Newton & Polly: A Novel of Amazing Grace

Book Title: Newton & Polly
Author: Jody Hedlund
Publication Date: September 20, 2016
Publisher: Waterbrook Press


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?

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.

My Review:
Have you ever read a book that once you were finished you just couldn't stop thinking about it? Well, Newton & Polly was like that for me! I have never read a book about historical people that I've enjoyed more. Or one that I've learned from more either! John Newton is one of those people that I've heard about throughout the years but never really took the time to dig into his life. 

This book was not just a beautiful story but based on his actual life and very educational! For starters I didn't even know Polly existed and now I have such an insight into her life and character. The author, Jody Hedlund, definitely outdid herself with such outstanding research and writing. I can without a doubt say it's one of the best books I've read all year!

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 

A big thank you to Jody Hedlund 
for an advanced reader copy of this book!!

Check out my review on Jody Hedlund's 
previous book in this series, Luther & Katharina


  1. Wow, Rebecca! I knew you were good, but I had no idea how good you are at graphic design! I love the photos you add to your reviews!!

    1. Thank you!! That means a lot to me! :)