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A Noble Groom

(Michigan Brides #2)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  2,945 ratings  ·  424 reviews
Recently widowed Annalisa Werner has the feeling her husband was murdered but can't prove it. Alone with her young daughter in 1881 Michigan, she has six months left to finish raising the money needed to pay back the land contract her husband purchased, and the land is difficult to toil by herself. She needs a husband. With unmarried men scarce, her father sends a letter t ...more
Paperback, 363 pages
Published April 1st 2013 by Bethany House Publishers
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Apr 12, 2015 rated it liked it
I love it when books cover unusual settings and unique relationships in tales that other authors haven't already done over and over again. This story is of the Germans settling in Michigan and the hurdles they had to overcome.

The hero, Carl, is a German nobleman's son who has to flee Germany incognito after he is suspected of a crime. However, the Michigan community where he goes for shelter has reason to hate Carl's father with a deadly hate, so he must keep his identity just as much a secret t
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Jun 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Jody Hedlund does it every single time.

She impresses me. Yes, me, the virtually un-impressible. And yet she does it... every single time.

With that said, she doesn’t have nearly enough books out! This is only her fourth published novel (with Bethany House), and in my opinion, there aren’t too many authors out there who write half so well.

Also, before I start in on what I loved SO MUCH about the inside of this book, I have to add that A Noble Groom has THE BEST COVER EVER. I don’t often like cover
May 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Confession? It wasn’t actually the story itself that grabbed my attention when this book came up as available for review. It was actually…the good looking wind-blown guy on the cover. Now that I have that off my chest…here’s my review. *wink*

Analise, a German immigrant living in rual 1880’s Michigan, is suddenly left widowed with a young daughter and another child on the way. Living in a family steeped in tradition and conventionality, her father arranges a marriage with a cousin still back in G
Karen Witemeyer
Feb 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this story. The characters were complex and true to the historical setting, though at times I wanted to shake them. Jody Hedlund did a great job of developing the romance as well as giving the characters opportunity for spiritual growth. Lots of action and harsh conditions kept me turning pages, and though not everyone got a happy ending, I still felt satisfied as I closed the last page.
Jun 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Another reader friend of mine told me she read “A Noble Groom” in 24 hours and I was not too far behind her. What. A. Great. Story.

From the first page to the last sentence I was completely captivated by the characters, the story of their lives and the romance, oh! The romance! Stand-out writing quality made for a story I literally could not put down.

I haven’t fallen in love with a storybook hero in quite a few books; Carl changed that pattern. Talk about a hero to admire. Yes, he had his fault
Heather Wood
Sep 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was painful to read; not a book that I particularly enjoyed the journey but was glad to get to the end. The fact is that the real history and the real culture was painful, and the author did a thorough job of reproducing it. I did get the happy ending I love so well. 😄
Mar 06, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was absolutely captivating. I loved Annalisa and Carl from the first moments they were introduced.
I love when a story takes me to a different time & place, and I really feel transported there. The descriptions of Annalisa's hardships on her farm and within the community were fully realized for me, as was the developing relationship between her and Carl. Carl Richards is actually a nobleman that ran away to America to keep his life, and though I wondered how it would come across, his transition from tinkering inventor to farmer came across as very believable. He struggled, felt pain and impro ...more
Nov 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Reread 10000: This book is like warm tea for my soul. I’ve read it countless times over the years & it always gives me that romantic *sigh* factor. The characters are well rounded & plot well driven. It’s so easy to love Annalisa & her little daughter Gretchen. As a reader you really feel for Annalisa & her hardships. Carl is the perfectly written mysterious light hearted hero to teach her to believe in love.💕 I find his love for her children the most sweet of all. This book is such a treasure.💘 ...more
Sep 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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This is definitely for the romantics at heart *sigh*. Though I found it an easy read and normal going it wasn't until I got 3/4's of the way through that it picked up and I had a hard time putting down. The ending was very intense, just loved it. ...more
The hero on the cover does not disappoint. The hero on the inside is just as swoon-worthy.
Andrea Cox
This book began so well! In the first many pages, there was a disgruntled wife, a sudden death, an adorable child, and a heart-stopping dungeon escape.

The emotional journey throughout was, by turns, heartrending and hopeful.

Both leads were likeable. On the one hand, we had a nobleman in disguise learning hard work for the first time. On the other, we were presented with a widow with a young child, trying to do best for her household while shouldering tremendous burdens.

The story was headed for a
Teya Teya
Mar 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a deep read. I started out intense and then slowed for most of the book. It was a strength within the characters that kept me reading. I wanted them to speak up and be more. It was an interesting read. I'm glad I perservered and pushed on to finish. Worth the read. ...more
Marian Baay
Apr 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A Noble Groom
Jody Hedlund

In the 1800’s many Germans immigrated to America in hopes to start a new and better life than they had in Germany. They worked hard and had little, but anything was better than what they had in the Old Country. In this book the German immigrants in Forestville are farmers.

Annalisa is a young widow. Her husband was recently murdered. Now her father decided she needs a new husband and he writes to his brother in Germany to look among their family for a young man who is wi
Laura Grace
Mar 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
After reading the last page in "A Noble Groom" I let out a happy and content sigh! The book was absolutely amazing and I can't say that I have let out a sigh like that in a very long time!

"A Noble Groom" had everything I want in a book: romance, suspense, action, and a deepness that makes you question your own thoughts.

I left the book reveling in the sweetness of Annalisa and Carl's romance that is based on a love that only comes from the hand of God! Jody did such a wonderful job of weaving ho
2.5 stars.

