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Newton and Polly: A Novel of Amazing Grace [Reading] ➷ Newton and Polly: A Novel of Amazing Grace Author Jody Hedlund – Thomashillier.co.uk 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 a Polly: A MOBI ï 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 Newton and eBook ↠ 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 and Polly: A PDF/EPUB Ä 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 Step back through the pages of history, to uncover the true love story behind a song that continues to stir the hearts and ignite the faith of millions around the globe.


10 thoughts on “Newton and Polly: A Novel of Amazing Grace

  1. Erin Erin says:

    Jody Hedlund introduces readers to the story of John Newton and Polly Catlett, two young people who immediately fall in love but face many challenges along the way While Polly and her family are devoted to the Christian faith, Newton has never found much patience or time for any religious beliefs whatsoever 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 the exact Jody Hedlund introduces readers to the story of John Newton and Polly Catlett, two young people who immediately fall in love but face many challenges along the way While Polly and her family are devoted to the Christian faith, Newton has never found much patience or time for any religious beliefs whatsoever 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 the exact question that Hedlund sprouts her story from and does so in a beautifully written tale A beautiful story that moved me to tears


  2. Beth Beth says:

    Every time I hold a new Jody Hedlund novel in my hands, my reader heart is just alive with anticipation, and I admit, a bit of trepidation how, oh how could this new story possibly be as good as the one before And every time even my tiniest worry is unfounded Newton and Polly is an utterly absorbing story that captivated me with superb historical setting and details, as well as a love that came to life The plot flows effortlessly, the characters endear themselves so quickly, and the emotion Every time I hold a new Jody Hedlund novel in my hands, my reader heart is just alive with anticipation, and I admit, a bit of trepidation how, oh how could this new story possibly be as good as the one before And every time even my tiniest worry is unfounded Newton and Polly is an utterly absorbing story that captivated me with superb historical setting and details, as well as a love that came to life The plot flows effortlessly, the characters endear themselves so quickly, and the emotions of the romance are poignant and realistic Jody just knows how to pen an engaging, entertaining story.My favorite reading experience, particularly with historical fiction, is one that keeps me engrossed in the story, while also making me feel like I m learning new information I loved all of the details about the smuggling activities especially those who opposed it as well as John s time spent on ships The details about sailing and what it took to for such large vessels to travel were fascinating to experience through John s story.John s character transformation is one of the best of any character that I ve read this year In the beginning, readers only see his potential and feel the same disappointment as Polly at the decisions that he makes Polly s reeling emotions are keenly felt, as is the shock at the turn of events in John s life events that came about through no one s fault but his own Though doubt and despair soon take over John s life, the story is never without hope Polly s character much like I imagine how she was for John in real life is the beacon that carries hope throughout the story Their romance is heartfelt, but never overpowers the plot or character arcs John comes to realize that no woman s love can keep his despair at bay, nor provide the answers that he denies that he needs for so long In a compelling journey of grace and mercy, John s perspective soon changes from self seeking to seeking God Polly being the one who planted the seeds of God s love and mercy in John s heart before that journey ever began.One thing I have come to adore about Jody s writing is how she highlights women of history who may otherwise be overlooked or overshadowed by the famous men they loved In this story, Polly Catlett s life as a young woman is brought into focus, and although it s fiction, Jody is respectful of the true events in history Few liberties were taken with these details, and I appreciate Jody s effort to stay accurate to what is known about Polly Catlett and John Newton She also stays true to the unsavory details of the time, of which there were many, and I m so glad that she chooses not to change or sugarcoat anything for the sake of making thingscomfortable or easy for her characters Jody creates a plausible, realistic story for them, keeping many important details of the beginning of their relationship for authenticity Through Jody s story, I can entirely see how the travails of his life before he found God to provide the impetus for penning a song with as much power and emotion as Amazing Grace Fans of Jody will no doubt be captivated with Newton and Polly, and readers new to her books will find a gem of a story Highly recommended for readers of historical, romantic, sweeping stories.I received a complimentary copy from the publisher This review is my honest opinion


  3. Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower) Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower) says:

