The plot was creative, captivating and filled with some surprising twists and turns. All are beautifully written and presented. These links benefit Bookworm Mama at no extra cost to you. Being a character and message driven story, I'd give this a solid three stars. Jody lives in central Michigan with her husband, five busy children, and five spoiled cats. Engaging and compelling, this was a challenging tale of God's grace.
If Jody Hedlund has done it again. Hedlund I nearly put her books on the shelf forever. How could the author ever project John as a semi-nice guy, then turn around and have him seducing Polly on the very next page? In typical fashion, I didn't read the book summary and had no knowledge of John Newton's story prior to beginning the novel. Thank you to Waterbrook Multnomah and the author for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review I really enjoyed learning more about John Newton through this novel. God's grace led him home. Fortunately, beneath all that rough and tumble and poor decision making was a man in love with one woman and willing to do anything to win her favor.
The narrator did an excellent job with the voices, and I was totally captivated by the story. While he doesn't start out totally lost, he eventually finds himself there through a never-ending bad choices and decisions that seem to dig him into deeper and deeper holes of despair. We can not earn his love or forgiveness. Jody Hedlund is a first rate story teller, and her writing is superb. I received a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review Originally posted at: My heart is so full right now. If you enjoy historical fiction with a dash of romance you will enjoy this sweet novel. It was a longer book but I loved every minute.
The way she introduces John Newton and then develops his character so that the reader is sucked into his story is nothing short of brilliant. Newton and Polly would probably have been scandalized if they could have traveled forward in time and discovered what 21st century novelists believe about them. This story about John Newton - the author of the world's most famous hymn, Amazing Grace - and the woman he loved, was very well written and captured my attention from the moment I first started reading it. It was hard to watch as John made so many decisions that caused emotional pain to himself, to Polly, and even to his father. His life truly mirrored the life of the prodigal son. I am not required to write a positive review, nor any review for that matter. 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.
Not only is it a breathlessly romantic — and at times heartwrenching — account of their love story but it is also a tapestry of how one person can have a life-changing impact. He now has something to offer her so she can live in the manner to which she has become accustomed. As events unfold, John makes several poor choices that lead to his being forced to leave Chatham and the woman he loves. One evening, several of us were gathered to study the Bible together when someone suggested we sing. Will she forfeit her future for the man she loves? I could definitely understand why Joh History came to life for me in this deeply moving novel based on the story of John Newton and his true love, Polly Catlett! Fortunately, beneath all that rough and tumble and poor decision making was a man in love with one woman and willing to do anything to win her favor. The best part of the novel was the final 25-30 pages. He has promised to never leave us nor forsake us.
Maybe I'm being too hard on this book. Will she forfeit her future for the man she loves? Honestly, i didn't have high hopes. Waterbrook needs to do a better job of book promotion. Jody Hedlund obviously did excellent research that added depth and John and Polly Newton's story. She does an amazing job of taking the bare bones of history and clothing said bones with rich details of what might hav Amazing Grace has always been one of my favorite songs and it is great to finally know the back story to the man who wrote the song. After all, how could a selfish young man who gives his life to the economy of the slave trade be a man of faith that would eventually write one of the most popular hymns? This is one of those novels that is such a gem and so well crafted that no words seem fit to describe the work itself or the emotions it evokes.
It's a rolle How did I miss this book when it released last year?! About the Book John Newton fell in love with Polly Catlett at first sight. So I started reading it. He just knows she is the one for him. How sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me. This is the turning point for John Newton, and for all of us, we must ask ourselves at some point - do we believe in God? There are all elements within the novel to make for a compulsive read - a love story, high seas adventures and moral dilemmas. What's with the ridiculous characters?! He continually makes bad choices and pays the consequences for them. To say that I loved this book, would be an understatement.
The sweet sound came from a young woman, Polly, out wassailing or caroling as we know it with some Quaker friends. 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. A review was not required and all views and opinions expressed are my own. After finishing the book, I realized that it not only made me joyful and happy but it also made me take a second look at myself and my relationship with God in my own life. It was a little annoying that during he was referred to as John half the time and Newton the other.