24 September 2016

Newton and Polly by Jody Hedlund

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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.

Bringing history to life once again, Jody Hedlund tackles the love story of John Newton and Polly Catlett in her latest novel Newton and Polly. It’s a captivating story, filled with difficulty and danger, as John and Polly discover the possibilities of their relationship, and I had a hard time putting down this book. The characters are well depicted, the history rich and vivid, and the promise of redemption and grace ever so sweet. I absolutely enjoyed this trip into the past with Hedlund’s Newton and Polly and cannot recommend it enough to fans of historical fiction. Definitely read it!

Thanks to Blogging for Books, I received a copy of Newton and Polly and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.

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