Sunday, March 3, 2019

Daughter's of Northern Shores-A New Bischof Adventure


About the Book

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 farm after trying to take Aven as his own, 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 at stake through a grave illness brought to him as 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. (Goodreads)

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My Thoughts

 Joanne is one of my all time favorite authors, each of her novels I highly anticipate. This novel is the sequel to Sons of Blackbird Mountain. If you haven't read book one, really you must in order to understand this story. We get to go back into the lives of Aven and Thor which was delightful to see their characters grow all the more. Haakon is a difficult character to like but in typical Bischof style, she peels back the layers to the heart of this man. The setting is stunning and as you can tell from the cover we are taken from Appalachia to across the ocean, though most of the story is set in Appalachia. I enjoyed this book because it is so beautifully written. I did think the ending was a tad rushed and wrapped up quickly. I really wanted to keep reading about this family but sadly it came to an end. 
If you enjoy historical fiction this is a great series for you to pick up! I highly recommend anything by Joanne.

Five stars. 

"I received this book from BookLook for free. All opinions are my own."

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