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The Doctor's Mission

4.15 of 5 stars 4.15  ·  rating details  ·  48 ratings  ·  17 reviews
A woman doctor! Missionary William Mayweather can't hide his disappointment. The Nynabo mission in Liberia, Africa, desperately needs help, but he's vowed not to put another female in jeopardy. Too bad flame-haired Dr. Mary O'Hara refuses to turn back—and he cannot allow her to go into the jungle alone.Medicine or marriage? For Mary, the choice was clear. Far away from the ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published November 1st 2011 by Love Inspired Historicals (first published January 1st 2011)
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Emery Lee
This book will not be for everyone as it is a romance between missionaries and clearly inspirational. There is much prayer and discussion of the Christian faith but it is placed very well within the context of the story.

The faith of the hero and heroine also plays a large part in the romance and is challenged in many ways. The author's research into both the era (post WWI)and the place (Liberia) appears impeccable and parts of the story had me almost holding my breath. (How many of us deal with
Cannibals? Not a usual factor in a romance. But in Africa, that was still a fact of life in 1918. This is Debbie Kaufman's debut novel and what a wonderful book! I loved the heroine Mary, a doctor who has just returned from serving the wounded in WWI. She runs smack into the hero's determination NOT to take another woman into the very real dangers at his mission in interior of Liberia. The book shimmers with a rich cast of characters, both white and black. Ms. Kaufman gives a glimpse of what lif ...more
"The Doctor's Mission" by Debbie Kaufman is a book that I must say was a total and complete surprise to me. I must confess that I picked up the book before at the library but put it back because I don’t normally enjoy books set around the time of the world wars and the Great Depression because frankly if I am going to read books with the modern technology like planes, phones and cars then I would rather read more contemporary stories. So yes, normally I read books before these times or more curr ...more
Angela Blount
A pretty impressive work from a debut author. I wasn't entirely sure what to expect from something out of an inspirational-based branch of Harlequin, but I suspect they will prove to be a match for Zondervan in this regard.

To be completely honest, the author had my attention the moment I realized there were cannibals involved in the story. She clearly went to some trouble to be historically accurate to the medicinal capabilities of WW1 era, and her grasp of the black humor often used by the med
I loved this story of Mary and William. First of all, there were some great one-liners especially from Clara that kept me smiling throughout. I also enjoy books that take place in unusual settings like Liberia. The book gives you a whole new appreciation for the difficulties that missionaries faced heading into such dangerous situation both from the people and the natural elements around them. I look forward to more books from Debbie Kaufman.
Amid the lush backdrop of the Liberian jungle lurk unseen dangers, always ready to torment and challenge its victims.

Determined pastor William Mayweather, still in grieving over the untimely death of his wife Alice, is taken back with the arrival of the new doctor. Fully expecting a man to emerge from the waiting vehicle he discovers it is not a man at all, but a woman, an outspoken Dr. Mary Ohara emerges greeting William.
During their journey through the jungle, along with escorts, on the way to
A very moving story of faith, hope, forgiveness, and redemption.

Ms. Kaufman pens a tale set in Liberia, in the African bush where few outsiders have ventured, much less settled to live and serve. Danger abounds, whether from violence-prone native tribes or from diseases or from wild animals.

Pastor Mayweather is shocked and dismayed when the physician the mission board sends is Dr. O'Hara--having recently lost his wife in the field, he cannot fathom placing another woman in similar danger. Dr. O'
Victoria Vane
This book is a romance between missionaries and clearly inspirational. There is much prayer and discussion of the Christian faith but it is placed very well within the context of the story.

The faith of the hero and heroine also plays a large part in the romance and is challenged in many ways. The author's research into both the era (post WWI)and the place (Liberia) appears impeccable and parts of the story had me almost holding my breath. (How many of us deal with cannibals in our work, after a
Lynn Spencer
I just couldn't do it. I picked this book up because the setting sounded awesome. Seriously, how often do I get to find a book set in 1918 Liberia? I was interested in the time and place, but the characters just ruined this book for me. The hero seemed kind of lifeless, and the heroine...where do I start? She's an odd mix of competent doctor and TSTL twit, she has a huge chip on her shoulder and even when she has no idea what she's talking about(which is often since she has just arrived in a cou ...more
When I heard about Debbie Kaufman's book i knew I had to read it. It's set in Liberia and the heroine is a doctor! But the setting was the biggest draw for me. In her letter to the reader, Debbie acknowledges a book written by a missionary to cannibal tribes in Liberia. The culture portrayed in the story reads very accurate and since I don't know much about Africa, it has given me a taste for a culture and history I'd like to read more about. Books like this, that entertain and leave me curious, ...more
Entwine yourself within the historical Liberian jungle adventures of early missionaries, sacrificing much to bring a knowledge of God to the Native tribes within.

William, still grieving over the horrible deaths of the aunt and uncle who raised him, plus , more recently, the lass of his newly married wife....all to the uncivilized jungles of Liberia, awaited his newly assigned companions. He was not allowed to return alone to the depths of the jungle to reestablish a church and school there, but
John Hanscom
Maybe even more. This was one of the best of these "love inspired" novels, and, though I know little about Liberia in the early 20th Century, it felt right.
Callie James
Really liked Debbie's debut book. So many great inspirational messages. Wonderfully written!
Carole Jarvis
The Doctor's Mission by Debbie Kaufman is an outstanding read because of its missionary theme, characterization, realism, setting and plot. Rare gem in the Love Inspired line. I would love to see more stories like this! 5-star rating is in comparison to others in the LIH line.

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I'm not usually a fan of historical fiction, and I typically shy away from anything from a romance imprint, but Debbie is a personal friend and former coworker, so I just HAD to read her book, if only out of curiosity. After the first few pages, I no longer thought of it as "Debbie's book," but as a compelling story that I couldn't put down. It's impeccably written and well-researched, but the craft is invisible, overshadowed by the power of the story. I felt the pulse of Africa, mourned and rej ...more
Missionary pastor William Mayweather is very upset when two women arrive to work with him. One is a school teacher and an older woman but the other young vibrant red headed and delicate made Dr. Mary O'Hara doesn't to his mind belong in the African bush. He makes up his mind to have her replaced but before that Mary is the one the natives become attached to while his sermons are largely ignored. How to bring the natives to God? How to get her off his mind?????
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Debbie Kaufman was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky with the exception of a few early years in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. She now lives in Georgia, giving her a mix of accents that leaves both Northerners and Southerners suspicious of her true origins.

Hooked on reading from a young age, Debbie’s favorite day growing up was the Saturday the local bookmobile came to her neighborhood. Becau
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