Genesis 5020

Stories for His Glory

Newton and Polly by Jody Hedlund December 9, 2016

Filed under: Book Reviews — Melissa Finnegan @ 2:23 pm
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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.

My thoughts:

I have loved every book I have read by Jody Hedlund. At first I wasn’t sure if I would love this one as much as the others, it did take me until about chapter four before I was hooked and didn’t want to put the book down.

Jody can write romance like no other, the tension she builds is so real and I feel it in my heart.

This is a beautiful story of how Polly and John Newton could’ve fallen in love. I enjoyed thinking about the path they could have taken that lead to John writing beautiful hymn “Amazing Grace” and the meaning behind the words.

It was not an easy journey, as every good love story goes. But love does prevail and God’s amazing grace.

If you enjoy a good historical romance this is a great one to read.

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A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher. All opinions are my own. 


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