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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
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
With romantic tension, realistic characters, and plenty of action, there wasn’t anything about the story that I didn’t like. The pacing was fantastic, with never a dull moment in sight. And the romance? Well, let’s just say my heart skipped a beat on several occasions. Jody has certainly impressed me with her ability to write an engaging, faith-filled story — so much so, that I can’t wait to read the rest of her work!
What I love about Priscilla, is that she’s so easy to relate to. I could identify with her on so many levels. On several occasions in the book, I found myself thinking, “That’s exactly how I would feel,” or “That’s just how I would respond!” She has a strong desire to serve the Lord and to be a missionary, but she doubts her abilities when she’s out of her comfort zone. She knows that she’s lived a pampered, sheltered life, and at times it leaves her feeling weak and selfish. She’s truly a wonderful character, and I really appreciate how Jody’s portrayal of Priscilla “walking out her faith,” led me to examine my own heart.
I love the historical aspect of the novel, and how well Jody took the real story of Marcus and Narcissa Whitman, and created it into a magnificent novel that explores all of the hope and heartache of westward expansion. If you’re a fan of this type of historical, I think you’ll be very happy with one. I loved every moment of this story, and highly recommend it!
**Thank you to the publisher for providing a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.**
If you love to be engrossed in a story deeply rooted in historical events, you’ll like this book. Jody Hedlund researches thoroughly and weaves in details of historical events and conditions in a way that they are organic to her stories. This one recreates the experience of being the first woman to travel across the country, braving privation and danger to reach the Oregon territory–and or course find love along the way.