Newton and Polly is a standalone novel by Jody Hedlund, and I personally think it’s her best work to date (at least of what I’ve read from her). Newton and Polly is an amazing tale of enduring love, hardships, and God’s grace.
Polly Catlett is a sweet young girl who hangs out with her abolitionist cousin in the height of the slave trade business in England. One night while caroling (and covering the escape of slaves nearby), Polly has a close call, and out of no where this stranger comes to her and her cousin’s rescue.
John Newton is immediately captivated with Polly’s voice, and is even more delighted to find ways to be with her more, but Polly’s father isn’t too fond of John’s influence, considering how John is a sailor and isn’t know for his character. 🙂
I could hardly put this book down! I loved watching Polly fall for John and watching how her love made him want to become (and eventually become) a better man. I loved seeing Newton grow in his relationship with God and come to realize what amazing grace is so freely given to us. Newton and Polly was truly a life-changing read, and one I would highly recommend! Thank you, Mrs. Hedlund, for putting Newton’s story down in a way that is easily read and accessible to readers (especially of fiction).
Thank you so much to the author for providing me with a copy of this book to read and review. All opinions are my own and were not required to be positive.
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