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?
Little Miss Bookworm’s Review:
Jody Hedlund’s The Preacher’s Bride is a debut novel filled with rich historical detail and emotional depth. Based on the life of evangelist John Bunyan (author of Pilgrim’s Progress) and his wife Elizabeth, Jody highlights the religious persecution and class division within a close knit Puritan community in 1659 England. It encompasses the last days of Oliver Cromwell’s rule following the English Civil War. The book opens with a heart-wrenching scene that immediately hooks the reader until the last page. Each of the main and secondary characters have complex personalities that make them unique. Elizabeth Whitbread views herself as plain and inconsequential. However, her strong faith guides her into helping those in need. John Costin is a newly widowed father who believes it is his destiny to preach Gospel to the poor. As an unlicensed preacher, he becomes a prime target of Royalist supporters. Their fragile relationship is hindered by the demands of others in the congregation, rumors, threats, and betrayal. The powerful themes that emerge within the historical romance include: Hopes. Dreams. Struggles. Fear. Worry. Doubt. Second-Guessing. Despite the danger, the unbending faith and enduring love makes The Preacher’s Bride an interesting read.
I give The Preacher’s Bride by Jody Hedlund . . . 4 Stars.