Friday, October 7, 2016

Newton and Polly, by Jody Hedlund

Newton and Polly, by Jody Hedlund

Genre: Historical/Christian/Fiction

Rating: Five out of five hearts ♥♥♥♥♥


Now remembered as the author of the world’s most famous hymn, in the mid-eighteenth century as England and France stand on the brink of war, John Newton is a young sailor wandering aimlessly through life. His only duty is to report to his ship and avoid disgracing his father—until the night he hears Polly Catlett’s enchanting voice, caroling. He’s immediately smitten and determined to win her affection.

An intense connection quickly forms between the two, but John’s reckless spirit and disregard for the Christian life are concerns for the responsible, devout Polly. When an ill-fated stop at a tavern leaves John imprisoned and bound, Polly must choose to either stand by his side or walk out of his life forever. Will she forfeit her future for the man she loves?

My Review:

Having watched the movie "Amazing Grace" and been read stories about John Newton  since I was young, I already knew the basics of Newton's conversion and the life he lead before and after. So I was eager to find out more about him, and the woman he fell in love with.  And I'm very happy to say, I wasn't disappointed! 
  This story was gripping, from the moment I picked it up, 'til I finished it. If I thought the story would turn out, or at least start out, to be a little dull, the first chapter set me to rights. It all began in a way that made me want to read more. Also, while this book is based on the lives of two real-life people, it doesn't read like a biography or informative novel, but a romantic, action-packed novel. And I really liked that- it was a joy to read.

  While I knew John Newton would, eventually, become a follower of Christ, reading  about the road he  walked prier to his conversion was eye-opening and intriguing. The fact that I
already knew his story  (although, I discovered, I didn't know as much as I thought I did), by no means hindered the novel or made it boring, but made me want to keep reading, find out how he changed. And reading about Polly, a usually ignored part of his story, was great, too. Finding out about the love of his life was cool, and I liked finding that I could relate somewhat to her. 
 Plus, isn't the cover just beautiful?
 All in all, a beautiful, well-written, inspiring novel by Ms. Hedlund! I highly recommend it. 

About the Author: 

Jody Hedlund is a CBA best-selling and award-winning author of fourteen books. Among a variety of genres, she especially loves bringing long-forgotten women of history to life. She is the author of Luther and Katharina, which was awarded the ECPA Book of the Year Award in Fiction. Her other novels have won the Carol Award, the INSPY Award, and the Christy Award. She resides in Midland, Michigan, with her husband and five busy children.
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Note: I got this book free from Blogging for Books in exchange for doing a review. All opinions are my own.

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