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A Noble Groom

Jody Hedlund
A Noble Groom
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Recently widowed Annalisa Werner believes that her husband was murdered but can't prove it. She is alone with her young daughter in 1881 Michigan, she has six months left to finish raising the money needed to pay back the land contract her husband purchased and the land is d... Read More

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Recently widowed Annalisa Werner believes that her husband was murdered but can't prove it. She is alone with her young daughter in 1881 Michigan, she has six months left to finish raising the money needed to pay back the land contract her husband purchased and the land is difficult to toil by herself. She needs a husband. With unmarried men scarce, her father sends a letter to his brother in the Old Country, asking him to find Annalisa a groom.

For nobleman Carl von Reichert, the blade of the guillotine is his fate. He's been accused and convicted of a serious crime he didn't commit, and his only escape is to flee to a small German community in Michigan where he'll be safe. He secures a job on Annalisa's farm but bumbles through learning about farming and manual labor.

Annalisa senses that Carl is harboring a secret about his past, yet she finds herself drawn to him anyway. He's gentle, kind, and romantic - unlike any of the men she's ever known. He begins to restore her faith in the ability to love - but her true groom is still on his way and time is running out on them all.

A Noble Groom is a story of romance, faith and mystery from fan-favorite author Jody Hedlund.

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Page Count: 368
Released: 03/2013
  • Product type: Book
  • Format: Softcover
  • Release Date: Mar 6, 2013
  • UPC: 9780764210471
  • Height: 0
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  • Volumes/Discs: 1
  • Pages: 363
  • Publish Date: Apr 1, 2013
  • Language: English
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  • BISAC: "FIC042000"
  • ISBN: 0764210475

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A Heart Touching Novel... by Pamela Jo on 7/8/2013
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"A Noble Groom" tells the tale of German immigrants who settled in Michigan in the 1800's. The focus is on Annalisa Werner, a young woman married to an uncaring and cold man. She tells fairy tales to her young daughter, yet lives with the reality that hers is not a fairytale life. Then her husband dies...or was he murdered?

Needing to save her farm, she agrees to allow her father to write to his brother in Germany, asking him to send a groom for Annalisa. Carl Richards arrives. A schoolteacher from Germany. That is the story he tells, but is he being deceptive?

Carl helps Annalisa on the farm until her "real" groom arrives. Annalisa is drawn to Carl, yet she has learned not to trust any man. Can she trust Carl? Will he betray her as her husband did? Carl proves to be a gentle soul who shows Annalisa nothing but kindness. However, the secret he harbors about his identity does not allow him to form a long term commitment to Annalisa.

Add to all of the plot twists an evil man intent on having Annalisa's farm, the terrible destruction of natural disasters (very well researched, by the way), a typhoid epidemic, and you will find a book you won't be able to put down. There is suspense, romance, heartbreak, and a theme of abiding faith within the pages of "A Noble Groom." I cheered, I cried, and I was sad when the story ended.

I was graciously provided with a review copy of this book from Bethany House. It arrived on Saturday morning and I finished reading it by Sunday afternoon! "A Noble Groom" is a heart touching story. Will this tale have a happy ending and find Annalisa finally marrying for love, or will "happily ever after" continue to elude Annalisa? Read this wonderful book and discover the answer. You will not regret it!

A Wonderful, Spell-Binding Tale! by Leahhhh12 on 6/11/2013
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Jody Hedlund has once again woven a spell-binding tale that left me breathless as I eagerly turned each page. I have loved each one of Jody Hedlund’s books equally and it’s hard to choose a favorite, but A Noble Groom is definitely near the top of my “All-Time Favorites” list.

I was entranced right from the start as we find Annalisa, who has been recently widowed. With a daughter and another child on the way, Annalisa needs help in order to run her farm in Michigan. Her father sends to their home country – Germany – for a suitable man to become Annalisa’s husband and help her run her farm.
While waiting for her “mail-order groom,” another German man by the name of Carl comes to their community. Carl finds himself helping Annalisa while she waits for her groom, and while he struggles with the chores, he finds himself wanting to prove to Annalisa that he is able to do what is required.

