Joanne Bischof. Sons of Blackbird Mountain. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 2018.
Ms. Bischof’s last novel, The Lady and the Lionheart, won many of the genre’s major awards. Her most recent release has been long-anticipated and manages to meet (and exceed) all expectations.
In Sons of Blackbird Mountain, newly widowed Aven Norgaard arrives in the Appalachian hills from Norway to live with her late husband’s cousins. She expects to care for three young boys, but discovers that her great aunt’s letters failed to tell the whole story. The Norgaard brothers are known throughout the region for their Nordic appearance, strength, and work ethic. However, their brewing of hard cider and their close relationship with a family of former slaves draws the ire of neighboring families. When the two youngest Norgaard brothers seek Aven’s heart, she must choose between the romantic Haakon and the troubled, but wise, Thor. Along the way, Aven discovers her own healing among her new-found family and the rugged Appalachians.
Ms. Bischof delivers an impressive tale that will exceed her fan’s expectations, even after the release of her award-winning The Lady and the Lionheart. The Norgaard family present the perfect foundation for Ms. Bischof to create a memorable epic within the Christian historical fiction genre.
Overall, I really enjoyed reading Sons of Blackbird Mountain! Thomas Nelson’s editorial team assists Ms. Bischof in achieving a higher level in her writing, even as she has received extensive recognition for her previous work. To add to the impressive cast of characters, setting, and plotline, Sons of Blackbird Mountain features a Deaf character, whose use of American Sign Language adds a memorable voice that permeates the entire novel. The inclusion of this character alone significantly raises the caliber of the novel to a level that few other authors have managed within the last year. I would not be surprised to see Sons of Blackbird Mountain return Ms. Bischof to the award nominee lists for 2018. Readers will also be particularly excited that this series will continue with Daughters of Northern Shores to be released in March 2019!
Fans of Ms. Bischof will definitely want to read Sons of Blackbird Mountain! Readers who enjoy award-winning Christian historical fiction will also find this novel to be well worth reading.
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