A Noble Groom by Jody Hedlund

Annalisa Werner needs a new husband if she’s going to save her farm and provide for her daughter, but the situation seems hopeless when the groom her father sent for doesn’t arrive when expected. Then Carl Richards, the man who’s been given food and shelter in exchange for helping Annalisa do the farm work, falls for her and things get tricky. Not only is Carl the son of the German nobleman her family has sworn to hate, he’s hiding from the law—and Annalisa and her family have no idea.

I’ve always enjoyed Jody Hedlund’s stories.  The Doctor’s Lady  was a good read, and  Unending Devotion  was even better. But this one might be my favorite of Hedlund’s books so far (I haven’t read  The Preacher’s Bride  yet, but it is on my Kindle). I know I’m just repeating what I said when I reviewed  Unending Devotion, but Hedlund creates characters with complex histories, goals, and personalities. That almost always makes for a good story.

I loved the setting of the story (near Lake Huron in Michigan’s thumb), the tension created by the potential loss of the farm, and the realistic look at Annalisa’s family obligations and unhappy marriage with her late husband.

That said, A Noble Groom  might be the most risqué historical Christian novel I’ve read. There was certainly nothing inappropriate, but there were a few passages that shocked me with their descriptions of internal struggles—like when Carl was watching Annalisa stand in the rain with her dress soaked through. It took me by surprise because so many books in the Christian market completely ignore the fact that their characters even have physical bodies. It was a nice change from those books, which I find unrealistic, but with the detail it includes, it’s the first historical Christian fiction I would not recommend for younger teenagers.

*I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my review. My opinion of this book is my own and was not influenced by the publisher or the author.

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