Luther and Katharina: A Novel of Love and Rebellion

Luther and Katharina: A Novel of Love and Rebellion

by Jody Hedlund

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Luther and Katharina: A Novel of Love and Rebellion by Jody Hedlund

A Christy Award-winning novel chronicling the forbidden romance between Martin Luther and his wife, Katharina von Bora, set against the Protestant Reformation of the sixteenth century.

She was a nun of noble birth. He was a heretic, a reformer, and 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. 
 
- Christy Award: Historical Romance Fiction Winner

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ISBN-13: 9781601427625
Publisher: The Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/06/2015
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 263,880
Product dimensions: 8.10(w) x 5.40(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Jody Hedlund is a CBA best-selling and award-winning author of more than a dozen books. Among a variety of genres, she especially loves bringing long-forgotten women of history to life. She is the author of Luther and Katharina, which was awarded the ECPA Book of the Year Award in Fiction. Her other novels have won the Carol Award, the INSPY Award, and the Christy Award. She resides in Midland, Michigan, with her husband and five busy children.

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Luther and Katharina: A Novel of Love and Rebellion 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
EmilyAnneK17 9 months ago
I thought this book was really cute. It is the historically true romance between Martin Luther and Lady Katharina. One of the things that makes the book especially interesting is the dynamic between Luther as a persecuted ex-monk and Katharina as an ex-nun noblewoman. What kind of relationship would a man and a woman have when they have both sworn off marrying for life and stayed far away from the other sex for most of their lives? Add to that miscommunication and assassination attempts on one of their lives, and you have yourself a very interesting historical romance. The two of them were kind of hilarious together. I laughed when Luther said at the beginning that he would pity the man who marries her. If only he knew then what would happen! For a while, even when they loved each other, they couldn’t be in a room together for five minutes without fighting. It was frustrating and humorous to watch. I’m glad they made their relationship work in the end. I had been wanting to read this book for a while, but when my History of Christianity professor started talking about Martin Luther, I immediately started reading it. My professor was saying that, historically, Luther was pretty obnoxious. He was so passionate that he went a little far sometimes. And I think Jody Hedlund did an excellent job capturing his personality in this novel. I really enjoyed this book, and I hope other readers of historical Christian romance will enjoy it as well. I bought this book as well as received a complementary copy of it. All opinions expressed in this book are my own, and I received no compensation for them.
EmilyAnneK17 9 months ago
I thought this book was really cute. It is the historically true romance between Martin Luther and Lady Katharina. One of the things that makes the book especially interesting is the dynamic between Luther as a persecuted ex-monk and Katharina as an ex-nun noblewoman. What kind of relationship would a man and a woman have when they have both sworn off marrying for life and stayed far away from the other sex for most of their lives? Add to that miscommunication and assassination attempts on one of their lives, and you have yourself a very interesting historical romance. The two of them were kind of hilarious together. I laughed when Luther said at the beginning that he would pity the man who marries her. If only he knew then what would happen! For a while, even when they loved each other, they couldn’t be in a room together for five minutes without fighting. It was frustrating and humorous to watch. I’m glad they made their relationship work in the end. I had been wanting to read this book for a while, but when my History of Christianity professor started talking about Martin Luther, I immediately started reading it. My professor was saying that, historically, Luther was pretty obnoxious. He was so passionate that he went a little far sometimes. And I think Jody Hedlund did an excellent job capturing his personality in this novel. I really enjoyed this book, and I hope other readers of historical Christian romance will enjoy it as well. I bought this book as well as received a complementary copy of it. All opinions expressed in this book are my own, and I received no compensation for them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a great book! It was captivating. It caused me to do some additional online reading about Katharina. Jody Hedlund is an excellent writer!!!
