Luther and Katharina *****
by Jody Hedlund
Overview: This is a historical romance about Martin Luther and his wife Katharina Von Bora. Katharina is a nun who escapes a convent and is sheltered by Martin Luther. The two opposites fall in love.
Negative elements: torture, murder, rape
Positive elements: brings to life an important time in history
Conclusion: I could only stand to read half of this book. I had to put it down for a couple reasons. First, the story wasn't engaging. I felt the author was "trying" to hard to build a tension of love and hate between the main characters. (After you have read some of the great romances including Jane Eyre, these modern romances are ridiculous.) Second, the first half of the book was too sexual for me. The characters are desiring each other, a man tries to persuade Katharina to lie with him (and she is ready to), nuns are almost raped a few times by peasants, then actually raped in a raid, other nuns are raped in the convent by the abbot...and that was just the first half of the book!
I don't normally read Christian romance, but I had read some of history about Martin Luther and Katharina Von Bora, and they were quite a match! The book also had great reviews. However, I guess I don't agree with the general opinion this time; I wouldn't recommend the book.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.