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What the Doctor Ordered

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They've never been out on a date. They can barely speak a civil word to each other when they find themselves in the same room. But Aunt Bertie, who is not crazy, just -eccentric- knows that John and Ellie belong together, and she's doing all she can to further their cause. When Ellie comes to Colton Idaho, to spend the summer with Aunt Bertie and prove to her parents that...more
Paperback, 286 pages
Published January 1st 2004 by Shadow Mountain
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I believe that Janette Rallison is the queen of writing romantic comedies. I just love all her books and I was so excited when I found out last week that she had originally written four books under the pen-name Sierra St. James. Thank goodness for Amazon Marketplace where I am able to order used editions of these books. I received What the Doctor Ordered yesterday and only stopped reading when I had to attend class, and then quickly started when I got home and stayed up past my bedtime to finish...more
Wow. I never thought I'd find a book I liked less than "Charly" . . . but apparently anything truly is possible. It's especially depressing because I've liked the other Sierra St. James books I've read. However:

~When you spend the entire book wishing the main characters wouldn't get together (even though you know they do), that's kind of a bad sign.

~When they don't get together until - LITERALLY - the last page of a ridiculously rushed ending . . . that's a really bad sign.

~When your first thoug...more
Jun 19, 2009 Haley rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Haley by: Lindsey
This was pretty cute. The age difference bothered me a bit. I couldn't see myself at 21 ready to marry a divorced 33 year-old. As they were falling in love, I thought it strange that they never discussed John's divorce and the reasons behind it. That would be something really important to know about before jumping into a relationship I would think!

I don't expect much when it comes to LDS romance. It had a handful of grammar mistakes, which always bugs me in published and edited works. These type...more
This book should come with health warnings! It keeps you up all night, because you simply have to finish it. What a fun read! Totally entertaining with such great characters. It is so great to find such good books that are light yet thought provoking and enjoyable. Thank you Sierra, I will read whatever books I can find of yours.
Over all I enjoyed the story. It was a little strange in places and I didn't enjoy the ending as much as I had hoped I would. It didn't have a epilogue with how their life was going on. I wish their was a sequel to this book to answer all the questions I want to know.

What The Doctor Ordered is about a 21 year old girl named Ellie who's just got an internship in New Mexico to go out to Idaho and stop her parents from sending her Aunt Birdie to a nursing home. Along the way she has several encount...more
I fully expected this book to be fluffy, frivolous Mormon fiction: something I’d devour in a day but would hardly recommend to anyone. Plenty of hokey romance, flat characters, and not much in the way of plot.

Yeah — makes me wonder why I seek these books out. LOL

Maybe it’s because every once in awhile, I am pleasantly surprised — as the case with this little gem. I did read through this in about a day — well, a couple of evenings, actually. And romance — yeah, the whole book was about two charac...more
Ellie was asked by her parents to go and check on her Aunt Bertie in Idaho, but she has just gotten the ideal internship at a news station and doesn't want to miss out on this once in a life time opportunity. She flies to Idaho with the thought of checking to see if her aunt is able to stay living in her home unassisted or if her parent are correct in thinking that she needs to be moved to a nursing home. When she arrives she finds a christmas tree with presents under the tree in May. Her aunt e...more
Katrina Knittle
I love it when tou find a book that makes you laugh many different times. This was definitely one of those books. I found myself loving some of the characters and how well they were written. The romance in the book seems quirky and a little random. A quick romance read. I can definitely see myself coming back to this book and reading it again.
Crystal (Books Are Sanity!!!)
This book is about a girl named Ellie who goes to take care of her eccentric Aunt Bertie for the summer. Her Aunt Bertie is convinced that Ellie and Dr. John Flynn are meant for each other. Aunt Bertie is constantly telling everyone that Ellie and Dr. Flynn are dating when the truth is that they aren't and they can't seem to get along at all.
In my personal opinion, the book was an enjoyable read, but left me completely wanting more. I felt the ending to the book left something to be desired. So...more
(Genre:LDS fiction/romance) I really struggled with rating this one a 3 star or 4 star and finally decided that Aunt Bertie's character deserved the 4 star :) (at least for me--I love humor in a story). What a fun and enjoyable character. This is very light "chick lit" reading, but a fun romance nevertheless. The story centers on Ellie who comes to Idaho to check up on her favorite aunt, Bertie. Ellie's parents are worried about Bertie's increasingly eccentric behavior since both grandparents su...more
They've never been out on a date. They can barely speak a civil word to each other when they find themselves in the same room. But Aunt Bertie, who is not crazy, just -eccentric- knows that John and Ellie belong together, and she's doing all she can to further their cause. When Ellie comes to Colton Idaho, to spend the summer with Aunt Bertie and prove to her parents that her aunt doesn't belong in an assisted-care facility, the confusion begins. Bertie's determination to marry Ellie off to Dr....more
I actually threw the book across the room when it ended. When a book has over 285 pages and you rush the ending in the last couple paragraphs seriously is there another book?
There is a fine line between comical and corny in books like this. It walked the line, but since I laughed for most of it, I guess it stayed more comical, even though nearly every conversational line out of the main female in the book is sarcastic.

