The Bond Of Brothers
Sons Of Blackbird Mountain by Joanne Bischof is a marvellous, gritty Christian historical romance and one that I loved.
Joanne Biscof is not afraid to tackle the age old problem of alcoholism. The reader sees the affects of liquor not only on the affected but on all those around. He “knew what a battle it was – the pull of the bottle each and every moment of each and every day.” People need to want to give up the addiction but they also need help from those around them.
Being hurt in the past means hearts are locked away. “Realities had taught her that a woman’s heart was best bundled up and hidden away.” There is a sadness surrounding a character who in her wish to guard her heart, has imprisoned it.
Family bonds are important. Family is members of the same household. Family pulls together at all times.
The American Civil War was fought for freedom for all. Unfortunately racial inequality and prejudice remains. The Ku Klux Klan was active within the novel and the reader sees the fear and horror it brings.
One of the lead characters was deaf. The reader witnesses his inclusion in family life as members learn American Sign Language. There are also moments of heartbreak and horror as the reader learns of the punishments and prejudices he received at school.
There were moments of lightness as the wonderful, warm characters interacted with each other. Comprehensive descriptions enable the reader to picture the creek and other locations.
A really delightful and powerful novel from Joanne Biscof who has focused her story around issues not often written about. More please Joanne Biscof.
I received this book for free from Thomas Nelson at Net Galley. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.