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Historical Romance from the Author of "The Preacher's Bride
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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...more
Paperback, 378 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by Bethany House Publishers
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Christy
As a rule, I'm not overly fond of wagon train stories, but I could not read this one fast enough! It's not often that I have an opportunity to practically fly through a book as good as this one, but in 24 hours time, I read this book every moment I could spare. Thankfully, my husband was very understanding as we went through an evening with me cooking no dinner, folding no laundry, and watching no tv. And yes...he survived. ;o)

Jody Hedlund has created a masterpiece in The Doctor's Lady. She had...more
Michelle
When I received the opportunity to read this novel, I jumped at the chance! I had read so many wonderful things about Jody Hedlund's writing, that I knew I couldn't pass it up. Within just a few pages, I knew that all of the 5 star reviews were right -- The Doctor's Lady is a story not to be missed! And as the old saying goes, you can't judge a book by its cover, well with this one you can. The cover is one of the most gorgeous I've seen, and the story inside the cover is just as captivating; on...more
Katie
Review first posted on my blog, Legacy of a Writer.

It’s not often I read a historical fiction that so enthralled me, I could not stop reading, but that's what I discovered in this book. The Doctor’s Lady has officially been dubbed my favorite historical of the year! Gripping me in a way that few books but suspense/thrillers do, I was pulled into the characters’ lives. Even after I finished the book, I was still so wrapped up in Priscilla and Eli’s world!

Both Priscilla White and Eli Ernest are me...more
Rachelle Rea


Though the beginning started out slowly, the tension gradually builds to an adventure-and-action-packed plot in The Doctor's Lady. I read this book in less than twenty-four hours, drawn in by the development of the characters and details of what the trip West was like for the first female to cross the Continental Divide.



I enjoyed how Priscilla and Eli interacted with one another. They learned to trust one another achingly slowly, which at times made me want to shout, "Just tell her what you're t...more
Jeannette Garcia
This is the second book I've read by Jody Hedlund. Such an incredible story of the rough journey of Narcissa and Marcus Whitman. What I love so much about Jody's stories is her creative portrayal of real people and their struggles. My heart was so sensitive for each person in this book the entire time that I read it... especially for Priscilla. Being barren and having to endure children and pregnant women would be something I wouldn't be able to handle. It broke my heart when the one thing she y...more
Joy
There is just something soooo romantic about marrying a complete stranger only to fall in love with him later-

Yeah...I guess when you type it out like that it doesn't sound very appealing. But in Christian fiction, the marriage of convenience story line is one of my favs and The Doctor's Lady rocks this plot device.

In order to pursue careers in missions, Eli and Priscilla need to find spouses. Since neither of them is interested in getting married, they decide to be disinterested together, thu...more
Courtney
Jody Hedlund in a fairly new author but I must say she has got to be one of my favorite new authors I’ve been introduced to this year!! Her books are amazing and The Doctor’s Lady is no exception!! In fact, The Doctor’s Lady has just made my favorite Christian Historical book of 2011!!

Priscilla is a young lady who feels God is calling her to the mission field but is heart broken when the Board of Missions refuses to send her on a mission unless she is married. In steps Eli, Eli is young doctor w...more
Jill Kemerer
From the stunning cover and the engaging opening, all the way through to the emotional ending, I adored The Doctor's Lady.

Eli Ernest, will stop at nothing to return to Oregon and start a mission for the Nez Perce Indians, including getting married and doing the unthinkable--journeying out west with a woman. Priscilla White burns with fervor to teach the gospel in India and, for personal reasons, leave the nest of her hometown, but unless she's married, she can't do mission work. An unlikely marr...more
Mary Louise Sanchez
Priscilla White has applied to serve the Lord and save the lost people in India where there are established missions. She also wants to leave the country so as to escape the questions people will ask her about why she can't marry or have children. She never considered being a missionary to the Indians in the west,like Dr. Eli Ernest, who is visiting the community to raise funds for the mission he wants to build in Oregon Territory to serve the Nez Perce Indians. Then the Mission board sends Pris...more
Erika Robuck
The novel begins in 1836 in Angelica, New York, where Priscilla White, an unmarried woman with a wish to be a Christian missionary in India, waits to find out her assignment. Her life takes an unexpected turn, however, when Dr. Eli Ernest, a single man in need of a wife in order to accept the sponsorship of the Mission Board for his own mission into the West, makes her a business proposal. If she will agree to marry him, on paper alone, they will get the approval of the Board, and each will be a...more
Casey
I was swept away. In the tide of a love discovered after a marriage. In an adventure filled with the thrills of the trail. Swept away in a novel filled with everything I love in really good fiction.

