Yeah...I guess when you type it out like that it doesn't sound very appealing. But in Christian fiction, the marriage of convenience story line is one of my favs and The Doctor's Lady rocks this plot device.
In order to pursue careers in missions, Eli and Priscilla need to find spouses. Since neither of them is interested in getting married, they decide to be disinterested together, thus begins a beautiful business relationship.
I love how Hedlund throws Priscilla and Eli together in a cross country caravan with her former flame (cause when your husband's just not that into you, the last person you need witnessing the fact is your ex-honey and his pregnant wife). Alternately awkward and poignant moments ensue making this subplot one of my favorites of the book.
If you're looking for a highly engaging historical romance that's heavy on the romance (my favorite kind), pick up The Doctor's Lady and hang on for the ride.
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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.
It's giveaway time!
I accidentally received this book from two sources, so I'm hosting a giveaway with the duplicate. To enter, leave a comment between now and September 30 letting me know you're interested in reading The Doctor's Lady.
Book club reminder:
On September 24, the Christian Fiction Book Club is discussing Jody Hedlund's The Preacher's Bride which is currently free on Kindle. Make sure to grab it and join the discussion at Lydia's blog, The Overweight Bookshelf.