This was a hard book to rate. It was a bit depressing, truth be told. Neither MC was all that likable, but they were relatable. The traditional German culture’s attitude toward peasants and women was maddening to this twenty-first century woman. I am not an ultra feminist by any stretch of the imagination, but some of the things that happened toward women in the story made me so angry.

The passivity of the h and the tendency of the H to run away made the MCs less than admirable, but t
Sep 23, 2015 rated it liked it
A very readable story, and I expect the American part of the historical background is more or less accurate. What a hard life those immigrants had, really, it was blood and toil and sweat and tears. The treatment of women and their lack of rights could turn me into a raving feminist.
Facts about the German side are a bit topsy-turvy, though. Essen, indeed a mining and industrial centre, is nowhere near Saxony, but belonged to Prussia at the time and to my knowledge never was a desirable ducal res
Lisa Nelson
Feb 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoy Jody Hedlund's books!!
She has a way of drawing you into the character's mind and heart,
In this story you know how and why the characters feel and act as they do!
I felt the story so intensely, it mattered so much to me that things turn out right!
She does a good job of ending the story, but I enjoyed these people so much, I would like to visit them again!
I'm looking forward to reading more of this author's books
Beth | Faithfully Bookish
I listened to the audiobook version of this title.

This is an engaging and heartfelt story and the narration was the best I've ever heard.

Jody Hedlund's story was wonderful with complex characters and situations. Characters had to overcome obstacles of culture, language, and social class.

The narration was excellent, different tones for each character and swoony accents!!! I will listen to this book again!!!
Mar 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book by a superlative author. Highly recommend.
Cheryl Olson
There are certain themes in writing that I am just always drawn to again and again. It’s familiar and yet interesting and the author brings their own spin to the situation. In A Noble Groom by Jody Hedlund our familiar themes are “the fish out of water” theme, (which I always happen to love) as well as the ill treated damsel in distress (perhaps a little Cinderella here). When you combine the two- you have Carl Richards (fish out of water) meeting up with new widow and mother Annalisa (Cinderell ...more
May 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
"A Noble Groom" is set in 1880 on the eastern side of Michigan's lower peninsula, near the shores of Lake Huron. Fleeing Germany in search of a better life, numerous immigrants hoped to work in the mines in Michigan's upper peninsula, but upon discovering how cold winters were that far north they remained in lower peninsula Michigan where land was cheap. Clearing the land and making it ready for planting crops was hard labor, but just owning a piece of property was important to these immigrants ...more
Jul 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
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4.5 stars

A Noble Groom is the third book I’ve read by Jody Hedlund and, after loving the previous two and hearing great things about this one, my expectations were high going in. While I didn’t love A Noble Groom as much as I had thought I would, I did still really, really enjoy it.

The characters were great! I absolutely loved Carl, and Annalisa’s daughter, Gretchen, was so cute.
First off, I love the cover! It is extremely close to how I actually pictured Carl in my head. Second, *Sigh*, Carl is so amazing! And third, this is probably my favorite book by Jody Hedlund so far!

All the characters played extremely well into the story, even the not so important ones. Jody wrote in such vivid detail that I did not have a hard time picturing anything. I felt like I was standing right next to Carl and Annalisa the whole time! Also when she was writing about Carl and Annalisa's e
Apr 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Author: Jody Hedlund
Publisher: Bethany House
April 2013
ISBN: 978-0764210471
Genre: Historical

Michigan, 1880

Annalisa Werner's hope for a fairy tale love is over. Her husband failed her in every way and now his death has left her with few options to save the family farm. She needs a plentiful harvest. That, and a husband to help bring it in. Someone strong, dependable. That'll be enough. A marriage for love...that's something she's given up on.

So her father sends a letter to hi
Aug 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I love books that make me forget I'm a writer. Tales so expertly woven, I forget things like 3-act structure and black moments. Stories that consume me so completely, I also forget things like dinner and bedtime. To-date, every single Jody Hedlund novel has lured me into such blissful amnesia, and "A Noble Groom" is no exception.

I love fish-out-of-water stories, and Carl is one of the best--not least because he is entirely aware of how ill-suited he is to his new life, and isn't afraid to laugh
Jill Kemerer
I know I'm going to love a book when I'm cheering out loud by page 14! I've read all of Ms. Hedlund's books, and this is her best yet, which is saying a lot since I devoured her first three! From page one the stakes are high, and they continue to rise until the powerful ending.

Jody Hedlund is one of the rare authors who gives readers very different stories while staying in the historical genre. A Noble Groom takes place in mid-Michigan in the early 1880's. The heroine, a young mother, faces des
Feb 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This author has a completely breathtaking way of portraying a love story with a star cast. The character development is outstanding, and you will fall in love with each person! Annalisa is a strong German woman suffering with trying to make ends meet on get farm. She is constantly obedient to the men around her and even suffered through a loveless marriage. Her father is trying to secure a new marriage for her so that she will have more help and won't loose the farm, only problem is the man he s ...more
Aug 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Thoroughly enjoyed this read! I loved the story, the characters, and the tension. I loved the story-book romance, and the hero has to be one of my favorites of late. So witty and charming, and yet so...noble. Ha!
This has been my favorite by Jody Hedlund so far. I think it's partially because the characters did not marry early on as in the others I've read, and so I felt like the author didn't take as many liberties with the couple. I liked how the author corrected the characters when they seemed
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Jody Hedlund is the best-selling author of over forty books and is the winner of numerous awards. She writes sweet historical romance with plenty of sizzle. Find out more at jodyhedlund.com.

Jody lives in central Michigan with her husband, five busy children, and five spoiled cats. When she’s not penning another of her page-turning stories, she loves to spend her time reading, especially when it al

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