bjdoureaux More than 1 year ago
In 1523, roughly five years after Martin Luther nailed his Ninety-Five Theses to the door of a church in Wittenberg, Germany, the reformation of the Catholic Church is spreading. When the writings of Luther reach a group of nuns, sheltered in a convent for most of their lives, Sister Katharina leads their escape. Joining the reformers is a crime with severe consequences, and the nuns will have to make new lives for themselves in an unknown world. Martin Luther houses the nuns until he can find permanent assistance for them, and Luther and Katharina soon find themselves struggling with new desires. Though the attraction is undeniable, neither will admit to it. Pride, class, and a devotion to the cause keep them at odds. But as threats grow worse, and prospects dwindle, the two must make a decision that could greatly affect an entire movement. I loved it. That’s the short version. When I wasn’t reading this book, I was thinking about it. I must admit, for  Christian romance, the sexual tension is thick. It jumps off the page. But it is in no way vulgar, or explicit. These are the days when a fingertip grazing a woman’s face was scandalous, and Hedlund portrays that extremely well. As with Newton and Polly, the author’s notes section explains what was fact, and what was embellished or entirely of her own creation.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Probably my new fav5. Amazing read
BethErin More than 1 year ago
I adore Jody Hedlund's historical style! I never enjoyed history academically but the way it comes to life on the pages of her books makes want to check out every book I can find about each historical figure! Fangirling aside, Luther and Katharina is a beautiful and dramatic story pulled from the pages of history and fluffed for depth and entertainment. I won this book in a giveaway. The opinions expressed are my own.
MrsTina42MR More than 1 year ago
Luther and Katharina***** by Jody Hedlund Nun Katharina von Bora has been inside the walls of the abbey since age five. She has adjusted well to the life at the abbey—or so she thought....until she read the writings of Martin Luther. Katharina decides to escape from the abbey and pursue the life she read about in Martin's writings—finding a wealthy husband for one and using her gift as a herbalist for starters. But life outside the abbey is not as she dreamed it would be. Martin Luther writes articles to reform the Church, setting into motion an uprising, brutality, torture and war—bloody peasant war—unlike they had seen before. Even though Martin writes promoting marriage, he declares he will never marry as his own life is in danger and he doesn't want to endanger a wife. This story brings to life the 16th century in a way that clearly shows the turbulent times all the characters faced. Jody Hedlund certainly has done much research of this time and captures it well in the characters lives. Parts of the story are difficult to read as it is true to that time, showing the bloody persecution, religious, cultural and political upheaval and so much more. Woven into this dramatic story is a love story—Katharina and Martin—that is far different than the average love story. The secondary characters brought to life just how Martin's message affected everyone from the clergy to the laborer. I had no idea what Martin Luther faced until I read this wonderfully written book. ~I won a copy of this book on Goodreads/author, this is my honest review~
joanndownie68 More than 1 year ago
Luther and Katharina is a terrific novel that takes you on an interesting journey. This book interested me because it was so well written. Katharina von Bora was a nun living in an abbey when she discovers the writings of Luther, smuggled into the convent by a fellow nun. The nuns then decide to escape the convent and learn more of what Luther is preaching, the goodness of marriage and that God didn't want us to be forced to worship him He wanted us to do so of our own free will. Excellent read, and not full of fluff.
Lane_Hill_House More than 1 year ago
Saturday, October 31, 2015 Luther and Katharina: A Novel of Love and Rebellion by Jody Hedlund, © 2015 "I have held many things in my hands, and I have lost them all; but whatever I have placed in God's hands, that I still possess." - Martin Luther Jody Hedlund has brought fact together with a livelihood of characters that brings us into their daily lives. Such depth in discovery, she has brought her research to the forefront, revealing God's Truth in an era of deluge of irony in princes and peasants, and power asserted over those willing and those placed from a young age, incapable of caring for themselves. Katharina von Bora assists other nuns as they escape the abbot and convent that has been their home and daily knowledge forging the wall to the other side. Upon pamphlets and writings of Martin Luther brought in and passed from one to another, they risk all they have known to return to the world outside the cloistered gates. "I'm no more your servant than you are my mistress. One cannot change the natural order of life by wishful thinking." Katharina von Bora, Luther and Katharina, 162 Martin Luther has printed Truth of the Scriptures, promoting others to read for themselves. Standing in the middle of the overseers and those under their command, Martin chooses to rid tradition and loyalty to anything save the Holy Word that stands on its own, unobstructed by mankind. Not a popular notion by all, he continues to write, published and distributed from Wittenberg presses. "I'm always astonished," he said, "that the songs and praise intended to glorify God have the dual role of benefiting us, of lifting us out of our mire and muck to renew our spirits." Martin Luther, Ibid., 167 Uncertain of close contacts to be trusted, Katharina's skills as apothecary and doctoring come in handy. Martin is overcome by maladies and her trusted hand brings him through more than once to the land of the living. His belief that God will provide enriches all of their lives as the quest for freedom prevails. "... ultimately prayer must come freely from the heart, without any made-up or prescribed words. It must form the words that are burning in the heart." reflected from Martin Luther, Ibid., 195 This is not a novel to be read lightly and taken away with a sweet love story. It is a story of growth, determination, and individualized following the path set before them. My most noticeable character is Aunt Lena, a solitary figure that plays greatly in the background of Katharina's life. Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. --John 15:13 She laid her life down to save Katharina's. This story covers the Spring of 1523 to the Summer of 1526 in the lives of these noble men and women who sought Truth and to share it with others through their lives. ***Thank you to WaterBrook Multnomah Blogging for Books for sending me an advance reading copy for review of Jody Hedlund's historical fiction novel, Luther and Katharina: A Novel of Love and Rebellion. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***
KelseyP More than 1 year ago
The year 1523, and Martin Luther has written many letters to the church and the people encouraging them to cease believing in the church and to start believing in God. He is preaching that nuns and monks should leave their cloisters and resume normal living, that there are other ways to get to heaven. The pope and other high officials of the church are not happy with Luther and his teachings and have issued a warrant for his arrest, dead or alive. Abandoned at the abbey at a young age, Katharina von Bora never thought she could ever be anything but a nun, now, after reading Dr. Luther’s teachings, she aspires to be a wife and mother. She and several other nuns convince themselves to escape the abbey and make their way to Dr. Luther who will find them homes and husbands. It is a wonderful novel rife with history, passion, and faith.
Faye_reviews More than 1 year ago
A masterfully told story that brings to live the struggles that Katharina and Luther faced, in their desire to follow God. Spectacularly researched, this book doesn't glaze over the horrors that many of the nuns faced in and out of the convent. The torture endured by many willing to die for the word of God. A powerful read, that showed Katharina and Luther, as real tangible people, with struggles and flaws, passionate and relatable. I liked how Ms. Hedlund really did a great job demonstrating the obstacles that they faced, and the trials they endured. I also liked how it showed the class differences, and how much influence they carried during that time period. Yet she also showed people in their humanity, no matter the circumstances of their birth, how they carry themselves and treat other people still shows more about character than money and titles ever will. This story is so well written, and I loved how it showed Luther and Katharina as individuals, both stubborn and desiring of their own way, and how individually they grew, and were forced to rely upon their faith. Overall, a fantastic book, one of the poignant reads from Ms. Hedlund, and definitely worth the read. Memorable, because the characters were so well defined, it brought to live an entire time period rarely talked about in literature so honestly. Ms. Hedlund just keeps outdoing herself with every book. A must read! Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. 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."
angelmom1165 More than 1 year ago
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!!!
Mocha-with-Linda More than 1 year ago
Wow. I don't even know where to begin to talk about this book. I am generally not a big fan of novels set in the 16th century because it was such a bleak and primitive time, but I was drawn to this one for several reasons. For starters, beyond knowing the basics of Martin Luther and the Reformation, I knew very little about his life and had never even considered whether or not he ever married and the implications of that, so the premise intrigued me. Secondly, I've enjoyed many of Jody Hedlund's novels and knew she would handle the story well. And then there's the cover! We say don't judge a book by it but this one is just as impressive as the story within! Hedlund immediately plunged me into the tale by opening with Katharina's daring escape from the convent where she had been since she was five years old. (My heart ached at the idea of parents dropping off their little girls and sentencing them to the cloistered life, either because they were unwanted or because they couldn't afford to feed them.) The danger, corruption, and coarseness of the era was realistically portrayed without being brutal or graphic. This is no idyllic romance, by any means. In fact, Katharina and Luther both repeatedly demonstrate their strong wills and tempers when interacting with each other! The class distinctions between nobility, from which Katharina hails, and the commoners such as Luther, establish boundaries that Katharina especially determines not to cross as she yearns for someone to give her a home, if not love. While this is a work of fiction, it is steeped in research, and Hedlund seamlessly blends the two into a compelling tale. Completely satisfying from a reader's perspective, the novel enhanced my appreciation for the boldness of Martin Luther, and now for Katharina, and all they did for the cause of Christ. Do not miss this inspiring novel! Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Jody Hedlund and Bethany House Publishers. 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.”
