Author: Jody Hedlund
Publisher: Bethany House a Division of Baker Publishing April 1, 2013
Theme: 19th Century German settlers living in Michigan.
Rating: 2 stars
Source: Open Book from Bethany House provided this copy for me for purpose of book club reading or published review.
The Noble Groom is based on the history of German settlers living in Michigan in the 1880s. They brought with them the stern "old" ways of tradition.
Annalisa Werner is a young woman married to a selfish and dominant man named Hans. They have a two year old daughter named Gretchen. Annalisa is pregnant. Hans and Annalisa have a small farm. Her parents live nearby. They've been living in America a short time. They have toiled and built a small farm hopeful of paying off the loan acquired. Han's death places further strain. Annalisa's father decides she will marry her cousin that is living in Germany, until he arrives another man will help her with the farm. Carl, a German emigrant, is the reluctant farmhand.
The Noble Groom began well. I enjoyed reading about German emigrants in Michigan (not a history I was familiar with). Annalisa is a likable character, she is easy to sympathize with.
The book has a predictable storyline: lovely girl meets handsome boy, there is a problem or problems, can they persevere.
I read the book from cover to cover; however, the steady drip of problems were tiresome. One crisis on top of another to the conclusion of the story. I felt as if I was on a run-away roller coaster.
Jody Hedlund's website: http://jodyhedlund.com/books/noble-groom/
To read an excerpt: http://jodyhedlund.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/a-noble-groom-SC.pdf
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