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The Doctor's Lady (Hearts of Faith Series #2)

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Priscilla 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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Overview

Priscilla 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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764208331
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/1/2011
  • Series: Hearts of Faith Series , #2
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 636,471
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Jody Hedlund is the bestselling author of The Doctor's Lady and The Preacher's Bride. She won the 2011 Inspirational Reader's Choice Award, the 2011 Award of Excellence from the Colorado Romance Writers and was a finalist for Best Debut Novel in the 2011 ACFW Carol Awards. Currently she makes her home in central Michigan, with her husband and five busy children. She loves hearing from readers on Facebook and on her blog at JodyHedlund.com.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2013

    Very Good read.

    Although some in the book club thought is a slow start, the fact that it is based on a true story made it compelling to me. Be sure to read the author notes, it finishes the story.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 30, 2011

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    Historical fiction

    The Doctor's Lady is historical romance that was inspired by Marcus and Narcissa Whitman. Pricilla White has been instructed that she can't be sent to the mission field unless she's married. She is convinced that God wants her in the ministry in some way. Dr. Eli has returned from Oregon with a burden to minister to the American Indians there and is recruiting funds when he hears the same message - he must be married in order for the mission board to support him.
    The two form a business minded merger in order to serve God on the mission field. Neither is interested in a real marriage. But God has other plans and they fall in love on the journey to Oregon.

    I enjoyed this book. The book was well written and used quite a few elements of truth from the Whitman story to make it seem real and believable. The book is rather long, but didn't feel that way because the story flowed quickly and kept me interested the entire time.

    I received this book free of charge from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 18, 2011

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    Compelling Historical

    In short -- Jody Hedlund is another new author for me and this book took my breath away.

    The basic things were very well done. She did her research and I felt like I was traveling with Priscilla and Eli as they went through the trials of reaching their new mission field. The author's notes at the end were fascinating as well. I also think the pacing was very good -- none of it seemed to lag or move too quickly. Although faith plays a part in their individual lives and the plot of the story, it doesn't feel like a sermon disguised as a novel either. That's an easy mistake to make. It's feels organic and natural instead of heavy-handed or something that was added in as an afterthought.

    Still, the real fireworks for me were the depth of the characters she created. Both of them evolve and grow as individuals - not just in their relationship to each other. Don't be dismayed though, that delicious romantic tension was providing enough sparks to light a campfire or two ... ;o)

    The writing was great, the story was compelling, the characters were fascinating ... This book is going on the list I use to pick my favorites of the year. I want to thank Bethany House for providing my copy in exchange for my honest review.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 15, 2011

    Pleasantly Surprised

    I wasn't sure what I should expect from "The Doctor's Lady," but I was pleasantly surprised at the great yarn that's based on a real life couple. There's plenty of adventure, relationship angst, and a surprise ending in this tale.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 26, 2012

    Good story...tedius relationship

    This is the little known story about the first two women that traveled by wagon train thru the Continental Divide.

    There was potential for a great novel, but to much of the book dealt with Eli and Priscilla's worries about their attraction for each other, while many other characters and events were simply skimmed over and left undeveloped - Running Feet's story and how she came to be Black Squire's wife; Henry and Mable Spalding's courtship and decision to travel West; Eli's background, his first trip West and how he became connected the Nez Peres, esp. John and Richard. A more detailed description of the beautiful, uninhabited country that Priscilla was seeing for the first time.

    An Epiloque telling what happened to Eli and Priscilla after they reached Oregon (instead of a brief mention in the Author's Notes) would have made a more well rounded history and ending.

    Over all this was an interesting well written book, I just feel the author missed the opportunity to develop it into something more.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 15, 2011

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    Historical fiction at it's best!

