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Review and Giveaway: A Noble Groom by Jody Hedlund May 20, 2013

Filed under: Book Reviews,Monday Musings — Melissa Finnegan @ 11:00 am
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A Noble Groom by Jody Hedlund

From the back cover:

Michigan, 1880

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.

My thoughts:

This is the first book I’ve ever read by Jody Hedlund and I have to say I think I have found another author I want to see more from.

As I reflected on this book I realized what Carl does (become a peasant when he truly is a nobleman) and helps Annalisa is a perfect picture of what Jesus did for us. Carl defends Annalisa from her enemies, as Christ does for us.

Christ humbled himself so we can become His, His bride, his treasured possession.

Unlike Christ, Carl didn’t want to humble himself and he didn’t even want to fall in love but God used what was intended to harm Carl and Annalisa for both of their good and for God’s ultimate glory (Genesis 5020).

I also think that Annalisa’s attitude toward marriage is still believed today in too many marriages. We think this is the best it will ever get and marriage can’t be some exciting, romantic adventure, but those are lies. Marriage is a symbol of our relationship with Christ, which should be exciting, and full of wonderful adventures. 

If you are looking for a new historical romance I recommend this book.

You can pick up a copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble,, or the publisher.

You can visit Jody’s website to learn more about her and others books she has written. Click here.

You can enter to win a copy of this book by leaving a comment by May 26th at 5:00 pm — U.S. residents only. (NOTE: the corners of the book are slightly bent, nothing major but wanted to let you know).

A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


36 Responses to “Review and Giveaway: A Noble Groom by Jody Hedlund”

  1. karenk Says:

    a wonderful posting…thanks for the chance to read this fabulous novel

  2. Katie J. Says:

    Really enjoyed reading the review. Thanks for the giveaway. Jody is a new author for me and I am really looking forward to reading A Noble Groom.

  3. jojo elliott Says:

    looks like a great read..I would love to win it! love the cover too!

  4. bonnie Says:

    Anxious to read this book – thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

  5. Patty Says:

    You should certainly check out her other books! The first two were great. I just finished her third recently and somehow it didn’t grip me as much, but still good. Would love to win a copy of this one!

  6. Beth C Says:

    I enjoy historical romances. I have not read any of Jody’s books but they sound very good!

  7. Anna Weaver Says:

    Great review! Thanks for the giveaway and for sharing good books with us! 🙂

  8. Faith Says:

    I love the symbolism that you saw in this book and pointed out in this review! I wonder if the author knew that those themes were so clear in this story! I would love to be entered in this giveaway! 🙂

  9. Thank you for the review a giveaway! The book sounds like another read from Ms. Jody 🙂

  10. KayM Says:

    Melissa, I enjoyed your great review! It is very interesting. Thank you for offering a copy of A Noble Groom. I haven’t read anything yet by Jody.

  11. uh-huh, this sounds like it will be interesting. He must have heard about her letter. I want to read this book. MAXIE mac262(at)me(dot)com

  12. Bethany Says:

    I would love to be entered in this book giveaway! Thanks so much!

  13. Sue Says:

    Would love to win a copy. Read Jody’s book set in UP lumber camps and loved it.

  14. harlief Says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! The book sounds fabulous.

  15. Martha J. Sturm Says:

    Jody is a wonderful author. Like the novel idea of a mail order groom 🙂

  16. jojo elliott Says:

    I love romantic adventures and would love to read this book.

  17. I would love to win a copy of this one to add to our church library. Sounds wonderful!
    And thanks ladies for the interesting post.

  18. Veronica S. Says:

    I’ve heard wonderful things about this one and the cover is amazing! Thanks for the giveaway.

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