My rating: 5 of 5 stars
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?
But, engaging and romantic it is. The book opens with a heart-wrenching scene that grabs the reader and the plot never lets go. You’re immediately thrust into the lives of the main characters, John and Elizabeth, with a special peek into their hearts. Fear, worry, doubt and second-guessing. These topics of romance are always in season, Puritan or not. But, the Puritan part of the story is essential. It’s the love of God that causes the steadfastness of conviction that leads to much of the story. It’s an imbedded part of who the characters are and what makes them tick. But, you don’t have to be religious or a believer to fully fall in love with the Puritan’s of The Preacher’s Bride and be wringing your hands or cheering with fulfilled hope depending on the page.
This novel is based on the real lives of John and Elizabeth Bunyan. Writer’s license is taken with the romance of the couple, as well as creating personalities of the townspeople, while keeping most historical moments intact. John Bunyan wrote Pilgrim’s Progress. A book I’ve never read, but I’m going to now.
So grab this one. Don’t let it pass you by because you think it’s all about religion. It’s about people. Their hopes, dreams, fears and struggles. It’s an awesome, intriguing page-turner for anyone regardless of your usual reading genre.