Oh. My. Goodness. I could not put this book down. For real. When I had to because other things needed my attention, my thoughts kept going back to it. This will be a re-read many times over.
Sons of Blackbird Mountain was one of those stories that I wanted to devour as fast as possible, yet savor the whole way through. I couldn’t get enough.
The characters within these pages instantly won my heart. A bit of “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” mixed with Bonanza (Jorgan Norgaard is so like Adam Cartwright.. while Haakon and Little Joe share an impulsive boldness..), this story is set in 1890s Virginia. Thor, while gentle and sweet when one takes the time and effort to hear him, struggles with addiction to the hard cider he makes his living from — partially to drink away the pain of his loneliness. Thor is Deaf and for the most part rejected by the outside world, thus leaving him with very few people who care enough to truly know him.
Aven finds herself in unexpected circumstances, living with her late husband’s cousins far from her native Europe. As she adjusts to American mountain life with a new-to-her family, she struggles with aligning her affections and her wisdom.
This book is full of redemption and healing, love and beauty. All of this in the midst of some very ugly stuff. Because really, it takes letting God lead us through the ugly hard to discover the true beauty that is around us.
Joanne Bischof captured here the world of a Deaf man, and she did it in such a way that I found myself imagining the sounds he was imagining, rather than hearing them in my mind. (Do your senses join you in whatever you’re reading, do you see the layout of the house where the characters live or smell the orchard they’re walking through? No? You can ignore me then. I already know I’m strange. 🙂 )
This book is, to me, a fresh, cold glass of apple cider. Crisp and tangily-spicily, refreshingly perfect. Please read this book.
So.. obviously, I just couldn’t resist a photo shoot with this stunningly beautiful book.. in my family’s own apple orchard. These are a few of my favorite photos from the shoot. I’m so in love…
Thank you to Joanne Bischof and her publisher for the honor and joy of being on your launch team.