    My heart is so full right now So full, in fact, some of it is spilling out of my eyes in the form of tears even as I sit here and try to figure out how I can possibly write a review worthy of the beauty of Newton Polly The truth is, I simply won t be able to do it justice.Captivating Emotional Beautiful Poignant Redemptive Romantic.Hedlund has a gift for bringing history to life on the pages of a novel, and in my opinion Newton Polly is the best example yet This is a story to savor, My heart is so full right now So full, in fact, some of it is spilling out of my eyes in the form of tears even as I sit here and try to figure out how I can possibly write a review worthy of the beauty of Newton Polly The truth is, I simply won t be able to do it justice.Captivating Emotional Beautiful Poignant Redemptive Romantic.Hedlund has a gift for bringing history to life on the pages of a novel, and in my opinion Newton Polly is the best example yet This is a story to savor, to linger over, to fully absorb Yet, at the same time I found myself unable to put it down unless out of dire necessity and then only briefly John Newton and Polly Catlett both leaped off the page at me right from the beginning, and I experienced the story through their eyes and emotions I winced when Newton was beaten the first time the tenth time , and I felt my heart pitter patter along with Polly s as she fell in love I laughed with them I cried with them and for them And I must confess to yay ing with a big grin over one kiss in particular.Bottom Line Rich with history and romance, even richer with grace, Newton Polly is not to be missed You will laugh and smile and swoon, to be sure, but you will also find your throat thick with tearsthan once sometimes at the tragedies that sin bestows, other times at the exquisite beauty of such amazing grace One thing I know for sure You will never again sing Newton s most familiar hymn without feeling a surge of thankfulness for God s redemption of an undeserving wretch and for the way He used Polly Catlett to introduce Newton to the sweet sound of grace I received a copy of this book in exchange for only my honest review See my full review at Reading Is My SuperPower


  4. Staci Staci says:

    What a beautiful story of true love, patience and character change.In typical fashion, I didn t read the book summary and had no knowledge of John Newton s story prior to beginning the novel I was rather shocked by John s behavior at points in the novel 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 Evenimportantly is that John ultimately gave himself over to God surely this is no spoi What a beautiful story of true love, patience and character change.In typical fashion, I didn t read the book summary and had no knowledge of John Newton s story prior to beginning the novel I was rather shocked by John s behavior at points in the novel 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 Evenimportantly is that John ultimately gave himself over to God surely this is no spoiler folks the man wrote Amazing Grace.The best part of the novel was the final 25 30 pages Simply delightful conclusion.As always, I enjoyed Jody s author notes at the end She is so good at sharing what in her novels are factual and what is fabricated.I am fully loving her historical novels and hope she will continue writing them While Newton and Polly has not surpassed my favorite Hedlund novel, Luther and Katharina, it is my second favorite It s a beautiful novel full of lessons and history to be learned I highly recommend it for fans of historical fiction


  5. Brittany Brittany says:

    History came to life for me in this deeply moving novel based on the story of John Newton and his true love, Polly Catlett It was hard to watch as John made so many decisions that caused emotional pain to himself, to Polly, and even to his father However, at the end of the book, it was clear to see how God was working through this man s life to turn him into someone who would honor both God and Polly.Newton and Polly s romance was magnetic and captivating 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 It was hard to watch as John made so many decisions that caused emotional pain to himself, to Polly, and even to his father However, at the end of the book, it was clear to see how God was working through this man s life to turn him into someone who would honor both God and Polly.Newton and Polly s romance was magnetic and captivating I could definitely understand why John was so hesitant to leave Polly for voyages that would take years to return from It was also interesting to see how both of them had to grow, not only in how they loved each other, but also in understanding about who God is and what grace he provides for us.Newton and Polly was such a joy to read and I highly recommend it.I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.You can read this review on my blog at


  6. Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...) Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...) says:

