Sunday, April 21, 2013
Noble Groom - A Review
Annalisa Werner loves to tell her daughter fairy tales with a happily ever after. She's long given up on her own fairy tale. When her cruel husband dies, she's relieved, but still has no idea how she will save her farm. Her father has a solution - he will write relatives in the Old Country for a groom for Annalisa. Carl Richards flees his native Germany a wanted man. Arriving on doorstep of Annalisa's father's farm, everyone thinks that he is the groom sent for Annalisa. As he explains that he was sent to help out until her real groom arrives, he starts to truly understand the lives of the peasants. He's hiding his true identity, that of the baron's son. Annalisa is drawn to Carl's gentleness with her and her daughters. She soon finds herself in love with him. Is he the prince in her very own fairy tale? And what happens when her long awaited groom suddenly makes an appearance?
I absolutely loved this book. Of course I felt that I spent more time with the book closed because the cover model is so dreamy! I really think that this is the best book Jody Hedlund's written to date. I loved how Carl had to overcome his own pride in seeing himself better than the "peasants." When he realized that he wasn't any different than they, he had a breakthrough. Annalisa also had to learn that while she can still respect her father and the men in her life, she didn't need them to tell her what to do and when to do it. She grew from a timid flower into a beautiful strong rose. This book put a different spin on the "mail order bride" that is a popular trend in fiction right now. Over the past two years, having read everything that Jody Hedlund has written, I have found myself adding her books to my "must read and find a way to buy list" as she has quickly become one of my favorite authors.
I received this book for free from the author in exchange for helping to promote the book. My thoughts and opinions are my own.
Check out her other books and her blog here on her website.
Recommended to fans of historical fiction, Julie Lessman, Laura Frantz, Lori Wick, Karen Witemeyer, Siri Mitchell
Rating - 5 stars