Take a trip back to the “thumb” of Michigan in 1880. The loggers have moved north and the area has been settled by German immigrants seeking refuge from the feudal system of their homeland. It’s in this setting that Jody Hedlund weaves this story of love, forgiveness, and fresh perspective.
From the Publisher
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.
One of the reasons I love Jody Hedlund’s novels is because I learn something new about Michigan history every time I read one.
Having grown up in Michigan, I am still very much a “Michigander” at heart and consider it to be “home.”
A Noble Groom was no exception to the history lessons I have come to love and expect from Hedlund – a new insight into the farming communities of the “thumb” of Michigan and the people who made it their home.
Whether you are looking for a romance, looking to be inspired in your faith, or just looking for a page-turning read, A Noble Groom is a great story for any fan of historical fiction. From page one, I was hooked. Jody Hedlund has woven relatable characters, a compelling plot, and excellent storytelling skills together in one delightful book.
I highly recommend A Noble Groom and give it 5 stars!