About The Doctor’s Lady By Jody Hedlund
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.
My Thoughts On The Doctor’s Lady By Jody Hedlund
The Doctor’s Lady takes place in the 1836 and is based loosely shall I say off of Marcus and Narcissa Whitman journey to the western frontier. Narcissa is the first woman of European descent to make the overland journey across the continental divide and author Jody Hedlund did a great job relaying this journey through the characters of Eli and Priscilla.
Eli and Priscilla will take you on a journey over the continental divide to start a mission in the Oregon territory to teach Indians about the joys of The Lord and hopefully build bridges with the whites.
I enjoyed following along on Eli and Priscilla’s journey in missed steamboats, dealing with vile traders, stranded out in the wilderness and most importantly seeing how the two of these people who swore off love would find it in each other. Married as a business arrangement between the two brought them love and happiness.
In the authors notes I loved learning about the real Eli and Priscilla. Once finding out this the characters journeys follow closely of the real life journey of Narcissa across the divide it made an even more powerful story come alive to me.