Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Newton and Polly by Jody Hedlund

From the publisher:
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 always impresses me with her historical research.  I had no idea that John Newton was ever married or that it played such a role in his salvation and change of heart.

I learned a lot about sailors and shipping routes and the lives that many sailors led.  I also felt that my eyes were opened to the history of the times that Newton and Polly lived.  Readers will be gripped with the story of John and Polly.  Besides their growing love there are world events happening that are shaping the world around them.

Hedlund's author notes at the end of the book surprised me as I learned more about Newton.  She makes me want to get a biography of John Newton's life and reader it and I feel that is one of the best compliments a reader can give, when they make you want to dig deeper into the lives of the characters.

I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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