Skip to main content

The Preachers Bride




Title:  The Preacher’s Bride
Author:  Jody Hedlund
Pages:  376
Year:  2010
Publisher:  Bethany House Publishers
The setting of this book is Bedford, England in the year 1659.  This was a time in history when Oliver Cromwell was in power in England and his puritanical beliefs were fostered and encouraged.  There were many Puritans living in Bedford, including the main female character, Elizabeth Whitbread.
Elizabeth is the second oldest of seven daughters.  Her family owns and operates a bakery.  She works there during the day and on the Sabbath takes bread to the poor.  She has promised to marry Samuel Muddle at summer’s end and quit working as housekeeper for Brother Costin and his family.  She began working for Brother Costin at the elders request after his wife died two weeks after giving birth to her fourth child.  Elizabeth wants to serve the Lord by helping those in need.  However, as the summer progresses, Elizabeth falls more and more in love with her four young charges and their father.  During this summer she also is attacked on two separate occasions by a Royalist Anglican man.  He wants her to spy on John Costin and sneak away some of his rebellious papers that could be grounds for a charge of sedition.  He beats Elizabeth, but she keeps John’s children safe.  There are other attempts on her life by this man, and John is determined to keep her safe.  How can he do this?
John Costin has been a Puritan a scant five years, but in that time, he has become one of their leading preachers even though he has had no formal education or training.  This lack of training and education is one of the focal points of his enemies.  He is a mere commoner preaching the Gospel.  Only those sent by the Church and properly ordained should be qualified to do this according to Royalists.  Royalists also support the king, not Cromwell.  John spends his time writing, preaching and tinkering.  His tinkering pays the bills, but his passion is preaching God’s word.  When he realizes his enemies are becoming more desperate to silence him, he opts to marry Elizabeth.  She will be a mother to his children and free him up to spend more time preaching.  Elizabeth has other ideas about how a marriage should be and must face heartbreak and grief when her husband rejects her love.
This is a story of two people and their dedication to serve God no matter the cost to themselves.  These two main characters are based in historical people, and some of the events in the story actually happened in real life.  I find that fascinating to read “what might have happened” in this fictional story.  Once readers turn the first page, it will be easy to keep reading until the end of the story.  I’m looking forward to more interesting stories from Jody!
My rating is 4 stars.
Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book.  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.  Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/ .  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson.75457
Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

The Tide of Times (The Blake Meyer Series #3)

Title:The Tide of Times (The Blake Meyer Series #3)
Author: C. Kevin Thompson
Pages: 318
Year: 2017
Publisher: Create Space Publishing
My rating 5 out of 5 stars.
On a quest to locate his wife and children, Blake Meyer is running on fumes and not sure who he can trust.In this installment, the multitude of threats and dangers ramps up with internal trouble at the FBI, Blake’s family situation and his foes are constantly on his tail.Blake is trying to remain one step ahead of his foe, though the way the author has penned his story it keeps readers guessing just exactly who these foes are.
The tale begins in book one, 30 Days Hath Revenge and continues in book two titled, Triple Time.Here is a spell-binding series that keeps an audience wanting more and highly anticipating the next book in what is to eventually be a five-book series.C. Kevin Thompson writes with believable characters, an intricate plot and heart-pounding, intense action and thrills!
Each book begins where the former book leaves …

Lily of the Manor

Title:Lily of the Manor
Author:Anita Stansfield
Pages:272
Year:2017
Publisher: Covenant Communications
My rating is 4 stars out of 5.
Lily Broadbent is a wealthy widow who has adopted 11 orphan children.She would pray before entering an orphanage as to whom she should adopt and leave the rest to God.She needs of a tutor for her brood and Frederick Woodstone needs a tutoring position.He journeys to Broadbent Manor, hoping to get the job and to start immediately so he doesn’t have to pay another night’s rent at the local inn as his funds are rapidly dwindling.He meets Lily and is struck by her very different appearance.She puts him at ease and lets him know she is used to getting looked at.He and she strike up an instant rapport and he is hired on the spot.He begins the next day with Lily observing his methods of teaching as well as discipline for her children.She is most impressed with how Frederick interacts with and encourages her children.
As the story progresses, Lily and Frederick spend …

Innocent Lies (Hidden Truth #4)

Title:Innocent Lies (Hidden Truth #4)
Author: Robin Patchen
Pages: 346
Year: 2018
Publisher: Create Space
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
This whole series is so worth reading! They excel at suspense and grabbing the heart of the reader, pulling them into the plethora of happenings in the book. The series has a total of four books that can be read as stand-alone stories though I found reading them in order helped enhance my understanding of the plot and characters.
The titles in order are: Convenient Lies, Twisted Lies followed by Generous Lies, which comes before this final novel I am sharing my thoughts on today.Robin weaves such a well-crafted plot that brings the reader into the story from the first page, and then keep turning the pages with all the twists and turns in the plot.I felt like I was right there observing what was happening around me even though I was reading the book.
Time flew by quickly and I was unaware of what was going on around me because I was lost in the pages!Right th…