A Noble Groom
About This Book
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.
I love books that make me forget I’m a writer. Tales so expertly woven, I forget things like 3-act structure and black moments. Stories that consume me so completely, I also forget things like dinner and bedtime.
To-date, every single Jody Hedlund novel has lured me into such blissful amnesia, and “A Noble Groom” is no exception.
I love fish-out-of-water stories, and Carl is one of the best flopping-fish heroes I’ve met in a long time–not least because he is entirely aware of how ill-suited he is to his new life, and isn’t afraid to laugh at himself. And, subsequently, I LOL’d right along with him (because every woman in the throes of childbirth surely craves pie). 🙂
My only complaint with Jody’s books is that they end! I wish I could slow myself down while reading to make them last longer, but masterful stories such as hers just never let me. Not only a keeper, but a re-reader. I’ll be revisiting Carl & Annalisa’s story again and again. Jody just keeps me hungry for more!
Available April 1, 2013 from Bethany House Publishers