Tuesday, April 23, 2013

A Noble Groom

Author: Jody Hedlund
Publisher: Bethany House
April 2013
ISBN: 978-0764210471
Genre: Historical

Michigan, 1880

Annalisa Werner's hope for a fairy tale love is over. Her husband failed her in every way and now his death has left her with few options to save the family farm. She needs a plentiful harvest. That, and a husband to help bring it in. Someone strong, dependable. That'll be enough. A marriage for love...that's something she's given up on.

So her father sends a letter to his brother in the Old Country, asking him to find Annalisa a groom.

Then a man appears: Carl Richards, from their home country of Germany and a former schoolteacher--or so he says. He's looking for work and will serve on the farm until her husband arrives.

With time running out, she accepts his help, but there's more to this man than he's admitting. He's also gentle, kind, charming--unlike any man she's ever known. But even as Carl is shining light into the darkness of her heart, she knows her true groom may arrive any day.

I have reviewed books for years and I can honestly say that it is very, very rare for a book to grab me from page one and hold my attention all the way through. A NOBLE GROOM did that. Even though I was busy with other stuff all day long, I still devoured this book and wished it wouldn’t end.

I probably have read Ms. Hedlund’s other books, but I don’t remember them. A NOBLE GROOM will be one that goes on my keeper shelf for me to reread and enjoy again and again. I loved Carl. I loved Annalisa, I loved Greta, and other secondary characters all came to life on the page. Set in my home state of Michigan, it also talks about some of the history of that state, the German immigrants that settled it, and the lengths they were willing to go to save their land. Awesome book. $14.99. 368 pages. 

Purchase a copy: http://ow.ly/jX8h7

Meet Jody:
 Jody Hedlund is the bestselling author of "The Doctor's Lady" and "The Preacher's Bride". She won the 2011 Inspirational Reader's Choice Award, the 2011 Award of Excellence from the Colorado Romance Writers and was a finalist for Best Debut Novel in the 2011 ACFW Carol Awards. Currently she makes her home in central Michigan, with her husband and five busy children. She loves hearing from readers on Facebook and on her blog.
Find out more about Jody at http://jodyhedlund.com/. 

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1 comment:

Judy said...

Thanks for your great review Laura! I'm putting this book on my list of books to buy!

Judy B