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Somehow, I skipped the fact that this book was historical fiction Had I realised, I would have assumed that as with most books in this genre, the setting was historical rather than the characters There is no mention anywhere obvious that this book actually tells the true story of John Bunyan, the author of The Pilgrim s Progress and his wife, the preacher s bride The author s note at the end of the book reveals this not so minor detail and explains which parts are true and which have been cre Somehow, I skipped the fact that this book was historical fiction Had I realised, I would have assumed that as with most books in this genre, the setting was historical rather than the characters There is no mention anywhere obvious that this book actually tells the true story of John Bunyan, the author of The Pilgrim s Progress and his wife, the preacher s bride The author s note at the end of the book reveals this not so minor detail and explains which parts are true and which have been creatively adapted I think the publisher has missed a trick here as I m sure readers would have beeninterested in this book if they had known the historical significance I did a double take on finding this out as coincidentally, I am actually also reading Bunyan s classic book at this time Regardless, the book was a good read John is called to be a preacher in England, but on losing his young wife, finds himself with the sole care of their four young children, the oldest is blind The local Christian community rallies round to enable him to continue his calling and Elizabeth becomes his housekeeper and nanny to the children However, John s calling to be an independent, unqualified preacher, with no state licence, results in serious persecution from those in power He is faced with an impossible choice give up his calling or be imprisoned and possible killed and what of his young children and the housekeeper that he has come to rely on The characters are well developed and the emotional struggles realistic I thought the priorities for a man with a family and a calling to the ministry were also depicted well the author argues from different perspectives and shows how difficult the issues can be Ultimately, she concludes through an Elder in the story, God would not have us use our gifts to the detriment of our families I have heard it said Father s first reform your families, and then you will be fitter to reform the family of God There is no bad language in this book, there are some violent scenes with some graphic detail which is border line for me, there are romantic scenes that get a little heavy but no sexual detail is described.I recommend this book for Christians I would have preferred a Gospel presentation at some point, this maybe could have been done using Bunyan s writings which are referred to in the story I m sure the man himself would not have wanted the Gospel to be missed from any book written about his life, even one that is largely fictional However, it is an easy and enjoyable read and you can learn some details about the Bunyan family in the process I enjoyed this well written, well researched work of fiction based on John Bunyan s life. This was my first read of a Hedlund novel, but it definitely won t be my last I was a little worried about how I would enjoy the Puritan setting, but once I got into it, the story flowed really well The beginning was so dramatic, but in a good way I was immediately sucked into the story Thanks to this novel, I know that I can enjoy the Puritan setting now I came to love Elizabeth, and although I never care for John the way I wanted to, his turn around at the end was really sweet Their roman This was my first read of a Hedlund novel, but it definitely won t be my last I was a little worried about how I would enjoy the Puritan setting, but once I got into it, the story flowed really well The beginning was so dramatic, but in a good way I was immediately sucked into the story Thanks to this novel, I know that I can enjoy the Puritan setting now I came to love Elizabeth, and although I never care for John the way I wanted to, his turn around at the end was really sweet Their romance progressed in a natural way that felt very believable.The character motivations seemed a little off to me at times I felt that they came to their conclusions a little too late It wasn t quire realistic to me that a man dedicated to preaching would not understand how to treat his wife in a Biblical way The villain of the story was perfectly horrible, but I really wantedreasons behind why he was like that This is just my opinion because it seems that most of my goodreads friends didn t have these same issues My favorite part was definitely the chapters leading up to the end Elizabeth s bravery was so genuine, and I was really rooting for her I didn t want to put the book down for the last half at all until I read through to the end, which I thought was perfect I already have The Doctor s Lady on my Kindle and Unending Devotion on my shelf at home, and I m looking forward to both of them I m not exactly in the target audience for this book It s described as an inspirational historical romance , and I don t do romance, I don t do historical and I certainly don t do inspirational So what on earth am I doing reading it Well, the author, Jody Hedlund, writes a blog about her authorial and family life that I rather enjoy She sounds like a nice lady, who writes in her spare time, while also home schooling five young children Presumably she doesn t chain them up in the cellar whi I m not exactly in the target audience for this book It s described as an inspirational historical romance , and I don t do romance, I don t do historical and I certainly don t do inspirational So what on earth am I doing reading it Well, the author, Jody Hedlund, writes a blog about her authorial and family life that I rather enjoy She sounds like a nice lady, who writes in her spare time, while also home schooling five young children Presumably she doesn t chain them up in the cellar while she writes, so I daresay there s a tame husband in the picture too I have nothing but admiration for those who manage to create something for themselves, as