain community that embraced Aven, and the farm that housed three unforgettable brothers. This book pulls you right in.

Blame it on Thor, I say. Our hero is unlike any I’ve read before and I loved the way the author showed the kind heart behind this silent man. Aven is equally admirable and brings a beautiful mix of strength and gentleness to the story all on her own.

Sons of Blackbird Mountain took me places I did not expect. There is real struggle in these pages, but there is also hope and a great deal of healing. Each setting was so vivid and the emotions so raw. The ending brought beautiful closure and much anticipation for the sequel. Without question, this author is one of my favorites. 🙂


I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book. All views expressed are my honest opinion.


About the Book

A tale of family, brotherhood, and the healing power of love

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 place?

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

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.

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