I loved this cast of characters and they easily found their way into my heart. As a Michigander, I am eager to read books that are written about my state, and this one had a lot of interesting history to go along with the fantastic story. I enjoyed learning more about the German immigrants in the state of Michigan, as well as some of the difficulties in farming in the 1800’s.
This book had a great mixture of love, struggles, mystery, and adventure. There were several events that left me wondering how things would ever get figured out. There were moments that took my breath away. There were moments that pulled my heart strings. Overall, I loved each page of this book and was only disappointed when it ended and there was no more to read.
Do yourself a favor and go read this book!

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. All opinions stated are my own.

Wonderful story by dgottreu on 6/8/2013
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A Noble Groom by Jody Hedlund is a wonderful historical romance novel that is set in Michigan and takes place from 1880 to 1881. Annalisa Werner is a recent widow with a young daughter and another baby on the way. She feels that her husband was murdered but she cannot prove it. She cannot take care of the farm alone so she agreed to let her father write to his brother in Germany asking him to send a man to America to be her husband. Carl Richards, a nobleman in disguise, arrived at the farm after fleeing England where he was accused of a murder that he did not commit. Many thought he was the groom and were set for a wedding but being a Christian and an honest man, he told them that he was not the anticipated groom. He knew absolutely nothing about farming or any kind of manual work but he agreed to help Annalisa until her groom would arrive. Annalisa’s late husband was cruel and unloving and she thought that was the norm and did not expect to have a happily ever after marriage. As can be expected, Carl and Annalisa began to care for each other but she had a groom coming and he wanted to leave the farm and go to Chicago to teach.

The author did a great job in developing all elements of the story. The characters came alive on the pages of the book and the plot had several twists and turns that provided a good deal of suspense. The dialogue had German words scattered throughout the book and it is very evident that the author did a great deal of research before writing this story. Not only was I entertained by the reading of a very good story but I also learned some history at the same time. I was very impressed with the way the author showed exactly how hard life was for the German immigrants in the late nineteenth century. Her development of Carl’s character added so much to the book with one example being how his strong beliefs in God helped Annalisa regain her faith. She kept the suspense going through the entire book with destructive fires, childbirth, lice, murder, Carl’s fear of his identify being revealed, attempted extortion, lack of rain, and waiting for a groom to arrive. I thoroughly enjoyed the descriptions of some of Carl’s “inventions” that made life and work easier for Annalisa.

I highly recommend this book to everyone who enjoys a well written and heart warming historical book that also shows God’s love and forgiveness throughout the story.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to give a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Wonderful historical romance with depth by Carole on 5/31/2013
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In A Noble Groom, Jody Hedlund combines rich romance, deep emotion and powerful drama in a moving narrative that thoroughly entertained this reader. The stand-alone novel, set in a Michigan immigrant community during the early 1880s, mixes fiction with actual events and vividly captures what life was like in the German peasant community there. It's also a book of contrasts: Contrasts between the aristocracy and peasants . . . between working to benefit the nobility in Old World Saxony and working to own their own land in Forestville, Michigan . . . between marriage for expediency and marriage with love and respect.


Summary

Recently widowed Annalisa Werner has the feeling her husband was murdered but can’t prove it.

Alone with her young daughter in 1881 Michigan, she has six months left to finish raising the money needed to pay back the land contract her husband purchased, and the land is difficult to toil by herself. She needs a husband. With unmarried men scarce, her father sends a letter to his brother in the Old Country, asking him to find Annalisa a groom.

For nobleman Carl von Reichart, the blade of the guillotine is his fate. He’s been accused and convicted of a serious crime he didn’t commit, and his only escape is to flee to a small German community in Michigan where he’ll be safe. He secures a job on Annalisa’s farm but bumbles through learning about farming and manual labor.

Annalisa senses that Carl is harboring a secret about his past, yet she finds herself drawn to him anyway. He’s gentle, kind, and romantic–unlike any of the men she’s ever known. He begins to restore her faith in the ability to love–but her true groom is still on his way. And time is running out on them all.


