Newton & Polly A Novel of Amazing Grace by Jody Hedlund: A Book Review

9781601427649About Newton and Polly

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 Review: Amazing Grace…what a beautiful song that stirs the soul. Every time I sing it, I am humbled by God’s mercy and forgiveness, and every time I hear it, I’ve wondered at the life of it’s author. From the moment I saw this novel, I knew I wanted to read it and learn more about the man who penned this incredible hymn.

Admittedly, it took me a few pages before I became invested in the story and the characters, but before I knew it, I was hooked. I found myself mesmerized by Newton and Polly and their story. This book was beautifully written and deeply engrossing. The characters felt very real to me, perhaps more so because I knew they were based on real people, but regardless, the author brought them to life in these pages.

So many times throughout this book, Newton frustrated me and I wanted to dislike him, but yet, I could not. I absolutely adored Polly and I loved her mother and father as well. I really feel like the author captured the emotions of the characters, not only Newton and Polly in their relationship, but in the relationships between them and their parents as well.

This book was such an incredible journey and a pleasure to read. It was emotionally charged, oft heart-wrenching and deeply moving. I loved reading the redemption of Newton, as he finally realizes God’s amazing grace in his life.

Excellent book. Highly recommended.

* I received a copy of this book free of charge from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.

About Jody Hedlund
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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