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.


My Review: 5 out of 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 light, the characters in this powerful book.

John Newton and Polly Catlett’s love story is beautifully written, slowly unfolding as Newton struggles against God, eventually finding peace in God’s amazing grace.

If you’ve ever wondered about the story behind the song, or you’re curious about what exactly the author meant by “amazing grace,” or you’re just a huge fan of well-written historical fiction, then this book is for you!

I received this book from blogging for books in exchange for my honest review.



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