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I loved that This was so special and ust adorable I absolutely loved this book This loved that This was so special and ust adorable I absolutely loved this book This always has such beautiful meanings in her books and her writing is so delightful to read I definitely recommend this one This is the first book I ve read by the author and now I m ready to go binge read all her other books I felt like my heart was being tugged on as I read the story of Aven and Thor their thoughts struggles triumphs and oys The writing is absolutely beautiful and I Chasing the Red Queen just sank into it not wanting to miss one word Aven is such a thoughtful compassionate person having endured harsh circumstances and heartache and blossoms in the supportive household of the Norgaard brothers I loved her perspective as she uickly bonds with the brothers and the others that live on the property embracing them as family The sweet romance that develops between her and Thor after a rough beginning is amazing with lovely special moments that are uiet and intense Thor is an unforgettable character notust because of how he has succeeded despite his disability but how he goes through the lowest of lows in order to overcome his weakness and be worthy of Aven His gentle nature contrasts with his powerful strength and confidence intriguing Aven and strengthening their connection The family goes through ups and downs with violent neighbors sibling rivalries a new bride for the oldest brother and a need to innovate their livelihood to save the farm I was completely immersed from the first page to the last and highly recommend this bookI received a complimentary copy of the book all opinions in this review are my own Cue difficult reviewmay be some spoilers aheadAs much as I wanted to enjoy this story I never could connect with it Aven was a great character but I never really got to know her and over I don t think she knew herself We know who she is in the moment but we have no clue what her goals in life are or what her ultimate dreams are It s clear from the story that she doesn t even know from one month to the next what she really is going tohoping to do other than her talent for baking It s evident that she falls for Thor but she kisses Haakon tooI don t understand her reasoning for kissing one guy while she is consideringdrawn to two it feels very modern and odd in a tim At some point I ll find the words to capture how much I loooooved this book But right now I m in too much of an exuisitely happy and awed fog Full review to come And finally weeks later after having read the book a second time because it s ust that amazing here s the full thingHold oncrazy amounts of gushing about to happenSo full disclosure I am a massive Joanne Bischof
Fan Her Cadence Of Grace Her Cadence of Grace was so beautiful and surprising and put me in the mind of one of my classic faves Christy And her 2016 release The Lady the Lionheart is one of my top five favorite books of all time So I knew going into Sons of Blackbird Mountain that I top five favorite books of all time So I knew going into Sons of Blackbird Mountain that I going to love itI didn t realize how much I d love it So much that I basically couldn t pick up another book for days afterward and decided to reread it a second timeIt Is GorgeousOf all the things to love about this story and there are many the thing I ust can t get over is how fully and beautifully she places the reader inside Thor s head Thor is a complex character He struggles with alcoholism and he s Deaf Either one of these alone would make writing from his point of view a complicated process than usualbut together I think it could be incredibly difficult write a fully fleshed non caricature portrayal of his day to day life But in Bischof s hands it s ust effortless And I love itI love him I honestly didn t think I could love a character as much or than Charlie in The Lady The Lionheart but Thor gives him a run for his money I especially appreciated how Bischof handles the topic of alcoholism I love that she doesn t skirt around itthat she shows it in a very real and very nuanced way And truly I m blown away by how layered so many of these characters are Layered lovable incredibly complicatedgosh Haakon especially His dark streak contrasted with all the hurt and longing he s holding insidethese are the kind of characters I want to read about Imperfect struggling and yearning for redemption Thor Aven Haakon Jorgan Peter all of them face and in some cases are the instigators of hard harsh things But that makes the undercurrent of grace and hope all the weightier It s all beautifully doneAltogether this is a story packed with poignant moments beautiful writing yes I realize I ve used the word beautiful like forty times in this review but I can t help it and characters I still can t stop thinking about The romance is perfection the setting is vivid and the plot is perfectly paced I have nothing but the highest praise for Joanne Bischof s latestand I ll pretty much ust be over here dying of impatience until the second in the series releases next year. HAs 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 uiet spirit tear apart a family Can she find a tender belonging in this remote rugged and unfamiliar placeA 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 lov. ,
