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  1. Kendy
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A provocative story of acceptance and love, of misunderstanding and regret.
    October 29, 2019
    Kendy
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Sons of Blackbird Mountain.
    A beautifully wrought tale of an Irish widow, twice displaced, finding herself in the Virginia mountains, only to discover the "children" she'd thought to care for are grown men. Three brothers: one a peacekeeper, one yet young and impulsive, and one born deaf and mute, whose hurts know only the solace of drink for comfort. Among family hurts, bondages, and un-forgiveness that mirror real life even today, Ms. Bischof has woven a provocative story of acceptance and love, of misunderstanding and regret. Through her exceptional writing style, its depth, and achingly vivid portrayal of the human spirit, you will find your heart curled around these characters. The ending is satisfying, with a magnificent opening for the next book of this series. A FIVE STAR referral from me!
  2. Iola
    New Zealand
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Christian Fiction featuring a Deaf character
    May 2, 2019
    Iola
    New Zealand
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Sons of Blackbird Mountain.
    Aven was born in Ireland, married from the workhouse, widowed in Norway, and has now arrived in Blackbird Mountain, Virginia, to the only family she has lefteven though it's a distant link. She to find Aunt Dorothe is dead and "the boys"Dorothea's beloved nephewsare full grown men. Jorgan, the oldest, is betrothed. Thor, the middle brother, is Deaf. And Haakon, the youngest is full of fun. These are the three Sons of Blackbird Mountain.

    The brothers invite Aven to stayalthough she doesn't have many options. She wonders if she's made the right decision after the family receives a late-night visit from the neighbours. It appears the Klan don't like Thor's habit of hiring Negroes, even if they are the hardest workers. Despite the neighbours, Aven is becoming attached to the family, and especially to Thor.

    One of the most interesting aspects of Sons of Blackbird Mountain was the character of Thor. Thor has been Deaf since birth. He reads lips, and communicates through American Sign Language (ASL), and through writing notes. It's fascinating to read this insight into Deaf life and culture in a time gone by. Thor is interesting for another reason: he's in charge of the family cidery, brewing beverages that keep the family in fine style.

    And he's an alcoholic. That's an issue for Aven, because her late husband was an alcoholic, and it killed him. She's initially afraid of Thor, but soon learns to trust him. But not completely. Not while he's dependent on alcohol.

    So Sons of Blackbird Mountain has plenty of conflict, and plenty of issues for the characters to deal with. It's a gripping read with fascinating and original characters, and plenty of emotion. The writing is strong, although Bischof does have this weird habit of using odd sentence fragmentssomething I love in contemporary fiction, but which feels out of place in a historical novel. But that's a minor niggle in an otherwise strong novel.

    Overall, I recommend Sons of Blackbird Mountain for historical fiction lovers, especially those who like reading about small mountain communities.

    Thanks to Thomas Nelson and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.
  3. bsnksmom
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Two Brothers, One Woman - Who Will Win Her Heart?
    April 22, 2019
    bsnksmom
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Sons of Blackbird Mountain.
    When her husband dies, Aven Norgaard has nowhere to go, until his aunt beckons to join their household in America. Norway has nothing for her, and apparently there are three "boys" who need a caregiver in America, so Aven takes a chance and boards a ship for a new life. Arriving on Blackbird Mountain, Aven is stunned to realize that the "boys" she is supposed to take care of are full-grown men who have been taking care of themselves since their aunt's death a few months prior. Can she make a place for herself in their home, or will she be forced to look farther afield to support herself?

    Thor Norgaard has lived in a silent world all his life. Deaf and essentially mute, he interacts through sign, and mostly only with family. His work in the family's apple orchards supports his family, but it also has him enslaved to the liquor he sells. When Aven arrives, he realizes that he has dreamed of her for years, ever since they received his cousin Benn's wedding picture. Could she ever care for a man who struggles to communicate, and who has the same addiction that killed her husband?

    Haakon Norgaard as the youngest brother, knows that his brother Thor doesn't really like him much. His birth caused the death of their mother, and Thor has never forgiven him for that. He lives his life a bit on the wild side, doing pretty much as he pleases, until he sees Aven. Her beauty entrances him, and her kindness makes him want to be better. When she appears to want to be with Thor instead, Haakon's jealousy drives him to one last desperate attempt to make her see him. Will his actions separate him permanently from his family, instead of giving him the one thing he really wants?

    Wow, this story packs a major punch! Told through the eyes of each of the characters, Sons of Blackbird Mountain gives a glimpse of what it might have been like to be deaf - both as a child and as an adult - before American Sign Language became the norm. Thor is both deaf and alcoholic, one almost certainly caused by the other as he drinks to deaden the pain of his many losses. Aven's presence gives him good reason to stop drinking, and his older brother supports him completely, while his younger brother tolerates the change. I was heart-broken for the young Thor who lost his mother as a child, and took out his anger on the baby brother who was left behind. The most poignant scene, I felt, was when Thor remembered signing "I hate you" to Haakon as a baby, and then being shown the sign by Haakon as a 7-year-old, and asked what it meant. I cried for the two brothers, and their broken relationship.

    Set in Appalachia, readers who love historical romance should definitely pick this one up. I personally waited WAY too long to read it but once I started it, I could not put it down. I would give it seven or eight stars if that was possible, but since it isn't, it gets a 5-star review.
  4. rkfall
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    The Sons of Blackbird Mountain
    January 27, 2019
    rkfall
    This review was written for Sons of Blackbird Mountain.
    The Sons of Blackbird Mountain by Joanne Bischof was a great read. I enjoyed that it had the thread of Norwegian life and the coming to America stitched through it. This girl comes to her late husband's family of brothers to be their housekeeper and a couple of the brothers are swept up in their feelings for her. One of the brothers has a hearing loss and the story is developed about how that affected his everyday life. Sign language was a needed source for him to be able to communicate. I also found the struggle to rid themselves of self-help and the breaking of bad habits to be stirring.

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
  5. Kym
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Power of Love
    January 1, 2019
    Kym
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Sons of Blackbird Mountain.
    Three brothers, one widow, and the healing power of family.

    Aven Norgaard has lost her husband and now has to move from her home in Norway to the rugged hills of Appalachia. Learning her way in a new home among a family she has never met until now, working in a business she previously knew nothing about, is more than a widow should have on her shoulders. However, Aven handles it all with care and grace. The tension among the brothers, though, is thick and it is only a matter of time before it rips them apart.

    This story is one of those that you feel like you are living with the family. I felt involved in the happenings. I was cheering for the brothers and Aven, hoping for reconciliation. It is a story I greatly enjoyed and highly recommend.



    *I received this book free from Thomas Nelson and The Fiction Guild in exchange for my honest review. What I have expressed are entirely my own thoughts. I was not compensated in any monetary way.*
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