Luther and Katharina by Jody Hedlund


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.

About The Author

Jody Hedlund is an award-winning and bestselling author of inspirational historical romances including books for adults and youth. She currently makes her home in central Michigan with her husband and their five busy children.

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.

My Thoughts

Historically, I found this novel fascinating.  The author has given the reader insight into the harsh, rugged, often crude life of those who lived during this period of the early 1500’s.  The tension between the main characters in quite evident from the first meeting continues to grow until their admission of their love and eventual marriage.

The other struggle in this plot is between the religious background of Luther and Katharina, their newly found Biblical discoveries and beliefs, and their decisions to leave the Catholic church.  The persecution they endured, and the resulting poverty is something rarely experienced in cultures of this civilization.

I do not recommend this book to teens because of the crass language.  Although some may argue that this was the speech of this time, I do believe some may find it offensive.

Overall, Luther and Katharina is enlightening and revealing as a historical novel.  From a historical viewpoint, I believe the reader will gain understanding of the individual struggles of those who lived during the Reformation.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.