Historical Fiction, Review

Sons of Blackbird Mountain by Joanne Bischof + video

Hi, reader friends! Today, we welcome back our author friend, Joanne Bischof, as part of a book tour for her new novel, Sons of Blackbird Mountain!


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..

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guest video from Joanne Bischof


about the book

Sons of Blackbird Mountain by Joanne Bischof

Sons of Blackbird Mountain by Joanne Bischof

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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my thoughts

Sons of Blackbird Mountain by Joanne Bischof quote + review on Faithfully Bookish

In an epic symphony of story, Sons of Blackbird Mountain by Joanne Bischof invites readers to participate in the rich complexities of love, pain, and triumph alongside the stalwart Norgaards. Every moment vibrates with the sweet and soul-stirring art of a brilliant storyteller. Every emotion echoes from the deepest place where fiction becomes a special reality within our reader hearts and beloved characters become dear forever friends.

Aven Norgaard has known more than her fair share of grief and heartache, her gentle spirit in need of healing and rest. The trials she endures before she sets foot on Blackbird Mountain are difficult to imagine. Aven desires a place to put down roots and call home, a place of safety and stability. As for her husband’s cousins, the Norgaard brothers, y’all simply must meet them for yourselves because I cannot do them justice!

In all honesty, my words are inadequate for the depth of love, the ferocity of addiction, the strain between hurting brothers, the tension from spiteful neighbors, the isolation, grief, and loss endured. Yet this story gently reminds us of the precious endlessness of hope and strength gifted to us by God’s grace which enables us to thrive regardless of our earthly circumstances. I highly recommend this story and expect to frequently pull it down from my favorites bookshelf to savor and reread for years to come.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review. The opinions expressed are my own.



To celebrate her tour, Joanne is giving away a 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!!

Sons of Blackbird Mountain by Joanne Bischof Celebrate Lit tour giveaway on Faithfully Bookish

See what other readers are saying by checking out other stops on the tour schedule!

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Sons of Blackbird Mountain by Joanne Bischof Celebrate Lit tour + review + giveaway on Faithfully Bookish

Say hi to Joanne and share your thoughts, reader friends!
Be sure to add Sons of Blackbird Mountain by Joanne Bischof to your tbr!
Check out the next book Daughters of Northern Shores!

18 thoughts on “Sons of Blackbird Mountain by Joanne Bischof + video”

  1. I discovered Joanne and her novels through an historical fiction sweepstakes I entered earlier this year, and so glad I did. I highly recommend her Cadence of Grace series. She writes so beautifully of Appalachia and the people. I’m looking forward to Sons of Blackbird Mountain.


  2. Thank you for your wonderful review on “Sons of Blackbird Mountain” by Joanne Bischof and for being part of the blog tour by Celebrate Lit which makes me want to read this book all the more. It is definitely on my TBR list.

    Enjoyed the author’s video and learning more about the book through the author’s eyes.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net


  3. I’m very excited to read this book! I got it from the library yesterday and hope to start it soon! This is a great giveaway!


  4. I have read quite a bit of the immigration from Norway via Lauraine Snelling’s excellent historical series. This also sounds an excellent read.


  5. This book is amazing! There just aren’t enough pretty words to describe it. You did very well Beth! I’m SO looking forward to Daughters of Northern Shores!


  6. Your comment about keeping this book on your shelf for rereading speaks volumes for it. Thanks for sharing & being a part of the blog tour!


  7. `Yet this story gently reminds us of the precious endlessness of hope and strength gifted to us by God’s grace which enables us to thrive regardless of our earthly circumstances.` What a great thing to remember.


  8. A very beautiful and eloquent review. The high praise this book is receiving is a true testament of this author’s skill and ability as a storyteller. I can’t wait to read this book for myself!


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