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Saturday, September 16, 2017

My review of Loving Luther by Allison Pittman



About the book:

Germany, 1505
In the dark of night, Katharina von Bora says the bravest good-bye a six-year-old can muster and walks away as the heavy convent gate closes behind her.

Though the cold walls offer no comfort, Katharina soon finds herself calling the convent her home. God, her father. This, her life. She takes her vows--a choice more practical than pious--but in time, a seed of discontent is planted by the smuggled writings of a rebellious excommunicated priest named Martin Luther. Their message? That Katharina is subject to God, and no one else. Could the Lord truly desire more for her than this life of servitude?

In her first true step of faith, Katharina leaves the only life she has ever known. But the freedom she has craved comes with a price, and she finds she has traded one life of isolation for another. Without the security of the convent walls or a family of her own, Katharina must trust in both the God who saved her and the man who paved a way for rescue. Luther's friends are quick to offer shelter, but Katharina longs for all Luther has promised: a home, a husband, perhaps even the chance to fall in love.

My review:

Allison Pittman's writing is always engaging. When Tyndale House offered me a free ARC to review, I accepted because I've never read a book by Pittman that I didn't enjoy. I love how the author puts you inside the head of a young girl who was sent to the convent because her family couldn't afford to keep her. I related well to the young Katharina von Bora. 

I love how the author made me care about Katie's first experience with what she thought was "love." Her sense of abandonment when her prospective husband didn't follow through after initiating a  tender romance and many kisses devastates her... at first. Katie is not one to give up, and on good days she's typically very polite and controlled.

The expectation of her generation (1500s) was for her (the weaker sex) to marry. That way she would be under a husband's protection, which weighed heavily on her heart. Finding the right husband was no simple matter. Luther trying to set her up with eligible men didn't help.

I felt spiritually liberated along with Katie when she started reading the scriptures provided by Luther. Because they were written in her native tongue they were easily understood.  Faith elements were seamlessly woven into the novel and felt natural to the time period. I  loved reading about her new experiences that generated from her liberated life and the fresh perspective she found outside the convent walls.  

This story had believable conflict sprinkled throughout. It held my attention and I enjoyed it enough to finish it. The best part was their mutual attraction and the fact that they both liked each other but neither considered the other as a potential candidate. At least, not at first. Anyway, great story.

Loving Luther was published by Tyndale House and released this month (Sept 2017.)

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