Saturday, April 27, 2013

A Noble Groom Book Review

A Noble Groom
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A Noble Groom by Jody Hedlund is a historical novel set in the early 1880s.

Recently widowed Annalisa Werner has the feeling her husband was murdered but can't prove it. Alone with her young daughter in 1881 Michigan, she has six months left to finish raising the money needed to pay back the land contract her husband purchased, and the land is difficult to toil by herself. She needs a husband. With unmarried men scarce, her father sends a letter to his brother in the Old Country, asking him to find Annalisa a groom.

For nobleman Carl von Reichert, the blade of the guillotine is his fate. He's been accused and convicted of a serious crime he didn't commit, and his only escape is to flee to a small German community in Michigan where he'll be safe. He secures a job on Annalisa's farm but bumbles through learning about farming and manual labor.

Annalisa senses that Karl is harboring a secret about his past, yet she finds herself drawn to him anyway. He's gentle, kind, and romantic--unlike any of the men she's ever known. He begins to restore her faith in the ability to love--but her true groom is still on his way. And time is running out on them all. (Goodreads)

This is the first time I have read anything by Jody so I had no idea what to expect. She put a lot of research into this book and obviously is passionate about what she writes. I loved the German influence and the historical aspects that were a part of every detail. The characters were delightful to read and their struggles and longings were believable- I can't imagine farming back in the 1800s! The ending was no surprise and I could have guessed the majority of the story but for a sweet romance it is a good read. 

Hop over to Jody's Website to learn more! 

I also discovered that she has a new book coming out in September!

"I received this book for free from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review".

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