Review: The Doctor’s Lady (Heart of Faith #2) by Jody Hedlund

Book Blurb:

 

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.

 

I give The Doctor’s Lady by Jody Hedlund . . . 5 Stars.

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First Line Friday (#3) – The Doctor’s Lady

 

 

Happy Friday! Welcome to First Line Friday, hosted by Hoarding Books! This week I’m highlighting another book in my May TBR pile.

This week’s book selection is: The Doctor’s Lady by Jody Hedlund.

 

 

February 1836

Angelica, New York

“Indians!” The sharp call from the back of the sanctuary jolted Priscilla White.  She sucked in a breath and twisted in the pew.

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About The Doctor’s Lady

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.

 

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Review: The Preacher’s Bride (Heart of Faith #1) by Jody Hedlund

thepreachersbrideBook Blurb:

No matter the sacrifice,

Elizabeth Whitbread would serve a wounded family.

No matter the danger,

John Costin was determined to speak God’s word.

Neither expected to fall in love.

As enemies threaten to silence Costin—and those close to him—will following their hearts cost John and Elizabeth everything?

 

Little Miss Bookworm’s Review:

 

 

Jody Hedlund’s The Preacher’s Bride is a debut novel filled with rich historical detail and emotional depth.  Based on the life of evangelist John Bunyan (author of Pilgrim’s Progress) and his wife Elizabeth, Jody highlights the religious persecution and class division within a close knit Puritan community in 1659 England.  It encompasses the last days of Oliver Cromwell’s rule following the English Civil War.  The book opens with a heart-wrenching scene that immediately hooks the reader until the last page.  Each of the main and secondary characters have complex personalities that make them unique.  Elizabeth Whitbread views herself as plain and inconsequential.  However, her strong faith guides her into helping those in need.  John Costin is a newly widowed father who believes it is his destiny to preach Gospel to the poor.  As an unlicensed preacher, he becomes a prime target of Royalist supporters.  Their fragile relationship is hindered by the demands of others in the congregation, rumors, threats, and betrayal.  The powerful themes that emerge within the historical romance include:   Hopes.  Dreams.  Struggles.  Fear.  Worry.  Doubt.  Second-Guessing.  Despite the danger, the unbending faith and enduring love makes The Preacher’s Bride an interesting read.

 

I give The Preacher’s Bride by Jody Hedlund . . .  4 Stars.