The Book Worm: Review: A Noble Groom

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Review: A Noble Groom

Book Review: A Noble Groom, by Jody Hedlund


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 Reichart, 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 Carl 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.

Genre: historical romance

Publishing date: April 2013

Mature content: nothing to report.

Review:  A Noble Groom was my first book by Jody Hedlund, but it will certainly not be my last. My attention was captured from page one right until the very end. All the characters are wonderfully portrayed, the love story between Annalisa and Carl is sweet and heartwarming and the writing is so clear you almost feel like you're watching a movie. Even though the subject is totally different, this book reminded me of Margaret Mitchell's Gone With the Wind, and would certainly make a beautiful motion picture too. 

I loved how the characters evolved through the book, especially Carl, who faces the hardships life throws his way heads on and always keeps his faith in God above everything else. Not to mention the fact that this story is a clear reminder that making dreams come true takes a lot of effort, dedication and hard work, and the American dream was no exception. 

Overall, this is a wonderful book, perfect for a lazy fall/winter weekend and for the upcoming holidays season. Totally recommended.

Happy readings,

the bookworm, book blog

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