The Doctor's Lady

The Doctor's Lady

by Jody Hedlund


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Historical Romance from the Author of The Preacher's Bride

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764208331
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/01/2011
Series: Hearts of Faith Series , #2
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 507,698
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)

About 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

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Doctor's Lady 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 53 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
tmurrell2 More than 1 year ago
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.
ButterflyBlessingsBlog More than 1 year ago
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.
Wendyreads More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it
Gertt More than 1 year ago
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.
Janna6 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"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.
LadyJai on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It is amazing to know what God's plan is for you. A lot of people do not know what God plans for them. They seek it their entire lives. But Priscilla White knew it from a very early age. Her only obstacle--the Mission Board. Vowed never to marry, Priscilla's rejection to Mission in India comes with a caveat--should she marry, the Board would approve her as a missionary. Her solution walked in through the Church doors. God called Eli Ernest to medical practice--not just any medical practice, but to those of the Nez Pierce out West. His scouting mission had been paid by the Church. But his second trip would be hindered by the Mission Board as well. Faced with the same dilemma as Priscilla White, their only option was to break their vows to not marry. This story is deeper than the love that builds between the two. It is a trial of their faith. Priscilla joins Eli and another couple to minister to the Native Americans in the Western Country. Both Priscilla and her female travelling companion become the first women to travel to the Western Country that would become the Oregon Trail. It is a long and treacherous path, and Priscilla is determined to show both Eli and herself that she is strong enough to survive it. But can she? Riddled throughout this story is tension in love, in faith, in etiquette, and in physical security. You will not want to put it down.
tarenn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
THE DOCTOR'S LADY by Jody Hedlund is an exciting inspirational historical fiction set in 1836 Angelica, New York and Oregon Country. It is written with depth,and details. It has some romance, historical facts, secrets, faith,following God's plan, harsh elements,struggles,trials,forgiveness,danger,Indians,missionaries, fur trappers and an epic journey across the Continental Divide for two white women. This is the story of Priscilla White and Dr. Eli Ernest. The story was inspired by real life characters Marcus and Narcissa Whitman,who where a young couple who traveled across across country to Oregon to start a mission amon the Nez Perce natives,their faith,trials and struggles for survive.In this story Priscilla needs a husband to join a missionary group and Eli needs a wife to continue his exploration and mission for the Nez Perce Indians. Together, with another young couple The Spalding's they face danger,struggles,learn to love each other,follow their dreams,and their destiny. They face many difficult times but find not only matters of the heart but also,an adventure that will test Priscilla's spirit,faith and an epic journey of survival. Where Priscilla and her young companion Mabel will become the first two white women to cross the Continental Divide.A must read with many of action,adeventure and twists and turns.This is truly an author to watch for See "The Preacher's Wife",her debut novel."The Doctor's Lady" is truly inspirational story of how a marriage of necessary can endure to become marriage of the heart.This book was received for the purpose of review from the author and publisher. Details can be found at Bethany House,a division of Baker Publishing Group and My Book Addiction and More.
JaneSteen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Where I got the book: review copy from publisher on author's behalf.This is Jody Hedlund's second book, and I enjoyed it very much. The author seemed much more at home in this American pioneer setting, and the positioning of the tone of the book a little farther away from the inspirational side of things and a little closer to the romance also seemed to work for Hedlund.In a story where the characters are on a journey, the background sometimes threatens to dominate the storyline, but I felt that Hedlund struck a good balance here. I really felt I learned something about the challenges facing the people heading west in the 1830s; Hedlund layers in plenty of realistic detail and doesn't idealize or glamorize the people or the times.I thought that the protagonists were fairly predictable romantic types, and the romance arc went pretty much the way I expected it to, but that's a fault of publishers' expectations of the reader's expectations, if you ask me. Hedlund sticks to the rules and delivers a very readable book, and I'm looking forward to the next one.
judyg54 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was just a good all around story that kept me enjoying the book all the way through. The back of the book describes this story very well, ¿Priscilla White KNEW God wanted her to be a missionary; NOT A WIFE. Then, the missionary board declared 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.¿ What the description doesn¿t tell you is the heartwarming way Priscilla and her husband-in-name-only, Dr. Eli Ernest grow to care for each other as they travel across the country to work with the Nez Perce Indians out West. The description of the their travels and the hardships they endure makes you realize how difficult it must have been for the first woman to make that journey (and this story is written based upon a true life story of the first woman to make this journey, as the author mentions at the back of the book).Mabel became a true friend in this story and she reminded Priscilla that God will give us the strength we need. When we are weak, then He is strong.Priscilla does come to realize that though she thought she was the perfect missionary, she had come to understand that her piety, commitment, youth and education didn¿t matter in the harsh wilderness she found herself in. The harshness of the trip let her see the true her; her selfishness, her self-pity and her pride.I just fell in love with Priscilla and her determination and unrelenting spirit despite her setbacks in life, which were many. She had to give up her dream of having children, her dream of going to India, and her dream of marrying for love were just a few. But she endures and seeks to encourage others. Dr. Eli Ernest is also a man you will learn to appreciate, though at first he comes across as rather abrupt and uncaring, but he starts to see Priscilla for the special woman she really is. The way these two people come to care for each other at times just made me tingle all over, waiting for them to acknowledge their true feelings to themselves and then to each other. This is an author I have read before and enjoyed her work, but this story I think will be up there as one of her very best. It is a story of hardships and hope, of love and desire and a story that will make you glad you picked it up and read it. A big thumbs up for this author and her story.Paperback: 378 pages Publisher: Bethany House (September 1, 2011) ISBN-10: 0764208330 ISBN-13: 978-0764208331
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didn't enjoy this book. It just took to long to get the plot going. Priscilla cannot go on a mission to India because she is not married so she is pretty much railroaded into marriage to Dr. Eli Ernest. They go on a wagon train to Oregon with a minister and his pregnant wife. The entire book to me was pretty boring. The pregnant wife was pretty miserable and that took up a lot of the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This author does not disappoint .
DNunley More than 1 year ago
Wonderful incredibly written story of a true story. A great read for all. I highly recommend!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All romance westerns should be written with the same emotion and adventure as this book. Taken from true historical data, Jody has given us a glimpse into what it was like to traverse unknown and dangerous territory with the grace of God guiding them through. Even though this book is religious it doesn't drown in its context. But it does show human failings and how we recognize and overcome them. And the romance part is emotional and true. I highly recommend this book! Cindy Stotts
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Based on the true story of the Whitmans-- the first missionaries (Along with the Spauldings) in the Oregon territory. In fact, their wives were the first white women in the territory. This was a wonderful story of how hardship and struggle can refine a person and grow their faith.
Debra Maier More than 1 year ago
This was a very enjoyable book set in the late 1830's about the first women to cross the continental divide.  The story is indulged but the characters really existed although the names are different. I usually am not interested in Romance but this had romance and descriptions that painted pictures of what it might have been like in the untamed West.  I couldn't put this book down and read it straight through. I plan to read more from Jody Hedlund.
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Beverly_D More than 1 year ago
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.
Shay14 More than 1 year ago
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!
WildflowerMom More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a good book. Kept my interest throughout.
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SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
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, Really good read.