In this remarkable debut based on the life of Pilgrim’s Progress author John Bunyan, Hedlund shows a great talent for immediately transporting readers into her story. The pages turn faster with each chapter and the characters seem like old friends from the beginning.

When his wife perishes after the birth of their son, John is too busy grieving to want another woman to care for his home and children. However, Elizabeth has other plans after being asked to keep house for the preacher and falling in love with the newborn baby and his siblings. John has made some powerful enemies as his brave sermons upset Royalists in 1650 England, and Elizabeth is soon dragged into peril. Now that she has grown to love John, she may be the only one who can save him. (BETHANY HOUSE, Oct., 384 pp., $14.99)
Reviewed by: 
Terri Dukes