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The Preacher's Bride (Hearts of Faith Book #1) by [Hedlund, Jody]
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Book 1 of 3 in Hearts of Faith (3 Book Series)
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About the Author

Jody Hedlund is the bestselling author of The Doctor's Lady and The Preacher's Bride. She won the 2011 Inspirational Reader's Choice Award, the 2011 Award of Excellence from the Colorado Romance Writers and was a finalist for Best Debut Novel in the 2011 A.C.F.W. Carol Awards. Currently she makes her home in central Michigan, with her husband and five busy children. She loves hearing from readers on Facebook and on her blog at JodyHedlund.com.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 546 KB
  • Print Length: 387 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B0058M5L0E
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (1 Oct. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004HKIIBW
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 33 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #39,848 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Reader TOP 50 REVIEWER on 13 Sept. 2011
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This is the story of a young Puritan woman Elizabeth Whitbread, she lives in the small town of Elstow Bedfordshire it is May 1659. Elizabeth has promised to marry Samuel a cooper, now he has finished his apprenticeship he has his own cottage and he is keen to set the date for their marriage. John Costin's wife has died of childbed fever leaving their four children motherless. It is decided amongst the elders of the village that Elizabeth act as his housekeeper. John is a tinker but, he also preaches the gospel this takes him away from home each day travelling, plying his trade and preaching the word of God. When Samuel gets tired of waiting for his marriage to Elizabeth to take place, he gives her an ultimatum marry him and give up being John's housekeeper. Or he will back out of their arrangement. During her time as John's housekeeper Elizabeth has faced threats and violence from a royalist who wishes to gather evidence against John as he is somewhat of a controversial figure. Elizabeth cannot in good conscience leave John Costin's children with no one to look after them as she has come to care for them very much. Elizabeth has also developed an attachment for John, now with the marriage to Samuel cancelled, she has to face the fact that as the plainest of her sisters she may never get another offer. The elders convince John he needs to marry. But who will he choose?
I did not initially realise that this book is loosely based of the second marriage of John Bunyan, the author of The Pilgrim's Progress (Wordsworth Classics of World Literature). This story is set in the period nearing the end of the commonwealths rule of England.
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I was totally caught up in this book from the first page. Jody Hedlund is very adept at crafting a great story, hero's and heroine's lives interwoven with romance, historical fact, danger,and so many "nearly but not quite" moments of misunderstanding and thwarted hopes. I struggled to put it down to go to bed at a reasonable hour. I didn't realise until I reached the end that she had based her work of ficton on some of the main historical facts of the lives of John and Elizabeth Bunyan- this was a fascinating post script to the story, and I ended up googling more about John Bunyan. I couldn't find much more about Elizabeth than the facts the author had included in her story, but found some really inspiring articles about John Bunyan that I never knew.-a great book.
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I would have liked to have given this five stars since I enjoyed the story very much. I felt as though I was in Puritan England in the seventeenth century and I loved the use of the language. I did feel sad that John didn't get dressed up for his wedding to Elizabeth and almost forgot that it was happening in the first place. However, some of the terminology threw me a bit. I wondered if folk had 'issues' in those times, plus the word 'okay' was used and that pulled me out of the story somewhat. But even so, I would recommend this wonderful story as a 'must read'.
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I enjoy Christian fiction on the whole, but this actually could have been MORE Christian. It is a fairly short, easy read, which is why I gave it only three stars. It could have been much further developed into a truly good, long novel.
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I read the book from cover to cover and could not muster up any enjoyment, I thought it might get better the more I read but didn't ,it was to drawn out I suppose the story was ok but much to long and boring for me,
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I thought this book was quite slow, but the twist was at the end when you learned it was based on the life of JohnBunyan and his wife. It was a mini history lesson, and I felt I learned something from it.
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The theme of God's calling and the historical setting were fantastic. I really enjoyed getting into Elizabeth's life and understanding more about that time. It is the only way I can take history in and the sacrificial nature of following God's call is a lesson for us today.
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It certainly brought to life how difficult life was in those days, and how religion could cause problems. Not until I had read this book did I read the reviews and discover that it was loosely based on Bunyan's life. It made me respect him even more, knowing what he had had to endure.
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