Title: A Noble Groom
Author: Jody Hedlund
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
This fictional tale is set in a small town in Michigan in the spring of 1880. The town hosts a German immigrant community that is very poor, but very hardworking. Many of the farmers were former miners in Germany, but moved to America where they would eventually be able to own their own land instead of always being at the mercy of German landlords.
Annalisa Werner is a 19-year-old wife with a 2-year-old daughter and a mean husband. Her husband treats her worse than he treats their animals and is disappointed his first child was a girl. There is no affection or love between Annalisa and Hans. Hans is a gambler and has put them in a bind. If they don’t pay off their loan by the fall, then they lose their land and their home. They also have a mill owner hounding them to sell their land to him. He will do anything to gain this land by fair means or foul. Annalisa soon discovers that things are going to get worse as she is left alone and unprotected when her husband is discovered dead. What will her future hold? Does God really care about her and her problems?
Carl Richards is a new immigrant in town and has agreed to help Annalisa on her farm until a distant male relative arrives in America to take over her farm. Carl has a secret that he must keep as his life depends upon it. He knows nothing about farming, but is a quick learner and soon becomes fond of Annalisa and her daughter. He defends them and protects them. He values Annalisa’s opinion and wants to know her thoughts. This is new territory for her and she doesn’t quite know what to think about Carl. Over time, she lets down her reserve and shyness and begins to see the man Carl has become. What is he hiding? She notices his restlessness and he has only promised to stay until her relative arrives. Can he really leave her and pursue his dream?
Jody Hedlund is one of my favorite authors. I’ve been able to read all of her novels and have enjoyed each and every one of them. This one is no different. With characters and a plot that draw readers in from the beginning, this story will captivate readers and eager for more stories by this author. I always enjoy her author notes after the story that let readers know what is fact and what is fiction in her fictional tales. She truly has a talent for weaving a great fictional story from factual people and/or events. I highly recommend this book as I know readers will not be disappointed. I’m looking forward to her next book, Captured by Love, due to be released July 2014.
My rating is 5 stars.