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.

**I received a copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.**

Luther and Katharina takes readers to an era where religious freedoms were nearly non-existant…

This novel captures the life of Martin Luther and his beloved wife Katharina. The backdrop is wrought with tension as the reformation is in its early stages of sweeping across Europe. Together, this story is filled with rebellion, romance, and religious history.

While I will quickly admit that this was not one of my favorite novels by Jody Hedlund, I can’t deny that it was a well developed story. There aren’t many things that I have to complain about, but I think the darkness of some of the book impacted my ability to enjoy it. The book captures many of the things that were going on around the time of Martin Luther’s life. The corruption within the Catholic church is quite evident in this novel.

But what I did enjoy was capturing this glimpse of a man who sparked a rebellion. A man, who without nailing is thesis to a church door, may otherwise have never been known. Martin Luther is a prominant figure in the protestant reformation and this book brings him to life in a thrilling story.

If you enjoy historical fiction, this is a wonderful read. If you enjoy romance, there is certainly a good one within it’s pages. Overall, this was a very good book.

“One cannot chance the natural order of life by wishful thinking.”

-Katharina von Bora, Luther and Katharina

About the Author:

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

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.


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