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Daughters of Northern Shores - (Blackbird Mountain Novel) by Joanne Bischof (Paperback)

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Number of Pages: 368

Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres

Sub-Genre: Christian

Series Title: Blackbird Mountain Novel

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Book theme: Historical

Author: Joanne Bischof

Language: English

Street Date: March 12, 2019
TCIN: 76348326
UPC: 9780718099121
Item Number (DPCI): 248-63-1218

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In this stunning sequel to The Sons of Blackbird Mountain, Aven and Thor's love story continues--and an age-old feud endangers the Norgaard family in ways no one could have ever imagined.

Aven Norgaard understands courage. Orphaned within an Irish workhouse, then widowed at just nineteen, she voyaged to America where she was wooed and wed by Thor Norgaard, a Deaf man in rural Appalachia. That the Lord saw her along the winding journey and that Aven now carries Thor's child are blessings beyond measure. Yet while Thor holds her heart, it is his younger brother and rival who haunts her memories. Haakon--whose selfish choices shattered her trust in him.

Having fled the Norgaard orchard after a terrible mistake, Haakon sails on the North Atlantic ice trade, where his soul is plagued with regrets that distance cannot heal. Not even the beautiful Norwegian woman he's pursued can ease the torment. When the winds bear him home after four years away, Haakon finds the family on the brink of tragedy. A decades-old feud with the neighboring farm has wrenched them into the fiercest confrontation on Blackbird Mountain since the Civil War. Haakon's cunning and strength hold the power to seal many fates, including Thor's--which is already imperiled due to a grave illness brought to him at the first prick of warfare.

Now Haakon faces the hardest choice of his life. One that shapes a battlefield where pride must be broken enough to be restored, and where a prodigal son may finally know the healing peace of surrender and the boundless gift of forgiveness. And when it comes to the woman he left behind in Norway, he just might discover that while his heart belongs to a daughter of the north, she's been awaiting him on shores more distant than the land he's fighting for.

This inspirational historical romance can be read as a standalone but is best enjoyed as a follow-up to The Sons of Blackbird Mountain by Christy Award-winning author Joanne Bischof. Book length: approximately 109,000 words. Includes a reading group guide and a note from the author.

"Bischof's effortless prose and emotionally driven scenes captivate the reader from beginning to end. Characters so real you begin to believe they are. The Norgaard brothers and their families will steal your heart. Beautifully eloquent, this grace-filled tale is one not to be missed." --Catherine West, author of Where Hope Begins

"Laced with lyrical prose, Daughters of Northern Shores is a story of redemption that gripped me from its first moments. I savored every gorgeous detail, and the characters continue to live with me even now. Bischof is a master at enfolding readers in her story world and bringing them along in a journey of the heart." --Lindsay Harrel, author of The Secrets of Paper and Ink

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Captivating historical fiction

5 out of 5 stars
Would recommend
AnneRightler - 5 months ago
Daughters of Northern Shores is the second in the Blackbird Mountain series by Joanne Bischof. I was so looking forward to reading it and was not in the least disappointed. Although one could read this as a stand-alone story as the author does a good job filling in the back story, I would suggest being sure to read Sons of Blackbird Mountain for a more full experience with these characters. Despite the past difficulties Aven and Thor are building their new life together, with a wee one on the way, when a debilitating disease threatens their happiness. How did it happen and what will be the outcome? Thor's brother, Haakon, who fled the mountain home four years prior has now made a difficult decision to return and 'face the music' so to speak. How will he be received? Has he really changed enough to be accepted back into the family fold? The characters are well-defined, well rounded with attributes and flaws and depicted with deep-set emotions as they learn to cope with the struggles that come their way in the story. And the struggles--retaliation from a neighbor bent on evil revenge, severe illness, forgiveness, and restoration--were very real and the author expertly dealt with these gritty subjects. The descriptive writing style, original use of language and imagery vividly paint a realistic portrait of life in the mountains of Virginia in the 1890s, as well as life at sea on a trading ship. Daughters of Northern Shores is a story that, although it comes to a satisfactory ending, sadly does end. I wish there were more to come in the story of the Norgaard family as they trust God to provide and to heal, physically, emotionally and relationally. Readers who love stories of redemption and second chances and historical fiction with a bit of romance will not want to miss this story. I received a complimentary copy of this book via CelebrateLit. A favorable review was not required and opinions are my own. This review is part of a CelebrateLit blog tour.
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A Novel with Depth

