This book is worth reading on so many levels. It’s a beautiful – if tempestuous – romance. It’s chocked full of good history. The setting is wonderfully done. And the characters are real, not only in that they are historical characters, but they have all the faults and foibles of real people. Jody Hedlund didn’t whitewash them into larger-than-life caricatures.
This isn’t a book about the Reformation. It’s a book about Martin Luther – the man – and Katharina von Bora – the woman. It’s their story from the time Katharina escaped the convent (I didn’t realize what an ordeal that was) until they finally come together. They face danger, hunger, betrayal, disappointments, and all sorts of unpleasant things along the way.