Thursday, May 2, 2013

#BOOK REVIEW A Noble Groom by Jody Hedlund | Kindle Fire Giveaway and Facebook Party! {5/8} @Litfuse

Jody Hedlund is celebrating the release of A Noble Groom by giving away a Kindle Fire and hosting a Facebook Author Chat Party {5/8}! 

One "noble" winner will receive:
  • A Kindle Fire
  • A copy of A Noble Groom by Jody Hedlund
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on May 7th. Winner will be announced at the "A Noble Groom" Author Chat Party on May 8th. Connect with Jody, get a sneak peek of her next book, try your hand at the trivia contest, and chat with readers just like you. There will also be many fun giveaways -- gift certificates, books, and more!

So grab your copy of A Noble Groom and join Jody on the evening of May 8th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book, don't let that stop you from coming!)

Don't miss a moment of the fun, RSVP today. Tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 8th!


About A Noble Groom         

Michigan, 1880

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.

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About Jody Hedlund          

Jody Hedlund is an award-winning and bestselling historical fiction author. She won the 2011 Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award, the 2011 Award of Excellence from the Colorado Romance Writers and was a finalist for Best Debut Novel in the 2011 ACFW Carol Awards. Currently she makes her home in central Michigan, with her husband and five busy children. She loves hearing from readers on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest,  and on her blog.

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 Reader review . . . 

Hans Werner's mysterious death has left young Annalisa a widow with a toddler and another on the way.  She has no way to provide for herself and her children, so it is imperative that she remarry as soon as possible.  When a groom cannot be found among the German immigrants in her Michigan community, a letter is sent to the Old Country asking for help.  When schoolteacher Carl Richards arrives, he seems to be just what Annalisa needs.  But Carl has a secret that will change everything when the truth comes out.

A Noble Groom is Christian historical fiction at its best, and proof that you should not judge a book by its cover.  At first glance, I feared that it was another schmaltzy, sweet romance, but after a few pages, I knew I was wrong.  The characters, situations, and conflicts are, for the most part, believable.  Annalisa's plight was a common one in that era, when women were thought to be second-class citizens and daughters were considered to be a burden.  Many young women were married off to anyone who would have them in order for the family to have one less mouth to feed.  When Annalisa is surprised to learn that love is possible within a marriage it is sad to realize that many women of that time would have been just as surprised.  

A couple of small things must be mentioned. Sometimes authors do things that make me giggle, and one of them is the use of grandiose character names.  I must admit that Baron von Reichart had this effect on me.  Also, the storyline seemed to be tied up a little too neatly and quickly at the end.  One minute the characters are in a crisis, and on the next page everything has been explained and concluded.   But this is not a major criticism; on the contrary, I highly recommend this novelThe author clearly knows her subject well and has done her research.  The setting, both time and place, is  accurate and well-detailed.  Containing romance, history, and mystery, this novel should appeal to many readers.

4.5 stars

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Litfuse Publicity Group<> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”  






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