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Sons of Blackbird Mountain was amazing The story tackles some difficult subjects including alcoholism but I loved the way redemption was portrayed in the bookThe characters and their struggles were so real and I could feel for them There were some heart wrenching moments in the book that I did not see coming and were hard to readI loved the romance story It was so sweet and I was rooting for Aven to end up with a certain someone I liked the way ASL and deafness was handled in this book It was eye opening in some ways because it was so believable and I could feel for Thor All in all Sons of Blackbird Mountain was difficult for me to put down I started and finished the book so uickly and I loved every minute of it I cannot wait to read the next book and definitely
recommend this oneDisclosure of Material Connection I received one or of the products or services mentioned above forthis oneDisclosure of Material Connection I received one or of the products or services mentioned above for in the hope that I would mentionreview it on my blog I was not reuired to give a positive review only my honest opinion which I ve done All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission s 16 CFR Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising This is Bischof s best work by far My review can t do this beautiful book The Machine Stops justice but I ll do my best The characters Just wow Somehow Bischof creates such amazing multi faceted realistic characters and has you in love with them before you even reach the end of chapter two I loved the female MC Aven Her sweet spirit compassion kindness and gentle heart were inspiring and her struggles were so relatable and realistic Thor the male MC is a bit rough and tumble but has such a sweet heart Being deaf he struggles to express his true self but when he does it s the sweetest thing I also loved the background characters of Jorgen Ida Cora and even Haakon at times I loved Jorgen so much I almost wish he could have his own book or at least a novella maybe Words cannot expressust how much I absolutely adored all these characters The story Spend but ten minutes gettin to know Thor Norgaard and you ll forget he silentYou ll learn and hear things that most men don t even know how to speak There is so much depth to this gorgeous story even especially in the gentle subtleties that Bischof tucks inside her writing from the way the Norgaard brothers each represent a different facet of the Viking spirit to the way the variety of apples in the orchard itself reminded me of the different dimensions
the story As tenderly possible the author weaves in layers of sibling rivalry domestic abuse alcoholism racism and greed with even tenderly drawn layers of hope healing and courage This is a story that does not shy away from the harshness of life or sin But it s also a story that boldly proclaims freedom for the captive and beauty from the ashesThe cast of engaging characters are authentically imperfect and will break your heart a little before they heal it too Especially Thor oh my heart His lovable giant self made all the endearing by the ways he compensates for the fact that he can t speak or hear won me over in the first few pagesIn Thor s case the absence of speech or sound does not mean the absence of conversation or emotion and the way the author has so lovingly crafted his character speaks louder than any voice could Even down to subtle details such as the cadence of his sign language the way he doesn t realize how loud his movements are his breathing patterns etc his characterization is spot on and we get a clearer picture of his heart in a way that we might not otherwise Bischof s portrayal of Thor as not only Deaf mute but also an alcoholic sets aside everything we ve come to expect in our heroes and I LOVE IT The depth of his story is all encompassing wrapping around you until you can barely breathe from the exuisite beauty of Grace and redemptionI could seriously go on and on and on I haven t even talked yet about Aven and her relationship with Thor I haven t mentioned Ida or Cora or Jorgen or Haaken or Peter These characters all captured me in one way or the other and their combined stories touched me soul deepBottom Line I called The Lady and the Lionheart heartachingly beautiful and it is But I honestly think that Sons of Blackbird Mountain is even so These characters their struggles and their healing burrow into the heart and refuse to let go Bischof s mastery of language her skill in setting and her incomparable talent in subtle symbolism are refreshing and poetic I of course want you to read all the books but if you can only read one book *this year make it this oneI voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this bookfirst seen at Reading Is My SuperPower * year make it this oneI voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this bookfirst seen at Reading Is My SuperPower to my previous review Still one of my all time favorite novels I Dare for More just listened to the audiobook of A tale of family brotherhood and the healing power of loveAfter 