Library Journal Review
Katharina von Bora gave her heart to -Martin Luther after reading his treatise, 'The Freedom of a Christian.' Years later, she has an opportunity to meet the man whose words led to his excommunication by the pope from the Roman Catholic Church. Katharina is captivated by his fervor, and her expectations are only enhanced by their meeting. Luther is also enchanted but unwilling to foist his simple life as a clergyman upon a woman he feels deserves much more than he can give. As their friendship deepens, Luther realizes that his heart can hold two loves: God and -Katharina. -VERDICT Pittman's (On Shifting Sand) beautifully rendered historical romance is told from the point of view of Katherina von Bora (1525D46), the wife of Luther, leader of the Protestant Reformation. Accessible writing infused with romantic tension creates a provocative and heartwarming read. © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Booklist Review
Katharina von Bora may have taken vows in the Benedictine convent, but her heart overflows with questions compounded by the smuggled writings of renowned renegade Martin Luther. Knowing there is more to a faithful life than shame and solitude, Katharina leads an escape from their cloistered life into the sixteenth-century world of the German Reformation. Luther promises the former nuns husbands to ensure their safety and financial stability, but his deepening friendship with Katharina makes finding her a match increasingly difficult. Is there more to an old friendship than meets the eye? Pittman (On Shifting Sand, 2015) pens an exquisite tale based on the limited historical sources about Katharina von Bora, capturing the emotions of a nun grappling with the idea of bondage to the church versus a new and unfamiliar freedom in faith. Simmering with the tension of Katharina's discontent and longings, the novel undergoes a slow morphing that follows Katharina's own personal transformation, from reverence to spirited determination in choosing her own way in the world.--Campos, Kate Copyright 2017 Booklist