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In 1650s England, a young Puritan maiden is on a mission to save the baby of her newly widowed preacher--whether her assistance is wanted or not. Always ready to help those in need, Elizabeth ignores John's protests of her aid. She's even willing to risk her lone marriage prospect to help the little family.

Yet Elizabeth's new role as nanny takes a dangerous turn when John'...more
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Published October 1st 2010 by Bethany House
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Serena Chase
I'll be honest. I did not enter this book with a positive attitude. For one thing, it looked like a typical, Christian bonnet-book, to which I hold a bit of, ahem, prejudice against. And secondly: I hated the title.

When I see the word "bride" in a novel's title, I tend to expect a way-too-sweet, formula romance -- the kind that makes you want to go suck on a jalapeno just to temper the aftergag. But...that's not what I got with Jody Hedlund's new novel. I got a thoughtfully written, emotionally...more
Karen Jones
I've read, and enjoyed, historical romance before. But, this is the first one I've encountered based on the Puritan way of life. I normally go for a good mystery or a crime drama with offbeat humor. Lately I've been indulging in young-adult paranormal. I'm also a big sic-fi fan and I throw in the occasional classic now and then. So, it would stand to reason that I might hold a small fear of this book turning out to be dull. I mean, come on... Puritans. How can that be engaging and romantic?

Pauline Ross
I'm not exactly in the target audience for this book. It's described as an 'inspirational historical romance', and I don't do romance, I don't do historical and I certainly don't do inspirational. So what on earth am I doing reading it? Well, the author, Jody Hedlund, writes a blog about her authorial and family life that I rather enjoy. She sounds like a nice lady, who writes in her spare time, while also home-schooling five young children. Presumably she doesn't chain them up in the cellar whi...more
Carrie Pagels
Nov 08, 2011 Carrie Pagels rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Carrie by: Gina Welborn
A very good book.
Why I listened to this: Another writer friend, a preacher’s wife, highly recommended this book and gave it a glowing review. It is also set during a time period that I enjoy.

Formats: I listened to this as an audiobook that I downloaded through and it was a fairly long book. Also available as a softcover, a hardcover large print book, and in CDs!

Caution: Violence, including a whipping scene with so many lashes that most people would have died from the injuries. U...more
Holly Weiss
The Preacher’s Bride is a lovely read. The intriguing cover drew me in and as I read I was immediately transported and immersed in the day to day lives of the Puritans of 17th century England. Set in the framework of the rancor between English Royalist and the Puritans, the book’s message is that enduring faith, children and family trump persecution. I was unable to put the book down until I learned the fates of John Costin, a tinker “called to mend souls not just kettles” and his housekeeper.

Shari Larsen
The title might make you think that this is a light historical romance, but it's not. It's loosely based on the life of Elizabeth Bunyan, wife of John Bunyan, the author of "Pilgrims Progress."

It takes place in the 1650's, during Oliver Cromwell's last days of reigning over England, when the Puritans are losing their freedoms to the powers of the Royalist. Preacher John Costin is one of those in danger. Costin's wife dies in childbirth, leaving him with a newborn, a blind daughter, and two other...more
I love the historical age of the puritans, to see how they lived simple but hard working lives is so intriguing. I cant imagine doing the daily work of a puritan woman...(I think Ive grown very accustomed to my stove and energy efficient washer/dryer)....with all the washing, cooking and cleaning. The religious persecution they went through was no doubt horrific yet at the same time fascinating to see their courage and rise to freedom. Jody Hedlund has presented an incredible story based on real...more
Jeannette Garcia
What a fantastic read! I have a habit of reading books blindly... meaning I don't like to read the description prior to reading the novel. I didn't realize that this story was modeled after John and Elizabeth Bunyan. However, that didn't change the fact that it was an incredible and somewhat true story. I just loved the premise of this story... the perseverance during tribulation shows the true character of a godly person. I rarely highlight when I read on my kindle, but I couldn't resist highli...more
Keli Gwyn
Author Jody Hedlund swept me into another world in The Preacher's Bride, that of grieving Puritan preacher, John Costin, and his stouthearted housekeeper, Elizabeth Whitbred. Hedlund's use of historical detail and period language brought the setting to life, her engaging characters captured me from the start, and her gripping story had me turning pages into the wee hours of the morning. The tale, based on the lives of the author of The Pilgrim's Progress, John Bunyan, and his second wife, enable...more
This one was actually far more interesting than I was anticipating. I tend to dislike stories about religious sects such as this one, and restrictive societies can make me want to climb the walls. But this one was actually not as focused on the 'Puritan' sect as much as I expected, instead focusing on the characters, the situation and how it was for these people at a specific time in history.