Zelma More than 1 year ago
During the Protestant Reformation, Katharina was bound and determined to escape with every girl she could get. Luther is a dashing man who is known for his letters about how the church was treating these girls. You will find yourself in a whirlwind of a love story that will keep you on your toes from the moment the girls jumped from the 2 story window to the end. Esp for a girl who was required to give up her life to the church and expected to never find love. I love stories like these. Jody Hedlund has a great ability to spin a story, and she is so descriptive. Keeps you very interested. Another wonderful exciting story, so far I have loved every book I have read.
WishEnd More than 1 year ago
Luther and Katharina was set at a very difficult time in history. The violence, atrocities, and corruption were all terrible. Not only was there a rebellion of the lower class again the aristocracy, there was also this contention with religion. It was a truly beautiful story, told well, even when rough. It was also a very heartbreaking and difficult story to read. The author definitely deserves praise for how well she handled it and allowed enough hope, friendship, and love to balance out all the danger, deception, and violence. The characters were very well done. Being the first book that I've really read about Luther, I found it interesting and definitely realistic in how his character was portrayed. He was intelligent about so many things to do with the church and religion, but delve into courting a women or his own heart and he's lost. Katharina was such a good counter to him, but also met his passion. She began under such naivety, yes depravity too, but more allowing her pride to overtake her good sense and knowledge of the other nuns and her situation. She grew quite a bit through this story. It was a tough journey for the both of them, but I liked how the author let them falter so they could become stronger. I was immensely curious about Luther, the setting the reformation took place under, and quite a bit of the cultural and ethological beliefs or expectations of the day. Some parts were quite difficult for me to read an not get upset at how terribly these nuns were treated and other views of the time. There was such a stubbornness in fighting against change. The fact that the religious and political leaders burned Bibles so that the people couldn't read them just galled me. So many times I wonder how people justify their actions. Especially when thinking about the violence and abuse. The story made me realize and think more on how that was all these people had known and how very shocking Luther's beliefs and convictions were. All of this contributed to the story continuously engaging me. There also was a sense of suspense and danger not knowing how long these characters could stay out of harm. Overall, Luther and Katharina, was very well written and told. It is a heartbreaking read, but also one of home and conviction. I'd recommend it to those of you who are Jody Hedlund fans or inspiration historical readers. Content: Some violence, innuendo, and crudeness realistic to the situation and historical setting, as well as a closed door scene between a married couple, but clean for adult readers. Source: I would like to thank WaterBrook Press for my complimentary copy, which did not affect my review in any way.
Writer4God More than 1 year ago
This was an interesting read. I enjoyed the historical value it held and learning what things were like back then---quite awful, I might say! It was also interesting to learn about Martin Luther and Katharina, and the hardships they faced. It kept my interest through its entirety, and rarely had a dull moment. It was my third read by this author and probably won't be my last. While Jody tends to focus perhaps a bit much on the physical aspect of relationships, her writing is good and she keeps the story flowing at a comfortable pace. I give it four stars. I received this book for free from Water Brook Press in exchange for my honest review.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Jody Hedlund in her new book “Luther and Katharina” published by Waterbrook Press gives us A Novel of Love and Rebellion. From the back cover: 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 consider this to be historical fiction at its finest! I also consider this to be Ms. Hedlund’s best work so far! She took the real life characters of Luther and Katharina and brought them to life on the pages of this book. I knew a lot about Martin Luther but not nearly what I read about here. And I certainly knew nothing about Katharina. This is riveting stuff. A really a deep story that is full of tender drama. Martin Luther and Katharina are great characters that we can really identify with and care for and root for their romance to succeed. Don’t start this book late at night because you are going to want to finish it before you go to bed. I think everyone should read this book, not only for the fun of it, but for the historical value it brings. We owe a great deal to these two and Ms. Hedlund brought their total worth to these pages. If you missed the interview for “Captured By Love”, a different series, and would like to listen to it and/or interviews with other authors and professionals please go to Kingdom Highlights where they are available On Demand. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Waterbrook Press. 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.”
