Friday, October 14, 2011

Book Review: The Doctor's Lady

The Doctor's Lady
By Jody Hedlund
Bethany House, 2011
English, 378 pages

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.

This is the first historical Christian fiction book I've wanted to finish in a long time. To be perfectly honest, nothing in it was a shock. The plot isn't hard to figure out. There are no surprises in the story line. But it's still an engaging read. The fact that it's based on a true story makes it that much better. (I didn't realize that before I started reading...)

There are funny parts, "hold-your-breath" parts and pitter-pattery heart parts. I particularly liked the self-discovery aspect of the characters. They all learn something about themselves and that's pretty cool in a story.

I'm passing it on to my fiction friends and I'm sure they'll all love it too.

I received a copy of the book in exchange for a review. No additional compensation has been received and I was not required to write a positive review.

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