The Preacher’s Bride
By Jody Hedlund
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 Costin and to work to serve his suffering family. The dialogue is true to the time period, making the reader feel right next to them in Bedford.
The history of the time unfolds within the story as it threatens Costin as he works to spread God’s word. Each sermon he offers attracts more people to God, as it earns Costin more enemies who try to silence him. Yet the author does not preach a history lesson, but rather immerses the reader in the time and the lives of Elizabeth and John as it unfolds from the beginning until its satisfying conclusion.