Jody Hedlund is a new name in today’s fiction, but one I firmly believe will not be leaving us any time soon. I certainly hope to never see that day! Hedlund crafts a story that stirred my heart and emotions with the expert wielding of her deft writing hand.

Priscilla and Eli are characters you just...more
Katie Ganshert
WARNING! This book will make you into a liar. I kept promising that once I got to such-and-such chapter, I'd put it down, but every time I got to that chapter, I had to keep reading to see what would happen! I stayed up way past my bedtime and finished in less than two days.

If you enjoyed The Preacher's Bride, then this one will not disappoint! The romance is swoon-worthy, the plot is fast-paced and gripping, and the characters are incredibly likable. Can't wait for more from Jody Hedlund!
TinasBookReviews
This was a well researched and compelling take on the story of the first white woman who crossed the Continental Divide, based on a true story- Hedlund adds dramatic flair and her own twists to what must of been a terrifying and harrowing journey. She also takes the cheese out of convenience marriage stories and riddles it with stolen glances, passionate thoughts and simple progression. Towards the end of the story there was so much tension and sexual attraction going on that I wanted to jump in...more
Laura
Ever since I read The Little House on the Prairie as a child, I have enjoyed stories of men and women who have braved the Western untouched territories of North America. The Doctor's Lady is about such pioneers whose mission was to bring the Christian faith to the American Indians.

Priscilla White wanted to be a missionary in India but the Missionary Board stated she needed to be married. This upset Priscilla who had no intention of marrying until she met Dr. Eli Ernest, a missionary who'd return...more
SheLove2Read
Jody Hedlund is a new-to-me author but one I think I'll most definitely read again. It's not often I can read a book where the major themes are pride, humility, racism and trust, and come away feeling like I've been on a grand adventure that I didn't want to end.

The year is 1836. Priscilla White feels called to the mission field in far away India. Having suffered a severe case of the mumps as a young teen, she's now unable to bear children and feels like she will never be a wife or mother. Dr....more
Janna
I am fond of historical fiction but in the hands of certain writers I love historical fiction. After reading her 1st two books, I have decided that Jody Hedlund is one the historical fiction writers that I love. She has a penchant for taking a true story and fictionalizing it to life. That is what she has done here. The story of Marcus and Narcissa Whitman (whom I had heard of but didn't really know anything about) comes to life in the telling of Priscilla White and Dr. Eli Ernest. These two unl...more
Jane
Where I got the book: review copy from publisher on author's behalf.

This is Jody Hedlund's second book, and I enjoyed it very much. The author seemed much more at home in this American pioneer setting, and the positioning of the tone of the book a little farther away from the inspirational side of things and a little closer to the romance also seemed to work for Hedlund.

In a story where the characters are on a journey, the background sometimes threatens to dominate the storyline, but I felt that...more
Keli Gwyn
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...more
Angelc
I really loved the beginning half of the novel, but towards the end it really slowed down for me. I didn't feel like the romance was developing enough. And so much happened, it seemed to hop from event to even really quickly.

I enjoyed the start of the book very much, before they started their journey west. Priscilla was downright unlikeable, but I really liked the author's choice to portray her this way. She was so sheltered and close-minded at the beginning, we were really able to appreciate he...more
gertt
This is the little known story about the first two women that traveled by wagon train thru the Continental Divide.

