A Noble Groom
by Jody Hedlund
About the Book:
Recently widowed Annalisa Werner has the feeling her husband was murdered but can't prove it. Alone with her young daughter in 1881 Michigan, she has six months left to finish raising the money needed to pay back the land contract her husband purchased, and the land is difficult to toil by herself. She needs a husband. With unmarried men scarce, her father sends a letter to his brother in the Old Country, asking him to find Annalisa a groom.
For nobleman Carl von Reichert, the blade of the guillotine is his fate. He's been accused and convicted of a serious crime he didn't commit, and his only escape is to flee to a small German community in Michigan where he'll be safe. He secures a job on Annalisa's farm but bumbles through learning about farming and manual labor.
Annalisa senses that Carl is harboring a secret about his past, yet she finds herself drawn to him anyway. He's gentle, kind, and romantic--unlike any of the men she's ever known. He begins to restore her faith in the ability to love--but her true groom is still on his way. And time is running out on them all.
A Noble Groom has everything you'd want in a book: romance, humor, heartbreak, and some suspense. The characters are easy to like which makes you want the very best outcome for them all.
Nobleman Carl is the greatest guy from the start. With a great sense of humor he turns their hardship into an easy going affair. Although he has a hard time adjusting to his new life as a farmer he still manages to makes the best of it by trusting in the Lord, and grows to care deeply for those around him.
Annalisa is not accustomed to the happy-go-lucky sort of man. How odd that a man should actually care for her and her daughter, help her, compliment her, and even hold the baby. If only he were the groom her father had sent for. All she can hope for is he will toughen up enough to get the crops planted and harvested in time to pay her lease.
God can work in our lives in ways we wouldn't imagine. He is the author of our life story there is no doubt. I really enjoyed this story. You just never know what's going to happen next! This is a book I will be reading again, and has me picking up Judy's other books to enjoy more of her excellent writing.
***Thank you Litfuse Publicity Group and Bethany House Publishers for the free book in exchange for my honest review and the privilege of joining the blog tour.***
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