Susan21 More than 1 year ago
I'm a big history buff, so this story intrigued me from the very beginning. Also, Hedlund always heavily researches the time period and setting in which she's placing her stories, making them rich and full of life. Knowing this, I trusted she'd dig into everything she could find about Martin Luther and Katharina Von Bora's lives, bringing them to the page in a fleshed-out retelling of their love story. Hedlund did not disappoint. This story rang true-to-life in almost a behind-the-scenes look at how Martin and Katharina fell in love. You see historical moments you've read about in new light, and Hedlund does an amazing job of capturing what reads as authentic reactions to them from these two characters who truly lived and loved one another. The literary license she takes in some scenes never veers from what might have happened and shows how creative Hedlund is as a writer. The story pulled me in, only made more intriguing by the fact that these were two characters that impacted history, and we were seeing portions of their life. A love story that really lived, and one I fell in love with it. I received this book from the publisher for my honest opinion which I have given.
Michelle_DeRusha More than 1 year ago
What a fun, enjoyable read! This book is a page-turner, and it was riveting to read the details the author used to round out the real-life historical characters of Martin and Katharina Luther. The plot is suspenseful, with twists and turns that kept me turning the pages and reading "just one more chapter" to see what would happen next in their relationship. And the author has clearly done her research as she adroitly weaves facts and historical details into the narrative to make it a true historical novel. "Luther and Katharina" has all the hallmarks of an excellent novel: suspense, intrigue, mystery, romance and well-developed characters and plot. Highly recommended!
artsybookworm More than 1 year ago
Luther and Katharina by Jody Hedlund was much more than I expected it to be! I could not stop reading because I had to know what was going to happen. I mean I knew Luther would marry Katharina, but much of the details surrounding them were new to me. Of course, the author added a couple things for added suspense, but she tells you in the back of the book which things were from her imagination. And surprisingly, very little was added! This book follows Martin Luther and Katharina von Bora and how they eventually get married. She took a story we all know about and revamped it into an incredibly gripping story of love and hardship. Plus, you could tell she researched this subject a lot to be able to write it with such gripping intensity. Every book I've read from Jody Hedlund that is based on real characters has always been an engrossing read. ALWAYS. It really seems to be her forte. The only thing I would say that I disliked in this book was how she wrote about the character's passion for each other. It was too much and made me highly uncomfortable. I thought this was the worst of her books in that respect. It's nowhere near what is in secular stories, but still in Christian fiction I expect better. I really hope the author tones it down in her successive books. She is such a fabulous writer she doesn't need all that to bring in readers. :-) I was given this book free from Waterbrook Multnomah in exchange for an honest review.
DKStevens119 More than 1 year ago
She was a Nun of noble birth. He, a heretic, a reformer…an outlaw of the Holy Roman Empire. This was a story that pulled me right in and I kept wanting to know more. Just what would these poor people be subjected to next! Both Luther and Katharina wanted to fight for what they believed in and each time they crossed paths they seemed on totally different paths! Luther lived day by day preaching reformation and praying he would live another. Katharina was just wanted to live life.. I felt I got to know these characters and the history of this time period was so interesting. I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to those who like Historical fiction with a little romance. "I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review."
Blooming-with-Books More than 1 year ago
Another enlightening historical fiction offering from Jody Hedlund... Luther and Katharina A Novel of Love and Rebellion By Jody Hedlund Katharina von Bora was of the noble class given to the church at a young age. But she dreamed of a life outside Abbey after reading the words of Martin Luther. But escaping from the cloister was only the beginning. Her life as a nun had not prepared her for what laid beyond the world she knew. Martin Luther wanted change - a return to the Scriptures. But the reform he sought was being used as a means of seeding rebellion and revolution across Germany. But rebellion against the nobility could end the princes's protection of the Reformation. Plagued by doubts Luther suffered as outside pressures and expectations closed in around him. Determined to stay apart from the world and its temptations, Luther never planned to marry. But our plans are not necessarily God's plans. Katharina was not a woman whom one would expect to lower herself to wed a man of a lower class And yet she had nothing to tempt a man of nobility - no dowry, a name without a title, and a quickly passing youth. Many are familiar with Martin Luther and the Reformation which he helped flame into being, but the woman he married is not as well known to the general population. This is their story - Martin Luther had already flamed the flames of reform across Germany when his words reached Katharina in the cloister in which she had spent 19 years. His words gave her the courage needed to leave behind all that she knew. She in turn would help him conquer the doubts and fears which lead to bouts of depression. Two more unlikely people would never be expected to make a marriage and yet they were who the other needed - each a