I really liked that Jody based this novel on real people - Marcus and Narcissa Whitman, which she talks a little bit about at the end of the book. It is a fictionalized tale, but one that is heavily based on Narcissa's personal journals. This story covers from the point when Eli comes to New York and visits Priscilla's community church and their entire journey back across the continent to Oregon, to what would eventually become the Oregon Trail. Priscilla (Narcissa) was the first white female to ever cross the continental divide - a feat that many thought was impossible to be achieved by any woman. It seemed that at every turn their paid guides left them high and dry, but Eli was bound and determined to get Prescilla there in one piece. Their traveling companions, Henry and Mabel Spalding (Henry and Eliza Spalding), made for interesting company, especially since Priscilla had once turned down Henry for her hand in marriage.
It is obvious the amount of research Jody has done and I actually want to read Narcissa's firsthand accounts of their journey. Overall, I really enjoyed the story of their overland journey and look forward to Jody Hedlund's other book, The Preacher's Bride, which is based on the story of Paul Bunyan, author of Pilgrim's Progress and his wife Elizabeth.
Thanks to Bethany House for providing me with an copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
This story was a great read and once I got into the story I couldn't put it down. I loved that it was based on a true story and I appreciated the history and accuracy of the journey West.
The beginning of the story was a little rough, at times the characters personalities felt forced. The plot felt forced and the tension between the main characters felt fake. After the first few chapters, the story began to take shape and things began flowing better. Getting past the beginning was hard, but once I got through it, the story came to life and I enjoyed it.
Overall, I loved "The Doctor's Lady." I loved not only the physical journey Priscilla and Eli take to the West, but I loved the romantic and spiritual journey they took. I liked how the characters were not "perfect" missionaries. They both had weaknesses that they had to overcome, and though they were still imperfect people, this story demonstrates how God can still use us despite our human weaknesses. This story was very encouraging and reminded me that God can use us, we just need to wholly surrender to Him. Loved this book!
In Angelica, New York, 1836, Priscilla White is anxiously awaiting for her assignment as a missionary in India. As she sits with her family in the sanctuary Dr. Eli Ernest is escorted by two young Indian
males. Dr. Eli is there to speak to the congregation on behalf of the Board of Missions to ask for support to set up a mission for the Nez Perce Indians in the Oregon Country. But in order to be funded the Board requires that any male or female missionary is to be married. Which Dr. Eli Ernest is not.
Priscilla is coerced by her family and friends that she would be the perfect choice for his help-mate. This would mean giving up her desire to go to India as a missionary. Besides Dr. Eli and Priscilla are not sure and so they agree to a marriage of convenience.
The treak across country is a long and dangerous trip in wagons. Dr. Eli doubts Priscilla has the fortitude for the trip. But Priscilla is determined to prove him wrong. They both feel lead by the Spirit to be missionaries.
The author paints an amazing picture of their travels west. Making a trip west in wagons extremely dangerous and many people lost there lives along the way. I had a hard time putting this book down.
I tried to think of something I did not like about the book but I could not think of anything that I would change.
This review was posted on my blog 11/8/11
I recommend this book.
My rating for this book is 5 out of 5.
I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers for review. I was in no way compensated for my opinion. This is my honest opinion.
This book captured my attention because of the plot. I bought it, read it, and thoroughly enjoyed it! It is one of those books that tugs at your heartstrings with every page, and yet is not sappy. Although the book is 374 pages, I wish it could have gone on and on. (I need a sequel to tell me what happens next in the story!) A great read!