Newton & Polly, A Novel of Amazing Grace is a fictional story of Polly and John Newton written by Jody Hedlund. The author has done research to bring us a very touching story of their courtship based on true facts.
John Newton had just visited his uncle and was on his way home when he heard Polly singing. He followed Polly Catlett and her aunt to their home. The Catlett are relatives of his mother and he spends time with the family. He helps with teaching the children and doing things around their home, while getting to know and falling in love with Polly.
John is suppose to report to a ship to go to Jamaica and work for 5 years but he just cannot get himself to be away from Polly that long. When he gets back to his father’s home, his father is upset but helps find him another position on a boat. John spends his time in bars and drinking and has little respect for the Christian life. While visiting Polly he ends up in a bar instead of going home and finds himself being forced into the Royal Navy and not being able to see Polly for 5 years.
Polly’s father does not feel John is the right man for Polly, that he is irresponsible and without means to support her. Polly is a very dedicated Christian who spends hours on her knees praying. John’ father has lots of friends in the shipping field and keeps trying to get John jobs that he neglects. And John wants to become the man that Polly needs, he wants to earn the money that he feels he needs to convince her father that he is able to care for Polly.
This is an outstanding book! The author has written this book so life like. I got so caught up in the story that I felt I was on the ship with is rocking in the storm. I like that the author used the biography of John Newton as the basis for this story. I enjoy reading historical fiction that is based on facts. I had known some of the background of John newton prior to reading this story but this story brought it so much more to life. This is much more than a romance story, this is also a story of a father’s love for a wayward son. This is a great book that anyone who enjoys reading historical fiction would enjoy.
I receive a copy of this book from Blogging for Books. This is my honest review.