Sons of Blackbird Mountain is my favorite kind of story to read. Passionately and beautifully told, author Bischof takes us to the Appalachia and gives us the story of three brothers whose bond is strong, their love is fierce, and their hate can be palpable. They are children of Norwegian immigrants and the story takes place in 1890 where race tensions are still high and neighbors are not too friendly. Their names are Jorgan, Thor, and Haakon.
There is so much depth to this story that I am afraid my review will be sorely lacking. As a mother of boys, I really enjoyed the bond these men had with each other. They were at once wild, kind, loyal, and innocent-to a degree. Their profession was one of making liquor. This was their income; this is what their apple orchards produced. Enter Aven, who now a widow was married to their cousin Benn and now has come to live in America.
She came under mistaken assumptions, but fell in love with the land and its people instead. She is a heroine who has lived a rough life, many disappointments and sadness from her childhood to her marriage with Benn. She does not like how these brothers who are very kind to her make their living. However, she seeks to make the best of her circumstances anyway.
This book does not shy away from tough subjects, but tells things like it is. One of the main subjects of this story is alcoholism and its effect on the alcoholic and those around them. This was written realistically and with heart.
Another topic was deafness. Thor is deaf and mute but he is very much alive in his silent world. I liked watching how those around him communicated with him and how ultimately Aven begins to be a part of his world.
There is so much to this story. It ties in the number one slot as a favorite this year with another book that took me away and I still think about from time to time. This, to my shame, is the first book I have read by author Bischof (even though I own all her books minus one), and I just knew she would be an author that I would enjoy reading. I am looking forward to book two.
I received a complimentary copy of this novel. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.