The 2015 Jody Hedlund Challenge is a monthly series featuring the novels of author Jody Hedlund, hosted by Cassie of Bookshelves and Windows and Jamie of Books and Beverages. We invite readers and bloggers to join us in reading and discussing these books together. Every month, we’ll announce the book about four weeks before the discussion post will go live (alternating between Cassie and Jamie’s blogs). The following month, after everyone has read the book, we will discuss and interact with each other about our thoughts on each book with special appearances throughout the year! If you’re on Facebook be sure to join our group!
Wow! This year has just flown by, hasn’t it?! This is officially the LAST discussion of The 2015 Jody Hedlund Challenge and I can’t say thank you enough to everyone involved with this project. Thank you to Amy Green of Bethany House and Jody Hedlund, for writing these books and so generously spending time interacting with everyone. To the readers that participated in this challenge, thank you for sharing your reading experience with us.
And most of all, thank you to Jaime of Books and Beverages, who has been the best co-host and a great friend. She has gone above and beyond helping brainstorm great ideas and with all kinds of behind-the-scenes work that makes what we do look like magic. I couldn’t have done this without you!
Now, let’s discuss Luther and Katharina! Check out the link below to be taken to Jamie’s blog!
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Luther and Katharina: A Novel of Love and Rebellion by Jody Hedlund
Waterbrook Multnomah, 2015
Let me start by making one thing clear: As you all know, Jody Hedlund is one of my favorite authors. She is talented, and her books are impressive. So when I say I didn’t quite like this one, that doesn’t mean it was a bad book. It just means it wasn’t for me.
Personally, I had a difficult time connecting with the characters or getting invested in the story. Martin Luther and Katharina von Bora lived compelling lives, no doubt about that. They lived in dangerous time and found the courage to share the truth of God’s love in the face of adversity.
This one felt heavy on the history- which makes sense in retrospect, as this book is a Historical. It is a departure from her Historical Romances, which becomes evident early on in the book. As I am a fan of her Historical Romances, I thought I would equally love this one as well, but alas, I did not. I still plan to read her future books, as she is an author not to miss.
Jody Hedlund has done an impressive amount of research to make this time period in history come alive. It is realistic and she does not shy away from delving into the issues Martin Luther faced in his day.
Jody recently wrote a blog post about the differences between Historicals and Historical Romances that informs the reader about these genres. I would recommend you read it, since it could help you decide if this is the kind of book you might enjoy. Read it here.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.*