A beautiful love story for a girl who had given up hope that she could have a fairytale of her own…
Annalisa Werner’s hope for a fairy-tale love is over. Her husband failed her in every way, and how 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 school teacher – 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 Carl’s help, but there’s more to this man than he’s admitting. He’s also gentle, kind, charming – unlike any man she has ever known. But even as he is shining light into the darkness of Annalisa’s heart, she knows her true groom may arrive any day.
All I can say is that I love this novel. This my first time reading Jody’s writing and I love her style of story crafting. Carl’s kindness was more than enough to break through Annalisa’s scarred heart and God used their circumstances to bring them together to teach them both about what true love is. Even though both characters came from a background where they had witnessed the loveless marriages of their parents they did not stop yearning to be loved and the Lord fulfilled that by bringing them together.
Carl truly was a noble groom in this story in the way that he cared for Annalisa, her children, family and community. I liked seeing Anna transform while being around Carl. All of the romantic hopes that she had buried deep within her came to the surface as he lovingly took care of her and her girls. I found Anna’s journey to finding love realistic. She had been abused in many ways except being physically hit by her first husband and that caused her to be quite jumpy around Carl when they first met. It was wonderful to see those walls fall around her and as she opened to his love.
In the novel there is also an underlying theme of having the right to choose for one’s self instead of strict filial observance. In the story we see Annalisa’s sister Eleanor, suffer with being married to an abusive husband. This seemed to a reality to the women in Anna’s community that they thought they had to live with until Carl upsets that way of thinking.
Overall I’d give this book five stars. I loved it! I will definitely read this story again and I can’t wait to read more of Jody Hedlund’s work.
- Review of A Noble Groom by Jody Hedlund (brittreadsfiction.wordpress.com)