Monday, October 10, 2011
Book Review: The Doctor's Lady
Hedlund tells a gripping tale which she gleans right from history- and diaries- from the real character Narcissa Whitman. Historical accuracies down to the detail make this story even more engaging and heart wrenching. As the story unfolds you find two people in an unexpected situation facing uncertain times and situations as they make their way across the plains, rivers, and mountains of a land only inhabited by the unknown and unpredictable Indian tribes.
I found this novel to be a welcome twist on the traditional romance novel especially given its true origins and Hedlund's attempt at making it as accurate to the true story as possible. I am not one to get emotional while reading, but found myself nearly laughing or tearing it up as I read the story of characters I came to love unfold. The only downside of the novel was that I failed to understand and believe the Squire's character. His actions and intentions didn't seem to add up given the background and information given. Especially in the early parts of the journey west. Hedlund would do well doing a part two of this novel as I am eager to find out how this 'fresh' pair do in the Nez Perce society in the hard west.
A thanks to Bethany House publishers for the opportunity to read and review this book. I was given a copy of the novel in return for my review, but thoughts and opinions are all my own.