Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Book review: Luther and Katharina: A Novel of Love and Rebellion

Jody Hedlund has become one of my favorite authors in recent years, and she has written a  masterpiece in Luther and Katharina:  A Novel of Love and Rebellion.  It releases on October 6.

The writings of Martin Luther had been smuggled into Marienthron, the convent where Katharina von Bora had lived since she was five years old.  As a result of those teachings, she and eleven other nuns escape at night from the cloister, and are delivered to Black Cloister near Wittenberg, home of Dr. Martin Luther.  Luther takes the women in, and reunites them with their families, or secures marriages or placements for each.  Katharina is left.  She is skilled in doctoring, medicinal herbs, and music, and ends up treating Dr. Luther for his ailments on more than one occasion.

Doctor Luther is dedicated to preaching and writing the truth of necessary reforms to the church.  Katharina wants to be loved and have a family.  As the events of the book unfold, the two are drawn to each other, yet both are stubborn and will not admit to their attraction.

It was so enjoyable to watch Katharina’s character develop.  Katharina, part of the upper class, has confidence and leadership skills, which enable her to advocate for her fellow nuns, but her title also gives her unfounded pride.  It was wonderful to read about her maturation as a person and in her relationship with God.

It was amazing to get to know Martin Luther, as well.  He sometimes came across as a crotchety old man, but he had a heart that cared deeply for people.

I learned so much from this book-the customs, the culture, and the politics of the time.  One cannot read this book and not develop a sincere appreciation for what Martin Luther did in standing up for and proclaiming the truth of the Bible.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and recommend it to those who like historical fiction, church history, and romance.

I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review, which I have given.

About the author:

Jody Hedlund is an award-winning and bestselling author of inspirational historical romances for both youth and adults.

As a busy mama-writer, she has the wonderful privilege of teaching her crew of 5 children at home. In between grading math papers and giving spelling tests, she occasionally does a load of laundry and washes dishes. When she's not busy being a mama, you can find her in front of her laptop working on another of her page-turning stories.

She loves reading almost as much as she loves writing, especially when it also involves chocolate and coffee.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Fun and Free!

Recently I posted my review for Trial Run, book one of the Fault Lines series by Thomas Locke.  You can read the review here:

Here is a link to the promotional video for Trial Run:

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Knowing little more than her beautiful name, Charlie leaves his post as a guard at the Satellite Beach community center for what he thinks is just another risk-containment job.

But Gabriella, an experimental psychologist, has far more in store for him than protection duty-if the two of them survive the test.

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Book review: Trial Run by Thomas Locke ... and a Giveaway!


I really like Thomas Locke’s books, but I wasn’t sure how I would like a techno-thriller.  It’s just not my genre, you know?  But man, this guy can write!  When you pick up this book, hold on!  It will be a wild ride.  But so worth it!

It’s about two teams of scientists in two different parts of the world who are exploring out-of-body experiences, for very different reasons, and a grad student who receives advanced algorithm calculations in his dreams.  All this techie, science-y stuff is beyond me, but it was so interesting.  It was also an adventure to figure out who were the good guys, who were the bad guys, and whom you can trust.  It was a book that I would think about when I was not reading it, wondering about my own safety in ascending, or would I be able to remember all the details so I could accurately help the team in its mission.

I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it.  I give it five stars (out of five.)  The only disappointment is that the next book in the Fault Lines series doesn’t come out until next summer, and I can’t wait to find out what happens next.  I recommend this book to those who like a story steeped in science and technology.  I think guys would like it, as well as women.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell in exchange for my honest review.

About the author:

Thomas Locke is an award-winning novelist with total worldwide sales of seven million copies.

His work has been published in twenty languages, and critical acclaim includes four Christy Awards for excellence in fiction and his 2014 induction into the Christy Hall of Fame.

Thomas divides his time between Florida and England where he serves as Writer In Residence at Regent’s Park College at the University of Oxford.  Visit Thomas at

Congratulations to Sandy G. who won a copy of Until the Harvest by Sarah Loudin Thomas in my recent giveaway!

Enter below to win a hardcover copy of Emissary, book one in Thomas Locke's  fantasy series, Legends of the Realm.  You can read my review of this book here: