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Luther and Katharina

Luther and Katharina: A Novel of Love and RebellionLuther and Katharina: A Novel of Love and Rebellion by Jody Hedlund
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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.

Read it.


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The Vow

The Vow (An Uncertain Choice, #0.5)The Vow by Jody Hedlund
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I love Jody Hedlund’s stories, and so I picked up this novella knowing it would be a prequel to her novel, “An Uncertain Choice.” These short novellas are popular to entice readers to purchase the longer books. It’s a good marketing strategy plus it gives the reader a perk by adding depth to the full-length novel.

However, this one falls short. I haven’t read “An Uncertain Choice” yet but I have a feeling that “The Vow” will be a more meaningful story after reading the full-length novel than before. In “The Vow,” we aren’t really given time to develop an affinity for the hero and heroine. It’s all rather rushed and a jumble of conflicting emotions without the time to digest what is going on. I never connected with the characters, so their plight didn’t really resonate.


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Newton & Polly

Newton & PollyNewton & Polly by Jody Hedlund
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

How did I miss this book when it released last year?! Waterbrook needs to do a better job of book promotion. I love Jody Hedlund’s stories, and she knocked this one out of the park. Seriously. The way she introduces John Newton and then develops his character so that the reader is sucked into his story is nothing short of brilliant. Everyone will love Polly, she’s an incredible young woman, but it’s Newton who steals the spotlight as we watch him become the man God wanted him to be. It’s a roller coaster of highs and lows. No spoiler here. Read the book!


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An Awakened Heart

An Awakened Heart (Orphan Train, #0.5)An Awakened Heart by Jody Hedlund
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a free novella published to point the reader to Jody Hedlund’s novel “With You Always.” It’s a promotional book, a tease to buy the novel. It’s good to understand that before reading, so the reader isn’t disappointed by the ending. It doesn’t end so much as it just stops. The reader can assume that the story will pick up again in the novel.

This story is an eye-opening look into the tenements of New York during the mid-1800s. The poverty, the squalor, the desperation, and degradation. A stark look into a time of change and growth for a country absorbing more people than it would handle. But God placed people in the midst who cared and who worked to make a difference.

Worth reading, whether you continue on to read the novel or not.


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