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 His wonderful story and the narrator did an outstandingob with the accents of the characters She captured the feeling of this story beautifullyThis beautiful book cover hides a story within its pages that is even exuisite than the artwork The author s writing style drew me in from the very first paragraph and I was transported back in time to watch this heartachingly tender story unfoldThese characters were absolutely captivating From the first time Aven met the Norgaard brothers and uncertainty ruled her thoughts to the sarcastic uips that Haakon threw into conversations to the emotions and connection that begin to build between Aven and Thor I was caught up in this family s story and did not want to stop readingI loved that the main character Thor was deaf Aven and Thor s story was even meaningful to me as I watched both of them work to overcome the barrier between them The author tackled some weighty subjects in Sons of Blackbird Mountain and she did so with grace and a realistic touchI loved this story from start to finish and eagerly await the second book in the seriesI received a complimentary copy of this book All opinions are my ownYou can read this review on my blogI read an early beta copy of this novel Wow Loved loved loved this beautiful story This is the first book I ve read by Joanne Bischof and what an introduction it was I ve read massive amounts of historical fiction books in my lifetime but this one is unlike any I ve read before The author takes us inside the head of the main male character Thor Now Thor is one of the three brothers Aven came over from Norway to take care of She thought the brother s were children in need of care Upon arriving from her voyage across the ocean she sees they are grown men living in rural 19th century Appalachia Thor is the complex one his family runs a hard cider liuor business and he is an alcoholic and deaf as well He is able to sign but not able to speak and feels alienated and alonefull of frustration about not being able to express himself fully Alcohol changes who he is when he is under the influence and he doesn t like who he has become He is a very complex man The struggle is real as he battles the demons inside him to give up alcohol Aven makes every effort she can to show Thor she cares as she sees the battles raging inside of him alcoholismdepressionlonelinessfrustration and the effort to make his wants and needs known The bond between the three brothers is touching and real The three would do anything for each other and do Will this broken man find wholeness and healing or will hard drink win the battle raging within him What about Aven two men desire to be her one and only Thor the one who has cast his spell upon her in a uiet efficient way or Haakon who is bold and passionate Will her being there cause an irreparable rift between the brothers This book goes where other Christian historical novels dare not to go It s in your facerealistica breakthrough and I loved it I have a lot of catching up as I now need to read all of the rest of this author s booksPub Date 03 Jul 2018 I was given a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson FICTION through NetGalley All opinions expressed are my own Sons of Blackbird Mountain is anTo The Story As Tenderly
Achingly Beautiful Story Of Brotherhood And Romancebeautiful story of brotherhood and romance uiet strength and vibrancy of the characters especially the main viewpoint Wow Another amazing book by Joanne Bischof I got this book yesterday and finished it last night I set all of the books that I was reading aside to start this one because you always know that you re in for a treat with Joanne Bischof The authors writing style is Academia dos Anjos (Redenção Livro 2) just beautiful and she has such a way with words There are many times when reading a paragraph sentence in her book youust have to look up for a second and say wow Her books always have so much meaning to them and I have yet to find a book of hers that I haven t loved I had high expectations for The Sons of Blackbird Mountain and it was ust as lovely as I knew it d be The characters in this book were amazing and you can t help but love them The brotherhood that Jorgan Thor and Haakon had was so sweet They definitely had their moments but they always had each others backs They had this closeness and this bond that really ust brought them all together of the characters in really Life with My Idiot Family just brought them all together All of the characters in book were a to read Thor was such a uniue character and I loved him from the very beginning He went through hard times but deep down you could always see his heart He s kindness love and wanting to do the right thing He was such a special character The bond of the three brothers made this story that much special and I loved reading about it all Joanne always writes the sweetest romances and this one wasust adorable Why not have the main guy character be mute and deaf I loved it Thor and Aven were so sweet together Thor taught Aven some sign language and Aven taught him to dance It was all so sweet It wasn t the. Ven has hope to build a new life in this tight knit familyBut 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 strengt.