Newton and Polly

A Novel of Amazing Grace

by Jody Hedlund

Amazing grace! How sweet the sound
that saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost, but now am found…

Now remembered as the author of the world’s most famous hymn, in the mid-eighteenth century as England and France stand on the brink of war, John Newton is a young sailor wandering aimlessly through life. His only duty is to report to his ship and avoid disgracing his father—until the night he hears Polly Catlett’s enchanting voice, caroling. He’s immediately smitten and determined to win her affection.

An intense connection quickly forms between the two, but John’s reckless spirit and disregard for the Christian life are concerns for the responsible, devout Polly. When an ill-fated stop at a tavern leaves John imprisoned and bound, Polly must choose to either stand by his side or walk out of his life forever. Will she forfeit her future for the man she loves?

Step back through the pages of history, to uncover the true love story behind a song that continues to stir the hearts and ignite the faith of millions around the globe.


Recent Reviews

Amazing Grace

Sarah Leichty

5 Stars

Ask my family what my favorite movie is, and you are bound to hear a list of historical fiction or biographical films. At the top of the list--first one to come to mind, as I asked for it almost every family movie night--would be Amazing…

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Newton and Polly

Luke Schneller

5 Stars

Based on the true life story of John Newton and Polly Catlett, this novel of “Amazing Grace” is filled with harsh struggles, stormy seas and intense love. Written with depth, integrity and authenticity the author has brought to life and…

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Newton and Polly Review

Stormi Johnson

5 Stars

I was provided an ARC of Newton and Polly: A Novel of Amazing Grace by Jody Hedlund in exchange for an honest review.When I first started Newton and Polly I was very hesitant and didn't think that I would enjoy this story. Boy was I…

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Very Good

Michelle Marble

5 Stars

Jody Hedlund has done it again. This book, while not my all time favorite of hers, is still a fantastic read. I loved going behind the scenes in Polly and…

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