A Noble Groom by Jody Hedlund
Age Range: Adult (appropriate for teens)
Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (April 1, 2013)
Genre: Historical Romance/Christian
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars
About the Book:
A New Historical Romance from Fan-Favorite Jody Hedlund
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
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.
This is one of those books that I couldn’t wait to get my hands on. I
added it to my wish list on Amazon and drooled over the gorgeous cover
every time I was on the site. So when it went on sale, I didn’t hesitate
to buy it.
At first, it was everything I had hoped it would be. The writing is
beautiful and I loved both Annalisa and Carl. I really liked the way
their relationship developed slowly from a sweet flirtation to a deep
seeded love. Carl is a wonderful hero – just the kind of guy I like to
read about. He is good and kind and sweet. He is not without
imperfection, but I really liked the way he treated Annalisa and her
girls. Annalisa’s personal journey of self discovery was also well done
and I loved watching her gain understanding about her self worth.
Although I really liked almost everything about the book, there were a
few things that bugged me. The plot was generally predictable, but what
romance book isn’t? The ending is what I didn’t like. I knew how the
book would end, and the whole time I was reading I kept thinking that
there was a much better, more obvious solution to their situation. I
will refrain from spoiling anything, but I really really wanted it to
Regardless of the ending, I still really liked the book. It would appeal to lovers of clean romance and Christian fiction.
Content: Clean. There is some “desire” between the characters, but no boundaries are crossed.