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.
A Christy Award-winning novel chronicling the forbidden romance between Martin Luther and his wife, Katharina von Bora, set against the Protestant Reformation of the sixteenth century.
She was a nun of noble birth. He was a heretic, a reformer, and an outlaw of the Holy Roman Empire.
In the 16th century, nun Katharina von Boras fate fell no further than the Abbey. Until she read the writings of Martin Luther. His sweeping Catholic church reformationcondemning a cloistered life and promoting the goodness of marriageawakened her desire for everything shed 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 anyones 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 couldnt be more different.
But as the world comes tumbling down around them, and with Luthers 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
Jody Hedlund is a CBA best-selling and award-winning author of more than a dozen books. Among a variety of genres, she especially loves bringing long-forgotten women of history to life. She is the author of Luther and Katharina, which was awarded the ECPA Book of the Year Award in Fiction. Her other novels have won the Carol Award, the INSPY Award, and the Christy Award. She resides in Midland, Michigan, with her husband and five busy children.
"Jody Hedlunds Luther and Katharina is an absorbing and deeply researched look into the life and ministry of a figure in church history Id previously known only from a few dusty facts. Jody breathes life into those facts with this fascinating and intimate portrayal of Martin Luthers life. Luther and Katharina is a compelling tale of tested faith, tumultuous church history, and incredible courage against daunting oddsand one of the most unique love stories Ive read in ages."
Lori Benton, author of The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn and The Woods 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 historys 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. Dont 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