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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.
Is it better to have an irresponsible husband or no husband at all? That’s the question Annalisa has to ask herself when she finds herself a widow. Her husband’s gambling addiction meant the family was almost penniless, but now she needs someone to maintain the family farm. Her father is determined she’ll marry a German and requests that his brother find someone suitable. When Carl shows up, everyone believes he’s the man Annalisa’s uncle has chosen and the pastor is summoned. But Carl makes it clear he’s only a temporary help, and plans to travel on to Chicago once the real groom arrives. He doesn’t appear to be any kind of farmer, but he can at least stand up to the businessman who wants to build a lumber mill on Annalisa’s land.
A Noble Groom is set during a time of German immigration to the Midwest, something I didn’t know much about. Many were miners in their homeland, come to escape the harsh conditions of their trade. Hedlund’s novel explores the differences in the German social classes and the bitterness that could fester in a man’s heart regarding the wealthy landowner for whom he had worked. We learn Carl’s identity early on in the book and get to witness his heart change toward the farmers trying to eke out a living from the land. Will he stay in Michigan once the groom arrives or will he leave this life behind to fulfill his plans in Chicago?
Jody Hedlund’s next book is due out in September. Called Rebellious Heart, it is in the same vein as The Preacher’s Bride and The Doctor’s Lady in that it’s also inspired by real historical people. In this case, the main characters are inspired by America’s second president, John Adams, and his wife, Abigail. I can’t wait!
Want to read the first chapter of A Noble Groom? Click here to download a pdf file of it from the publisher’s website.
Publisher: Bethany House
Publication Date: 01 April 2013
Page Count: 368
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