28 June 2013

Marian Baay reviews A NOBLE GROOM by Jody Hedlund

A Noble Groom


Reviewed by Marian Baay


In the 1800’s many Germans immigrated to America in hopes to start a new and better life than they had in Germany. They worked hard and had little, but anything was better than what they had in the Old Country. In this book the German immigrants in Forestville are farmers.

Annalisa is a young widow. Her husband was recently murdered and now her father has decided she needs a new husband. He writes to his brother in Germany to look among their family for a young man who is willing to come to America to become a farmer and to marry his daughter.

Carl is the son of a duke—a nobleman who is not accustomed to hard work. He is accused of murder and therefore has to flee from Germany to America. He promised to help a young widow until her groom—also from Germany—would arrive. He can never tell his true identity—that he is the son of the duke—that would probably get him killed, because Annalisa’s father hates Carl’s father. Carl is a man of faith and finds it hard to live a lie, but feels he doesn’t have much of a choice.

In these days marriage was more a practical thing. Annalisa needed a man to run her farm...and soon! While waiting for her groom to arrive Carl is helping her on her farm. She can see he is different than any of the other farmers, but she is grateful for his help and doesn’t ask him any questions about his life in the Old Country.

Carl and Annalisa develop feelings for each other, but they know they can’t get married, because her father promised her to her cousin who is coming over from Germany. It is taking too long for her cousin to arrive. Will he ever show up? Or is there a chance that she can marry Carl?

This was another great book by Jody Hedlund. Carl and Annalisa were very likable characters. I really enjoyed reading this book. I love Jody’s story-telling and I also love to learn more about American history in her books. Looking forward to her next book…

*I received a review copy through NetGalley.*

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GIVEAWAY: A copy of this book, choice of format*, to one lucky commenter. Leave a comment and your email address to be entered in the contest. *International winners ebook only.

NOTE: Marian is enjoying a little break and won't be around much to interact with you, but she will read all the comments.

39 comments:

  1. Still sounding like a great book, & I'm hoping to win a copy. Enjoy your little break Marian!
    Vicki
    vmarney(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Vicki, Marian is supposed to be on sabbatical but was picking up the slack with me first on vacation and now with Shingles! ACK! Anyway, we are glad you came by!

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  2. I have yet to read her. This book sounds ver good. Thank you Marian for another great review !
    Blessings
    Linda Finn
    faithfulacres7@gmail.com

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    1. Linda, yes, this was a really good read! I even did it with my eyes for this one, lol! Blessings!

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  3. MARIAN thanks for the terrific review. Hope you are taking it easy on your break.my dear daughter. :)

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    1. Thanks, mom. But you know what I'm busy with on my break. ;)

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  4. No, she isn't taking it easy, TERESA! Unless one calls writing easy. It sure isn't for me! :P

    Lovely review, MARIAN, as always and I am certainly enjoying this book!

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    1. Thank you, my dear. :) I'm enjoying my little writing adventure...

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  5. It sounds complicated but I'm sure they will 'live happily ever after' ! I'd love to read it.
    But I live in Wales, I don't know if you would post to here.

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    1. Chris, This title is not yet available on The Book Depository in paperback. But an ebook option is available! Thanks for coming by! Blessings!

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  6. Would love to win a copy to read and share around!

    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  7. Great review...as always Marian! I have not read Jody's books before and this one sounds great. I love the cover too. Please enter me in the drawing. My e-mail is sunydey26@aol.com

    Keep up the great work OWG!

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    1. Johnette, we will enter you! Hope you are having a great summer so far! Thanks for your kind comment. The OWG gang AKA the "angels" work very hard for our readers. We are so grateful to have you! Blessings!

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  8. Once again a great review! You women know how to make us want to read the books. :)
    Susan P
    farmygirl at hotmail dot com

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  9. Thanks for the review! I would love to win this book :)
    samanthaakuiper(at)gmail(dot)com

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  10. Another fabulous review that makes me want to read this book even more! Thanks for the giveaway.
    bettimace(at)gmail(dot)com

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  11. What a wonderful review, Marian. This books sounds very good. I love historical and period fiction. Thanks so much for taking the time to provide us with a preview of this intriguing book! Joy Ross Davis

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  12. Looks Awesome! Please enter me in the Drawing!
    Have an Awesome Marian!!! Love you!
    richmond.abigail@gmail.com

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    1. Will do! Thanks for stopping by, Abigail.

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  13. This books sounds so interesting. I can hardly imagine having to wait around for some unknown man to come and marry me, especially if I've found someone I would be happy to marry. What a dilemma! I'm looking forward to reading A Noble Groom. Thank you for offering a copy.
    may_dayzee (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  14. My Father's people migrated from Germany to Australia around the same time, so this is going to be quite fascinating.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  15. Great review, Marian!! I would love this book. I enjoy historical times. Please enter me in your giveaway. Thank you!
    Barbara Thompson
    barbmaci61(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  16. Love Jody's books; please count me in the draw! Thanks!
    Shingles, Marian.....oh I am so sorry...praying for you. Have had them, and they are no fun!
    Jackie Smith
    jackie.smith[at]dishmail[dot]net

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    1. hi Jackie, it's not me with the shingles, but Carrie. Please pray she will get well soon. Thanks.

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  17. thanks for giving us the chance to win it. i'm Jenny Quach.

    jenstaria[at]gmail[dot]com

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  18. Hello OWG girls. Thanks Marian for the review. Please put my name in. MAXIE mac262(at)me(dot)com

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  19. Sounds like a wonderful tale - immigration was a chance to hide many secrets. My grandfather immigrated from Denmark just before WW I, and it wasn't until after his death that we learned that he had hidden all kinds of details about his life in Denmark, including his real name. I'd like to use some of that background for a future novel.
    Would love to win the book - dsks88(at)gmail(dot)com

    Thanks!

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  20. I've heard great things about this one! I'm excited to read it. shopgirl152nykiki(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  21. I've heard great things about this book! Looking forward to reading it and hoping to win a copy :)

    Thanks!!!
    Heidi
    colorvibrant[at]gmail[dot]com

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