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text 2017-06-01 04:09
New June Releases That Are On My TBR
Forbidden Fruit - Stanley Gazemba
High as the Heavens - Kate Breslin
With You Always (Orphan Train) - Jody Hedlund
The Little French Bistro - Nina George
The Underground River: A Novel - Martha Conway
The Supremes Sing the Happy Heartache Blues: A Novel - Edward Kelsey Moore
The Unquiet Grave: A Novel - Sharyn McCrumb
A Fierce Love: One Woman’s Courageous Journey to Save Her Marriage - Shauna Shanks
The Secret History of Jane Eyre: How Charlotte Brontë Wrote Her Masterpiece - John Pfordresher
Beneath a Burning Sky - Jonathon Burgess

First, I must say that this month is the month of beautiful covers. There's only a couple in this line up that don't scream, "Buy me!" Super thrilled for all the historical fiction from Bethany House Publishing. Y'all know how much I love my historical fiction. I'm revisiting some authors and enthusiastically picking up some reads by authors that are new to me. The two books that I'm eager to get into are Forbidden Fruit by Stanley Gazemba and A Fierce Love by Shauna Shanks. Both have awesome covers.

 

I'm a sucker for covers. I've been known to rebuy books with better covers. Most often I actually prefer UK covers to US. If you didn't know I prefer paperbacks to hardcovers. The aesthetic of hardcovers on the shelves are better, but hardcovers are heavy and cumbersome. Paperbacks feel better in my hands and are easier to transport. Okay, I've gone on tangent.

 

Are any of these awesome titles on your tbr? 

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review 2017-05-01 03:47
With You Always by Jody Hedlund
With You Always (Orphan Train) - Jody Hedlund

 

 With the death of their parents and struggling on the streets while trying to keep her family together, Elise Neumann is lucky to have stumbled upon a place that could offer shelter to her family and her a well needed job. With faith and a bit of luck Elisa finds herself in a building town and finding herself meeting someone again by chance.

 

 Thornton Quincy has lived in the tall shadows of his Father and twin, but with his father's health failing, a contest pits the brothers against one another to build a town and marry in six months time. Thornton's plans go awry when he meets Elisa again and starts seeing things from a different perspective and who truly sees him...

 

 Jody Hedlund works always show the strength in the human spirit. She never preaches to the reader, she shows the reader the bad and good in life she doesn't stray from the harshness of life, but shows the one can overcome the bad. Elisa and Thornton both show this, Elisa takes a chance to make a living for herself and her family but isn't scared of standing up against injustice and giving someone a push in the right direction and believe.

 

 Through Elisa's eyes, we see how poor immigrant women who came to the US in hope and didn't find nothing but heartache. Elisa may be soft spoken but has a spine of steel and is able to keep her family together the best she can and even help Thornton who she met in a trying time (in the middle of a riot no less) But even Elisa can't stop things, good or bad, from happening. She only has her inner faith and her strength to help her through and love.
 Thornton had to find himself, he was a better man but him seeing it took a bit longer. He to loved his family and turned a blind eye to even their worse faults. He finally stood as his own man and showed who he truly was with help from Elisa.
 

 Elisa and Thornton love grows slowly as they learn about one another and show and prove something not only to one another but to themselves. By the end you can see together they can face anything and everything with by each other's side.

 

 The only trouble I had with the book was the very rushed ending and while it left it open for the rest of Elisa's family, the ending just went by in a fast and felt a tad jarring.

Hedlund placed the reader in a time not talked about but truly made it vivid with amazing characters and place I look forward to more from this series.

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review 2016-08-16 00:00
Luther and Katharina
Luther and Katharina - Jody Hedlund Absolutely loved the book. Rather fascinating take on Luther.
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review 2015-11-06 16:21
Luther and Katharina by Jody Hedlund
Luther and Katharina: A Novel of Love and Rebellion - Jody Hedlund

I think to truly enjoy this book you either have to have not much knowledge of Martin Luther and Katharina von Bora's life or you have to try to block out everything you know and try to enjoy the story. And, I couldn't do that. The reformation and Martin Luther were among my favorite subjects when I was studying theology and to read about Martin Katharina marriage like a love story just didn't work for me because their marriage were a marriage of convenience, not love. Martin Luther himself wrote that they didn't marry for love and that she wasn't even his first choice. 

 

I liked the beginning of the book. Katharina and the other nuns escape from the cloister and everything about settling into a life outside the cloister. But my problem with the story grew as the story became more and more romantic. I can understand the need to invent happenings and new characters, but personally I just couldn't accept changing the very nature of Martin and Katharina's relationship. if this had been two other persons and not based on two real persons would this book been much better. 

 

So, I would say that this book will enjoy those that can see past the truth, that can take the authors romanticisation of a marriage that without any doubt was more a marriage of convenience than a marriage of love. It was in no way badly written, I just couldn't enjoy reading something that for me feels wrong. I wish had liked it better because this was a book that I have wanted to read for a long time.

 

I received the book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.

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text 2015-11-06 15:43
Reading progress update: I've read 91%.
Luther and Katharina: A Novel of Love and Rebellion - Jody Hedlund

Lots of 5 star reviews on Goodreads. I just wonder how many knows the real story about Martin and Katharina. Yes, they had a happy marriage, but it wasn't a love story. They didn't marry for love. Martin even stated that she wasn't even the first choice. She needed a husband and he needed a wife. That's it! It's hard to enjoy reading a book when it feels like the author is taking way to much liberties with history.  

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