Sons of Blackbird Mountain
A Tale of Family, Brotherhood, and the Healing Power of Love
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.
Dear reader friends,
I’ve recently turned in the first manuscript of my upcoming historical romance series to the editing team at Thomas Nelson/HarperCollins Christian (yippee!!). We’ve just officialized the title of book 1 – Sons of Blackbird Mountain and I am so eager to introduce you to the Norgaard family and in particular, a character that is extra dear to my heart – Thor Norgaard – a Deaf man living in 1890 Appalachia. Just around the bend is the tale of this man, his rough-and-tumble brothers, and the dear women that God has brought into their lives. It’s a story of love and brotherhood and the gentle changing in our lives as God molds us and shapes us. A growing up of sorts, that sweetens with time and understanding.
For now, I am joyously at work editing the first book and writing the second. As always, your prayers, support, and enthusiasm are such a blessing. It’s with you and your hearts in mind that I weave these stories across the pages.
Warmest wishes, my friends!
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