Friday, October 30, 2015

Luther and Katharina by Jody Hedlund

SHE WAS A NUN OF NOBLE BIRTH. HE, A HERETIC, A REFORMER...AN OUTLAW OF THE HOLY ROMAN EMPIRE.

In the sixteenth century, nun Katharina von Bora's fate fall no further than the Abbey. Until she read the writings of Marin Luther.

His sweeping Catholic church reformation--condemning a cloistered life and promoting the goodness of marriage--awakened her desire for everything she'd been forbidden.

Including Martin Luther himself.

Despite the fact that the attraction and tension between them is undeniable, Luther holds fast to his convictions and remains isolated, refusing to risk anyone's life but his own. Katharina longs for love, but is strong-willed. She clings proudly to her class distinction, pining for nobility over the heart of a reformer.

They couldn't be more different.

But as the world comes tumbling down around them, and with the threat on Luther's life a constant strain, these unlikely allies forge an unexpected bond of understanding, support, and love.

Together they will alter the religious landscape forever. 

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I so enjoyed this book about real people that I didn't really know anything about. I only knew that Luther had a big part in bringing Christianity to others in a new way. You can tell that Jody has done her research and also done a great job of adding some fictional elements that could very well have happened. I learned a lot about the way the church worked back then that I also knew nothing about. Luther's passion for the Word and for people to live FOR Christ instead of hiding away from the world changed everything. 

The characters were rich and vibrant in the text. I found it quite interesting how Luther loved her so much but tried to refuse that love and it made him react to her in a negative way. When he finally admits to that love it is such a relief TO him. Of course, everyone else had already seen how much he loved her though he denied it if they tried to tell him so. Despite that, Kate was true to her character and kept trying to do things the way the Lord would want. I loved the moment when she realized that praying to Mary wasn't going to get her anywhere and she called out to GOD Himself instead. 

If you love history, adventure, danger and a great love story...this book is for you! I recommend it highly and give it 5 stars!!! 

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Jody Hedlund is the author of over ten novels, including Love Unexpected, Captured by Love, Unending Devotion, The Preacher's Bride, and A Noble Groom, winner of the 2014 Carol Award for historical romance. She makes her home in Michigan, not far from the lighthouses she writes about, and loves hearing from readers on Facebook and her blog at JodyHedlund.com


HER OTHER BOOKS

The Hearts of Faith Series...
The Preacher's Bride
The Doctor's Lady
Rebellious Heart

The Michigan Brides Collection...
Unending Devotion
A Noble Groom
Captured by Love

The Beacons of Hope Series...
Out of the Storm: A Novella
Love Unexpected
Hearts Made Whole
Out of the Storm

The Noblest Knights Series
The Vow: A Novella
An Uncertain Choice
A Daring Sacrifice - March 2016



In compliance with new regulations introduced by the Federal Trade Commission,  as part of every Web or Amazon review that I was provided a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 


Thursday, October 1, 2015

Chivalrous: Valiant Hearts Book 2 by Dina L. Sleiman

With her future in jeopardy, this unforgettable heroine won't go down without a fight!

Strong and adventurous Gwendolyn Barnes longs to be a knight like her chivalrous brothers, but her parents view her only as a marriage pawn. When her domineering father makes plans to see her wed to a brutish man, Gwendolyn must fight for her future.

She's surprised, however, for that clash to include a handsome, good-hearted newcomer. Allen of Ellsworth arrives in Edendale searching for his place in the world, but he finds in Gwendolyn the most unexpected of women. 

Tournaments, intrigue, and battles-along with twists and turns aplenty-await these two as they struggle to find love, identity, and their true destinies.


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I loved book two even more than book one. In book one you meet Allen but you don't really get to KNOW him the same way as you do in this one. I love how you see the struggle within him to be something special to others and at the same time knowing the only One he is to please and follow is the Lord. Gwen is wonderful. While growing up under a very mean father, she was fortunate to have him away for a lot of the time. I believe that gave her the ability to have a kind heart and daring spirit. Having big brothers to allow her to learn things that only men could do back then kept her vibrant and later it kept her alive. 

This book has all the adventure and intrigue you would expect with a title and cover like it has. I enjoyed the tournaments. It felt just like I was watching one of the movies from that time period. The relationship between Gwen and Rosalind is one of my favorites. She is willing to follow her into whatever adventure she chooses but at the same time she tries to guide her the direction a lady of her status requires. I'm looking forward to reading her story in book three. 

I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves to read of adventure with romance. I rate this book a 5 star. I found nothing offensive or out of line. It was the perfect mix of adventure, romance and spirituality. I found the characters faith to be balanced. Their struggles were real to life. Well done, once again! Can't wait for more. 

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Dina Sleiman writes stories of passion and grace. Most of the time you will find this Virginia Beach resident reading, biking, dancing, or hanging out with her husband and three children, preferably at the oceanfront. Since finishing her Professional Writing MA in 1994, she has enjoyed many opportunities to teach literature, writing, and the arts. Her debut novel, Dance of the Dandelion with Whitefire Publishing, won an Honorable Mention in the 2012 Selah Awards. Also look for her novels, Love in Three-Quarter Time, Dance from Deep Within, and her Valiant Hearts series with Bethany House Publishers. Dina serves as an acquisitions editor for WhiteFire Publishing as well, and she loves to teach at writers conferences throughout the US.

http://valiantheartsseries.blogspot.com/


In compliance with new regulations introduced by the Federal Trade Commission,  as part of every Web or Amazon review that I was provided a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.