Luther and Katharina: A Novel of Love and Rebellion
Luther and Katharina: A Novel of Love and Rebellion  -     By: Jody Hedlund
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Based on a true story! Like many nuns, Katharina von Bora's desire for love and family are awakened by the teachings of a heretic monk named Martin Luther---so she seeks his help in finding a husband. But the proud Katharina and the headstrong Martin soon find themselves fighting their own battle for true love---together! 400 pages, softcover from Waterbrook.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 400
Vendor: WaterBrook
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 160142762X
ISBN-13: 9781601427625

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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. 
 
- Christy Award: Historical Romance Fiction Winner

Author Bio

Jody Hedlund is a CBA best-selling author of ten books. Her first novel, The Preacher's Bride, won the Reader's Choice Award as part of the RWA Faith, Hope, and Love contest. Hedlund revels in bringing forgotten historic women to life and can usually be found with a book, a cup of coffee and a piece of chocolate. She lives in Midland, Michigan with her husband and five children.

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"Jody Hedlund’s Luther and Katharina is an absorbing and deeply researched look into the life and ministry of a figure in church history I’d previously known only from a few dusty facts. Jody breathes life into those facts with this fascinating and intimate portrayal of Martin Luther’s life. Luther and Katharina is a compelling tale of tested faith, tumultuous church history, and incredible courage against daunting odds—and one of the most unique love stories I’ve read in ages."
—Lori Benton, author of The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn and The Wood’s Edge

"My favorite Jody Hedlund novel to date! Luther and Katharina is a work of heart, showcasing a unique setting, a rich plot, and a shimmering romance drawn from two of history’s most beloved heroes of the faith, Martin Luther and his wife, Katharina von Bora. Well done!"
—Laura Frantz, author of The Mistress of Tall Acre

"Luther and Katharina is a sweeping romance set against the turbulent background of the Protestant Reformation of the sixteenth century. At times heartbreaking, at times breathtaking, readers will be swept away by both the love story and the historical details woven expertly through every chapter. Don’t miss this one!"
—Robin Lee Hatcher, best-selling author of Whenever You Come Around and Keeper of the Stars

"Complex and emotionally rich, Luther and Katharina gripped me from the very start and never let go. Not even when the final page was turned. The history, the love story, the depth of faith in this novel is masterfully woven by Jody Hedlund."
—Tamera Alexander, USA Today best-selling author of To Win Her Favor and A Lasting Impression

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  1. Jessica
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent
    January 7, 2017
    Jessica
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    In 1523, roughly five years after Martin Luther nailed his Ninety-Five Theses to the door of a church in Wittenberg, Germany, the reformation of the Catholic Church is spreading. When the writings of Luther reach a group of nuns, sheltered in a convent for most of their lives, Sister Katharina leads their escape. Joining the reformers is a crime with severe consequences, and the nuns will have to make new lives for themselves in an unknown world.

    Martin Luther houses the nuns until he can find permanent assistance for them, andLuther and Katharina soon find themselves struggling with new desires. Though the attraction is undeniable, neither will admit to it. Pride, class, and a devotion to the cause keep them at odds. But as threats grow worse, and prospects dwindle, the two must make a decision that could greatly affect an entire movement.

    I loved it. Thats the short version. When I wasnt reading this book, I was thinking about it. I must admit, for Christian romance, the sexual tension is thick. It jumps off the page. But it is in no way vulgar, or explicit. These are the days when a fingertip grazing a womans face was scandalous, and Hedlund portrays that extremely well.

    As with Newton and Polly, the authors notes section explains what was fact, and what was embellished or entirely of her own creation.
  2. Rebecca Maney
    Gastonia, North Carolina
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Story That Needed to be Told!
    May 18, 2016
    Rebecca Maney
    Gastonia, North Carolina
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    "Time to jump."

    When Katharina von Bora leads an heroic escape from the convent where she has spent nearly her entire life, she takes a gigantic leap of faith; the radical teachings of Doctor Martin Luther c0nvincing her that a cloistered life cannot guarantee her salvation. Knowing that the cruel Abbott Baltazar will torture her mercilessly if she and her sisters are captured, she is initially relieved when her group finds refuge within the walls of Luther's nearly abandoned Black Cloister.

    The fiery reformer and the nun of noble birth immediately have clear differences of opinion about just about everything. Eventually, one thing becomes abundantly clear, opposites can certainly attract, drawing Katharina and Martin towards a destiny that requires the patience of the almighty God to accomplish.

    "Luther and Katharina" is a love story for the ages, overflowing with countless historical references, pulsating with sweet, tender conversations, culminating with a rather dramatic, heart-stopping resolution. The heroic sacrifices of these two individuals should give us pause and fill us with a renewed joy in our salvation.
  3. bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Fiction that entertains and informs
    February 14, 2016
    bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    I think good historical fiction fulfills two goals. It should entertain, as should all fiction. But it should also inform. Hedlund has done a good job in meeting those goals.

    We have probably heard of Martin Luther and his role in the Reformation. But few of us may know how it came about that he married Katharina. We learn how that marriage developed as well as much about the conditions of the day.

    As the novel opens, Katharina had been in a convent and was escaping. Some of Luther's writings had been smuggled in and the woman there were becoming enlightened. I was surprised to find that some of the women had been in the convent from a young age, perhaps five years old. Many were held there against their will. Some were terribly mistreated by the abbot. It was a dark time for the church and some of the priests were violent and immoral men.

