A Noble Groom

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Title: A Noble Groom
Author: Jody Hedlund
Publisher: Bethany House
Published: April 1, 2013
Pages: 368

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Annalisa Werner’s hope for a fairy-tale love is over. Her husband failed to save her in every way, and now his death has left her in dire straits. Without a husband to plant and harvest their crop, she has little hope of saving her family farm without a man to help her. In order to pay off her loan she needs a plentiful crop and a husband to bring it in. So her father sends a letter to his brother in the Old Country, asking him to find her a groom.

Carl von Reichart is on the run from the law. He was falsely accused of a bombing and has had to flee to America under a false name, Carl Richards. He promises his servant that he will watch over his niece until her groom arrives. Being a nobleman’s son, he is completely unprepared for the farming lifestyle. However, he is determined to help the beautiful widow and her lively daughter. He never felt the need to settle down or stay in one place before but now he doesn’t want to leave the farm or the widow who is trying to save it.

The more Carl helps Annalisa the closer they get. Annalisa starts to see the difference between the husbands around her and Carl and she realizes that love and kindness isn’t too much to ask for in a marriage. Carl can start to see himself spending the rest f his life with Annalisa and her daughter but is reluctant to enter into a marriage where love isn’t involved. But Carl knows that even if love was there he couldn’t marry her not when she doesn’t even know who he really is.

Can Annalisa marry a strange man or will he realize that it’s her life as she deserves a say in it? Will Carl realize that he loves Annalisa or will he walk away and let her marry someone else? Will Carl tell Annalisa who he is or will he leave her wondering? How will Annalisa react when she finds out who he is? Will true love be able to conquer the most difficult struggles or will life destroy what they feel for each other?
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I have never read a book by this author before but this cover dragged me in and I couldn’t resist requesting this one. When I got it in the mail, I was even more excited because of its size and because of its back cover synopsis. But when I started reading it, I was even more hooked. I actually finished this one in two days and thoroughly enjoyed it. This is one of the first historical fiction that I’ve truly enjoyed in a while. This book makes me want to find this author’s previous works and devour them too.

The romance in this book is perfect. I felt like it progressed nicely and had a perfect amount if passion and restraint. I liked how the romance ended and I felt like the struggles that were roadblocks to it were reasonable and understandable. I loved how Carl was able to show Annalisa that a marriage doesn’t have to have a lack of kindness and respect. This is one the most well developed romances, that were set in this century, that I’ve read.

This storyline, though not terribly unique, is special. It touched a chord with me and drew me in. At first I didn’t love it. I felt that Annalisa was too meek and jaded about marriage and that Carl was too snooty, but as the story progressed I saw both characters grow and soften and it captured me. It also captured me with its smooth storyline progression and its unique problems.

Most of the characters in this book aren’t too likable. The men were too aggressive and the women too meek, but some characters just stuck out and captured my heart as well as my attention. A part of me hopes for a sequel so I can see Annalisa’s sister get a husband that loves her, but another part thinks this book is fantastic on its own and doesn’t need a sequel. Even though some characters were too extreme for me to like, the ones that were likable made the story into a fantastic read.

This author is a new one for me but if this book is any indication, I will be reading her books for years to come. This book captured my heart and I absolutely loved it. This author has created a new fan in me and I fully intend to read anything else she writes. Like I said, this book was so good I almost want to track down and read anything else she’s written. This author and book come highly recommended.

Overall, a great book. It had a great romance but some of the characters were unlikable. This book is perfect for those who like historical fiction set in the 19th century. I don’t really think this book is good for younger readers or young teens but adults and older teens will definitely enjoy this one. I give this book a four out of five.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for this review. All opinions expressed are my own.*

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