There was potential for a great novel, but to much of the book dealt with Eli and Priscilla's worries about their attraction for each other, while many other characters and events were simply skimmed over and left undeveloped - Running Feet's story and how she came to be Black Squire's wife; Henry and Mable Spalding's courtship and decision to travel West; Eli's background, his firs...more
Carly
I didn’t read Jody Hedlund’s first book, The Preacher’s Bride. I did buy it, but as usual, I have not had a chance to read it. I did very much want to read The Doctor’s Lady though. The story was so much more appealing to me. They say that a picture is worth a thousand words which is why I am big on letting a book cover be a huge factor in my decision making about whether or not to read a book. I thought the cover of The Doctor’s Lady was absolutely beautiful, even the back cover was beautiful....more
LeeAnn
I was looking forward to going west on what would become the Oregon trail, as the first white woman. In 1836, no white woman had traveled that far, and the name Oregon trail wasn't even birthed yet. At that time, it was missionary law that a married couple must make the journey together to prevent the intermixing of white man with the Indian woman, or heathens, as they were called since they had not been exposed to the gospel, and were therefore living uncivilized. So, Eli and Priscilla entered...more
Barbie
I eagerly awaited the delivery of The Doctor’s Lady by Jody Hedlund. I had immensely enjoyed her debut novel, The Preacher’s Bride, and hoped that this second offering would be exceptional as well. I was not disappointed.

The Doctor’s Lady is the fictionalized story of Marcus and Narcissa Whitman (Eli and Priscilla Ernest in the novel). Narcissa, along with her husband and traveling partners Henry and Eliza (Mabel) Spalding, was the first white woman to endure the overland crossing to Oregon.

Jody...more
Tammi
The Doctor’s Lady is the first novel by Judy Hedlund that I have read, and it certainly will not be the last. Her writing draws the reader into the story and her descriptions allow the reader to picture the scenes with each turn of the page.

I immediately fell in love with Priscilla and Eli, and I felt that I already knew Eli, and in fact, I did! Eli’s character is based on Marcus Whitman, and I had met him in a story I read to my children about the first wagon train to travel the Oregon Trail. (...more
Margaret Metz
In short -- Jody Hedlund is another new author for me and this book took my breath away.

The basic things were very well done. She did her research and I felt like I was traveling with Priscilla and Eli as they went through the trials of reaching their new mission field. The author's notes at the end were fascinating as well. I also think the pacing was very good -- none of it seemed to lag or move too quickly. Although faith plays a part in their individual lives and the plot of the story, it do...more
Katherine Coble
It was well-done in parts, but after awhile all the pent-up longing and smoldering glances got a little bit old.

I know that conflict provides the heart of a novel, but so much of the conflict here amounted to bickering between the protagonists.

Still and all it was a compelling enough story to keep me reading through the preacheriness.

Two things cost this book a fourth star in my mind.

1. Why do all these women have to be so beeyooteeful? Is it not possible to have a heroine who is mildly pret...more
Heather Sunseri
Jody Hedlund has outdone herself with this beautifully written story of a woman and a man, who each felt God's calling to be a missionary. The problem with this calling? They needed each other in order to fulfill it. Although neither of these individuals wanted the other as a spouse, circumstances left them no choice but to enter a business relationship, a marriage of necessity in order to serve God.

The fast-paced plot, dangerous, and at times, life-threatening conditions of traveling west in t...more
Heather
I really did like this book, but I didn't love it enough for 5 stars. 5 stars are for the books that make me not want to put it down and make my heart go pitter patter, and me me get all giddy and root for the couple. I had a hard time staying motivated to read this. It is more about their trek to go to help the Natives to learn to be civilized and to Dr. them. There isn't that much romance. The whole time Eli ignores her or there is a brief exchange between them with him trying to keep his dist...more
Erin
You know there's two constants with Jody Hedlund books: The history is going to be good, and you are not going to want to put the book down. You just have to know what happens next!

"The Doctor's Lady" is based on the events of real-life missionaries Marcus and Narcissa Whitman in 1836. In the novel their names have been changed to Eli and Priscilla, and both of them had a heart for missions but neither was allowed by their mission board to go into the field without being married. So in February...more
Zette
After reading The Preacher's Bride, I had high hopes for the second in the series, The Doctor's Lady, and I was not disappointed at all! There was so much that I loved in this book that I will be reading it again soon! The romantic tension, historical detail, and adventure made it impossible to put my kindle down until I finished! I'm hoping there will be more in this series from Jody Hedlund!
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Jody Hedlund is an award-winning and bestselling author of inspirational historical romances. She currently makes her home in central Michigan with her husband their five busy children.

As a busy mama-writer, she has the wonderful privilege of teaching her crew of 5 children at home. In between grading math papers and giving spelling tests, she occasionally does a load of laundry and washes dishes....more
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