I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by NetGalley. I was not compensated for this review and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.Loving Luther by Allison Pittman
Published by NavPress on September 1st 2017
Genres: Christian, Fiction, General, Historical, Romance
Germany, 1505In 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.
I have no idea where I want to start this review. I actually finished the book yesterday and while I had time to write and schedule it I didn’t have a clue what I wanted to say. Guess what? 24 hours later I still don’t. Let’s say this: I’m very ignorant of the reformation period and Martian Luther. I mean I know it’s a thing but it’s not a thing I’ve ever studied about or learned about. I’ve picked up nuances here and there but that’s about it. I didn’t know when (like years) it all happened or even where (Europe anyone?). I just knew some guy decided that the Church was getting too big for it’s britches and he nailed a manifesto (of sorts) to the church door. That’s it. I didn’t know he was a former priest, I didn’t give any thought to his home life and spouse or lack there of and I’d never heard of Katharina von Bora. Honestly, when I read the synopsis of the book I was drawn to the idea of a historical novel, I didn’t even pick up on the name and realize this was real people. Not until partway through the book and I was like ‘wait, what? this sounds eerily familiar. Sorta.’ How many IQ points did you just take away from me? You know you did. Judge away, I’m good with that.
This book had a lot going for it but there were a couple of drawbacks. The time jumps. Oh tomatoes and gravy, the time jumps. I mean, I understand the need to move the story forward and get to the heart of the matter but sometimes they felt abrupt. The other thing was the characters. There were so many different Sisters that after a fashion I gave up caring who was who and what and where and why. Even the nobles she met once she was free became overwhelming. I’m terrible with name so this is a legitimate thing that probably bothered no one but me.
Starting the book not realizing this was about a legitimate, real life, once lived person I had begun to thing that this girl was going to pine away for Luther all her days. He, trying to set her up with men he deemed worthy and her rejecting them as they were not him. Sometimes being ignorant has it’s perks. I didn’t know the end of the story. Once I realized this book was about THE Martin Luther I didn’t go Googling the story or even reading other reviews of the book. I wanted to keep my innocence and carry forward. I think I got a better story because I didn’t know how it was supposed to end. I’m glad the synopsis spoke to me. I’m glad I requested to read this book. I’m glad I was ignorant. Without all of those things I would not have had the privilege to read this book with no preconceived notions. I was saved frustrations when, perhaps maybe, things didn’t follow history to the point. I wasn’t frustrated through her other relationships since I didn’t know the ending. I’ve never read Allison Pittman before and I can’t wait to read her again. I appreciate her writing style and I feel like she’s going to be an amazing fit for my future reading needs.