Book Review

by Jody Hedlund

Genre: Inspirational, Historical Romance

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Hedlund‘s thoroughly captivating story is set against the backdrop of need, danger, desperation and suspense. The characterization, research and emotions weave a wonderful story that will leave readers rooting for the couple through each stage of the journey.

Although the mission board doesn’t normally accept single woman, Priscilla White is sure that her impeccable references will change their minds. While waiting, she meets Dr. Eli Ernest, who wants to provide medical care to the Nez Perce, and they do not hit it off.

Then the mission board rules that no person will be approved unless they are married. Priscilla and Eli reluctantly agree: they must get married. The journey ahead will test their allegiance to the call, to God, and to each other. (BETHANY HOUSE, Sep., 384 pp., $14.99)

Reviewed By: Jennifer Reyes


Published: September 2011

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A Tale of Heartache, Hardships, and Hard-earned Happiness

Submitted by Keli Gwyn on August 16, 2011 - 4:16pm.

Jody Hedlund’s debut novel, The Preacher’s Bride, captivated readers and left them wanting more of her page-turning stories. They’re sure to be satisfied with The Doctor’s Lady because she’s crafted another gripping tale, one that takes her characters—and her readers—on a journey fraught with hardships and heartache. When Eli Ernest and Priscilla White learn that they must wed in order to fulfill their dreams of serving the Lord as missionaries, they agree to a marriage in name only. They embark on a dangerous trip across the country, one that will test them to the utmost of their endurance and abilities. Both strong and independent, Eli and Priscilla battle not only the harsh conditions but also their growing attraction, which neither of them planned for nor welcomes. Past disappointments have left them wary and unwilling to drop their guard. Tension crackles as they face one challenge after another and are forced to rely on each other or perish. Only when they release control to the Lord can they overcome their differences and find happiness. Hedlund is a masterful storyteller who paints a lush picture of life in the early 1800s, peoples the story with well-developed characters readers will long remember, and adds non-stop action and adventure. I highly recommend The Doctor’s Lady and eagerly await the release of Hedlund’s next book.