Sunday, November 13, 2011
The Doctor's Lady by Jody Hedlund - Review
Obviously they existed even during the 19th century – the true Christian missionaries to the Native Americans. Those, who showed them the love of Christ without trying to convert them to their own “superior” Europeanism in the first place, a mistake many missionaries all over the world had made, even until well into the 20th century.
“The Doctor’s Lady” is a historical romance novel based on the story of a missionary couple who had lived with the Nez Percé tribe for several years. The novel describes the long and exhausting journey of the main (fictional) characters, Priscilla and Eli, across the North American continent during the first half of the 19th century. Apart from the strains of this journey, they also have to deal with the growing complications in their relationship which started as a marriage in name to make it possible for them to become missionaries.
It is one of those books you can hardly stop reading once you started and which makes you rejoice and suffer with the characters. It’s exciting from the first to the last page! Very highly recommended, just like Jody Hedlund’s previous novel “The Preacher’s Bride”.