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.
I have been sitting here starring at my computer trying to figure out where to start with Jody Hedlund’s new book A Noble Groom. I have said it many times before about how I love getting introduced to new authors and this by far was no exception. I am not a visual person. I have many of friends who are visual and will pick a book based upon what the cover looks like, if it appeals to them. I like titles. The word noble stuck out to me for some reason. So, like a true word junkie, I went and looked up the definition just to remind myself of what it meant. According to dictionary.com it means:
[noh-buhl] Show IPA adjective, no·bler, no·blest, noun
I found of few of those definitions more intriguing as the book went on. But we will get to that in a bit. So Carl and Annalisa paths cross when Annalisa’s husband dies and Carl, the son of a nobleman, runs away to America after being accused of murder. (Don’t worry that isn’t a spoiler) Carl manages to get a job on the farm that Annalisa owns but it is quite comical because Carl never really worked a poor man’s work before.
So throughout A Noble Groom we see not only Annalisa’s relationship with Carl blossom but also Carl’s change of character that can only come from losing everything you thought was important to truly gaining what is important. I loved the chemistry between Annalisa and Carl. There was something about these two when they were around each other that was innocent and yet sometimes very raw with emotion.
As one reads this book we see challenges being brought in front of these two. Everything from a man trying to take Annalisa’s land, death, fires, and welcoming new life. Jody has an amazing ability of balancing trial and triumph. He characters challenged God, questioned God, and most importantly looked to him for the answers as well. All the characters in the book were very well done and such a joy to read.
So back to being noble. I loved watching Carl’s character going from noble in title to noble in his heart and moral standard. He learns that being noble isn’t always about your title but staying and fighting for what you believe in. Finding something worth fighting for. I really did like this book. The history in it was very rich and well done. I am so glad that I have found another author to look forward to reading. According to Jody’s website her next book comes out in September. That is not that far away and I look forward to reading that one as well. She is definitely an author worth reading.
I received this book from Bethany House Publishing in exchange for my honest review. No other goods were exchanged.