Thursday, September 3, 2015

Luther & Katharina by Jody Hedlund Book Review

24605318// Luther & Katharina //

By Jody Hedlund

Book Synopsis:

Katharina von Bora has seen nothing but the inside of cloister walls since she was five. In a daring escape, Katharina finds refuge with Martin Luther and seeks his help to pair her with the noble, wealthy husband she desires.

As class tensions and religious conflicts escalate toward the brink of war, Martin Luther believes that each day could be his last and determines he will never take a wife.

As the horrors of the bloody Peasant War break out around them, the proud Katharina and headstrong Martin Luther fight their own battle for true love, in one of the greatest love stories of history.

// Bethany's Book Review //

Katharina von Bora, a runaway nun, finds shelter with Martin Luther a munk, who helps her to find homes to work for and live in. Martin Luther helps her to rebuild her life after the only one she's ever known as a nun, and much to the discouragement of others, promotes nuns leaving their solitary lives to get married and start families of their own. As time progresses this is made obvious as he grows fond of Katharina, and she of him. The marry, and work together as a team to begin the protestant reformation to further the name of Christ, providing a prime example of marriage and working together for the Lord.

I've always had a deep fascination with Martin Luther, and his story! Being a Reformed Presbyterian, Martin Luther is a huge part of my church history, and I always enjoy any opportunity to learn more about him and his life!

Prior to reading this book, I honestly didn't know much about Katharina von Bora Luther. I'd heard about her, and knew of her as the Reformer Martin Luther's wife; but aside from that I didn't know much else. I was so excited to read this book, and found that Katharina and Martin Luther's love story was so fascinating and interesting!

Jody Hedlund has always been one of my favorite historical fiction authors because of all the research she puts into each novel. I always feel like I not only enjoy a great, exciting story, but also learn the equivalent of a history lesson in a non-boring setting! I certainly wasn't disappointed with this novel of hers, and was so excited to get to learn the Luther's story! I'd definitely recommend this novel to all fans of historical fiction, as well as those interested in the Protestant Reformation and Martin Luther!

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of Luther & Katharina from Blogging for Books, for the purpose of this review. I was not paid to write this review, and all thoughts expressed are my own unbiased honest opinions.