Monday, November 14, 2016

Book Review ~ Newton and Polly by Jody Hedlund

Newton and Polly: A Novel of Amazing Grace
Newton and Polly

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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