Friday, December 23, 2016

Book Review: Newton and Polly

Newton and Polly. Jody Hedlund. 2016. Waterbrook. 400 pages. [Source: Library]

First sentence: "I fear that our wassailing has become a nuisance."

Premise/plot: Do you enjoy historical fiction or historical romance? Jody Hedlund's newest novel is a fictionalization of the romance between John Newton and Polly Catlett. It covers the years 1742-1750. Narration alternates between John and Polly. These two met when they were young--in their teens--he claims it was LOVE at first sight, for him. But at that stage of his life, was he worthy of her and capable of putting her first? Not really. The book chronicles his ups and downs--physically and spiritually--as well as her steady faithfulness.

My thoughts: John Newton wrote the hymn "Amazing Grace." Recently I've started reading his sermons and letters. I consider him a must read! So I certainly was interested in reading this novel! The story could have been so different, one of despair, if God had not been the author. God's grace was displayed in Newton's life, and grace is indeed amazing.

© Becky Laney of Operation Actually Read Bible

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