Sunday, November 1, 2015

Fiction Review: Luther and Katharina by Jody Hedlund

Jody Hedlund gives us an interesting historical romance in "Luther and Katharina." I'm not sure if it's the solid historical background that weakens her telling (the idea did not bother me), or if it's her own writing style. Hedlund certainly did a great job of incorporating the political and religious wars of the time. But her story arc did not engage me. I did not become interested in the characters until after they became married in the last hundred pages of the book. There was very little theological content. And the plot had too many ups and downs - i.e. now she's kidnapped, now she's not. Now she's in danger again, now she's saved. Now they hate each other, now they don't. The one character development that I did like was the pride of Katharina, but even that seemed drawn out, and yet undeveloped. Hedlund's writing, itself, is fine. I had no trouble finishing the book, and I am certain there are many who will love the story. But I expected more.

*Disclaimer: I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review.

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