    I am fond of historical fiction but in the hands of certain writers I love historical fiction. After reading her 1st two books, I have decided that Jody Hedlund is one the historical fiction writers that I love. She has a penchant for taking a true story and fictionalizing it to life. That is what she has done here. The story of Marcus and Narcissa Whitman (whom I had heard of but didn't really know anything about) comes to life in the telling of Priscilla White and Dr. Eli Ernest. These two unlikely people that have a joint desire to serve in the missionary field and marry for convenience so they can accomplish that goal, come together and set out to cross the Continental Divide and establish a mission with the Nez Perce Indians. The hardships and trials that befall them along the way kept me quickly turning the pages and racing to see how it would end. One of my favorite parts of Jody's books are at the end when she writes about what was real and what was fiction in the book. In this particular case it was the things that I figured she made up that turned out to be true and the things that I figured were true turned out to be fiction. And the entire story was so beautifully written and crafted that I find myself wishing her next book was releasing now.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2011

    Based on a True Story

    "The Doctor's Lady" by Jody Hedlund

    It is the year 1836 and America is not yet settled in the West. Priscilla White is a school teacher who aspires to spread the word of God in India, without a spouse. Elijah Ernest is a Doctor who desires to travel to the West, so that he can serve the Lord by helping the Indian tribes in Oregon County. The missionary board requires for missionaries to be married, otherwise they can't go anywhere. Despite the fact that Priscilla won't be able to go to India she still wants to serve the Lord; They settle the problem by compromising to marry and embark on the journey to the West!

    This book was based on a true story about the first women to travel to the west in the 1830s, I thing the author does a modest job portraying the events and hardships of the story but in my personal opinion I felt it lacked that special spark. The plot was most definitely out of the ordinary but. I felt like the author could have made a few improvements, for example: despite the fact that this is based on a true story it didn't seem believable to me. One morning Priscilla is determined to reach India and the next day she is decided to get married and move to the West, things don't happen over night like that. Its just What I personally think. Overall I'd give this book 3.5 stars
    Thanks Bethany House for providing me with a free copy of this book for me to review. All opinions expressed are mine and mine alone.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 29, 2014

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    One of my pet peeves in romance is a "perfect" hero an

    One of my pet peeves in romance is a "perfect" hero and/or heroine. While
    Priscilla is beautiful, she's also in turns scared, exhausted, lovesick, heartbroken,
    and despairing. Fully three-dimensional, as is Dr Eli Ernst, who is too proud/fearful
     to ask for help, something that almost gets everyone killed a few times.

    It's Bethany House, which means "sweet," no more than kisses, touches, and
    perhaps hints of more, but the heat level between these characters is high.  I
    loved the whole concept of two people marrying for expediency who come to fall
    in love with one another. This novel was "inspired by" a real-life couple who were
    among the first white people to travel the Oregon Trail, and the author's notes at
    the back about what she took from history, and what she fictionalized, made it all
    the more enjoyable.

    I truly felt I was "in," this book, feeling the fears and fatigue that both characters
    felt, and I am still scratching imaginary flea bites. Great read.

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  • Posted October 21, 2014

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    This was one of the most gripping, heartfelt stories I have read

    This was one of the most gripping, heartfelt stories I have read in a long time. Jody Hedlund brings the characters and the trials and tribulations they face along their journey to life. I felt like I was traveling with them. The story was well-written and beautifully captured Eli and Priscilla's story.

    The characters, oh the characters! I absolutely LOVED Priscilla. Her feelings, emotions, thoughts and fears came to life in the pages of this book. I felt like I found a new friend. I admired her for her courage and strength, her weakness and her faith that God would lead her through anything. Eli is an admirable man. he is strong, yet tender; fierce, yet gentle; and he is sure of God's call on his life. Their romance was fitting and absolutely amazingly written.

    They both had to learn the amazing and important lesson of trust and giving ones whole self to the one who created you. This thought sums it up: "Her own strength had faltered many times during this trip...In experiencing her weaknesses, she was learning just how much she needed the One who could truly sustain her." When we learn to truly rely on the Lord, we can overcome our weaknesses to become the people He wants us to be.