well as baking cookies, bandaging grazed knees and all the myriad other duties of motherhood.That in itself isn t enough to make me rush out and buy her book, but I was fascinated to read the reviews, because they were almost uniformly glowing, and far too many to all be written by friends of the author That was intriguing So when I discovered that the Kindle version was a free download, I decided to find out for myself what it was like It took me a while to get into it did I mention it s not my usual type of thing but I was determined to give it a fair shot, so I kept going.In historical terms, I have no idea how accurate it is The Kindle version employs an irritating pseudo archaic font with curly bits, and the text is sprinkled with twas and besure and mine own and oft and suchlike, which don t always sound totally convincing I got very little sense of place there are few descriptions of buildings or scenery or clothes, so I had to use my imagination a lot I wasn t even sure if it was set in England for a while But occasionally the author uses a term or describes an event like the bread making which sounds completely authentic, so she s obviously done her research.The romance is well, the usual thing Two people who absolutely positively don t even like each other, but after a series of trials find that they do, actually, quite a lot The hero and heroine are a bit irritating to start with Elizabeth is a curious mixture of determined assertiveness and maidenly helplessness She s quite priggish with her sister, too, constantly nagging her virtuously to beof a good person John is quite gruff and snappy, but then he has just lost his wife, so perhaps that s only to be expected He s supposed to be quite a charismatic character, but that never quite came across to me.The inspirational part is not a problem There s a lot of talk about doing God s work and submitting to the will of God, but that s very much in keeping with the setting Maybe I m cynical, but it surprised me just how often God s will turned out to coincide with exactly what a character wanted to do anyway.I had some issues with the logistics of the plot The initial premise that the local matrons would allow a baby to die rather than permit an unsuitable read not a virtuous person like us wet nurse seemed a bit of a stretch to me, and I couldn t totally buy into Elizabeth s excessive zeal to remedy the situation And when she found the unsuitable Lucy, the matrons apparently do nothing about it Then there is the evil Mr Foster I know times were different then, but they were not quite lawless, and I find it difficult to believe that anyone, however rich or powerful, could get away with murder in broad daylight without any fear of retribution In fact, the bad guys were far too bad altogether, and the good guys were a little too virtuous Shades of grey are muchinteresting and believable than outright black and white But then, it s a book about Christians and persecution, so perhaps that s inevitable.The other issue is that much of the tension in the romance part of the story hinges on the fact that the protagonists either misunderstand each other or deliberately refuse to talk to each other Given that both of them are supposedly eloquent and persuasive speakers, it seems odd that they become so inarticulate with each other The author makes a good attempt at explaining this away, but it remains a hindrance to credibility.But despite these minor niggles, the story rattles along quite nicely and becomes a real page turner None of the minor characters have much real depth to them, although the shallow Catherine wasinteresting than most Elizabeth s suitor, Samual Muddle, is made into a cartoonishly ridiculous figure, but it seems to me that her dilemma would be givenpathos if he were less silly a worthy but dull man, perhaps However, the hero and heroine were quite well done, considering how difficult it can be to make such pious characters sympathetic the villain is always easier to write, and to read about too There were some philosophical points in there, too, about who has the greatest right to interpret the word of God, and the effect on a highly structured society of working class people taking control of their own beliefs Since the story is based rather loosely on the life of John Bunyan and his second wife Elizabeth, his ideas are bound to infuse the book Some of the dialogue is apparently taken directly from his writings.On the whole, the book was enjoyable enough and surprisingly readable well, it surprised me As a debut effort, it has some structural flaws, and the writing is sometimes a bit clunky, but the romance was nicely done, if a little overwrought at times, and the historical aspects were interesting Three stars SUMMARY 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 d SUMMARY 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 indanger than she ever bargained for, she sdetermined than ever to save the child and manshe s come to love.REVIEW This story is a retelling of the life of John Bunyan and his second wife, Elizabeth Not knowing much about John Bunyan other than his writing of The Pilgrim s Progress during the time he spent in jail I found this retelling very informative and interesting It is obvious Hedlund did a lot of research in order to be accurate while at the same time weaving a fictional tale that captures her readers attention It left me with a great appreciation for what the Puritans had to face in order to follow Christ as they believed the Bible told them It showed that persecution of Christians has gone on from time immemorial, and we see it still today Elizabeth was such a compassionate, perceptive, and faithful woman even when it seemed that she had no strength to continue John s strength of conviction and call were evident in everything he said and did no matter how difficult it became Both were models for how all Christians should face difficult times as well as persecution I especially liked the oldest daughter Mary who through her blindness still modeled strength and caring I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the great Christian men and women of the past.FAVORITE QUOTES God gives abilities to everyone, even to women And he does not bestow those