Newton and Polly

A Novel of Amazing Grace
Author(s): Jody Hedlund
Original Publish Date: Sep 20, 2016
eAudio - unabridged
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Product Number: Z100119112
Released: Sep 20, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781504758314
Narrator/s: Saskia Maarleveld
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"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.

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Author(s): Jody Hedlund
Product Number EB00666693
Released: Sep 20, 2016
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: WaterBrook
ISBN: #9781601427656

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"In this historical novel, Hedlund imagines the lives of John Newton, best known for penning the hymn "Amazing Grace," and Polly Catlett, the childhood friend who eventually became his wife. Narrator Saskia Maarleveld speaks at a quick tempo with a voice that is so soft and breathy that words often become inaudible. The story begins at the couple's first meeting when Polly was 15 and John was a 17-year-old sailor, and moves over several years of John's tribulations amid the harsh life of the slave trade on the high seas. The sentences and dialogue, mostly short declarative sentences, give the story more of the feel of a romance novel than a serious piece of historical fiction. N.E.M. © AudioFile 2017, Portland, Maine"