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