06 July 2018

The Friday 56 & First Line Friday | Sons of Blackbird Mountain

The Friday 56 is hosted weekly by Freda's Voice.
First Line Friday is hosted weekly by Hoarding Books.

Happy Friday!

I'm so excited to be starting this book in the next day or so, so I had to share it.

First Line: Aven peered down at the letter again, noted the address written in Aunt Dorothe's hand, then looked back to the wooden sign that was staked into the ground.

From Page 56: He touched the bandage binding his arm with its dried stains, then lifted her wrist. He slid her sleeve up her arm, exposing her skin where it bore the same crimson streaks.

Quotes taken from an Advanced Reader's Copy.

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.

Now, feel free to leave a line from a book near you in the comments below.
And be sure to stop by Hoarding Books* and Freda's Voice for a peek into other books.

*This week, Hoarding Books is hosting a patriotic-themed FLF in honor of the Fourth of July.


  1. I shared this on my blog today too. It was such a great book!!

    I'll share a first line from a book I hope to start reading very soon.

    "Two construction workers carried in the orange ladder splatted with dried paint blotches and old drywall mud."

    From The House at Saltwater Point by Colleen Coble

    Happy Friday! :)


  2. My first line is from Blind Betrayal by Nancy Mehl:

    As Martin Avery waited to be murdered, he was surprised to find that, more than anything else, he felt offended.

    Looking forward to reading this book!

  3. This is the second share of this one I've seen today. And I'm listening to it as I visit FLF blogs :)

    My current read (actual read, not audiobook) is The Truth Between Us by Tammy L. Gray:

    Nine months, twenty-seven days, and four hours.

    Happy Friday1

  4. I shared the first few lines of Rosie Walsh's debut "Ghosted" on my blog, but I'm going to share an old favorite here.

    "The fans scream for her, but they don't really know the girl on the magazine covers - the girl with the guitar and the easy smile. Her given name is Delilah, and they think she goes by Lilah. But anyone who really knows my best friend calls her Dee."

    That line comes from Emery Lord's "Open Road Summer". It's a light, fun and romantic read, perfect for, well, summer. Haha!

    Hope you enjoyed it. Happy Friday! :D

  5. Happy Friday, hope you enjoy the book. I've seen it around a lot lately. Happy Reading!

  6. Those quotes were amazing! Historical fiction is my favorite genre so I'm going to add it to my wishlist. Thanks for sharing! :)

  7. Happy Friday!😎 I have that book to read too! I can’t wait to get to it!😃

    My first lines come from Loving Grace by April Smith.

    I’M LATE. THE PHONE IS already ringing off the wall by the time I make it to my desk. I toss my keys and bag to the side, not really bothering with where they land. I’ll get them later. I grab the phone and snag the corner of the desk with my hip. That’s going to leave a mark.

    Have an awesome weekend and happy reading!😊

  8. Wow, great excerpts! Beautiful cover, too. Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

  9. This one sounds like a really interesting historical! I have heard great things so far. Enjoy! :)

  10. I've heard good things about that book. I hope you have a great reading weekend!

  11. This book is on my wishlist! I hope you can stop by:



  12. Happy Friday! My first line is from This Freedom Journey by Misty M. Beller:

    "This journey I take seems foolish to others, yet I can't help the yearning that fuels me. ~ Adrien's Journal"

  13. Happy Friday!

    I’m featuring lines from Danielle Norman’s upcoming release “Stetson” on my blog.

    Here I’m sharing lines from Susan Stoker’s “Shelter for Blythe.”

    “That her?” Sawyer “Squirrel” McClay turned to look at his friend and fellow firefighter, Penelope. She was sitting on one of the couches in the fire station with her pet miniature donkey, Smokey, beside her.

  14. The cover is lovely. I bet the writing is good, too. My quotes from The Virgin Suicides

  15. I’m sharing from Hurricane Season by Lauren K. Denton on my blog, so here is the first line from chapter 2:

    “The babysitter was late, Addie and Walsh were flying around the house in superhero capes yelling the Batman theme song–“Da-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-Batman!”–and Jenna had just poured a mug of coffee when Walsh bumped into her from behind, spilling hot liquid down the front of her black Full Cup Coffee T-shirt.”

    Happy Friday!

  16. Looks good. Hope you are enjoying it.

  17. This is on my to-read pile :)

    I'm sharing from The Forgiving Hour by Robin Lee Hatcher on the blog today. Not that I managed to stop with the first line—I've now finished it!

    Here's another great line, from Chapter Thirty. This is one I've been learning the truth of in the last year, attending my church prayer meeting with ladies three or four decades older than me:

    Being a Christian isn't a destination; it's a lifelong journey. There's always something new to learn along the way, always something fresh to be revealed.

  18. Not a book I'd typically pick up, but I hope you end up enjoying it! Happy reading.

  19. Oh wow, the summary gripped me so much, I had to check if it was on NetGalley. I found it but unfortunately it is cathegorized as christian fiction and that put me off it very quickly. I'm a christian myself but I don't like christian fiction because it tends to be too preachy. Such a shame, I like the synopsis so much.

    Ronnie @ Paradise Found

  20. I loved Joanne Bischof's The Lady and the Lionheart, so I've been super excited for this book! I've been hearing such great things about and can't wait to start reading it. Hope you have an awesome weekend! :)

  21. i get to read this book this weekend - so excited!

  22. I'm intrigued by the 56 and I really like the cover too! Happy weekend!

  23. This sounds like an interesting book. Enjoy your current read!

  24. I cannot wait to read this book!!!

    This week for FLF, I am showcasing Roseanna M. White's novel Whispers From the Shadows. Here, I will post the first line from chapter 2 in the book I'm just starting today, The Hope of Azure Springs by Rachel Fordham.

    "Em, you look so improved."

    Kind of sounds insulting...I'll have to read on and find out the context. 😉

    Hope you're having a blessed weekend with lots of fun reading time. 😊

  25. The book I shared on my blog is The Hidden Side by Heidi Chiavaroli, but I'm currently reading Things I Never Told You by Beth K Vogt so I'll share that first line here: "The what-ifs taunted me every time I visited my parents, but any hope of beginning again had vanished years ago--if there'd ever been one. Hope you have a great weekend!

  26. Great minds think alike! <3

  27. I really enjoyed reading this book!!!