abilities without expecting us to use them for Him Moreover, I would rather starve in this short, temporary life and do what pleases Him, than starve for eternity in that place of judgment away from Him Pray often,..for prayer is a shield for the soul, a sacrifice to God, and a scourge for Satan Author Jody Hedlund swept me into another world in The Preacher s Bride, that of grieving Puritan preacher, John Costin, and his stouthearted housekeeper, Elizabeth Whitbred Hedlund s use of historical detail and period language brought the setting to life, her engaging characters captured me from the start, and her gripping story had me turning pages into the wee hours of the morning The tale, based on the lives of the author of The Pilgrim s Progress, John Bunyan, and his second wife, enable Author Jody Hedlund swept me into another world in The Preacher s Bride, that of grieving Puritan preacher, John Costin, and his stouthearted housekeeper, Elizabeth Whitbred Hedlund s use of historical detail and period language brought the setting to life, her engaging characters captured me from the start, and her gripping story had me turning pages into the wee hours of the morning The tale, based on the lives of the author of The Pilgrim s Progress, John Bunyan, and his second wife, enables the reader to experience the heartaches, hardships, and healing of this courageous couple My emotions were fully engaged as I raced to the end to find out what the Lord had in store for these heroes of the faith I highly recommend The Preacher s Bride and look forward to future books by this talented author I ve read, and enjoyed, historical romance before But, this is the first one I ve encountered based on the Puritan way of life I normally go for a good mystery or a crime drama with offbeat humor Lately I ve been indulging in young adult paranormal I m also a big sic fi fan and I throw in the occasional classic now and then So, it would stand to reason that I might hold a small fear of this book turning out to be dull I mean, come on Puritans How can that be engaging and romantic But, I ve read, and enjoyed, historical romance before But, this is the first one I ve encountered based on the Puritan way of life I normally go for a good mystery or a crime drama with offbeat humor Lately I ve been indulging in young adult paranormal I m also a big sic fi fan and I throw in the occasional classic now and then So, it would stand to reason that I might hold a small fear of this book turning out to be dull I mean, come on Puritans How can that be engaging and romantic But, engaging and romantic it is The book opens with a heart wrenching scene that grabs the reader and the plot never lets go You re immediately thrust into the lives of the main characters, John and Elizabeth, with a special peek into their hearts Fear, worry, doubt and second guessing These topics of romance are always in season, Puritan or not But, the Puritan part of the story is essential It s the love of God that causes the steadfastness of conviction that leads to much of the story It s an imbedded part of who the characters are and what makes them tick But, you don t have to be religious or a believer to fully fall in love with the Puritan s of The Preacher s Bride and be wringing your hands or cheering with fulfilled hope depending on the page.This novel is based on the real lives of John and Elizabeth Bunyan Writer s license is taken with the romance of the couple, as well as creating personalities of the townspeople, while keeping most historical moments intact John Bunyan wrote Pilgrim s Progress A book I ve never read, but I m going to now.So grab this one Don t let it pass you by because you think it s all about religion It s about people Their hopes, dreams, fears and struggles It s an awesome, intriguing page turner for anyone regardless of your usual reading genre A very good book.Why I listened to this Another writer friend, a preacher s wife, highly recommended this book and gave it a glowing review It is also set during a time period that I enjoy.Formats I listened to this as an audiobook that I downloaded through www.audible.com and it was a fairly long book Also available as a softcover, a hardcover large print book, and in CDs Caution Violence, including a whipping scene with so many lashes that most people would have died from the injuries U A very good book.Why I listened to this Another writer friend, a preacher s wife, highly recommended this book and gave it a glowing review It is also set during a time period that I enjoy.Formats I listened to this as an audiobook that I downloaded through www.audible.com and it was a fairly long book Also available as a softcover, a hardcover large print book, and in CDs Caution Violence, including a whipping scene with so many lashes that most people would have died from the injuries Unfortunately, on audio one cannot just skip over the scene Some may object to some of the sensuality, but it is appropriate to the story line Genre Historical Inspirational Fiction, debut novel , with romantic elements.Bibliotherapy aspects Feelings of unworthiness, persecution, trauma, and grief.The hero s daughter is blind Other themes Stepparenting, being obedient to God s will in one s life.This book is set in the late 1600 s during the transitional time after Cromwell s reign in England Puritans lives are disrupted by the change in political power This is a dark story but with hope shining through It is based loosely on the story of John Bunyan s second marriage There are few stories set during this time as inspirational fiction and for that reason alone was worth listening to One senses that this author s voice will continue to grow even stronger in her subsequent works Quite an accomplishment in this debut novel {FREE} ì The Preacher's Bride Ð In s 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 familyYet 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 danger than she ever bargained for, she s determined than ever to save the child and man she s come to love Even based on a true story knowing that things worked out, I was on the edge of my seat wondering how they d do so The threat of death so real, the question of whether or not they could make a go of it nail biting.