Pricilla White KNEW God wanted her to be a missionary, NOT A WIFE.
Then, the missionary board declares the ONLY WAY she can serve is to be MARRIED.
Now, married IN NAME ONLY, her epic journey west will test her spirit . . . and the new LONGINGS of her heart.
Little Miss Bookworm’s Review:
The Doctor’s Lady is another historical romance masterpiece by Jody Hedlund. With well-crafted dialogue and descriptive narrative, Hedlund depicts life in the early 1800s. Dr. Eli Ernest is a complex character, but maintains a level of integrity and perseverance. Priscilla White is strong-willed and determined to serve in the missionary field. Forced into a marriage of convenience, Eli and Priscilla are unprepared for a multitude of obstacles. On a journey fraught with adversity and heartache, they are tested to the utmost of their endurance and abilities. Illness, deprivation, unreliable guides, hostile tribes, and uncertainty threaten their quest to reach Oregon territory.
Filled with romantic tension, The Doctor’s Lady keeps a reader in suspense from the first page until the last. With historical details woven into the plot, flawed characters and a gripping adventure, Hedlund’s sophomore novel is a must read. In particular, I loved the Oregon Trail element. The Doctor’s Lady is based loosely on the real life of Marcus and Narcissa Whitman, a young missionary couple who traveled overland in 1836 to start a mission in Oregon for the Nez Perce natives. Narcissa Whitman and Eliza Spalding were the first women to cross the Continental Divide.