Friday, November 26, 2010

The Preacher's Bride: A Review

About The Book:

No matter the sacrifice, Elizabeth Whitbread would serve a wounded family. 

No matter the danger, John Costin was determined to speak God's word,

Neither expected to fall in love.

As enemies threaten to silence Costin--and those close to him--will following their hearts cost John and Elizabeth everything?
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 Hedlund is a debut historical romance novelist who was a double finalist in the 2009 ACFW Genesis Contest in Historical Romance. She received a bachelor's degree from Taylor University and a master's from the University of Wisconsin, both in Social Work. Currently she makes her home in central Michigan, with her husband and five busy children. Visit her website at

My Review:

Wow, what a remarkable debut novel! Filled with romance, hardship, intrigue, family issues and more, you will be drawn into the world of 1650 England. A well-written novel with wonderfully developed characters, that will draw you in from the first pages and keep your attention throughout. A delightful retelling of the love story of John and Elizabeth Bunyan.

If you are a fan of historical fiction, I highly recommend The Preacher's Bride. 

BUY IT: You can purchase The Preacher's Bride from you favorite local bookseller, from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Bethany House and Graf-Martin Communications. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***


  1. Like you, I thoroughly enjoyed The Preacher's Bride. Jody is a gifted storyteller who brought the setting and period to life with her great descriptions and dialogue and created memorable characters who stole my heart.

    I've been privileged to read the manuscript version of her second book, The Doctor's Lady and know her readers are in for another treat.

  2. Thank you so much for your wonderful review of my book, Shirley! Many blessings!

    Jody Hedlund