Newton and Polly

Amazing grace! How sweet the sound
that saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost, but now am found…

Now remembered as the author of the world’s most famous hymn, in the mid-eighteenth century as England and France stand on the brink of war, John Newton is a young sailor wandering aimlessly through life. His only duty is to report to his ship and avoid disgracing his father—until the night he hears Polly Catlett’s enchanting voice, caroling. He’s immediately smitten and determined to win her affection.

An intense connection quickly forms between the two, but John’s reckless spirit and disregard for the Christian life are concerns for the responsible, devout Polly. When an ill-fated stop at a tavern leaves John imprisoned and bound, Polly must choose to either stand by his side or walk out of his life forever. Will she forfeit her future for the man she loves?

Step back through the pages of history, to uncover the true love story behind a song that continues to stir the hearts and ignite the faith of millions around the globe.


This book is a sweet and sad love story of John Newton and Polly Catlett. If you want to read this book, my first piece of advice is to pick this book knowing that this is a historical fiction and not a non-fiction novel. Then once you are finished with the book make sure you read the author’s note. It has important information retaining to the book. I am very glad I read through it.

I enjoyed reading this story. Jody Hedlund kept me intrigued and interested throughout this novel. I liked that it was in two points of views and not just one, which kept me informed on what the two main characters were thinking.

The cover was well done. It seemed very fitting for there to be a boat in stormy waters because of John Newton’s story.

This is a good book and I would recommend it to anyone interested in historical fiction.


Also if you are a fan of Jody Hedlund, she will be signing books on October 8, 2016 1pm – 4pm at Midland, MI Barnes and Noble.


Title: Newton and Polly

Author: Jody Hedlund

Author’s Website:


This review is written in my own words and is my honest opinion.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.


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