I love a book with a strong female lead. And when the story is partially based on history, the reading becomes more intriguing. A great read for the upcoming 500th anniversary of the Reformation.
Luther and Katharina – a Novel of Love and Rebellion by Jody Hedlund tells the story of Martin Luther and Katharina von Bora’s relationship and then marriage. This fast read swept me quickly into the 1500s dark history of war, reformation, courage, and turmoil.
This is a love story more than a history book. I kept wondering as I read it what was true and what was the author’s imagination. Hedlund clarified that in the author’s notes in the back of the book which as I reader I appreciated knowing.
To be honest, I am a non-fiction reader and rarely read or enjoy fiction books. So it is quite an accomplishment to have a novel keep my attention from the start and draw me into the story with great dialog and description like this book did. The story captivated me and made me curious about the actual facts.
If you like historical romance novels, I think you will like this book. If you are looking for stricter history, this may not be for you. I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review but was under no obligation to give a good report.
What good books have you read lately?
Nancy Ruegg says
Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres, for the reason you shared with Martha: it’s an intriguing way to get a feel for the times and historical events surrounding the characters. This book is going on my list–sounds like a winner! I recently read The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown, the story of the rowing crew that won gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Various reviews have described it as irresistible, suspenseful, rousing, and riveting. I would agree to all those adjectives! With your interest in history, Jean, I think you’d enjoy this one, too.
Martha Orlando says
Jean, I’m sure you know that Michelle D. is working on a book about Martin Luther and his wife – non-fiction – and I’m looking forward to reading it when it comes out. A friend turned me on to the mystery writer, Louise Penny, and I’ve been reading her series recently. The first book is called Still Life. I highly recommend it! Blessings!
Jean Wise says
Yes I have heard that Michelle is writing one and to be honest since I love non fiction, think I will enjoy that one even better. This was a good taste though – more romantic history though which isn’t my favorite to read. But great dialog and you did get a feel of what it must have been like to live then. so good insight into the time period. Thanks Martha. Have a great day.