Book Review – Newton and Polly

Newton and Polly

by Jody Hedlund

Uncover the true love story behind the famous hymn that stirs the hearts and ignites the faith of millions around the globe.

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?

My Thoughts

This is the amazing story of John Newton, the man we know as the author of the hymn “Amazing Grace.”
This is a book that I’ve long wanted to read, and I finally got the chance. (I’ve mostly been reviewing new books here, but this book is not new, it was published in 2016, and you should be able to get it in various places, I actually borrowed the copy I read from our local library)
This story kept me spellbound the whole way through the book.
I loved seeing John Newton and hearing his story.
While he is one of the main characters, the actual primary character of this story is his beloved Polly.
I really enjoyed meeting her and hearing her story. Jody Hedlund wrote these characters in a way that they just came to life right before my eyes. I wasn’t familiar with their story at all before reading this book, and I have no idea how much of this story is historically accurate, and how much of it is fiction to make the reading flow nicely, but this story does just that–flows very smoothly.
Newton and Polly had quite the drama, a lot of difficulties before they were finally able to be together.
If you enjoy historical fiction that is based on true stories, you won’t want to miss this one!

1 thought on “Book Review – Newton and Polly”

  1. I read this when it first published and really enjoyed it. I learned a great deal from this interesting story. Glad you enjoyed it as well.

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