Review: Newton & Polly by Jody Hedlund

December 5, 2016

Title: Newton & Polly: A Novel of Amazing Grace
Author: Jody Hedlund
Pages: 400
Publication Date: September 20th, 2016

Amazing grace! How sweet the sound
that saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost, but now am found.

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? 

Step back through the pages of history, to uncover the true love story behind a song that continues to stir the hearts and ignite the faith of millions around the globe."
Jody Hedlund is an author who is able to take stories from history and bring them back to life. Her ability to capture so much and bring characters so full of depth and the lavish descriptions just grab a hold of you and drag you into the story before you know it.

Newton and Polly is no different in story telling. I have to say I was quite curious of this story. Years ago, I really enjoyed this movie Amazing Grace, but took place when John Newton was older. I really enjoyed looking back into the life and times of someone who everyone has heard about, if not by name, then by the song he composed, Amazing Grace.

It is amazing how much has changed in history, but one thing is true, God's love and forgiveness stays the same. The story of John Newton proves that.

I enjoyed this story so much. Polly was such an important part of John's life. And they way that Jody was able to tell their story just popped off the page. This story was hard to put down. I also enjoyed the historical information at the end of this book. It made me want to go look more into this time and people's lives and legacy.

Too Read
5 out of 5

About the Author:
Winner of the 2016 Christian Book Award for fiction and Christy Award for historical romance, best-selling author Jody Hedlund writes inspirational historical romances for both youth and adults.

Jody lives in central Michigan with her husband, five busy children, and five spoiled cats. Although Jody prefers to experience daring and dangerous adventures through her characters rather than in real life, she’s learned that a calm existence is simply not meant to be (at least in this phase of her life!).

When she’s not penning another of her page-turning stories, she loves to spend her time reading, especially when it also involves consuming coffee and chocolate.

Thank you to Blogging for Books, I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review. 

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