All in all, a very good read, with a satisfactory ending. :)
I've been looking for a book that would touch me and I found it in "The Preacher's Bride." It immediately grabbed me and I couldn't put it down. The story begins in Bedford, England, May 1659. It follows the struggles of a puritan woman, Elizabeth Whitbread, as you are sucked into her faith filled and guided life.

This book truly touched me and I will be recommending it to all.
JoJo Sutis
Stayed up late last night finishing "The Preacher's Bride" for a book club my library is hosting & WOW! I was not expecting the feelings this story caused in me. Elizabeth is such a wonderful heroine and the love between her and John is one of those classic romance stories I'll never forget. God has gifted this author with an amazing talent.
Even based on a true story knowing that things worked out, I was on the edge of my seat wondering how they'd do so. The threat of death so real, the question of whether or not they could make a go of it nail-biting.
This book was about Elizabeth Whitbread whose father was a baker. She started working for John Costin as a housekeeper when his wife died of childbirth and left him with three children and a baby. She is threatened when she decides against getting information for a strange man and he attempts to kill her many times. Elizabeth and John are tested many times but they follow their hearts.

Wide Reading Questions:
1. I decided to read this book because Jody Hedlund is a very good author and when I rea...more
Jamie (LadyJai) Dement
This was not my first time reading Historical Fiction. However it was my first read of Historical Christian Fiction. Skeptical at first, I didn't quite understand the genre and half expected preaching to be involved. As I delved in, I quickly realized that this was not the case.

Pious Elizabeth Whitbread looked only to serve God and those in need, accepting what she thought was her lot in life. When God called upon her through the cry of a baby, Elizabeth put her life and marriage on hold and an...more
The Preacher’s Bride stars off with a bang of emotions and immediately you are enthralled in the story of the preacher John. I literally felt like I could cry within the first few pages…that is until bold and courageous Elizabeth steps in to save the day…and the baby!!

John loses his wife to the after child fever and is left with small children and a newborn baby struggling to survive. This situation would be hard on any man but he is also a new and controversial preacher and is home very seldom...more
Kate (Too Read or Not Too Read)
Oh, my goodness! I can't believe I haven't read The Preacher's Bride till now! Jody Hedlund knocked this story, her debut book, out of the park! Like the previous books I have read by Jody, they grab a hold and do not let go till the end...however, even then I still want more.

Jody Hedlund took a prominent figure in Christianity, John Bunyan, and brought him back to life in the form of John Costin, showing us what it could have been like back in this turbulent period of time. For those that do no...more
The Preacher’s Bride by Jody Hedlund tells the story of a young Puritan woman, Elizabeth, who feels directed by God to take care of the preacher’s children after his wife dies unexpectedly. The trouble is, Brother Costin has Royalist enemies who seek to put down Independent Puritan preachers. When a mysterious man starts stalking and harassing Elizabeth, wanting information about Bro. Costin, things get dangerous for all of them.

This is Jody Hedlund’s debut novel and, overall, it was a good, cle...more
Angie Mangino
The Preacher’s Bride
By Jody Hedlund
Bethany House
Reviewed by Angie Mangino
Rating: 5 stars

Historical fiction can sometimes start slowly to provide background information, but from the very first page, The Preacher’s Bride transports the reader to Bedford, England in 1659 effortlessly.

Elizabeth Whithead immediately brings us into her world as she tries to save the life of the Costin baby. The reader follows her with interest, entwined into her faith and passion, as she comes to know John Cost...more
This was my first read of a Hedlund novel, but it definitely won't be my last!

I was a little worried about how I would enjoy the Puritan setting, but once I got into it, the story flowed really well. The beginning was so dramatic, but in a good way! I was immediately sucked into the story. Thanks to this novel, I know that I can enjoy the Puritan setting now. I came to love Elizabeth, and although I never care for John the way I wanted to, his turn-around at the end was really sweet. Their roman...more
A tale of John Bunyan ... But not.
I was delighted by every moment of this book. It's historical accuracy, it's portrayal of known facts and events around the Bunyan era, the fear of the threats posed at every turn by those puritans believing that we can go to God without a human between and the 'now, taken for granted' freedom of Bible study and worship as we see fit. Such beautiful reminders of our history... And of Gods leading us in the future.