    Previous to reading this book I was only vaguely familiar with the story of John Newton, gleaned from the movie Amazing Grace in which he is a minor character It made mefully appreciate the powerful simplicity of the hymn, so I was thrilled when I learned that one of my favorite authors was writing a book about the love of his life and her role in his transformation.I thoroughly enjoyed their early romance, but had an underlying feeling of trepidation, knowing that John would be somehow r Previous to reading this book I was only vaguely familiar with the story of John Newton, gleaned from the movie Amazing Grace in which he is a minor character It made mefully appreciate the powerful simplicity of the hymn, so I was thrilled when I learned that one of my favorite authors was writing a book about the love of his life and her role in his transformation.I thoroughly enjoyed their early romance, but had an underlying feeling of trepidation, knowing that John would be somehow reduced to the most humbling of circumstances The characters and setting are depicted so vividly that I was instantly drawn to Polly s devout sweetness and John as the charming rogue There is a stark contrast in how they interact with their family members that foreshadows their future paths Polly is respectful and compliant, while John kicks against the opportunities that his father lines up for him There are harsh realities of life to be dealt with and accepted, and theJohn fights against them thetrouble he gets himself into, but always finds someone else to blame I admired that Polly stalwartly continues with her life even though she longs for the chance to receiveeducation and wonders what God has in store for her.The times are turbulent with dangerous smugglers threatening the townspeople who don t look the other way, press gangs abducting men to serve in the navy to fight the war with France, and abolitionists pursuing the unpopular cause of freedom for slaves Suspense is woven throughout the story as John and Polly s relationship strengthens each time their paths briefly cross, just to be pulled apart as John faces the serious consequences to his reckless decisions His flaws and dark experiences are realistically portrayed, as well as his yearnings for a better life with Polly and struggles with accepting the God his beloved mother was devoted to.Along with the powerful themes of forgiveness and grace, I loved that Polly s father exhibited unwavering integrity in his career and taught his children by example He reminded me of my own father with his gentle and loving manner Despite their difficulties with each other, John s father proved to his son his unconditional love over time and his relationship with John could be seen as a metaphor for the attributes of justice and mercy of God John s transformation brings a sense of light and hope to the remainder of the story as it becomes Polly s turn to make a momentous decision that will affect her and John s futures Highly recommend Thank you to Waterbrook Multnomah and the author for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review


  7. Jocelyn Green Jocelyn Green says:

    A sweeping tale rife with adventure, love, and God s relentless pursuit of his own With her signature depth and detail, 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.


  8. Robin Hatcher Robin Hatcher says:

    I really enjoyed learningabout John Newton through this novel Jody Hedlund does a wonderful job of turning history into a romantic novel However, given that the hero and heroine spend much of the novel apart, I would consider itof an historical novel than a traditional romance That doesn t lessen the rating one bit I thoroughly enjoyed the story.Be sure to read the author s note at the end of the book to learn what was fact and what was fiction and .


  9. Amanda Geaney Amanda Geaney says:

    Originally posted on ChristianShelfEsteem.wordpress.com As a book lover with a to read pile that will likely outlast my time on earth, I seldom re read books due to an overwhelming desire to conquer my tbr However, Jody Hedlund has given Newton it has enough details to satiate history buffs, a sweet romance, and an outstanding story of God s pursuit of one sinner which would be unbel Originally posted on ChristianShelfEsteem.wordpress.com As a book lover with a to read pile that will likely outlast my time on earth, I seldom re read books due to an overwhelming desire to conquer my tbr However, Jody Hedlund has given Newton Polly that little something extra that earns it a spot on my permanent bookshelf Captivating and memorable it has enough details to satiate history buffs, a sweet romance, and an outstanding story of God s pursuit of one sinner which would be unbelievable if it weren t rooted in reality.John Newton s life exemplifies that of the prodigal son Luke 15 11 32 In reflection, I can see how Hedlund instilled in me a fondness for John even while he was making small, seemingly insignificant, poor choices I found some of his actions endearing because his heart for Polly was overriding his sense of reason Nevertheless, as his sins becameegregious my affinity for him waned and his suitability for Polly came into question I could feel Hedlund building towards a monumental event At the climax of the story I was both relieved and elated completely invested in the tale.With Newton Polly, Jody Hedlund secures a place on my Best of 2016 reading list as well as a Christian Shelf Esteem book club endorsement ReadGoodBooks ShelfEsteemI received a free copy from the publisher BloggingforBooks.com All opinions are my own


  10. Carrie Turansky Carrie Turansky says:

    I loved listening to Newton and Polly The narrator did an excellent job with the voices, and I was totally captivated by the story Jody Hedlund obviously did excellent research that added depth and John and Polly Newton s story Knowing they were real people made it evenfascinating I highly recommend it to all those who enjoy well written historical fiction.


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