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In the 1740s, British culture allows few options for the son of a merchant ship captain. And in a time of war, a man with John Newton??'s experience must serve the king. But Newton???a man who quotes Virgil and curses God with equal fervor???is interested in serving only himself. Mary Catlett simply cannot believe her childhood friend sailed away on a British warship and v In the 1740s, British culture allows few options for the son of a merchant ship captain. And in a time of war, a man with John Newton??'s experience must serve the king. But Newton???a man who quotes Virgil and curses God with equal fervor???is interested in serving only himself. Mary Catlett simply cannot believe her childhood friend sailed away on a British warship and vanished in Africa. In desperation, she takes a step that will change her life and call her lost love home. But will he arrive in time? Newton??'s odyssey takes him from the West Africa gold coast to the banks of Newfoundland to the heart of the Atlantic before he finds what he??'s spent his entire life longing for: deliverance. In an account that challenges popular myth, Schaub continues the Music of the Heart series with one of the greatest redemption stories of all time???the story of ???Amazing Grace.??? (Music of the Heart Book 2)


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In the 1740s, British culture allows few options for the son of a merchant ship captain. And in a time of war, a man with John Newton??'s experience must serve the king. But Newton???a man who quotes Virgil and curses God with equal fervor???is interested in serving only himself. Mary Catlett simply cannot believe her childhood friend sailed away on a British warship and v In the 1740s, British culture allows few options for the son of a merchant ship captain. And in a time of war, a man with John Newton??'s experience must serve the king. But Newton???a man who quotes Virgil and curses God with equal fervor???is interested in serving only himself. Mary Catlett simply cannot believe her childhood friend sailed away on a British warship and vanished in Africa. In desperation, she takes a step that will change her life and call her lost love home. But will he arrive in time? Newton??'s odyssey takes him from the West Africa gold coast to the banks of Newfoundland to the heart of the Atlantic before he finds what he??'s spent his entire life longing for: deliverance. In an account that challenges popular myth, Schaub continues the Music of the Heart series with one of the greatest redemption stories of all time???the story of ???Amazing Grace.??? (Music of the Heart Book 2)

30 review for The Longing Season

  1. 4 out of 5

    Tyler Adams

    I love the way Christine writes. She's so poetic in every part of the story. However, despite the writing being incredible, the story itself felt lacking. The tale centers around John Newton, the man who would write the hymn Amazing Grace, and his conversion to Christianity. But that's only half of the story. The other half centers around the love-struck Mary who is head-over-heels for Newton, even though he sailed on the seas for years and eventually went missing. For me, it doesn't present a c I love the way Christine writes. She's so poetic in every part of the story. However, despite the writing being incredible, the story itself felt lacking. The tale centers around John Newton, the man who would write the hymn Amazing Grace, and his conversion to Christianity. But that's only half of the story. The other half centers around the love-struck Mary who is head-over-heels for Newton, even though he sailed on the seas for years and eventually went missing. For me, it doesn't present a compelling enough reason for Newton's change of heart, from slaver to hymn writer. I felt more compelled to cheer on Mary who was conflicted to give her heart to Newton or to the charming Alex. But like Newton, I didn't get why Mary decided to go with Newton at the end. This may have been historically accurate, but I wanted Schaub to make me understand why. It felt so sudden. Maybe it was romantic, but I'm not the romantic type, so maybe someone else completely understood it. Overall, I did enjoy it, seeing the journey of Newton and the formation of the famous song. I also enjoyed Mary's story of deciding how her future would play out. It's touching, and it's beautiful. I just wished the characters' fateful choices were a bit more clear.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ruth

