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The Preacher's Bride (Hearts of Faith Series #1)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

11 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

Beautifully Written

This was not my first time reading Historical Fiction. However it was my first read of Historical Christian Fiction. Skeptical at first, I didn't quite understand the genre and half expected preaching to be involved. As I delved in, I quickly realized that this was not ...
This was not my first time reading Historical Fiction. However it was my first read of Historical Christian Fiction. Skeptical at first, I didn't quite understand the genre and half expected preaching to be involved. As I delved in, I quickly realized that this was not the case.

Pious Elizabeth Whitbread looked only to serve God and those in need, accepting what she thought was her lot in life. When God called upon her through the cry of a baby, Elizabeth put her life and marriage on hold and answered. Little did she realize that her path had now diverged.

Jon Costin, tinkerer by trade preacher by calling, never suspected God's ulterior motives.

The Preacher's Bride was a true example of God working through mysterious ways. Strong willed, quick to wit, and God serving characters perfectly matched from the beginning. Both struggled through the persecution of the Royalists and their own personal struggles with God. Their relationship between each other and with God grew throughout the entire book.

Jody Hedlund captured my heart in her first book with her perfectly executed writing. She took the true story of John Bunyan and wove her own of "the woman behind John Bunyan". It was not preachy, it was not mushy. But it sure was moving! The reader got into the head of Elizabeth from the very first moment and felt the pull of emotions throughout.

I cannot wait to read her next book, The Doctor's Lady.

posted by LadyJai on September 26, 2011

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1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

very good

270 pages stand alone

posted by lynn17LM on January 31, 2014

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  • Posted April 4, 2014

    Recommend

    This was a very good book to read, you almost felt like you were there with the characters

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  • Posted February 25, 2014

    Good reading.

    Well-written book with an interesting perspective of class (very rich versus very poor) and religious (Anglican versus Puritan) life in the mid- to late 1600s. The plot is good and characters are very real.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2011

    Good read.

    I enjoyed this book. I'm thankful I'm living now, life was very hard for a women in those times.

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  • Posted October 24, 2011

    Worth checking out.

    Was a nice read, written well enough.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2011

    Recommend

    I enjoyed this book even though it seemed to drag in spots. It is still a book I would read again or recommend to a friend.

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  • Posted September 7, 2011

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    Eh...

    I really wanted to love this book. I had just finished reading Julie Klassen's "The Apothecary's Daughter," which I ABSOLUTELY LOVED. I was ready to be transported to another time in history. Unfortunately, I never really *liked* John. I found him self-absorbed and shallow. At the end of the book, the zinger is that this was supposed to be inspired by the true lives of John and Elizabeth Buynan...that gave me a moment's pause and actually redeemed the book for me a little bit. The book was engaging and drew me in, but I found too many of the characters to be poorly drawn and stereotypically good or evil. All in all, as much as I wanted to enjoy this book, I was mostly frustrated and dissatisfied with it until the very end. Sorry. All that said, I appreciate B&N for offering this book as a Friday Freebie....for the price, I can't complain. I got more than my $$'s worth. Thanks, B&N.

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