Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Review:The Doctor's Lady by Jody Helund

Jody Hedlund is a debut historical romance novelist who was a double finalist in the 2009 ACFW Genesis Contest in Historical Romance. She received a bachelor's degree from Taylor University and a master's from the University of Wisconsin, both in Social Work. Currently she makes her home in central Michigan, with her husband and five busy children. Visit her website at JodyHedlund.com.

The Doctor's Lady

About Book:
Priscilla White knows she'll never be a wife or mother and feels God's call to the mission field in India. Dr. Eli Ernest is back from Oregon Country only long enough to raise awareness of missions to the natives before heading out West once more. But then Priscilla and Eli both receive news from the mission board: No longer will they send unmarried men and women into the field.

Left scrambling for options, the two realize the other might be the answer to their needs. Priscilla and Eli agree to a partnership, a marriage in name only that will allow them to follow God's leading into the mission field. But as they journey west, this decision will be tested by the hardships of the trip and by the unexpected turnings of their hearts.

Paperback, 378 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by Bethany House
0764208330 (ISBN13: 9780764208331)
edition languageEnglish
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My Thoughts:

In Angelica, New York, 1836, Priscilla White is anxiously awaiting for her assignment as a missionary in India.  As she sits with her family in the sanctuary  Dr. Eli Ernest is escorted by two young  Indian
males. Dr. Eli is there to speak to the congregation on behalf of the Board of Missions to ask for support to set up a mission for the Nez Perce Indians in the Oregon Country.  But in order to be funded the Board requires that  any male or female missionary is to be married.  Which Dr. Eli Ernest is not.
Priscilla is coerced by her family and friends that she would be the perfect choice for his help-mate.  This would mean giving up her desire to go to India as a missionary. Besides Dr. Eli and Priscilla are not sure and so they agree to a marriage of convenience.
The treak across country is a long and dangerous trip in wagons.  Dr. Eli doubts Priscilla has the fortitude for the trip. But Priscilla is determined to prove him wrong.  They both feel lead by the Spirit to be missionaries.
The author paints an amazing picture of their travels west.  Making a trip west in wagons extremely dangerous and many people lost there lives along the way.  I had a hard time putting this book down.
I tried to think of something I did not like about the book but I could not think of anything that I would change.

I recommend this book.

My rating for this book is 5 out of 5.

I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers for review.  I was in no way compensated for my opinion.  This is my honest opinion.

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