I have read all of Jody Hedlund’s books, and I’m sorry to say that, while she is a talented author, A Noble Groom did not draw me in as much as her other books. The biggest issue with this one is that the characters seem formulaic. Annalisa and Carl each have their one main skill/hobby (storytelling and scientifically tinkering around, respectively), their one main circumstantial obstacle to overcome, and their one main area in which they experience inner, personal growth. Their romance is sweet, but nothing remarkable. They fall in love because they are both decent, kind people who happen to be in the right place at the right time. I do think Jody Hedlund does a good job in this book of bringing to life the poverty and hardship experienced by German immigrant settlers in the nineteenth century.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.