A 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~
Jody Hedlund, Biography~