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Wednesday, April 10, 2013
My Recommendation: The Doctor's Lady by Jody Hedlund
What It's About:
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.
I've heard a lot of great things about Jody Hedlund's books and I'm glad to say I wasn't disappointed with this one. This is the first of her books I've read. I very much enjoyed Hedlund's writing style, which is beautiful and vivid. I love "marriage of convenience" stories, and this one was very enjoyable. Great chemistry between Priscilla and Eli, and I appreciated how the story didn't overly-romanticize their arduous journey West but captured the difficulty. I liked the time period (early 1800's) and getting a real idea of what life was like in America then.A must read!
Find it here on Amazonand Barnes and Noble.
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