One of my critique partners is Jody Hedlund, whose debut novel, The Preacher's Bride, is due to be released by Bethany House on October 1st. Since Jody and I became CPs this year, I haven't read TPB yet, although I've had my preview copy on order from Amazon for months.
One of the big events a debut romance novelist awaits is her first review from RT Book Reviews. I've been eagerly awaiting Jody's. Since I subscribe to the magazine (and highly recommend that every romance writer do the same), I'm able to view the reviews online weeks before they appear in print.
This morning, I visited the RT website and squealed. Not only was the review up, but Jody's book, The Preacher's Bride, received the highest RT Book Reviews rating: 4-1/2 stars!!! I'm beyond thrilled for Jody. What a way to launch her career as a published novelist.
I contacted RT Book Reviews to request permission to share Jody's excellent review, and editor Carol Stacy generously granted it.
So, here it is:
THE PREACHER’S BRIDE
Genre: Historical Romance, Inspirational
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
Publisher: BETHANY HOUSE
Published: October 2010
Currently, only subscribers can see the review online. As of October 1st, anyone will be able to view Jody's review at: http://www.rtbookreviews.com/book-review/preacher%E2%80%99s-bride
The October issue of RT Book Reviews is on newsstands and in the mail to subscribers, so you can view the print version of the review there as soon as you get a copy.