The Doctor’s Lady by Jody Hedlund
Bethany House, 2011
Priscilla White knows that God has called her to be a missionary in India. The only problem is the Missionary Board won’t let her go unless she is married. Dr. Eli Ernest is going West to set up a mission and live among the Indians, however, he faces the same predicament as Priscilla.
Both have a strong desire to serve God, so they decide to get married in name only; a business arrangement. But, as they travel West to the mission field, Priscilla and Eli weather hardships and a grueling journey together. Will it unite them in their marriage, or threaten to tear them apart?
The journey from New York to Oregon, which is basically from one end of the country to the other, was no easy venture. I thought the character development in the midst of this journey was amazing. Both Eli and Priscilla come to the end of themselves, and have to really look at who they are and in what areas they need to grow. It is when they realize this that they are humbled.
They realize that they may not make it when things don’t go exactly as planned, and the only way to get through it is to depend and trust on God and each other. Throughout their journey, Eli and Priscilla learn a lot about themselves and each other. They slowly find themselves falling in love, despite their plan to keep things professional.
This book was inspired by Narcissa Whitman, who was the first woman to travel to the West. I love that Jody wrote this book based on real people. In the author’s note in the back of the book, she explains that much of the plot was based on real journal entries from Narcissa’s diary.
This book is breathtaking and I completely loved it from start to finish. Jody Hedlund has the ability to weave romantic tension into every scene and plot twist. She has quickly made her way onto my list of favorites. At this point, I will buy whatever she writes, because her books are just that good.
Rating: 5 stars