Thank you Ms Hedlund, well done! I look forward t...more
Jeanette Grey
OK, I know, I know, I know. Me, read an inspirational romance? Weird, right? Well, I've had some morbid curiosity for a while, and this was free. So there.

As far as Christian romances go, this is probably a good one to give a shot to. It's historical, so the heavily-religious aspects made sense in context. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the romance part of the story. These were compelling characters trying to live out their values in an unfriendly world and trying to do right by each othe...more
This story is twice as interesting knowing that it is based on the true account of John Bunyan (I keep wanting to say Paul Bunyan, who is a different, and altogether fictional character :), who was a Puritan preacher persecuted in 17th century England during the conflicts between the Royalists, who were loyal to the church of England, and protestant groups popping up. John Bunyan actually was widowed at an early age with several small children, including a blind daughter and a newborn, and did m...more
It's England in the 1650s, a time of political and religious unrest. John Costin is newly widowed and father of four, including a newborn baby. Spending much of his time traveling and preaching, he needs help taking care of his family. Despite his protests, Elizabeth Whithead believes she's the right person for the job. She volunteers as the family's housekeeper and becomes a mother-type figure to his children.

Read my full review at So Obsessed With!
Karen & Gerard
The Preacher's Bride by Jody Hedlund is historical fiction based on the true story of John Bunyon, the author of Pilgrim's Progress. It is about the woman behind the great man who refused to preach God's Word in spite of imprisonment and persecution. It takes place in Bedford, England during the mid-late 1600s. Much of the book is about Elizabeth, before she became John's wife. She started out as his housekeeper/nanny. She was a good Puritan woman who gave sacrificially to help others and who su...more

Title: The Preacher's Bride
Author: Jody Hedlund
Publisher: Bethany House
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: 5

"The Preacher Bride" by Jody Hedlund....

"In 1650s England, a young Puritan maiden is on a mission to save the baby of her newly widowed preacher--whether her assistance is wanted or not. Always ready to help those in need, Elizabeth ignores John's protests of her aid. She's even willing to risk her lone marriage prospect to help the little family.

Yet Elizabeth's new role as nanny takes...more
Are you tired of Cinderella stories? You know, the ones with their saintly fair maidens and angelic buxom brunettes. The characters are flawless from the start in every way, from their moral fortitude to their physical attributes. The Preacher’s Bride, by Judy Hedlund, is a refreshing exception. Perhaps that is what makes the book so cogent—the invitation to identify with the heroine, finding grace in her imperfections and confidence in her strengths. Surely this comes from the fact that the sto...more
Nancy Steinle gummel
The Preacher's Bride by Joey Hedlund is an excellent story. It details the anguish suffered by the Puritans after Oliver Cromwell dies, the short reign of his son Richard Cromwell and the beginning of the reign of Charles the II who was exiled to France during Cromwell's reign. Elizabeth volunteers to be the housekeeper for John Costin, who's wife died from childbirth. She makes enemies of the Gerdy's who refuse to accept any wetnurse for infant Thomas. Elizabeth finds a wetnurse who is poor and...more
Celia Yeary
Wonderful story, but somewhat grim overall. It's a historical concerning a 17th century figure. I don't want to give much away, because it might take away from the fictionalized version of these two people, the husband and wife. It's a love story, yes, but I do not consider it a romance. If you like historical fiction, you should try this one. It was Free on Amazon for the Kindle when I found it.
I was blown away by this book. I've read a lot of historical fiction, but usually dating in the 1800s and later. I can't remember the last time I'd read a novel placed in the 1600's. While a few small aspects of the Puritan faith struck me as 'off' (For example- no dancing? In the Bible, David sets an example when he dances as a form of worship), this book was jam packed with scripture used in beautiful and strengthening ways. I loved the history wrapped up in the events, people and setting. The...more
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Jody Hedlund is an award-winning and bestselling author of inspirational historical romances. She currently makes her home in central Michigan with her husband their five busy children.

As a busy mama-writer, she has the wonderful privilege of teaching her crew of 5 children at home. In between grading math papers and giving spelling tests, she occasionally does a load of laundry and washes dishes....more
More about Jody Hedlund...
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