A Noble Groom
Bethany House Publishers
I read Jody Hedlund’s The Preacher’s Bride not that long ago and quite enjoyed it, so while I admit I couldn’t take the cover of this book seriously (handsome man looking off in the distance with his tie blowing in the wind…*giggles*) I decided to check it out.
Recently widowed Analisa Weiss has the feeling her husband was murdered but can't prove it. Alone with her young daughter in 1881 Michigan, she has six months left to finish raising the money needed to pay back the land contract her husband purchased, and the land is difficult to toil by herself. She needs a husband. With unmarried men scarce, her father sends a letter to his brother in the Old Country, asking him to find Analisa a groom.
I did enjoy this book. It was rather more romance-y than I usually like (quite a few skippable kisses, in my humble opinion) But I think Mrs. Hedlund is a good writer, and I loved the fairy tale references used throughout.
Analisa’s daughter Gretchen was seriously the most adorable thing! And the way Carl really loved both Gretchen and Sophie was too cute….father-daughter type relationships always make me feel mushy inside from cuteness overload, I fully admit it.
I’m not a huge prairie romance girl (although I’ve certainly read my share of them!) but I admit that I really did like this book, probably because with both the German culture and the fact that nobleman/inventor Carl wasn’t really the typical hero of those kinds of stories, it didn’t feel like a story that’s “already been done.”
Though there wasn’t really anything inappropriate in this book, it did deal with some more mature themes (such as abuse- Analisa’s sister’s husband hurts her) as well as a good bit of romance, so its not really something I’d recommend to younger readers.
I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.