The Preacher's Bride by Jody Hedlund

Pretty much any book set in England in any time period has a head start in garnering my good graces. And a book that spins a good story in that setting gains even more ground.

Jody Hedlund’s debut novel The Preacher’s Bride didn’t disappoint. A good Puritan girl. A feisty Puritan preacher. An oft-neglected time period (Oliver Cromwell’s reign and then the return of the king.) Throw in a few cute kids, a lot of conflict and a surprising “Author’s Note” revelation of the historical inspiration for the story and you get a book that will definitely find shelf space in my house! (And no, I’m not going to tell you the historical inspiration for the book. You’ll have to read it!)

I also love the questions that get explored through this story, questions about the role of ministry in relation to a wife and children. I love the change that happens in both the hero and heroine. That neither one starts out nor ends up perfect, but that both are striving to obey and please the Lord. In the process, they learn and grow. They extend forgiveness and have forgiveness extended to them.

The Preacher’s Bride offers a great escape from the present, a great reminder of themes we wrestle with every day, and a great history lesson, all wrapped up in one memorable story.

(In the interest of full disclosure, I did receive a free copy of this book from the publisher.)


Just Plain Tired said...

A history lesson wrapped in a good read is always a plus. :)

Jody Hedlund said...

Thanks for an awesome review, Anne!! I'm so glad that you picked up on so many of the themes within the book!

And now I can't wait to read your book! Do you have a release date yet?

Wendy Paine Miller said...

I also enjoyed the Author's Note and how Jody was careful to bring out the human qualities and weaknesses in each character.

Great review!
~ Wendy

Erin MacPherson said...

Hi Anne! I just got this book in the mail yesterday and I'm so excited to read it. I'm glad you liked it.

Keli Gwyn said...

Anne, what a great review of a great book. I loved The Preacher's Bride and was sad to see it end.

Anne Mateer said...

Yes, Just Plain, I love learning while I read a good story.

Thanks for stopping by, Jody! I am so happy to recommend your book! Mine releases next September. It seems such a long way away, but I know it will go fast!

Erin, I'm sure you'll love it as much as Wendy, Keli and I did.

Thanks for dropping by y'all!