A Noble Groom

A Noble Groom - Jody Hedlund Escaping from imprisonment for a crime he didn’t commit, Carl von Reichert flees to a small German farming community in Michigan and agrees to assist a young widow in saving her farm as she awaits the arrival of the new groom whom her father has promised her to.He could never marry a woman like Annalisa. They were from two completely different worlds. She was a peasant, the widow of a farmer, and the land meant everything to her. He was a scientist and inventor, a nobleman’s son. His destiny included much bigger prospects than life on a small farm in Michigan.After enjoying Hedlund’s Unending Devotion based on a lumbering town in Michigan, I was excited to receive a review copy of her latest novel, especially since many of my own ancestors were German immigrants who farmed in the Midwest during the late 1800s as well.A Noble Groom is everything one would expect from a Christian historical fiction novel. The details about the lives of the people of that time were well-researched and realistic. I loved how she portrayed the determination of the people, their hardships, and their daily struggles while also still allowing their individual personalities to shine through. Carl in particular was a great character — his ‘outside’ perspective as a man of noble birth allowed the author to give a clear assessment of the struggles of the New World. Also, I loved how the author worked in Grimm’s fairy tales — clever, and very appropriate.This book definitely contained its fair share of sappiness and was pretty predictable, but I’d hope readers picking it up would take note of the genre and expect as much. There were a few sections I felt a bit silly reading (i.e. somehow picking lice out of a man’s hair became quite sensual… not sure how that works), but as far as romance novels go, this is one of the best I’ve read.Overall: A sweet romance with plenty of history to boot.