strength to the other's weaknesses. Katharina was the woman who was meant to marry the man who was viewed as the reformation and he was the man meant to marry a woman who escaped the life of a nun. This is a story of sacrifice and change. A story of love unexpected. A story of new beginnings. Some aspects of the traditions and expectations of this time are rather shocking and perhaps a tad disturbing. It is interesting to see the differences with how they lived compared to how we live today. Perhaps we would have a greater appreciation of what we now enjoy if we could experience even a day or two of their lives. As we approach the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther's reform efforts it is amazing to see how far we have come and yet many are still searching for the way to win God's favor. Discover the woman who reformed the reformer by marrying him and taking his name as her own. I was provided an advanced reader copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
RachsRamblings More than 1 year ago
This book will sweep you away to turbulent and dangerous times. It's the sixteenth century and the Roman Empire is brandishing its strength while many are looking for something more fulfilling than memorized prayers and tradition. I love that both Luther and Katherina are presented as real beings with faults and failures just as we all have. Some people become famous in history books, but that doesn't mean that they are free from fault. This read combines history, danger, and romance in a way that made me fall in love with Jody Hedlund books from the first one I read, The Preachers Bride. Her weaving of truth and fiction is powerfully done. The research is obvious in this well written read. For history lovers, this is a treasure of a book. Parts are difficult to read because the historical backdrop during this time was turbulent to say the least. Torture was common, and the wars and uprisings were brutal. I would advise that only adults read this novel. I am mentioning it because I have seen a rise in low ratings because a book wasn't fit for young adults. This is no teen novel. It is, however, a tremendous read that will leave the reader thinking and perhaps seeking more information about this fascinating time in history. This book will have a home on my forever shelves. Highly recommend especially for historical fiction readers like myself! I received this book from the author for my honest opinion which I have given.
MzzLily More than 1 year ago
I patiently awaited this story of Martin and Katharina Luther, and it did not disappoint. This is by far Jody Hedlund's best yet and my favorite from this author. Time to jump. From these first three words, the pace of this story swept me away. At almost 400 pages, Hedlund's version of this historical love story sped along. Her attention to descriptive detail will sink you deep into the era of 16th century Germany and the turmoil surrounding the Reformation. As we have come to expect from Hedlund, this story is full of twists and turns, her characters are rich and wonderful. Hedlund's in-depth research into the life and times of this important Christian leader shows in the details. Instead of her typical 'based on' story-lines, this book includes actual events of Luther's and Katharina's lives, woven into an intricate story of rebellion, allegiance, love and faith. Some readers may be off-put by the detailed violence and straight-forward telling of horrendous acts--both by and against the church--but the story remains true to the times and events. Hedlund does not sugar-coat the ugliness of this part of church history. I would suggest this story is for a mature reader--perhaps not young teens. Although, this book would be a perfect lead-in to nurture desire in more mature teens to learn about Martin Luther, and the importance of his brave teachings. I would truly call this book a work of art worthy of a place on your TBR list. I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher.
NanceeMarchinowski More than 1 year ago
Luther and Katharina is one of the most impressive books I've read this year. Based on fact, with a compelling historical account of one of the most powerful and influential men in the Protestant Reformation, the author has created a captivating story. Martin Luther brought to light the truth of scripture, advocating the power of God's grace. Romance is the furthest thing from Luther's mind, but thoughts of Katharina haunt him. Katharina's strength of character, intellect and competence as an herbalist are well documented, making her a significant benefaction to Luther. The rebellion in the 16th century is described in magnificent detail, raw, authentic, brutal and commanding. This is history through realistic fiction, the factual account of life and the bloody persecution as a result of Luther's doctrines. His relationship with the beautiful Katharina is depicted as intense and agonizing. The descriptive elements in this novel are highly commendable with an intricate attention to detail. The Reformation brought religious, political, intellectual and cultural upheaval, with violence the norm for that period in religious history. Hedlund paints a vivid portrayal through a masterful account of the lives of Luther, Katharina and those who were a part of their lives, and their attempts to inform others to the significance of grace through faith. This well researched and impressive novel is a masterpiece in religious history and romance through fiction. I was engrossed in this literary work as I followed the characters through the events and atrocities of the time. Suspense was another strong feature as this unpredictable story unfolded. Luther and Katharina's story had a profound affect on me, one that is unforgettable. I highly recommend this masterfully written novel! Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. All expressed opinions are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.