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A Noble Groom Paperback – April 1, 2013
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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.
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Annalisa's childhood dreams of true love died the day she married her lazy, abusive husband Hans Werner. Now with Hans dead and no husband to help work in the fields, her hopes to pay her farm debt and earn money to send her girls to school perish as well. Her father sends away for a new husband for Annalisa, her distant cousin Dirk. Before her new groom arrives from the Old Country, Carl Richards appears and agrees to work her fields until Dirk comes. But each day Annalisa spends with Carl sprouts new hope in her heart that all men aren't the same, that true love is possible. With all that keeps them apart, will the kind but haughty nobleman and the disillusioned widow find their way to a fairy-tale ending?
Like Jody Hedlund's other novels, this story is strong in unique characters, description and plot twists. As heroes go, Carl doesn't have any horrific emotional wounds from his past, but his scientific inventor quirks, his protective, gentle nature and prince-like qualities make him a hero worth sighing over.
As you journey with these characters through their joys and heartaches, you find a certain hope for the future and a glimpse at the nature of God. He is ever present, always in control, and he loves His children.
After reading this book, I only have one question. What happened to Uri?
A Noble Groom is the story of Annalisa Werner, a young widow with a lot on her plate and Carl von Reichert, an entitled nobleman with secrets to keep. When her husband is found murdered, Annalisa is left with a infant daughter to raise, crops to be planted and a short amount of time to pay off the large loan on her farmland. Carl is sent by her uncle to help keep the farm afloat while hiding from false murder charges.
To say Carl is unused to manual labor would be an understatement! He starts the novel with a great deal of pride in his status and feels as though farm work and these people are beneath him but, he grows so much during his time with Annalisa.
Annalisa has always been meek and obedient, everything she thinks a woman ought to be. She may tell her daughter plenty of fairytales but she's given up on real love. Carl's views on women and his treatment of her and her daughters are completely different from anything she's ever known. She grows a great deal as a character as well and eventually finds the strength to stand up for herself and open herself up to love.
This is an absolute must read and just may find itself on my best reads of 2013 list!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.*
Carl is accused of a crime against the duke in Germany. To escape a hanging, he escapes and makes his way to America. He's only supposed to take care of Annalisa's farm until her real groom arrives, but eventually comes to see her in a different light. He's the son of the baron that has caused her family a great deal of grief, but his lie could cost him everything.
Carl's character is a fairy tale hero all the way, making Annalisa question whether it's actually possible for her to have a storybook love. She senses that something is holding him back, but circumstances force them together and they can't avoid their mutual attraction.
This was a good book that I really enjoyed. I didn't see anything relating this book to the first one in the series, making it okay to read these out of order or alone. The third book, Captured By Love, is due out June 24.
I enjoyed this history of German immigration. I have seen other nationalities but not German.
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This is a Christian, God filled story, but it isn't soppy and wishy washy as some I have tried to read. The characters developed through the book and I grew to care about the main ones. Theirs was a day to day faith in God who comes alongside us and is in the midst of the muck life sometimes chucks at us, bringing us through it, stronger.
Now the problem I have is, what do I read after enjoying this so much?