Monday, September 21, 2015

Wonderful Reading ~ Luther and Katharina by Jody Hedlund

  • ISBN-10: 1410485021
  • ISBN-13: 978-1410485021

Release Date ~ October 6, 2015

From the publisher: 

She was a nun of noble birth. He, a heretic, a reformer…an outlaw of the Holy Roman Empire.  

In the 16th century, nun Katharina von Bora’s fate fell no further than the Abbey. Until she read the writings of Martin 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. And 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 Luther’s threatened life a constant strain, these unlikely allies forge an unexpected bond of understanding, support and love. 
Together, they will alter the religious landscape forever.

I love reading historical fiction, especially when there is a romantic component to the story. Needless to say, I fully enjoyed reading Luther and Katharina by Jody Hedlund.

While I was familiar with the basic history surrounding Martin Luther, I wasn't as familiar with the happenings of the 16th century or of his personal life. I found it really interesting to get a glimpse of the actual history of Luther and Katharina as well as enjoy the fictional component to this story.  

I also  appreciated Ms. Hedlund's wrap up after the story where she defined what was factual history and what was fictional within the story.

Luther and Katharina is an engaging read and both characters are well developed. I was captivated and moved by their story. Both of them had such strength of faith and conviction against so many obstacles, violence and hatred. Their story is definitely amazing and worth reading!

The only drawback was that the story was a bit long for my taste but  I can honestly say there never was a dull moment while reading this story.

I give Luther and Katharina 4 stars!

A big thank you to Random House Publishing/ Blogging for Books program for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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