Hi all! So, I missed a week, again. Sorry about that. So, to make up for it, I’m doing two novels this week! From the wonderful author, Jody Hedlund, this week I’m looking at her YA novel A Daring Sacrifice, and the beginning of her new series, Luther and Katharina. And, without further ado, let’s dig in!
Let’s start with A Daring Sacrifice, the second novel in her YA series (You can check out my review of book one here).
In a reverse twist on the Robin Hood story, a young medieval maiden stands up for the rights of the mistreated, stealing from the rich to give to the poor. All the while, she fights against her cruel uncle who has taken over the land that is rightfully hers. Forced to live in the woods and hide with the poor people she’s grown to love, she works to save and protect them, but she never anticipates falling in love with the wealthy knight who represents all she’s come to despise.
The second book in this wonderful series is just as enjoyable and fun as the first. Jody Hedlund once again visits her medieval knights, this time following the story of Collin Goodrich. As the new lord of his family’s estate, he finds himself lost in trying to understand his new identity and position of power. What he didn’t expect was to find an adventure wrapped up in a fiery red-head from his past. Juliana Wessex must live in hiding, knowing she would have a death sentence on her
head if she was known to be alive. However, that won’t stop her from fighting to take care of her people, even if it means breaking the law a bit. When Collin shows back up in her life, and seems to whisk her off her feet, giving her a chance to remember what it felt like to be a true lady. But with several lives at stake, can she afford to put her trust in a lord who seems to enjoy what she considers frivolities? And can Collin learn to look past the annoyance of his position to truly do some good for those who need it? Add to this a villain who would do anything to gain and keep power, and whose ruthlessness is disguised by his charm. Filled with sweet romance, adventure, and a wonderful message about having faith in God, this is truly a story I highly recommend.
And the second book I have today is Luther and Katharina.
She was a nun of noble birth. He, a heretic, a reformer…an outlaw of the Holy Roman Empire.
In the 16th century, nun Katharina von Bora’s fate fell no further than the Abbey. Until she read the writings of Martin Luther.
His sweeping Catholic church reformation—condemning a cloistered life and promoting the goodness of marriage—awakened her desire for everything she’d been forbidden. Including Martin Luther himself.
Despite the fact that the attraction and tension between them is undeniable, Luther holds fast to his convictions and remains isolated, refusing to risk anyone’s life but his own. And Katharina longs for love, but is strong-willed. She clings proudly to her class distinction, pining for nobility over the heart of a reformer. They couldn’t be more different.
But as the world comes tumbling down around them, and with Luther’s threatened life a constant strain, these unlikely allies forge an unexpected bond of understanding, support and love.
Together, they will alter the religious landscape forever.
The story of one of history’s most notable couples is well written by Jody Hedlund. Not only does she capture the danger and turmoil of Reformation Germany, but she also manages to capture the essence of these people, and weave it into a fun to read romance. Luther carries the weight of the world on his shoulders, and has a target on his back. While he supports marriage, he knows anyone he marries would carry that same target, and he can’t bring himself to put any woman in that position. Katharina longs for a family, and a home to call her own, but she’s unwilling to accept anything less than an equal union. But when these two meet, sparks fly, and they can’t seem to stop pushing each other’s buttons, showing just how stubborn each of them were. She brilliantly weaves together historical facts with her own spin on the romance. The research put into this novel is evident in the well-described settings, and the supporting cast of characters are fun to read. All together, this is a great novel and quite an enjoyable read.
Both these books were enjoyable to read, and I look forward to the continuation of both series. The links for the books are above, but feel free to check out the author’s website, to learn about her other series, and follow on Facebook and Twitter for upcoming news.