The Preacher's Bride

The Preacher's Bride

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by Jody Hedlund
     
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Hedlund's debut novel is no light-hearted romp through history. Instead, this double finalist in the 2009 ACFW Genesis Contest for unpublished writers takes on 1650s England during the final days of Cromwell's reign. The Puritans had enjoyed years of freedom, but as Royalists begin to regain power, preachers like John Costin face danger. Costin's wife dies, leaving four children behind, one of them blind and another, newborn. Elizabeth Whitbread, who sees children in need, volunteers to become Costin's housekeeper. She comes to love the children and, eventually, John, yet she is bound by strict Puritan standards and her promise to marry another. Elizabeth faces the threats of a Royalist, the rebukes of powerful Puritans, and the turmoil of her feelings as political events threaten all she holds dear. Hedlund, who based her tale on the life of John Bunyan, writes well of life in Puritan England, though the middle drags and readers will become annoyed with the stubbornness of Costin. Yet this is a fine beginning for a writer we'll hear from again. (Oct.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781441213907
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/01/2010
Series:
Hearts of Faith , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
134,677
File size:
516 KB

Meet the Author

Jody Hedlund is the bestselling author of The Doctor's Lady and The Preacher's Bride. She won the 2011 Inspirational Reader's Choice Award, the 2011 Award of Excellence from the Colorado Romance Writers and was a finalist for Best Debut Novel in the 2011 ACFW Carol Awards. Currently she makes her home in central Michigan, with her husband and five busy children. She loves hearing from readers on Facebook and on her blog at JodyHedlund.com.
Jody Hedlund is the author of over a dozen novels, including Love Unexpected, Captured by Love, Unending Devotion, The Preacher's Bride, and A Noble Groom, winner of the 2014 Carol Award for historical romance. She received a bachelor's degree from Taylor University and a master's from the University of Wisconsin, both in social work. She lives in Michigan with her husband and five children. She loves hearing from readers on Facebook and on her blog at www.jodyhedlund.com.

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The Preacher's Bride 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 283 reviews.
LadyJai More than 1 year ago
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.
IngridS More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very inspiring book about keeping one's faith during times of trial and tribulations.
Julie Holley More than 1 year ago
gram45k More than 1 year ago
Great story and very well written. I enjoy Historical Fiction and this book did not disappoint.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good, clean, captivating story based on a real person's life. Thoroughly enjoyed it!
LAobserver More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had a difficult time with this book, the descriptions were very strong and too difficult to enjoy reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great read. I read in one sitting. Would enjoy more by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this book and appreciated the historical facts of the story. A very good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read
CaliforniaBestemor More than 1 year ago
This story sure makes me glad I'm living now instead of the times where women were so restricted that they weren't allowed to learn to read. Based upon the story of John Bunyan, who eventually wrote Pilgrim's Progress, the focus is upon the woman who became his second wife. She had a bit of backbone, but I couldn't really identify with her because she frustrated me by being too darned GOOD and not very interesting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Based on the life of John Bunyan and his wife Elizabeth. Really good book.
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Loved this dtory. Written to draw you in and the struggles of the times that Christians faced. After finishing the book mentioned this was a fiction story of John bunyan the writer of The pilgrims Progress and what his life with his wife and kids might have been like and the battles he may have faced in his calling to preach God's Word.
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Enjoyed the book.
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I stopped reading for just a moment because i was upset with John. But when I went back to read it I was so glad they got back together.