Luther and Katharina by Jody Hedlund

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Reviewed by Martha Artyomenko

About the Book:

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.

My Review:

One of my favorite books growing up was “Queen of the Reformation”. I don’t know how many times I read that book, but I have always had a soft spot for Katherine, the nun that married Luther.
For that reason, I immediately snatched the chance to read this book before it’s release date. I was not disappointed. Ms. Hedlund captured the exhausting efforts that surrounded Luther as a radical reformer.

The guilt that plagued the monks and nuns that turned their backs on their vows to the church, was an all consuming one.
I really enjoyed how she carried you through the story, showing the imperfect characters that they were, yet preserving the history while not turning this into a sordid romance.

There is some romantic scenes, but they are not the focus in this novel. There is mention of severe torture, rape, murder, as well as hints of impropriety along with enough details to know where the marriage bed would lead to. For that reason, I would recommend this book for adults or mature teens that are used to reading stories of the martyrs etc. The content would not even phase those types.

This book reminds us that while now, many of these names are just the names of church denominations, they were real people. Real people that lived and died for what they believed in.

The release date on this book is October 6th. You can pre-order it now on Amazon

Luther and Katharina 

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