The Courtship of Two Doctors: A 1930s Love Story of Letters, Hope & Healing

The Courtship of Two Doctors: A 1930s Love Story of Letters, Hope & Healing

by Martha H. Fitzgerald

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From a private collection of nearly 800 courtship letters, the daughter of two remarkable physicians has crafted a timeless valentine to long-lasting love and the healing profession.
Senior medical students from New Orleans and Omaha meet in 1937 and begin a two-year correspondence across 1,100 miles. They set their sights on a return to Mayo Clinic, the medical mecca where they found each other and danced to the haunting “Harbor Lights.” Grave illness and career setbacks shake their confidence, but the two decide to face an uncertain future together, trusting in each other and the relationship they built letter by letter.
The Courtship of Two Doctors recreates the medical era before antibiotics, when health workers were at risk of serious infection, and vividly illustrates the 1930s social barriers challenging two-career marriages.

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BN ID: 2940014988391
Publisher: Little Dove Press
Publication date: 07/15/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Martha Holoubek Fitzgerald, former columnist and associate editorial page editor for the Shreveport Times, is the youngest child of the late Drs. Alice and Joe Holoubek. Now an independent editor, writer, and publisher, she and her husband enjoy living on a quiet country road in a bend of the Red River. Proceeds from this book benefit the medical school her father co-founded, a local marriage ministry, and other causes she shares with her parents.

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The Courtship of Two Doctors: A 1930s Love Story of Letters, Hope & Healing 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Martha has written a wonderful life story, a match made in heaven. I first met her when in high school at St. Vincent's Academy , she was always so kind and friendly. I also new her parent's as I went to them for medical care, and they were always together and I believe they went to daily mass at St. John Berchman's Cathedral. I will never forget the beautiful smile her mother had all the time.They were so precious together, and unseperable. If only more couples would take after Dr.s Holoubek.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
ENCHANTING! SPELLBINDING! This type of courtship is one I have never read about until now. What beautiful letters went back and forth between these two - devoted to the medical profession and to one another. In this day of e-mails, Instagram and other electronic communication - it is impossible to capture the deep friendship and love that daily grew and flowered. This is a must read for all romantics - men and women - or any reader - I couldn't put it down! ~ LEEM (USA)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am reading this book slowly, savoring the growing love between two young doctors separated by 1000 miles. The unfolding of this love story reminds me of The Notebook. It is so interesting to read the medical procedures of the time. I wish that we still had letters instead of E-mail, Facebook, Twitter, and Tweet.
dwgodbyDG More than 1 year ago
Author Martha Holoubek Fitzgerald gives a terrific view into the life of two young medical students studying to become doctors. She shares how they met, how their gaze into each others eyes caused a spark that soon developed into a flame. They were soon separated because of medical school but through letters and limited communication they continued to court and share with one another causing their love to grow ever deeper each passing day. Their letters shared what was going on during their week while at school. They talked about their teachers, peers, family and other things that interested them. They saw a love that continued to increase and the separation only made them want to be together even more. They shared the ups and the downs wanting to be involved in each others life to the fullest. Their families were supportive of them and continued to bless them as they focused on both their vocation and romance. After much waiting they began their journey as a married couple and continued to reach out and help others in body through their vocation. This book is filled of letters between beloved Joe and Alice as they share their undying love for each other. This book was provided by JKS Communications for my honest review. 4 of 5 stars
Anonymous More than 1 year ago