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Posted September 26, 2011
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.
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Posted March 25, 2012
This is by far one of the best books I've ever read! I couldn't put it down. The way Hedlund creates conflict on every single page leaves the reader on the edge of their seat. And the way she develops the romance between the two main characters was crafted in such a delicate but visceral way that leaves one swooning for the love of their life. I could go on and on about how good this book is but my words could never do it justice. Better to just read it yourself!
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Posted October 25, 2011
The Preacher's Bride is a story you will want on your bookshelf. When I realized it was on John Bunyan's wife, I did not look forward to reading it as I do not like fiction that is on historical figures. Yet I was in for a big surprise. Jody Hedlund pleasantly surprised me in that the book did not make me feel as though I was reading a historical novel. Her imagination shaped the characters into people who went through trials and temptations with the strength that God only gives.
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Posted October 30, 2011
This book was a great read! And then to find out so much of the history in this book was true, made it all the better. I will read this book again. Props to the author!
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Posted October 30, 2011
I enjoyed reading every second of this book. It took me on such an emotional journey and I could not put it down. God bless the author to write the true fiction story.
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Great story and very well written. I enjoy Historical Fiction and this book did not disappoint.
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Title: The Preacher's Bride
Author: Jody Hedlund
Publisher: Bethany House
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
"The Preacher Bride" by Jody Hedlund....
"In 1650s England, a young Puritan maiden is on a mission to save the baby of her newly widowed preacher--whether her assistance is wanted or not. Always ready to help those in need, Elizabeth ignores John's protests of her aid. She's even willing to risk her lone marriage prospect to help the little family.
Yet Elizabeth's new role as nanny takes a dangerous turn when John's boldness from the pulpit makes him a target of political and religious leaders. As the preacher's enemies become desperate to silence him, they draw Elizabeth into a deadly web of deception. Finding herself in more danger than she ever bargained for, she's more determined than ever to save the child--and man--she's come to love."
"The Preacher's Bride" was one beautiful told stories that will keep your interest right till the end. This read was truly a Historical Christian novel with some suspense that was simply a amazing read. This author presented to us a beautiful romance between the main characters that was truly a example of 'God working in mysterious ways.' I loved how the hero and the heroine were brought together even though their would be a struggle through persecution but in the end it all came out so well presented to the reader. This author did a wonderful job in taking the true story of John Bunyan and then presenting 'the woman behind John Bunyan' ... Elizabeth. I found this story well written and one that will keep you on the edge of your seat turning the pages to see what was going to happen next in the emotional captivating read. I found it quite interesting seeing how this author got the characters into a role that shaped them as they went through it all...trials and temptations showing strength that they could only receive from above. The characters simply seem to literally jump off the pages due to this authors awesome script and yes its about religion, with their 'hopes, dreams, fears and struggles.
What I really loved about "The Preacher's Bride" was that most of the history of the read was true as we know John Bunyan wrote 'Pilgrim's Progress' which is a wonderful read that I have also read. If you are looking for a amazing read you have come to the right place for an excellent novel.