This book focuses on the possibly life’s story of Katharina von Bora, eventual wife of Martin Luther. In honor of the 500th anniversary of the start of the Reformation, Pittman has written about the unique partnership of Katharina and Luther. While growing up in a convent, which was a safe place for her destitute family to place her, Katharina becomes awakened to the desire to know more about God’s design for each person. She finds enlightenment in the messages from Luther’s works, pieces of which are smuggled into the convent. She and a band of other novitiates/nuns leave the convent and seek shelter through Luther and his acquaintances. In this time period, marriage was of utmost importance for the survival of women. A couple of failed matches for Katharina bring she and Luther together.
Another fantastic story about the same couple can be found in Luther and Katharina: A Novel of Love and Rebellion by Jody Hedlund.
Thanks to Tyndale House Publishers for providing me an ARC for a review in my own words.
Daniel Knight is on a quest to find Brigette Berthold whom he last saw when she was 10 and he was 13. They were separated in a reassignment in England after they fled Germany. Can you imagine the terror of these two youths as they clung to each other for weeks when their parents willed them to run and hide and escape from the Third Reich.
Daniel promised Brigette that he would return for her. Moves and circumstances drove them farther apart, making it very complicated to find one another. Residing on the Pacific coast of America, Daniel was two oceans away from where he left Brigette, and he was in failing health. Having exhausted a string of investigators, Daniel needs to hire someone with a heart for the project.
Quenby Vaughn, reporter/journalist and Attorney Lucas Hough are Daniel’s choices for the quest. What will they find? Can they work together? What secrets need to be revealed and mended?
This was an amazing story with much depth. Set in WWII and also modern day, it also compelled the reader to consider modern day refugees and the uncertainly they face. There’s a challenge to readers at the end of the book to lend a hand and give a heart to someone else’s story.
Thanks to Tyndale Fiction for providing me an ARC for a review in my own words.