A Noble Groom by Jody Hedlund

Leah Courtney
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A Noble Groom arrived at my house mysteriously. Out of all of the companies I review for, I never could find one that I was to review this book for (and I am very careful about organizing my reviews). I was excited to read it. I stumbled across The Preacher's Bride by Jody Hedlund two years ago and loved it. But I never did figure out if this book was for a specific review company.

So I read the book anyway and enjoyed it immensely.

A Noble Groom is the story of Annalisa daughter of a poor German immigrant who came to the American midwest when his sons were killed in bad mining conditions at their home in Europe. Annalisa's family has a strong hatred toward noblemen in general now. Annalisa herself is married to a worthless and often unkind husband, but, like every other young woman in her family and culture, she is viewed as worthless and without an opinion. When Annalisa's husband dies and she is in danger of losing her farm, her father sets up a marriage to a cousin from the Old Country, but while Annalisa waits for him to arrive, a different man arrives mysteriously; and Annalisa realizes that fairy tale really can be real.

I love Hedlund's way with descriptions- descriptions of the setting, the people, the main characters. I love the sweet romance that buds. I love Annalisa's strong, determined spirit. I love that in this book, as in the other Hedlund book I read, the heroine can rescue the hero as well as be rescued herself. I love the real historical background so prevalent in the story and described at the end of the book.

There are spiritual lessons to be learned- the equality of people; the dangers of pride; the love of God for all of His creation; but the book is never "preachy." The characters aren't perfect. They stumble. They fail. Things don't work out perfectly, but they work out well.

I'm not sure why I received this book to review, but I am surely glad I did. I give this one 5 stars and a PG for content.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions are entirely my own.

Leah Courtney / Author & Editor

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