Tuesday, June 18, 2013

A Noble Groom



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 Review:

I never thought I'd ever say this in a review -- but here goes. Hedlund is such a master at her craft that she even had me swooning over a nitpicking scene. Seriously. Now that's romantical talent!!!!!

A rich, compelling story filled with the realistic and gritty details the settlers faced every day. Made me take stock of my 21st century complaints and vow to get over myself! I'm not sure I would have survived as a pioneer woman at the turn of the century. Especially a poor German immigrant one who has no say in her future because she is female.

What an incredible read! Hedlund played havoc with my emotions from start to finish. From being in the depths of despair for Annalisa to experiencing heart palpitations over Carl I was a bit of an emotional wreck by the end.

One amazing read!!!!!!

Giveway Opportunity:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of The Noble Groom, please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday June 23 2013. Offer open to international readers. Good luck! 


  1. Loved Jody's first two books and have been wanting to read this one as well as Unending Devotion. Hope I win! :)

  2. Good luck Cheryl!!!!! I see that I have another Hedlund book to catch up on. How did I miss that?!

  3. Her books that I have read have been great, can't wait to read this one!


  4. Mom told me about Jody's books, so I'd love to try one out!

  5. Jody's books are awesome, Kristin! Though after reading this one you'll be happy you're a 21st century woman! Good luck!

  6. Kav, this is one of the best books I've read in a while as well. I LOVED Carl. Loved him!!! Enjoyed your review, especially the "get over myself" because yes, I thought that too. Especially with the wood chopping. That was one of my favorite scenes. When Carl thinks "no sane person does this amount of work in a year, much less a day" haha.

    Please don't enter me in the drawing. I already have this book. I just like looking at the cover and remembering all those great moments.

  7. I have never read one of Jody's books, but have wanted to - have heard lots of good reviews and comments about her writing. Thank you for the opportunity in your giveaway and thank you for featuring good Christian books and authors Kav!

    God's Blessings,


  8. Ah -- the wood chopping scene. I remember it well. :-) I really liked the way Hedlund made Carl 'real' -- not this brawny hero who could do anything and never sleep. I felt his fatigue and his blisters!

    Oh Lori -- you must read Jody's books. Good luck -- maybe this will be your chance!

  9. No need to enter me, thank you! I read it and thoroughly enjoyed it. Hedlund is good, isn't she, Kav?? :)

  10. Wow, I just have to read this book after your powerful review. I've never read any of Jody's books either, so another author to add to my ever growing list of author's to read. Thanks for giving us a chance to win such great books, Kav!

  11. Thanks for the chance to read Jody's latest novel, kav

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  12. Loved your review! I'm sure I'd enjoy this book. It sounds great! Thank you for offering a copy.
    may_dayzee (at) yahoo (dot) com

  13. Your review makes me want to read the story just to have my emotions all over the place lol. I like the era and it sounds like I'd really feel a part of it.


  14. I would enjoy reading The Noble Groom. Thanks!

  15. Please drop my name in the giveaway hat!

    writer_weaver at yahoo dot com

  16. Thanks for the great review- sounds like I'm going to love this one!


  17. I've been waiting for this one - would love to win!!

  18. This story sounds amazing..would love to read it, I love the cover and thank you for the chance to win! jelliott53(AT)Hotmail(dot)com

  19. I have been looking forward to this book! Thank you for the review :)

  20. Great review! Please enter me. This one sounds good. : )

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