    Overall, I absolutely enjoyed this book and cannot wait to get my hands on another Jody Hedlund book!

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  • Posted August 26, 2014

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    I Also Recommend:

    Amazing story based on the real life characters of Marcus and Na

    Amazing story based on the real life characters of Marcus and Narcissa Whitman, focusing on their overland journey to Oregon territory. Includes a lot of historical details and true events. Love this author's writing. Could hardly put it down! Recommend!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2014

    Good Book

    This was a good book. Kept my interest throughout.

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  • Posted September 30, 2013

    Good

    Wow was this quite the read. Emotional to boot. Moments where you think, will you just tell her or him how you feel? Like stories like this where they slowly start to know each other and maybe fall in love? Sad moments as well but that ending, just...wow. Really good read.

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  • Posted August 17, 2013

    I loved Jody Hedlund¿s book, The Doctor¿s Lady! This is the firs

    I loved Jody Hedlund’s book, The Doctor’s Lady! This is the first book of hers that I’ve read, but it definitely won’t be the last. I love books that keep me wanting to turn the page to see what’s going to happen next. This was one of those.

    From the very first word, “Indians!”, she had me wondering where this story of a marriage of convenience was going to go. Inspired by the true account of Marcus and Narcissa Whitman, missionaries to the Nez Perce Indians in Oregon, Jody takes us on a journey of trials and hardships as well as triumph and romance. And threaded through the entire story is the message of how God loves all people.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2013

    What a wonderful book!!!

    Jody hedlund is really a wonderful writer. This is the second book of hers that i have read and every bit as good. The story between priscilla and eli is great and with this book i am in a rush to finish it because i can't wait to see how it ends. This book is really worth reading and i am looking forward to reading some of her other books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2012

    Fabulous Read

    I very much enjoy historical fiction novels, and this is definitely one of the best I have read. Not only is the story engaging, but Jody Hedlund's writing brings the characters to life. "The Doctor's Lady" is a must read.

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  • Posted April 19, 2012

    Highly recommend

    This was great knowing it was a true story due to a diary that was found.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2012

    Wow! I couldn't put it down!!! I live in Wyoming and can't wait

    Wow! I couldn't put it down!!! I live in Wyoming and can't wait to go look for the historical site where the Whitman's and the Spalding's crossed the Continental Divide on their journey west.
    I am officially a huge fan of Judy Hedlund! Can't wait for her new release in September.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2011

    its a really good book too I really enjoyed it

    The Doctor's Lady was a very good book and was enjoyable to read it shows how people settled the west and how hard it was for women at that time.

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  • Posted October 7, 2011

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    Great book~ Fairly Sensuous.

    From the time she was a teenager, Priscilla White knew she was called to be a missionary. She sends in an application to the mission board; hoping with all of her heart that they place her in India, the country that she is certain God has called her to minister to. Little did she know, God had a different plan entirely. When the mission board turns her down, she is crushed; the reason for her rejection was the newly initiated statement, "missionaries may not be single", they must "go forth into all the world" as a married couple. Until this point, she had been certain that she wasn't to be married, her womb was barren. Feeling the urge to minister, she quickly decides to marry a man who is also a single, wants-to-be missionary. Married in name only, Priscilla and her newly bestowed husband must travel the rigid trail west, praying for the fortitude to face the long trail that lies ahead.

    This well researched book truly shows the amount of thought the author put into it. I enjoyed the missionaries' heart sprinkled throughout, as well as the imminent dangers of the Oregon Trail. What I did not enjoy was the not-so-innocent way in which Priscilla and her husband fall in love. Given, they are "technically" married, however, I believe that the few sensual passages could cause men and women alike to stumble. As for myself, there were a few paragraphs I had to skim. I was slightly disappointed at the ending, however, I realize this book was based on a true story, so it couldn't be overly sugar-coated. Overall, I enjoyed the vivacity of this book, with very few exceptions.



    This book was given to me free from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Posted October 6, 2011

    Live To Read

    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.

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