Note: At the end of this review, there are instructions on how you can receive up to two chances to win a free autographed copy of The Preacher’s Bride!
Which goes to show you can’t judge a book by its cover.
Speaking of which, the cover shows a beautiful young Puritan woman, a contrast to how the heroine saw herself. A girl who was willing to enter into a loveless and practical marriage, believing that nobody else would have her.
If I had not connected with Jody online, I’m not sure I would have picked up this book.
But I have followed Jody’s writing journey, learned tips on her blog, know her penchant for research and desire for excellence, and have sensed a little of her heart.
I HAD to read this book. Especially when I discovered it was based on the life of one of my favorite faith heroes and author of Pilgrim’s Progress, John Bunyan. And on his second wife, Elizabeth, a woman whom he called “well-beloved”
I was not disappointed. Jody has woven an incredible story set in 17th century England. A story of love and mystery and humor and hardship and danger. It’s a fast-moving page-turner. I read it (all nearly 400 pages) in a little over a day, using every available moment.
John Costin is a tinker “called to mend souls not just kettles.” He is a real man, with real weaknesses as well as real strengths. He preached without a license, which did not sit well with the Anglican church.
Elizabeth Whitbread is a compassionate and strong young woman, a “natural born lawyer,” called by God to care for the Costin children after John’s first wife dies. Elizabeth finds her reputation at stake and her very life in danger as she steadfastly serves the Costin family while John continues to preach.
In the midst of sacrifice and enemies determined to shut John down–even if it means taking down others to get to him–he and Elizabeth find love.
It’s hard to believe this is Jody’s first published book. She has skillfully woven history and her imagination to create a work that I will read again.
It’s left me with a longing for a servant’s heart despite all odds.
It’s left me with a desire to read Pilgrim’s Progress again as well as some of Bunyan’s other writings.
And it’s left me with a desire to reach beyond myself in my own writing.
You won’t be the same after you read this book.
Tomorrow, November 3, is Jody’s birthday. Be sure to come back here to celebrate with a birthday One-Word/One-Line interview and a second chance to win an autographed copy of The Preacher’s Bride. If you leave a comment today, you receive one chance to win. If you leave a comment today and tomorrow, you get two chances. How cool is that?
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Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House in return for an honest review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255