“Newton and Polly” by Holly Hudlund, book review
Most of the world is familiar with the sweet hymn, Amazing Grace. But few know the whole story behind the precious words. This novel focuses more on Polly’s contribution while also describing John Newton’s life as well.
Newton grew up a ship’s captain’s son and early on was signed onto a ship to learn the sea trade. He became a typical sea man who gambled, drank and swore with the rest of his shipmates. He was an able shipmate and quickly rose through the ranks, despite his often disrespectful behavior.
Polly grew up in the dock town. He father was an inspector and known for always being honest, in a trade that most felt was quite corrupt. Because of this, he did not accept bribes which his co-workers did, and Polly sometimes felt the financial strain at home because of his low wages. But her family was a strong Christian one and there was love in abundance for all.
This is where Polly and Newton had their greatest conflict- knowing and loving God. Newton had no use for such a thing. Polly felt it was the most important thing in her life.
It was almost love a first sight for them both, but the days and weeks that followed were filled with many conflicts, followed by months and months of uncertainty.
I enjoyed this book. It was easy to read and enjoyable to follow the story and learn more behind the words of the song.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions expressed are my own.