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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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  • ISBN-13: 9781410441744
  • Publisher: Gale Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 12/2/2011
  • Edition description: Large Print
  • Pages: 618
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.60 (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.

    2 out of 2 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 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 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.

    1 out of 1 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.

    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 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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  • Posted October 6, 2011

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    Christian Fiction with Sizzle!

    Christian fiction that sizzles--you might be thinking, "Huh? Is there such a thing?" Well I'm very glad to say that there is! It seems with all the great new authors popping up on the Christian fiction scene there's a new trend towards more "realistic" romance. Don't get me wrong I love a "sweet" story as much as the next gal but I also love a romance with a bit more conflict (who doesn't argue with a loved one?) and a bit of passion (what good is a relationship/marriage without it?) as long as it's tastefully done.

    There are quite a few talented new authors that combine great stories of faith with awesome messages and have the ability to weave a toe-tingling romance throughout. One of these inspy writers is Jody Hedlund. You might think with titles such as The Preacher's Bride and The Doctor's Lady (a story of a missionary couple) there isn't going to be much in the way of a romance but let me tell you if you think that you will be as gladly mistaken as I certainly was.

    With her sophomore release Hedlund has proven that she is indeed an author to watch. I thought that The Preacher's Bride was amazing but The Doctor's Lady has more than passed my expectations and earned spot in my permanent collection. With her ability to pull you in with just a few lines and that instantaneous tension between Eli and Priscilla I couldn't help but read the entire book in less than a day. The story runs the gamut of emotions from fear, shock, anger, to humor and love but it doesn't end with an unrealistic happily ever after. It leaves you feeling a sense of hope for Priscilla and her family.

    Every second of this story is a joy to read and I recommend it to anyone who likes romance. The only thing I didn't like about this book was that it had to end. Jody Hedlund has captured the spirit of the American frontier in the most compelling of ways. I really hope that I don't have to wait a year before Jody's next book!
    *I received my complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for posting my honest review.*

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  • Posted October 5, 2011

    Definitely not disappointed!

    I eagerly awaited the delivery of The Doctor's Lady by Jody Hedlund. I had immensely enjoyed her debut novel, The Preacher's Bride, and hoped that this second offering would be exceptional as well. I was not disappointed!

    The Doctor's Lady is the fictionalized story of Marcus and Narcissa Whitman (Eli and Priscilla Ernest in the novel). Narcissa, along with her husband and travel partners Henry and Eliza (Mabel) Spalding, was the first white woman to endure the overland crossing to Oregon.

    Jody has once again brought the people of our past to life with an attention to historical detail that adds to the characterization rather than overwhelming it. I love the fact that Priscilla is imperfect and has a lot of growing to do throughout the story. Her understanding of God, herself, and others around her grows at a steady rate proportional to the trials she faces. There are no forced scenes in this book - only human actions and reactions to the stresses faced by the characters.

    Priscilla's relationship to her husband-in-name-only, Dr. Eli Ernest, is fraught with both love and hunger. Jody did an excellent job of laying the foundation of Eli's intense need to both protect Priscilla and achieve his God-given dream of starting the mission and medical clinic in Oregon among the Nez Perce natives. It was both a joy and a heartache to watch the love of these two characters unfold on the long, treacherous journey west. The heartache is, however, well-rewarded in the end.

    **I have received a free review copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers.**

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2011

    FANTASTIC and a MUST Read

    This is the story of how Eli and Priscilla meet and how they both end up going after his dream of working on the west coast to start a mission in oregon. This book discusses there journey and what it took to finally reach there final destination. This book is so good that I could not put it down.. It is a must read. I enjoyed it highly..

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  • Posted October 2, 2011

    An epic tale both inspiring and emotional!

    Full review posted on: readersedyn (dot) blogspot (dot) com

    Favorite Dialogue:

    Before she could move, he swooped her off his feet and into his arms.
    "What do you thing you're doing --- ?"
    He juggled her weight and hefted her against his chest. "Just speeding things up."
    She sucked in a breath and wound her arms around his neck. The graceful curves of her body were every bit as soft and delicate as they looked, and he dragged in his own breath.
    She peeked at the crowd. Her lashes fell as a rosy blush covered her cheeks. "Please put me down," she murmured. "You're causing a scene."
    "I like causing scenes."
    "Dr. Ernest, please."
    He grinned and strode toward the sleigh, his boots crunching in the frozen slush. "Besides, a man has a right to hold his bride, doesn't he?"
    "Not like this. Not in public. It's uncivilized."
    "Who says I'm civilized?"

    Review:

    I have never enjoyed a Christian Romance so much as I enjoy Jody Hedlund's books. This is the second novel for the author. Her first book, The preacher's Bride, was a joy to read. I did not believe that she would be able to write a book more moving and inspirational that the first, but I was wrong. This little gem had me in tears. Eli's slightly defiant nature also lends just the right amount of humor to the story. The book is an all around good read!


    True to form, Hedlund created a work of fiction inspired by the true life of Marcus and Narcissa Whitman. The Whitmans were a young missionary couple who traveled to Oregon, across the Continental Divide, in 1836 for the purpose of ministering to the Nez Perce Indians. The Whitmans did travel with another missionary couple, Henry and Eliza Spalding. Both Narcissa and Eliza were the first two white women to successfully cross the treacherous territory. Not only is the accomplishment of the women often overlooked, but their consistent state of perilous travel from both hazardous terrain and potential Indian attacks is also downplayed.

    Hedlund, once again, has successfully intertwined truths with fiction to create a moving story highlighting the human will to follow ones dreams in a testament of faith and perseverance. This epic tale follows the journey of two people, Eli and Priscilla, who bravely embark on a journey to satisfy a calling placed on their hearts to spread the Word of God. Their journey begins with a marriage of convenience, forced by the Mission Board. Sometimes foolish and other times courageous, Eli and Priscilla set out to fulfill their dreams of ministering to others. Along the way, they just may get a bit more than they bargain for when the marriage of convenience becomes burdensome in their efforts to remain plutonic. Could it be that God has paired these two together for more than just ministering? I highly recommend that you read this book to find out! Their struggles and successes are nothing short of inspirational.

    (book won on blog lacienezbeth (dot) blogspo (dot) com; book provided by author)

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