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A Noble Groom Paperback – April 1, 2013
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Despite her husband’s faults, the last thing that young wife Annalisa expected to face was his untimely death. Annalisa’s father, in an effort to help his now-widowed daughter keep her farm, writes to his brother in the old country asking that he find a husband for Annalisa. Meanwhile, in Germany, fate steps in and exchanges the hangman’s noose reserved for the wrongly convicted aristocrat Carl von Reichert for an escape route to the same small Germanic Michigan settlement that Annalisa calls home. As their lives and hearts begin to intertwine, it is only by discovering their own genuine identities that Annalisa and Carl can find their true homes. Swiftly becoming a well-known contender in the world of Christian historical fiction, Hedlund skillfully taps into her own German heritage to develop this tale of Old World romance and masked identity set against the backdrop of a nineteenth-century German American community. --Elizabeth Ponder
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2014 Carol Award Winner for Historical Romance
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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I read this on my kindle while also listening to some on audible. Great narration; great story.
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?
She captured the struggle our early settlers went through and how cultural habits are just a way of life, no matter how wrong an outsider might think they are.
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.
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