Book Review

Sons of Blackbird Mountain by Joanne Bischof


Ever since I read, The Lady and the Lionheart I have been a huge fan of Joanne Bischof’s work.

I can’t tell you how excited I am to know we are getting more from her! And The Sons of Blackbird Mountain is book 1 of this loveliness!

THANK YOU, Joanne, for being brave enough to explore flawed characters. #Thorforever

I seriously loved this book and I look forward to getting to know the rest of the brothers more over the series. I could not put this one down and I am having a really hard time articulating my thoughts. The sensitivity and grace with which this book is written is admirable as well as, I’ll say it again, the bravery in tackling issues such as alcoholism, addiction, racism, struggling with emotions and trust. Wow, you guys! I can’t even. Too much in this book to just give a few lines about, this is rich stuff which will leave you with more empathy and grace!

(Well, that’s what it did for me.)


I received a copy of this book through NetGalley and my opinions are my own



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 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.

Melony Teague is a freelance writer who believes everyone has a story to tell and each story is unique and sometimes wilder than fiction. She loves to uncover the good news in society and writes human interest and community pieces. As co-author of As the Ink Flows, she loves to inspire and motivate others through her written words. In her spare time, she reviews books and interviews with authors. These reviews can be found right here on her website. She also teaches seniors in her local community to write their own personal story. Melony Teague was born in South Africa and immigrated to Canada. She now lives in Toronto with her husband and their two children and two cats. Check out her recent publications here

Melony Teague is a Freelance Writer and Columnist who lives in Richmond Hill, Ontario. The Biographer for Portraits of Giving (2014-2016), Aurora Sports Hall of Fame (2015 -2017) and teaches seniors in her community how to write their personal story.

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