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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

The Preacher's Bride by Jody Hedlund

I found The Preacher's Bride at my local library and am so happy I brought it home to read.  Fans of historical fiction will NOT want to miss out on this book. 

According to the author, the idea for this story was inspired by the life of John Bunyan and his second wife, Elizabeth.  The story is set in Bedford, England and describes the lives of the Puritan people during the 1600’s. 

John Costin has just lost his wife Mary in childbirth and their newborn son is also in danger of dying if a wet nurse can’t be found.  Elizabeth Whitbread, daughter of the local baker, arrives on the scene to help the other women at the house and hears the babe’s cries.  Overcome with emotion for the helpless newborn, Elizabeth defies the staunch Puritan ways when she brings a woman considered “unfit” to nurse the child.   John takes notice of Elizabeth’s boldness and spunk and agrees to allow her to work as his housekeeper and tend to his children.

Betrothed to Samuel Muddle, the town cooper, Elizabeth can only agree to work for John Costin until the end of summer.  Elizabeth is a spirited and sometimes rebellious young woman who causes a commotion and not everyone appreciates her interest in the Costin family.   John is a man passionate about preaching the Word of God, though in the eyes of some, he’s neither qualified nor called to preach.  When these two meet and sparks fly, the story becomes even more exciting.

I fell in love with the characters in this book and found it not only informative historically, but interesting and fast paced.  This is Jody’s debut novel and she did a fantastic job with it.   I loved everything about this story and would highly recommend it!

About the Book:
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.

About the Author:
Jody has written novels for the last 16 years (with a hiatus when her children were young. In May of 2009 she double-finaled in the Genesis contest, a national fiction-writing contest for unpublished writers, sponsored by American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW.Shortly after the final, Jody acquired an agent, Rachelle Gardner of Word Serve Literary. Her agent spent the summer of 2009 working on selling her books. In September of that year, Jody signed a three-book deal with Bethany House Publishers. Jody’s debut novel, The Preacher’s Bride, releases in Oct. 2010. Her next book will release in 2011 and a third in 2012.

Learn more about the book HERE


Keli Gwyn said...

Like you, I loved The Preacher's Bride and think Jody does a great job transporting the reader to 17th century England through her wonderful description and great dialogue. And talk about a page-turner! She knows how to keep the story moving right along and her reader flipping pages into the wee hours. (At least, that's what happened to me. =)

It's nice to hear that libraries are ordering the book.

Jody Hedlund said...

Hi Melissa, Thank you so much for tracking down a copy of my book! And I'm so glad you liked it! I appreciate you taking the time to write up a review!