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.
This book was pretty amazing. It offered so much for the reader to consider. I loved having Thor be a Deaf man during the late 1800s. Not only does it show how much tenacity Thor and his family had to get through this during this time period but it shows the fierce love that Aven had when she came into this home. The home wasn’t only filled with three men, but one of the men had a disability that made communication almost impossible.
This isn’t only a love story between Aven and a brother. It also shows the love between the three brothers. Their parents had died years before, leaving them alone with just their aunt and a housekeeper. These men may have fought among themselves but they knew that family came first and they didn’t stand behind each other but next to each other, when it mattered most.
This book was a selection for my book club and it was one of those times that everyone of us loved the book. And that doesn’t happen very often. Usually there is at least one of us that just isn’t feeling it. We had already read another book by this author The Lady and the Lionheart and that one was also mutually loved by all. This book was such a winner for us that we decided to go ahead and read the next one for an upcoming month, so stay tuned for the review of Daughters of Northern Shores.