A Noble Groom by Jody Hedlund: Christian Historical Novel Full of Imagery and Fairy-tale Romance

 Noble Groom CoverA Noble Groom by Jody Hedlund, was a delightful change in reading for me. Though still historical, the novel is historical Christian romance which was strong both on faith and inspiration as well as beautifully written. In deep historically researched nature, the novel takes on the story of the German immigrants who came to Michigan in the late 19th Century in order to form a new life. 

 Not only does Bethany House Publishers have amazing covers, they generally have some great historical authors. I can see why Hedlund is a fan favorite and many women migrate towards her books. Hedlund’s use of imagery, her historical detail of the German immigrants of the late 1880s, and her well-developed and strong characters will make this book a best-seller. 

Written a little more for the mainstream crowd, which is great to attract additional readers, the subject of relying on faith in God to overcome circumstances is still a staple. However, religion and family values were an integral part in the life of German immigrants settling on farms and the vast open land in areas such as Michigan at that time. We know it’s Christian fiction we’re reading, but in reality it would have been a major part of the story anyway based on the time period and Hedlund is not evangelical in her writing.

Through her characters, she truly showed the grit, determination, persistence, and devotion of the German settlers, especially the women, who were not treated very fairly.  They had a hard life and Hedlund explains this in detail, as well relating to us how they overcame it.

When a fugitive nobleman from the Old World, Carl, first comes to Annalisa’s territory, she can’t believe that he is treating her kindly and politely. I loved how Hedlund showcased the differences, both positive and negative, between the nobility and of the farming peasants.  She told us why the peasants or commoners immigrated to America and how living in America has changed their lives, choices, and freedoms. Ultimately, she shows how each can teach each other something about life.

The gentle love story that unfolds between Carl and Annalisa, even with their different backgrounds, was memorable and touching.  I loved watching Annalisa blossom from the positive reinforcement of true love.

I highly recommend A Noble Groom by Jody Hedlund due to her strong and eloquent imagery, her accurate and historical detail, the social aptitude and inspiration brought by her characters, and her weaving of a classic fairy-tale romance.

A Noble Groom, Synopsis~

Noble Groom CoverMichigan, 1880:
Annalisa Werner’s hope for a fairy tale love is over. Her husband failed her in every way and now his death has left her with few options to save the family farm. She needs a plentiful harvest. That, and a husband to help bring it in. Someone strong, dependable. That’ll be enough. A marriage for love…that’s something she’s given up on.So her father sends a letter to his brother in the Old Country, asking him to find Annalisa a groom.
Then a man appears: Carl Richards, from their home country of Germany and a former schoolteacher—or so he says. He’s looking for work and will serve on the farm until her husband arrives.With time running out, she accepts his help, but there’s more to this man than he’s admitting. He’s also gentle, kind, charming—unlike any man she’s ever known. But even as Carl is shining light into the darkness of her heart, she knows her true groom may arrive any day.
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 Jody Hedlund, Biography~
Jody HedlundJody Hedlund is the bestselling author of “The Doctor’s Lady” and “The Preacher’s Bride”. She won the 2011 Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award, the 2011 Award of Excellence from the Colorado Romance Writers and was a finalist for Best Debut Novel in the 2011 ACFW Carol Awards. Currently she makes her home in central Michigan, with her husband and five busy children. She loves hearing from readers on Facebook and on her blog.
Find out more about Jody at http://jodyhedlund.com/.
Facebook Author Chat Party~with LitFuse Publicity
Join Jody on 5/8/2013 at 5:00 PM PDT (6 MDT, 7 CDT, 8 EDT) for an evening of book chat and news, trivia, and prizes! 
The “A Noble Groom” campaign/tour will also have a Kindle Fire giveaway. The lucky winner will be announced at the Author Chat Party.
She’ll also connect with readers, host a trivia contest, and give away a ton of great stuff! (Gift certificates, books and more!)  Don’t miss the fun and BRING YOUR FRIENDS. Have a question for Jody? Or about the book (or the handsome man on the cover)? Leave it on the Facebook event page and she’ll answer it the night of the party.
*I was provided a copy of this book upon signing up for Jody Hedlund’s book tour. My opinions are my own.*


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4 responses to “A Noble Groom by Jody Hedlund: Christian Historical Novel Full of Imagery and Fairy-tale Romance

  1. http://en.support.wordpress.com/affiliate-links/ This page comes up when I click on landing page for Jody’s tour. {?} Just wanted to let you know. I really enjoyed this novel as well, the writing is so well done! I enjoyed learning about the immigrants as well, my paternal great-grandmother was German and it makes me wonder what her life was like.


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