I did my whole “no time to search for the perfect book” thing and grabbed whatever came up first on Hoopla that looks okay. When I say looked okay, again, like last week, the judgment was made completely by the cover of the book. The book was Sons of Blackbird Mountain by Joanne Bischof.
As I was reading this book the author’s writing seemed familiar. It turns out this is the author of the book The Gold in These Hills. That was another book I’ve recently read. I enjoyed that one and enjoyed this one too.
Both are classified as Christian Historical Fiction. I’ve said before that I don’t mind a little historical fiction. I like the “wholesome” feel but not a preachy feel. Both of the books I’ve read by this author have the “wholesome” feel.
Here is what Amazon had to say:
“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.”
Amazon readers gave the book 4.6 stars. I would give it 4.3. It was good but for me to give a book over 4.5 stars, it’s gotta be a book that I will remember years from now and this one although good, won’t be a book that sticks with me forever. It was very enjoyable and was perfect for what I needed in a book at the time I read it.