Author: Jody Hedlund
Review by Grace Olson
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Annalisa Werner has never been able to make her own decisions, at least not when it counts. The men in her life have always made those choices for her, resulting in a miserable and loveless marriage, but when her husband dies, her troubles only multiply. Her dream of a happily-ever-after long since given up, Annalisa resigns herself to a marriage of convenience again when her father sends a letter to his brother in their homeland, Germany, to find his daughter a husband. She needs a man, a husband, to help her plant her fields and bring in her harvest, but all she’s ever believed about men, love, God, and herself, will be challenged by the man who comes to her aid.
Carl Richards, a schoolteacher unjustly accused of a crime punishable by death, works on her farm in exchange for room and board, but Annalisa suspects he is not all he claims to be. She has never experienced such gentleness, kindness, and courtesy from a man before, and she may be in as great a danger of losing her heart as she is in paying off her loan in time to avoid losing her land. But her time is running out, and her real groom is coming soon.
A Noble Groom was the first book I had read by Jody Hedlund, and I have mixed emotions about the novel. This is a historical fiction read that is steeped in just that…history, and I really enjoyed that aspect of the book. I really was able to get a feel for the people and the setting and felt as if I was living right alongside the characters.
The romance in this book has more sexual tension than I am personally comfortable with, especially as I am not married. That being said, there were no bedroom scenes; things never got that far. There was more tension than I like to read in a book.
I really liked how Annalisa was not just the typical damsel who had to be rescued, but she also had to find some backbone of her own and stand up for herself. It was also neat to see how her opinion of herself changed as her view of God and the men in her life evolved. I also appreciated how Carl was a rather arrogant young man at the beginning of the book, not in an annoying way, per say, but I liked how he wasn’t perfect and had his own beliefs and views challenged as his character developed.
The spiritual message this book carries is that God cares about you, no matter who you are, or how small your problems might seem in comparison to those of others. In this book, women in the community are not highly viewed, so learning of God’s love was very important for Annalisa.
About the Author
Biography from inside A Noble Groom. Jody Hedlund is an award-winning historical romance novelist and author of the bestselling Unending Devotion and The Preacher’s Bride. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Taylor University and a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin, both in social work. Jody lives in Michigan with her husband and five busy children. ~ To learn more about her and the other books she has written, visit her web page: http://jodyhedlund.com/
Overall, I enjoyed A Noble Groom. As mentioned above, there were some points which made me uncomfortable and that, frankly, made me want to put the book down. I am glad I finished it, though, because it did have many redeeming qualities. Hedlund is a great writer who has fine-tuned the talent of pulling a reader into her stories, and she seems to write with great feeling and heart. As someone who prefers more of the ‘sweet’ than the tension, this book was not quite my taste.
I was given a free copy of A Noble Groom from Bethany House Publishers, a division of Baker House Group, for an honest review. I received no monetary compensation for a favorable review.
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