    "Amazing Grace" by John Newton has long been my favorite hymn, and with the recent film release of the same name (focusing on William Wilberforce and his efforts to abolish the slave trade in Britain), I was eager to learn more about the man behind the lyric. The words of that timeless song can tug at the heartstrings like few others. I'd always heard that Newton's dramatic conversion to Christianity and subsequent renunciation of slavery occurred while captaining a slave ship caught in a violen "Amazing Grace" by John Newton has long been my favorite hymn, and with the recent film release of the same name (focusing on William Wilberforce and his efforts to abolish the slave trade in Britain), I was eager to learn more about the man behind the lyric. The words of that timeless song can tug at the heartstrings like few others. I'd always heard that Newton's dramatic conversion to Christianity and subsequent renunciation of slavery occurred while captaining a slave ship caught in a violent storm. It turns out that truth does not quite match the legend attributed to his life. However, after reading The Longing Season, I would posit that the actuality of Newton's life, though it may lack the "light bulb" moment and some of the drama of the legend, is an altogether more satisfying, stirring, and powerful portrait of the grace and transformative power of God at work in one man's life. The Longing Season is both a redemption story and an exquisitely told love story. The novel is framed by two sections where an older Newton reminisces about his early life, rebellious youth, and the events that shaped his character. Author Christine Schaub paints a powerful portrait of the experiences and choices that brought Newton to the point that he could write the words to "Amazing Grace" and know with every fiber of his being that those words represented the truth of his life. The narrative seamlessly alternates between Newton's experiences and those of Mary Catlett, the woman who would eventually become his wife. John and Mary conducted a correspondence-driven, clandestine courtship that transcended distance, separation, and years of anxious uncertainty. As Newton reflects at one point in the novel, Mary was a living, breathing expression of God's grace in his life. For most of the novel, Newton is quite unlikable, even replusive in his callous worldview. But I think any dislike has more to do with the fact that if you're brutally honest with yourself when reading Newton's story, you'll be able to admit to relating to the "pre-saved" Newton in some way -- if not in action, than in thought. The Longing Season does not look at life through rose-colored glasses -- it's at times painfully honest, but always heart-wrenchingly real in its portrayal of man's sinful nature and the power of Christ's redemptive work. Christine Schaub writes with the pen of a master wordsmith, and her skill and deft touch imbues the novel with a literary, almost lyrical quality. It's a story worth savoring that will stay with you long after you finish the final pages. Highly recommended.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    This was the (partial) story of John Newton. It chronicled his waywardness, living with concubines, and his eventual conversion. It was also the story of Mary Catlett, childhood sweetheart of John Newton. She waits for John, though wavering in her determination at times, as she meets a handsome viscount. It was an interesting and sweet story, but a little too descriptive of the African ladies, perhaps. (Nothing major, but not for younger readers, anyway.)

  4. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Griep

    This is one sweet rendition of John Newton's life. Schaub's writing is crisp, witty, poetic. Her plotting is succinct yet action packed. The characters are memorable and engaging. It took me awhile to finally getting around to read this, but don't make the same mistake I did. Pick it up now.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Dawn Stanton

    a story of God's amazing grace for a sinner who ultimately wrote, "Amazing Grace"....

  6. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Aelker

    Not as good as the first in the series. Characters were more annying/unbelievable. Ending didn't seem all that realistic either.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Elaine Musgrave

    Book #2 in the Music of the Heart series. The story behind Amazing Grace is an absolutely "amazing" story!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Esther

  9. 5 out of 5

    Karla

  10. 4 out of 5

    Amy Millhouse becker

  11. 4 out of 5

    Missie Burdick

  12. 4 out of 5

    Wendy

  13. 5 out of 5

    Stacie

  14. 5 out of 5

    Elly

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jan

  16. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

  17. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

  18. 5 out of 5

    Virginia

  19. 5 out of 5

    Angie Handshaw

  20. 5 out of 5

    Leila

    Interesting and inspiring. I have to say I wouldn't have been quite as faithful as Mary, holding out hope for so long. God is truly amazing and so is His grace!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Brenda

  22. 5 out of 5

    Leah

  23. 4 out of 5

    Carlos

  24. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jenny

  26. 5 out of 5

    Katie

  27. 5 out of 5

    Stacy

  28. 5 out of 5

    Julie Poor

  29. 4 out of 5

    Leesie

  30. 4 out of 5

    Carol

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