My thoughts

"Historical romance" and terms like "complexity" and "depth" don't usually go together, but A Noble Groom is a delightful exception. It's a wonderful romance, but with the addition of rich characterization, history, and solid writing.

Jody creates a reverse twist on the mail-order bride plot by putting Annalisa - a young, struggling widow - into a proposed arranged marriage with a family member from the Old Country. But instead of the family relation, Carl arrives and is at first mistaken for the groom. And thus the fun begins!

Life was extremely hard for these immigrant farmers, as they often faced hunger, disease, and discrimination - but if they succeeded, the result was ownership of their own land. It was hard to see how women were treated in this German community, for laws from the Old Country were brought with them - laws which permitted men to discipline their wives as they saw fit. Marriages were "a practical partnership, a coming together for survival and for having children. Love, mutual affection, even attraction - those emotions were reserved for stories . . . Annalisa had learned that not even happiness was a guarantee. Misery, frustration, anger had been her constant companion."

One of this novel's strengths is the characterization of Carl and Annalisa, not to mention the chemistry between them. Carl, who initially thought America was a home for unhappy peasants and poor dissidents, was full of arrogance and pride: "He wasn't meant for the life of a common laborer. He was destined for greater accomplishments, for better things, for the noble life to which he'd been born." And he responded to difficult situations by running away. Annalisa, the widow of a peasant farmer, felt she could never measure up - not as a daughter, a wife, or even an American. And she felt insignificant and unimportant to God. It is enjoyable to watch Carl and Annalisa change, both spiritually and emotionally, as the story unfolds.

Carl ranks among my favorite heroes in Christian fiction. I like male leads who are kind, self-sacrificing, tender, and have a sense of humor - and this certainly describes Carl. He was a flawed character, but from the beginning, he treated Annalisa with kindness and respect, worked hard to help save her farm, and I delighted in the way he interacted with her daughter, Gretchen.

I can't leave without saying how much I love the cover of this book! Kudos to Bethany House for choosing to feature the male lead with such a great shot.

A Noble Groom gives us a happily-ever-after ending that is still bittersweet in some aspects, and I liked that about it. I wish the ending had been a little longer - maybe less words elsewhere and room for more at the end. There are enough characters and unfinished storylines to allow for a sequel, which I very much hope for: Annalisa's sister, father, Dirk, Carl's family in Germany, and more from Carl and Annalisa, of course!

Reading A Noble Groom was pure enjoyment and I highly recommend it to those who enjoy inspirational fiction.

To learn more about Jody Hedlund and her books, visit . . .

Jody's website - jodyhedlund.com
Discussions questions - http://bit.ly/15pw2XN
Pinterest board for A Noble Groom - http://bit.ly/19u0van

This book was provided by Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.

Lovely Characters, a Great Story! by Monica at Novel Characters on 5/29/2013
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A Noble Groom. How could any woman resist a title like that? Not to mention the cover that goes with it! As if that combination alone wasn't enough to give me a propensity towards liking the story, the main characters are also German immigrants (dear to my heart as my father is one), and it's set in Michigan with countryside a lot like my current home in the neighboring state of Wisconsin.

Anyway, those are the little things. The real substance is in the characters and the plot, which did not disappoint. When Carl von Reichart, the only son of a very unpopular Baron in Germany, is wrongly accused of a crime he takes refuge in America, disguising his identity. He's sent to stay with the relatives of his faithful manservant who are in need of a groom for their recently widowed daughter Annalisa. Upon arrival, Carl promises to stand in until her groom arrives by helping work on Annalisa's farm in exchange for food and shelter. But, with the dashingly kind Carl working for her, something told me from the beginning that Annalisa might not be so eager for her new groom once he arrives.

Tender and sweet, this is a story about God's love and the healing power of simple kindness. Annalisa wasn't treated well by her first husband, and Carl never realized the hurts he'd inflicted on the lower class citizens by being indifferent to their suffering. By being kind to each other they are both able to mature and grow in their faith.

I received a review copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review!

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