Katharina: Deliverance: An inspirational coming of age fictional biography of the woman at the heart of the Reformation.
RUNNER-UP Historical Novel Society New Novel Award 2018
At five Katharina is placed in a convent.
At twenty-three she escapes.
At twenty-five she marries the most controversial man in Europe.
This is her story – of courage, resilience in the face of adversity and a determination to choose her own life.
If you like your historical fiction to be absorbing, authentic, beautifully written and full of warmth and heart, this portrayal of Katharina von Bora, the escaped nun who married Martin Luther, is for you.
Margaret Skea grew up in Ulster at the height of the ‘Troubles’, but now lives with her husband in the Scottish Borders. Awarded the Beryl Bainbridge Award for Best First Time Author 2014 and Historical Fiction Winner in the Harper Collins / Alan Titchmarsh People’s Novelist Competition for her debut novel Turn of the Tide, the sequel A House Divided was longlisted for the Historical Novel Society New Novel Award 2016. The third book in the series, By Sword and Storm, is due for publication in July 2018. Katharina: Deliverance is the first of two novels based on the life of Katharina von Bora, the escaped nun who married Martin Luther. She is passionate about well-researched, authentic historical fiction and providing a ‘you are there’ experience for the reader. An Hawthornden Fellow and award winning short story writer – recent wins include, Neil Gunn, Chrysalis Prize, and Winchester Short Story Prize. Placings and listings include Rubery Short Story, Historical Novel Society Short Story, Mslexia, Fish – Short Story and One Page Prize and the Matthew Pritchard Award. She has been published in a range of magazines and anthologies in Britain and the USA. –This text refers to the paperback edition.
The book gave a very plausible account of Katharina depicting her life from early childhood and through to reminiscences years later.
Told in enough detail that the history rings true but not such minute detail for it to become irrelevant to the story.
Katherina is a very modern character, ahead of her time and she is not like some female characters who appear as either froth or the evil temptress as many historical females appear to.
Margaret Skea writes incredibly rich and full characters to inhabit her plots and I loved the character of Martin Luther also. I cannot wait to read more of her work.
I have just reread the book because I enjoyed it so much the first time around and enjoyed the characters depicted by Margaret Skea because they’re so well rounded and realistic.
Thanks LoveBooksTours for allowing me to say again how much I enjoyed this book!