Good, clean-read books are sometimes hard to come by. Good, clean-read, historical books are even more difficult to find. But good, clean-read, historical, romance books that teach and keep you turning the pages are nearly impossible to put your hands on. However, I found an author who has done this time and time again. Jody Hedlund’s novels never disappoint.
When I was asked by her publicist if I would read her latest book Luther and Katharina and review it, I was more than happy to do so because I knew I was in for not only a little romance, but a true learning experience about people in history who did so very much for Christianity.
Martin Luther was a man of great courage and sacrifice. He was persecuted for what he believed, but that didn’t stop him from doing what he felt God had called him to do: condemn cloistered life and promote the goodness of marriage. In the sixteenth century, his writings helped to awaken many and brought sweeping reformation to the Catholic church. Many people have heard of this noble man and all that he did to help Christians, but they haven’t heard about the woman he fell in love with and married. Their love was tested in many ways before and even after they were man and wife.
Who was the woman behind this great man? Her name was Katharina von Bora. She was the daughter of a noble knight so burdened with debt that he placed her in a convent. Katharina became a a nun, but upon reading Martin’s writings promoting the goodness of marriage she wanted something more. Katharina and a few of the other nuns in the Abby decided to escape the convent.
As Luther and Katharina’s story begins the reader feels Katharine’s fears as she and her friends flee. When they finally reach safety behind the walls of the Black Cloister where Martin Luther lives, they are awakened to the reality of their plight: excommunication and persecution. However if they found themselves husbands or homes of employ they would be spared. Luther promises to help them. Of course, being a titled woman, Katharina doesn’t realize the difficult situation she and the other women have put Luther in and begins making demands for their needs. This doesn’t set well with him, and so the sparks of their romance are kindled.
Luther and Katharina is a wonderful, suspenseful, romantic journey of learning what bravery was like for people devoted to what they believed. With all the turmoil in our modern times, it’s a story well worth reading.
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I was given a ARC of this book to review, but I reviewed it because I loved the novel.