Newton & Polly
Written by: Jody Hedlund
Month, Year: September, 2016
A brief summary from Jody Hedlund:
John Newton fell in love with Polly Catlett at first sight. But Polly was unable to return the affections of the rebellious, worldly young man and her father ordered the aimless John away from her. Not long after, John was pressed into serving in the Navy. He saw Polly one last time before leaving England but Polly couldn’t promise any future to him.
After four years away, John is called back to England on family matters. But John was heavily, blindly involved in the slave trade and had no desire to return. John Sr. used his son’s undying love for Polly to lure him home. On that treacherous voyage back to England, in the midst of a terrible storm, John finally experienced salvation and began moving towards, eventually, crusading against slavery. Back at home, John must work hard to convince wise-beyond-her-years Polly Catlett that he is a changed man and worthy of her.
Amazing grace! How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found;
Was blind, but now I see.
-John Newton, Amazing Grace
These powerful lyrics have stood the test of time, transcending generations, languages, and theological differences since the late 1700’s. But have you ever thought to dig into the life of the man who penned the words? What soul, in utter desperation, cried out to God and felt the full impact of Christ’s salvation upon reflecting and accepting what Jesus did on the cross? His name was John Newton and while his life was rather tumultuous, God found John in the depths of despair and offered him life.
Newton & Polly is an outstanding novel that will move you in the depths of your heart. The emotional and physical pain that Newton went through will bring tears to your eyes. The choices Newton makes creates distance between him and his beloved, Polly, and it will pain your heart as you read further into this historic love story. But Polly’s stalwartness in following God is so encouraging, inspiring, and captivating that even Newton can’t hide from the Truth before his very eyes.
Having loved every novel by Jody Hedlund so far, I was incredibly impressed with Newton & Polly. While this is a fictionalized account of their lives, I found it to be very well researched and in keeping with the historical time-period. Newton & Polly is an absolute must-read and I highly recommend grabbing this book for your own bookshelves!!
I was graciously provided a free copy of this novel from Blogging For Books in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own.