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.
I’d heard about this book over and over again—how good it was, how beautiful the writing was. To be honest, I knew I had to read it just to see if it lived up to the hype.
It did. And then some.
If there was ever a book that gripped you and never let go, it would be The Preacher’s Bride. The rich historical detail and setting only deepen a story with such memorable characters.
Elizabeth is a protagonist you want to know more and more about. Right away, she reveals her true colors and her servant’s heart. At the same time, John is a hero you want to love and hate. The passion between them and the passion for spreading the Lord’s word comes through on each page. Which is perhaps why it’s impossible not to turn the page and keep reading.
The dialogue and the character’s actions all ring true of the time and the culture, creating a wonderful escape that you can truly get lost in.
If you’ve heard about Hedlund’s The Preacher’s Bride and have yet to partake, I urge you to do so. I strongly believe it will live up to your expectations. Just clear your calendar before you crack the cover.
For writers: Jody Hedlund has one of the best, most informative writer’s blogs out there: http://jodyhedlund.com/. You simply must check it out!
I’m also looking forward to the release of Jody’s next book, The Doctor’s Lady. See more info and the trailer for it here.