Luther and Katharina by Jody Hedlund was much more than I expected it to be! I could not stop reading because I had to know what was going to happen. I mean I knew Luther would marry Katharina, but much of the details surrounding them were new to me. Of course, the author added a couple things for added suspense, but she tells you in the back of the book which things were from her imagination. And surprisingly, very little was added!
This book follows Martin Luther and Katharina von Bora and how they eventually get married. She took a story we all know about and revamped it into an incredibly gripping story of love and hardship. Plus, you could tell she researched this subject a lot to be able to write it with such gripping intensity.
Every book I've read from Jody Hedlund that is based on real characters has always been an engrossing read. ALWAYS. It really seems to be her forte. The only thing I would say that I disliked in this book was how she wrote about the character's passion for each other. It was too much and made me highly uncomfortable. I thought this was the worst of her books in that respect. It's nowhere near what is in secular stories, but still in Christian fiction I expect better. I really hope the author tones it down in her successive books. She is such a fabulous writer she doesn't need all that to bring in readers. :-)
I was given this book free from Waterbrook Multnomah in exchange for an honest review.