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The Preacher's Bride (Hearts of Faith Book #1) [NOOK Book]

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

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Overview

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.
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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 Instead, this double finalist in the 2009 ACFW Genesis Contest for unpublished writers takes on 1650s England during the final days of Cromwell's reign.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.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441213907
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/1/2010
  • Series: Hearts of Faith , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 46,277
  • File size: 505 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.
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted September 26, 2011

    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 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.

    11 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 25, 2012

    Utterly Brilliant!

    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!

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2011

    Sacrifice, love, and turmoil bring a historical figure into life

    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.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2011

    Great book

    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!

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2011

    Beatiful Story

    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.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2012

    One of the best books I've ever read.

    Very inspiring book about keeping one's faith during times of trial and tribulations.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 2, 2011

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 12, 2014

    Great story and very well written. I enjoy Historical Fiction an

    Great story and very well written. I enjoy Historical Fiction and this book did not disappoint.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2012

    Loved it!

    Good, clean, captivating story based on a real person's life. Thoroughly enjoyed it!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 31, 2014

    very good

    270 pages stand alone

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2014

    Grace

    This is a great read. I read in one sitting. Would enjoy more by this author.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2013

    Anonymous

    I enjoyed reading this book and appreciated the historical facts of the story. A very good read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2012

    Good read

    Good read

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2012

    Excellent

    It was hard to put down. Jusrt a thrilling book.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2012

    Great book

    I truly enjoyed this book. It will stay in my list of books

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2014

    Loved this book.

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2014

    Lovely story!

    Lovely story!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2014

    Recommend

    Was a very good book about life and the people that had to endure it. When I purchased this book I didn't know it was based on a true tale of the lives of John and Elizabeth. The author did an excellant job of telling their story in her own way and yet keeping to a lot of actual facts that she discovered. Thank you for a very heartfelt and meaningful story.

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