Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Luther and Katharina: A Novel of Love and Rebellion

Today is release day for Jody Hedlund's 10th book!

I patiently awaited my ARC of Martin and Katharina Luther's love story, and it did not disappoint. This is by far Jody Hedlund's best yet and my favorite from this author.

"Time to jump."

From these first three words, the pace of this story swept me away. At almost 400 pages, Hedlund's version of this historical love story sped along. Her attention to descriptive detail will sink you deep into the era of 16th century Germany and the turmoil surrounding the Reformation. As we have come to expect from Hedlund, this story is full of twists and turns, her characters are rich and wonderful.

Hedlund's in-depth research into the life and times of this important Christian leader shows in the details. Instead of her typical 'based on' story-lines, this book includes actual events of Luther's and Katharina's lives, woven into an intricate story of rebellion, allegiance, love and faith.

Some readers may be off-put by the detailed violence and straight-forward telling of horrendous acts--both by and against the church--but the story remains true to the times and events. Hedlund does not sugar-coat the ugliness of this part of church history. I would suggest this story is for a mature reader--perhaps not young teens. Although, this book would be a perfect lead-in to nurture desire in more mature teens to learn about Martin Luther, and the importance of his brave teachings.

I would truly call this book a work of art worthy of a place on your TBR list. If you would like a free copy of Luther and Katharina, check out Jody's blog for her daily trivia giveaways!

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