Daughters of Northern Shores
Thomas Nelson Historical Romance

Praise for Sons of Blackbird Mountain:

“endearing characters and a heartwarming story line

in this unforgettable novel about the power of family,

love, and the true meaning of home.”

~ Library Journal

Sequel to the critically-acclaimed Sons of Blackbird Mountain 

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.

Dear reader friends,

I have recently turned in the final manuscript for Daughters of Northern Shores and what an adventure this novel has been! For those of you who met the Norgaard family, it’s my joy to share that there is much more in store for them! I’m excited to get this book into your hands next March and in the meantime, thank you for reading Sons of Blackbird Mountain and bringing this family into your heart.

The editorial team at Thomas Nelson/HarperCollins Christian are working on getting the pages of this historical romance typeset and laid out to be a beautiful novel and I’ll be watching my mailbox for the first glimpse of the galleys! Then, it will be my last and final read of this story and it will surely be bittersweet. Spending the last few years working with these stories has been truly dear to my heart and it has spurred me on to think of all of you reader-friends out there, soon to hold the same pages in your hands! I pray that they will be a blessing to you.

Thank you for being a part of this journey,



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