- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: WaterBrook (September 20, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1601427646
- ISBN-13: 978-1601427649
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.2 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (158 customer reviews)
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Newton and Polly: A Novel of Amazing Grace Paperback – September 20, 2016
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“Amazing Grace, indeed! Newton and Polly is one of the most powerful love stories I have ever read, wrenching the heart and waking the soul. If you read one book this year, this should be it.
—Julie Lessman, award-winning author of The Daughters of Boston, Winds of Change, and Heart of San Francisco series
“A powerfully moving account of one man’s epic journey from doubt and despair into a world of radiant faith. Newton and Polly is impeccably researched and punctuated with glints of genuine humor… I loved it!”
—Elizabeth Camden, RITA® and Christy award-winning author
“A sweeping tale rife with adventure, love, and God’s relentless pursuit of his own. With her signature depth and detail, Jody Hedlund plunges her readers into a fascinating and powerful story that has gone untold—until now. Set sail with Newton and Polly and become anchored in amazing grace.”
—Jocelyn Green, award-winning author of the Heroines Behind the Lines Civil War series
“In this story of the lives of John Newton and Polly Catlett, author Jody Hedlund skillfully weaves together the history, romance, and Christian faith that inspired the world’s best-loved hymn. Evocative and illuminating.”
—Dorothy Love, author of Mrs. Lee and Mrs. Gray: A Novel
“Jody Hedlund’s historical detail is immaculate, and her storytelling will bring you to tears. Newton’s conversion was truly remarkable, sparking a legacy that has impacted millions of lives. Newton and Polly invites readers into that powerful experience.”
—Sigmund Brouwer, award-winning author of Thief of Glory
Praise for the Christy and ECPA Novel of the Year
Luther and Katharina
“Jody Hedlund’s Luther and Katharina is an absorbing and deeply researched look into the life and ministry of a figure in church history I’d previously known only from a few dusty facts. Jody breathes life into those facts with this fascinating and intimate portrayal of Martin Luther’s life. Luther and Katharina is a compelling tale of tested faith, tumultuous church history, and incredible courage against daunting odds—and one of the most unique love stories I’ve read in ages.”
—Lori Benton, author of The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn and The Wood’s Edge
“Complex and emotionally rich, Luther and Katharina gripped me from the very start and never let go. Not even when the final page was turned. The history, the love story, the depth of faith in this novel is masterfully woven by Jody Hedlund.”
—Tamera Alexander, USA Today best-selling author of To Win Her Favor and A Lasting Impression
About the Author
Jody Hedlund is a CBA best-selling and award-winning author of more than a dozen 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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As events unfold, John makes several poor choices that lead to his being forced to leave Chatham and the woman he loves. She is devastated as well, but her father has told her that John doesn’t have the character of a husband that her father wants for Polly. Polly agrees that John struggles with his faith and responsibility, but she still loves him. As months pass, Polly tries her best to forget John and go on with her life. Years pass when she receives an unexpected visitor…John’s father. He has come to her parents’ home to tell them that John is alive and a changed man. Can Polly give him another chance? Is John really changed or is he just putting on an act to please their parents? If he really has changed, how has this change manifested itself?
This is a fantastic story! I couldn’t put it down. This is one of my favorite genres as I learn about history as well as get to enjoy a good romance! The author’s note following the story is very interesting and I liked reading about what was real in the story and what was fiction. I never knew the story of young John Newton and how his life was changed and how he lived out the rest of his life after his change. The scenes at sea put me right there on the ship with John. His realization of how God had saved him over and over again in his life and God’s love for even a sinner like him brought tears to my eyes. Don’t miss another wonderful story by Jody Hedlund!
Polly, while her struggles are not as obvious, is too in need of God's grace. She struggles with pride and other heart issues. I was incredibly touched and moved by this story. Hedlund penned their story so well and brought forth their pitfalls, love and deep truths of faith with such ease and flow, that it all felt real and natural. I especially love how at the end of each novel, Hedlund goes into separating the fiction and the fact. She references her sources for the facts, for those of you who would like to dig deeper.
I am still just meditating upon this story. Truly a reflection of the power of grace and love at work. I highly recommend the read!
I have been reading a lot of fictional biographies lately. I love historical fiction, and being able to learn about a real historical figure makes the book all the more fascinating. This is the second book I have read by Jody Hedlund. The first was Luther and Katherina which I reviewed here. They were both excellent, but I think I enjoyed Newton and Polly a little more. There was a lot of action that kept me engaged in the story. I also enjoyed seeing John Newton's journey from scoundrel to a man under conviction for all the wrongs he had done. His salvation story is truly amazing.
There is a lot missing from this story. It focuses on the early part of Newton's life and his romance with Polly Cattlet. His involvement in the slave trade is covered in a short portion of the book, but much of it takes place later in his life after his salvation experience. There is an informative author's note at the end of the book that delves further into this fascinating story. I would highly recommend this book to lovers of historical fiction. I hope Jody Hedlund does more books like this in the future.
I received this book for free for the purpose of review.
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