|A Noble Groom|
by Jody Hedlund
Bethany House Publishers
Reviewed by Teresa Mathews
Ms. Hedlund at Her Finest
In this amazing story by Jody Hedlund we find ourselves being carried away to 1880 Forestville, Michigan. There we are introduced to a Community of hardworking German Immigrants who have come over from Saxony Germany. Leaving behind a life
of working for the evil Baron von Reichart whom they blame for the loss of a loved one.
Annalisa Werner finds her husband dead in one of their fields and she fears someone has murdered him but truth be known she doesn’t really care that he’s dead since he was so mean. Annalisa doesn’t want to loose her land and she knows she can’t work it by herself so she knows she has to have a husband. If only Annalisa could have a choice in the matter, she does not want to be in a loveless marriage again.
Carl von Reichart aka Carl Richards, only son of the Baron, has never had to work hard for his allowance from his father. He was able to go to the best Universities in England to learn to be a scientist. When he is framed for murder and sentenced to die, he prays that God will deliver him and to his amazement his father sends a servant to help him escape to America. The servant has gotten a request to find a suitable husband for a young widow in America, he sends Carl with a letter explaining that his nephew will be coming soon and in the meanwhile Carl will be helping Annalisa around the farm. The letter left out one important fact…Carl is the son of their sworn enemy, Baron von Reichart.
When Carl meets Annalisa he is determined he is going to do whatever he can to help her, and the more time he spends with her and her little girl the more he dreams of what a life with them would be like. When Annalisa’s groom doesn’t show up when expected it seems maybe Carl’s dream will come true. Will Carl have to watch his dream die when the truth of who he really is comes to light?
Ms. Hedlund is a terrific writer and it really shows in this great story. From the very beginning I found myself running the gamut of emotions, sadness that during this time women had no say in who they married. Happy when it seems that things would work out for her and Carl and then fear for what almost happened at the end. This truly was a satisfying read! I can’t wait to see what comes next from Jody Hedlund’s magical pen.
***Thanks to Bethany House Publishers and Net Galley for supplying a copy of this in exchange for my honest opinion.***
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