Gave it four stars, but still tempted to give it three stars because it's the first book I've ever read where the characters hate each other right up to their engagement! Well, maybe not hate, but still had never really had a nice conversation with eac...more
I loved this book! It is a clean, LDS fiction. It's a cute romance with a lot of laughter. It literally made me laugh out loud so many times. Loved the characters and their personalities. It is one I would definately read again. My only complaint is the abrupt ending....don't get me wrong I loved the ending and it was soooo fitting....but I would have really...REALLY...liked atleast 2 or 3 more chapters to wrap things up after the "happily ever after". I was definitely not ready for the characte...more
I enjoyed this book but it needs an epilogue.
This was a disappointment to me. I was geared up to love it; however, for most of the book (all but the end), I disliked ALL the characters and really struggled with all the old age, rest home, Alzheimer's talk. Right at the end, I caught a glimpse of the "Janette Rallison aka Sierra St. James" kind of writing that I love. I usually give 2 stars if I finish a book. The ending on this, slight up-turn that it was, maybe merits half a star increase, but to round it to 3 stars is just too much for h...more
I'm not really sure what to write. I love LDS romance fiction. (I specify LDS because I know it will be clean.) There's nothing like reading a book, not to learn anything, but strictly for enjoyment. Books that you pick up during the kids' nap time and end up letting them watch "Little Einsteins" after dinner so you can finish reading. And this is a cute one. I love how no matter how hard they try not to fall in love, it still ends up happening. *sigh* I'm such a sap sometimes. And I don't even...more
I've probably read this book a dozen times and every time I read it, I am just as surprised by the events as a first-time reader would be. St. James realistically conveys the feelings of a young twenty-something whose number one priority is a career. When Ellie decides to visit her aunt Beatrice in Idaho to allay her parents fears that her aunt couldn't live on her own, little does she know that her aunt has been plotting to get Ellie married off to the handsome, single doctor in her ward and ke...more
Heidi Pack
Funny, cute, and lively enough to read in one sitting!
This was a super cute fun read that had me literally laughing out loud throughout the entire book.
This is a book I have re-read more than once! Anytime I'm in need of a good laugh, I go to this book. Funny! It makes me laugh every time! Ellie comes to Colton, Idaho to be with her Aunt Bertie who she believes is eccentric, but everyone else believes is crazy. John is the young divorced doctor who is Bertie's home teacher, and is concerned about her sanity - which makes him Ellie's enemy. Bertie is convinced that John and Ellie are meant for each other.
I've read this book, though it was a while ago. (It probably wasn't very long ago, but as Emily and Audrey know, I forget books quickly.) I think I liked it, not so much 'cause of romance, but mostly because of the humor. There were parts that made me laugh aloud! And I really liked the old lady - she's hilarious and sweet! The thing that creeps me out, though, is the age difference. The girl is 21, and the guy is 33. Yeah, 12 years. Creepy!
Never start a Rallison book at bedtime! I could not put this down and bedtime quickly became 3am. I am so amazed at all the unique characters and stories Rallison pulls out of her magical literary hat. She doesn't just address romance with laugh-out-loud humor; she always tackles a serious issue as well (and rather beautifully). The last month of reading her books has been delightful, and I'm so glad I have a few left. :)
Tamera Westhoff
Fantastic book for laughing out loud! Just know that it does make you cry! This is one of my favorites that I read at least once a year (sometimes twice)! I love the banter, the silly things that Ellie and John do to prove they're not a couple that make it look like they are! If only it was longer! I feel like my book fell apart and there's at least a couple of chapters missing! I might have to fanfiction it out!
Alyson Farmer
I read this book earlier this year and just picked it up again to scan. I do that a lot. I like to reread my favorite parts of books. Maybe that is one reason I like to buy books. I can reread them anytime I want (unless I've lent it out, which actually happens a lot). I actually don't own this book, I borrowed it from a friend. Anyway . . . .

This is a cute book. Fairly predictable, not deep, but cute all the same.
Mandi Ellsworth
I read this book, laughed out loud several times, LOVED her eccentric old aunt, and never once thought it was my good friend Janette Rallison who wrote it under a different name. Once I saw her picture in the back, my enjoyment of the story became much clearer.

This is one of those wonderful, feel-good romances that are so rare to come by. One that is believable and cockle-warming, without being over the top. Such fun.
Aug 29, 2008 Cindy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes cute, clean, romance
Recommended to Cindy by: Me
This is another cute love story. Like I said I usually hate LDS romance novels, but this book is well written. An eccentric aunt has her niece come and live with her for the summer. She is determined that her niece will fall madly in love with this single doctor who lives there. It's cute to see the romance unfold. It is a really cute story, and if you just want a quick weekend romance to read, this is the book.
I really liked the characters in the book. Especially "eccentric" Aunt Bertie. There were some pretty funny parts in the book that made me giggle. However, I felt that the ending was too abrupt. I would have liked a little more romance developed between the main characters. The relationship doesn't really "happen" until like the last 2 pages of the book. I want more kissing than that!
I thought this was a sweet book. The relationship between the Aunt and Niece was priceless. I loved both the main characters and it was easy to get behind their motivation for how they acted. I wish they would have discussed John's divorce- a pretty serious thing to know about before getting involved with a previously married person I would think... Still I laughed alot.
Definitely for the Mormon romance novel niche market -- you wouldn't get a lot of the jokes if you weren't a member of the church. I kind of don't like that very much -- of course, authors have a right to write that way, but it feels a little "exclusive."

Characters too shallow, changeable, inconsistent, but still and all a fun story with a bittersweet ending.
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