ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
ABOUT THE BOOK
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The Preacher's Bride by Jody Hedlund is a retelling of the epic romance between John (writer of Pilgrim's Progress) and Elizabeth Bunyan and her vital role in his ministry. Elizabeth Whitbread has resigned herself as being unattractive and lucky to have the attention of town cooper, Samuel Muddle, when she is asked to take on the job of housekeeper for tinker John Costin and his four children. John often travels the countryside preaching, so he needs someone to care for the children, especially Mary, who is blind, and Thomas, who is only a few weeks old and slowly starving to death after the death of his mother from childbed fever. John is unconvinced as to his need of a housekeeper, especially when the town elders immediately begin encouraging him to marry. Elizabeth fights to save Thomas' life by finding him a wet nurse and soon falls in love with all of the children and they her, but John's distrust of her, then his courtship of another woman keep the couple apart, despite their growing feelings. Hedlund's writing captures the paranoid era at the end of Cromwell rule in England, with the cracking down of Anglicans on local preachers without education, which soon threatens John's life. Elizabeth, like her sister Catherine says often, is a little too perfect, but she's a woman who constantly keeps her eyes on God at all times, with enormous strength and courage. The story is compelling and filled with suspense, a thoroughly enjoyable read. I look forward to reading more from Hedlund in the future.