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The Doctor's Lady by Jody Hedlund

Monday, October 3, 2011
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.

Goodreads Summary

Priscilla is an unusual woman for her time period.  She doesn't want to take the traditional route and become a wife and mother.  She wants to help the world, make a difference.  She decides to go out West to help, but is stopped when she realizes unmarried women cannot volunteer.  Dr. Eli also needs to be married to help out.  They come to the conclusion that they need to join together to achieve their overall goals. 

Priscilla is a sweet, practical, and brave character.  Eli is helpful, smart, and calm.  They complement each other perfectly and make for very likable characters.  The secondary characters, particularly Running Feet, are very fun to get to know.  They each have something memorable about them-some negative while some much nicer. 

The events of this book cover a huge range.  The character suffer from cholera, help Native Americans, endure the hardship of living off the land, etc...The novel has several twists to keep the reader on his/her toes.  The ending is slightly unexpected, but slightly expected-the reader will understand what this reviewer means after reading the book.  This book is recommended to adult readers. 

4 Stars

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