Martin Luther and Katharina von Bora were such complex characters, each with their own burdens. The author has written a novel that does not hesitate to portray characters who make very real mistakes. They hurt those they love through harsh words or inaction. They question God’s plan for their lives and attempt to take matters into their own hands. They both deeply feel emotions, yet struggle to share those emotions with the one they love.
Luther and Katharina were so very interesting to read about. The times they lived in were scary and downright dangerous. The side characters in the book did much to illustrate the importance of Doctor Luther’s message and how important to the cause he was. There were even a few lighthearted moments, at times, between Jonas and Luther. These interactions between Jonas and Luther, as well as the growth of the romance between Luther and Katharina, truly took the image I had of Doctor Martin Luther from a fuzzy piece of history to a real human being.
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. It was full of rich, historical detail and a love story between the two main characters that even a rebellion could not crush. (5 stars)
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Katharina von Bora has seen nothing but the inside of cloister walls since she was five. In a daring escape, Katharina finds refuge with Martin Luther and seeks his help to pair her with the noble, wealthy husband she desires.
As class tensions and religious conflicts escalate toward the brink of war, Martin Luther believes that each day could be his last and determines he will never take a wife.
As the horrors of the bloody Peasant War break out around them, the proud Katharina and headstrong Martin Luther fight their own battle for true love, in one of the greatest love stories of history.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Jody Hedlund is an award-winning and bestselling historical fiction author. She won the 2011 Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award, the 2011 Award of Excellence from the Colorado Romance Writers and was a finalist for Best Debut Novel in the 2011 ACFW Carol Awards. Currently she makes her home in central Michigan, with her husband and five busy children. She loves hearing from readers on Facebook and on her blog.
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