5 out of 5 stars
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kathae - 5 months ago
There is just something about Joanne Bischof's writing that just gets down to your soul. Whether it's the simple joys of love, life, and family, the uncertainty of future conflict, or trust that has been broken, Bischof's books touch the deepest part of your heart. The second installment of the Blackbird Mountain series, Daughters of Northern Shores does not disappoint. It continues the story from Sons of Blackbird Mountain, yet it can read as a stand-alone. This story was paced well, and easy to read. Aven, the new girl in the previous novel, embodies contentment, even as the people and situations around her are unsettled. She was my rock as I read. My respect for the other characters increased as they faced challenges from within and without. Understanding the setting is crucial to the plot, and the author transports the reader to the Virginia hills following the Civil War. I have loved all of the books I have read by this author, and I highly recommend this one. Readers of historical fiction and fans of Bischof's work will want to pick up this book. I received an e-ARC of this book from the publisher, Thomas Nelson, through Celebrate Lit, for review purposes. The thoughts expressed here are my own.
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Incredible historical fiction

5 out of 5 stars
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MJSH - 5 months ago
“While words were potent, a man’s caring ran through deeper waters. It dwelled right there in what he was willing to do.” What an incredibly powerful book! This is book 2 in the Blackbird Mountain series but it can definitely be enjoyed as a stand-alone since the most pertinent events and key elements from book 1 are recapped without interrupting the flow of this book’s storyline. The author’s trademark of lyrical and masterful storytelling will pull you into an apple orchard full of love, laughter, familial loyalty, regrets, and grace in Blackbird Mountain, Virginia in 1895 and the beautifully crafted characters of the Norgaard family will steal and keep your heart and mind long after the last page of the book is finished. The theme of the prodigal son, along with the gentle reminder for true repentance and forgiveness sprinkled with grace and mercy, is prominent and at the forefront of this story and it’s told with deeply layered emotions and thought processes from Haakon, the prodigal son, and from Thor, his older brother, and his wife Aven, whom Haakon had gravely wronged before fleeing from their shared home. In the midst of this spiritual awakening and growth within the characters, there are other sobering themes like the struggle with addiction as well as fascinating themes like epidemic jaundice and the world of the deaf. There is quite a bit of suspense and action, too, as the Norgaard brothers defend their land and family from those who’d bring them harm. And, of course, there is heart-stuttering romance and steadfast love between Thor and Aven that will make you sigh every time they interact. Indeed this book is a tapestry of words woven so majestically together to leave you in awe. Savor every word and sentence! I received a copy of the book from Thomas Nelson via Celebrate Lit Tours and was under no obligation to post a positive review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.
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great read

5 out of 5 stars
Would recommend
rachel92886 - 8 months ago
This was another fantastic read by Joanne Bischof. I love how this story has so many themes woven throughout. Forgiveness is a huge theme in this book. I can't begin to describe the wonderful way this author writes. Thor and Aven are again some of my favorite characters. Such a great book and I wish there were going to be more in this series. As always I highly recommend this book and this author. I received this book from the publisher for free. A positive review was not required. All opinions are my own.
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Incredible

5 out of 5 stars
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Jaquelyn - 10 months ago
I can’t begin to tell you how excited I was to read this book. I anticipated it like my favorite dessert; I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it, but I also wanted to savor every moment. The depth of characters Bischof writes takes my breath away. I find myself thinking about them when I should be sleeping. They are absolutely some of my favorite characters ever written. Thor is one of a kind in every way. I first met him in Sons of Blackbird Mountain, and have been in love with him since. Aven has his heart though, so I guess I’ll have to share. His brothers Jorgan and Hakkan were also easy to love, though they each have their faults. Daughters of the Northern Shore took me on a journey from the frozen shores of Norway and back to an apple orchard on Blackbird mountain. I loved every moment. Bischof had me laughing, holding my breath, and crying. I can’t recommend this book enough. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson Publishers and Netgalley and was in no way forced to post a review. All opinions expressed are my own.
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5 out of 5 stars
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Pam K - 10 months ago
Four years have passed since the end of the book SONS OF BLACKBIRD MOUNTAIN. Jorgan and Fay have two young sons, Thor and Aven are expecting a baby in a few months. Haakon, the youngest Norgaard brother, has spent these years laboring on ships in the North Atlantic ice trade after fleeing his homeland in shame. When his best friend on the ship decides to return home to America, Haakon decides the time is right for him too. It is time to mend things with his family. He arrives at a time of trouble. The Sorrel men have come back for revenge. DAUGHTERS OF NORTHERN SHORES is a moving story of a young, reckless man trying to atone for his sins, rediscovering the value of brothers, and re-connecting with God. Though there are many memorable characters, one that really has a impact is Peter Sorrel. In the first book he took a stand against the violence and hatred of the men in his family, taking a beating from his father. He became a trusted friend to the Norgaards, working for them and helping to protect them and the freed slaves who live on their land. He also helped look after the Sorrel women who wanted no part of the hatred of the men. As Haakon spends more time with his family, he longs for a wife and children of his own, in particular a young widow in Norway with five children. This is a hard to forget historical romance that I highly recommend. I received a complementary copy of the book but that did not influence my opinion. All thoughts are my own.
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