Luther and Katharina
Luther and Katharina: A Novel of Love and Rebellion by Jody Hedlund is an extremely unique book. It's a historical novel, but it's based on the real lives of Martin Luther and Katharina von Bora. Much of the story is made up of historical facts, but it is a novelized account. Historical fiction isn't usually my favorite genre, but this book sounded so intriguing and I don't know much about Martin Luther so I really wanted to read it and learn more about both the Reformation and Martin Luther. The back cover reads:
"Katharina von Bora has seen nothing but the inside of cloister walls since she was five. In a daring escape, Katharina finds refuge with Martin Luther and seeks his help to pair her with the noble, wealthy husband she desires.
As class tensions and religious conflicts escalate toward the brink of war, Martin Luther believes that each day could be his last and determines he will never take a wife.
As the horrors of the bloody Peasant War break out around them, the proud Katharina and headstrong Martin Luther fight their own battle for true love, in one of the greatest love stories of history."
I've never read a book by Jody Hedlund before, but I've heard good things about her, and I definitely wasn't disappointed. She managed to turn what could be a dry account in a history book into an epic tale of love and rebellion. I loved learning more about Martin Luther and the Reformation. The story is tautly written and keeps you breathlessly turning the pages to find out what will happen next. I highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys historical fiction or anyone interested in learning more about Martin Luther in an exciting, interesting way.
I received a copy of this book from Blogging For Books in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.