I’ve blogged several of Lutheran author Jody Hedlund‘s new releases, but she’s a new-to-me author. Today I’ll review her Christy Award-winning book, Luther and Katharina: A Novel of Love and Rebellion.
I enjoyed reading this book. I thought there was a good breadth of history included, especially with the peasant uprisings. I appreciated the details and a lot of the overview. Additional plot lines kept things moving and humanized in the ways they should.
I’m not sure what is accurate about Katie Luther or not. Was she an herbalist with some medical training or not? I don’t know. So that’s sort of odd. Still, I found the writing nicely gripping.
I’ll be honest. I don’t think that either Katharina or Martin need to be portrayed as handsome. I still just can’t quite imagine Martin Luther in a swoony fashion, ha haa haaa, but while this wasn’t the intellectual love affair I’d expected, again, I enjoyed it.
It was hard to read some scenes. There’s abuse. I wouldn’t presume this is safe for young readers just because it’s Christian.
List of Other Books
Judy Hedlund has written a LOT of books! (Yes, I’ll still have affiliate links, though. Every bit helps.) I’ll list by genre and series. Plus I’ll include a few dates, because, seriously, I’m so impressed by how quickly she writes!
Time Crossing Romance
Waters of Time (First book to release in June 2021)
Colorado Cowboys series (two books set to publish in 2021)
The Bride Ships series (four books)
Orphan Train series (four books)
The Beacons of Hope series (six books)
The Michigan Brides Collection (three books)
The Hearts of Faith (three books)
Stand alone novels:
Young Adult Books
The Fairest Maidens series (three books published in 2020)
The Lost Princesses series (four books published in 2019)
The Noble Knights series (five books and a prequel novella)