Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Book Review: A Noble Groom by Jody Hedlund

From the Publisher:  

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.

My Thoughts:  I found A Noble Groom to be an interesting story with a plot that I can't remember reading before.  One of my favorite things about novels by Jody Hedlund is that they are all rooted in actual events, or are based on a real person.  I love that.  What made me enjoy this book specifically was the story of German immigrants leaving the Old Country for a better life (something my ancestors did for similar reasons).

Annalisa was a young widow who had given up on fairy tale love and happily ever afters.  She was realistic.  She couldn't run a farm herself and as long as her husband (chosen by her father) was strong and dependable she would make do.  Enter Carl Richards, a man who was kind, treated her like a person rather than a servant.  Who entertained her daughter rather than ignoring her.  His kindness, gentleness, consideration and charm begin to break a hole in the brick wall she had built around herself.  

With each smile, laugh and open direct conversation with Carl, Annalisa realizes that perhaps there is something more to life than how she had been living.  What happens when loyalty to family, honoring traditions and doing what is expected of you collide with the possibility of love and A Noble Groom?  Ms. Hedlund writes an engaging story that answers that question and gives you insight into real people and events from the 1880's along the way.

Would I Recommend This Book?  Yes.  I love history and have always enjoyed that Jody Hedlund's books are based on real people, or real historical events.  She integrates so many genres into this book that it was hard to put down.  A little mystery, historical fiction, romance, action all rolled into one really well written novel.

Rating: 4/5 stars

Purchase a copy here.  Find out more about Jody at http://jodyhedlund.com/

(I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.  I am under no obligation to provide a positive review.  All opinions are my own.)

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