    Women who managed to escape, like Katharina, would make it to a sympathetic abbey and then be assigned for marriage. Katharina and her group ended up at Luther's abbey. Kate, as she came to be called, was a feisty one and refused to marry whom she had been assigned. She ended up being the last unwed woman and Luther, who did not want to ever marry, finally did so. He had come to appreciate Kate and her medicinal training. She was able to help Luther in providing treatment for his stomach ailment.

    Hedlund has provided lots of historical detail about the time. We learn about the peasant uprising against the monasteries. Palaces of bishops and castles of nobility were attacked and burned. Many innocent men and women were killed. Luther's life was frequently in danger. He made some decisions that may have alienated the peasants but allowed the Reformation movement to continue.

    Hedlund has added historical details in an Author's Note, identifying which parts of the novel are based on historical fact. There is a discussion guide too so this would make a good choice for a reading group.

    I recommend this novel to those interested in the personal aspect of Luther and his wife and their role in the Reformation.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of an independent and honest review.
  4. Thistle
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A Walk with the Reformers
    January 20, 2016
    Thistle
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Joy Hedlund is a first-rate author, if this book is any indication of her writing skills. In Luther and Katharina the author superbly pulls a multiple of seemingly detached elements together by the closing chapter. If you love a story filled with action, suspense, romance, and faith, you will love Luther and Katharina, the book and the characters.

    I give this book four stars, and here's why...

    The first chapter hooked me into the story right away. No dry historical facts to get the reader oriented. Plenty of action and character. That being said, I didn't care for the first 200 pages of the book, which I will explain later.

    Don't let the list of characters at the front of the book scare you. The author develops each of the numerous characters to stand out from the others. This is not one of those books where the characters run together.

    As a whole, and this book must be taken as a whole, Luther and Katharina is excellent. There's way too much drama at the end, so that even I predicted correctly (no spoilers).

    Martin Luther is such an important figure in Christian history. This book has brought him down to human size for this reader, and given him a wife about whom I knew nothing before reading this, their story.

    Thank you, Jody, for bringing these historical characters, not just Luther and Katharina, but all of them, to life for your readers. And praise be to God Almighty for preserving His World through His servants!

    The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book through Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.
  5. Hookmeinabook
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Great new Historical Fiction/Romance.
    December 29, 2015
    Hookmeinabook
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    So I just read a really good book that I have been wanting to check out, It is the newest book by Jody Hedlund called Luther and Katharina. As the title suggest, it is the story of Martin Luther and Katharina Von Bora. When Katharina was young her father put her in a convent. She grew up there with no hopes of ever leaving to marry and have a family. She was to forever be part of the bride of Christ. But she and her sisters ( the other nuns) found literature by Dr. Luther that explained that God made us to love and be married. So she and the other sisters risked their lives to escape the convent. During their escape they were met with dangerous men and the threat of being discovered because they were still on Abbot Baltazar's land ( the one that ran the convent). They were only able to escape by hiding in empty barrels and smuggled to the Black Cloister, The Monastery where Dr.Luther lived. Dr Luther was surprised to see the nine runaway nuns who were smuggled to his home by one of his friends. He immediately noticed the petite nun with the blue eyes that boldly stared back at him. As the nuns started finding homes, Katharina discovered that life outside the convent might not be exactly what she thought it was going to be. She thought she would immediately find a wealthy, titled husband, marry and have a family. But she did not count that while she is waiting for her husband to be, She has to work as a servant so that she can earn her room and board with the family that has so graciously took her in. Katharina and Dr Luther keep bumping into each other and every time they are in the same room they are bickering. Dr Luther calls Katharina, "a hissing cat" and is always trying to bait her because she gets defensive so quick and Katharina is always saying something or doing something that gets Dr. Luther furious. Katharina finds someone who proposes love to her and promises marriage just as soon as he comes back from his trip out of town. Katharina believes that she has finally found the man God wants her to be with because he is titled and wealthy. But she wonders why Dr. Luther gets so mad every time she says her intended's name?

    Dr.Luther knows the man that Katharina likes is a horrible snake of a man and is never going to marry her. But he wonders why she is so blind that she does not see it and he also is wondering why it makes him so mad that someone out there likes Katharina. It is not like he likes her... Right? Because he could never fall in love with anyone, he is not that type of person. What happens next is too much for me to even put in my review. But there are moments of danger, a kidnapping, Illness and betrayal that occur several times in this story.

    Will Katharina be able to find someone to love her or will pride and her title keep her from ever marrying anyone because they are below her standards? Will Dr. Luther ever be able to admit that even he is not above getting married and will he find the one that is to be the wife God wants for him?

    Guess you will have to read it to find out.

    I thought that the book was very well written. It almost feels like you are there sitting in the same room, listening to Dr. Luther and Katharina fight with each other. The relationship between the two is very interesting because it is very up and down. With them in love one moment and about to kill each other the next. The story is full of action and a little bit of theology for the guys and a little bit ( or a lot towards the end ) of romance in the story for the girls. There are some moments that are a bit graphic when she describes some of the violent acts that the peasants did to get the attention of the princes. but there is nothing in too much detail. Just enough for you to see the horror of the event(s). Overall, I enjoyed the story. It had a little too much romance for my taste but it was still a good book.

    I rate it 4 out of 5 stars ****

    I would like to thank Blogging for Books for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy and I was not asked to write a favorable review, Just a honest one.

    **I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. **
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