In the wake of a stagecoach accident, Doctor Alex Buchanan and Nurse Beth McClellan discover that they're both skilled healers who work well together. Other than that, they have nothing in common! She's an idealist and he's a jaded army deserter fleeing a bounty hunter. Surely their alliance ends here . . . or does it?
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A fantastic book with a dry humor that kept me laughing nonstop. At the same time, this author hides truths that makes this book wonderfully down to earth revealing a God who accepts us flawed humans and loves us with our shortcomings.
Interesting, but better for younger readers than I
Date:April 23, 2012
This book starts off with a bang and this continues throughout the entire book. Some of the feats attributed to the heroine and described in this book are quite unbelievable. The story line is interesting and except for some confusion with excessive action descriptions, it stays pretty interesting. I was confused in the beginning, about the true nature of Alex's problems but I enjoyed the way the author let him work his way through. Near the end, the reader thinks that he is at the beginning again because there is a similar stagecoach setting. This time, however, the heroine climbs out the window of the stage and saves the day even though she is about to give birth! Maybe younger readers would enjoy this book better than I.
This series is very captivating, sometimes a little bit repetitive, but so, so interesting!
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Review 11 for Doctor in Petticoats - eBook
Date:August 19, 2011
Location:las vegas nv
i was unable to put the book down. it keeps you reading to find out what happens. i have read all of the books and just wish there were more to continue with the story.
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Review 12 for Doctor in Petticoats - eBook
Date:April 14, 2011
I simply loved this book! I love how the characters found strength in each other and took the good with the bad. I could not put this book down. I am ready to start on the next in the series. The Husband Tree is also amongst my favorite reads. Mary Connealy has become one of my favorite authors.
I’ve become a fan of Mary Connealy‘s writing through her posts and comments at Seekerville blog. Her posts are always interesting and amusing, so I was hoping her novels would be the same. No disappointment here!
Doctor in Petticoats is the first of her books I’ve read, and it won’t be the last. It is the first in a historical series called Sophie’s Daughters, in which we meet Beth just returning from four long years back east learning how to be a doctor. Or, as her Pa–who is certain a woman can’t be a real doctor–says, a nurse. Beth has been trying to get home before her sister Mandy’s wedding.
Also on the stagecoach is a man whom Beth believes to be a drunk, though she hasn’t seen him imbibe. But when the coach comes to a terrible accident blocking the trail, the drunk turns out to be a lunatic doctor. We soon learn that Alex Buchanan is a deserter from the army, running when he couldn’t face the horrors any more. He’s been running for four years, staying ahead of bounty hunters.
Meeting Beth is the first ray of light in Alex’s life, and once she gets done flailing him with his own Stetson to make him help with the injured travellers, he realizes he can’t let her out of his life. And thus follows the most unlikely romance. Even with the seriousness of much of the story line, I couldn’t help but laugh on many pages at Beth’s fiestiness (or spitfire, as Alex calls her).
I’m definitely going to look up the other two novels in this series, about Beth’s sisters.
Heading home to Texas for her sister's wedding, Beth is less than pleased to be sharing her stagecoach with a drunken vagrant. But when they come across another stagecoach that's been involved in an accident, trainee-nurse Beth knows that she needs all the help that she can get. Yet no one is more surprised than she when Alex reveals that he's actually an ex-army doctor. Finally arriving at her hometown, her relatives and neighbours welcome her with open arms, especially when they learn that she's brought a doctor with her. Despite her aspirations to treat the town's residents herself, Beth knows that a female doctor will never be allowed. But Alex is still mentally scarred from the horrors that he's experienced on the battlefield, and insists that Beth help him treat his patients. Her parents are unhappy with this arrangement, until Alex suggests something that even Beth thinks she can agree to - a marriage of convenience. Beth will work alongside Alex, helping to alleviate his fears, and giving her the chance to use her medical skills. Will their marriage remain purely practical, or can it develop into something more? And will Alex's mysterious past ever catch up with him, revealing why he's still having nightmares about the war?
As you may have noticed, I'm on a historical romance kick right now, especially with novels set in late 1800s USA. Prairie life, homesteading and stagecoaches galore! And Mary Connealy appears to be Queen of these books! I've never read anything by her before but I'll definitely be keeping my eye out for more of her books.
I made the mistake of starting this while studying for my English exam and had to keep tearing myself away. The start of this novel, where Beth is on the stagecoach and comes across the accident, is incredibly fast-paced and sucks you right into the story. Beth's a spunky heroine and takes control of the situation, ordering Alex and the driver around so that she can take care of everyone. Her heart is obviously in the right place, even if she has to beat Alex over the head with his own hat to make him obey her orders!
The chemistry between Alex and Beth is brilliant. While Beth initially finds Alex irritating, they work well together, both as doctor and nurse and as husband and wife. It was lovely to see their relationship developing and I loved Connealy's portrayal of marriage. Not only did this couple have a wonderful equal partnership where they relied on each other, but Connealy made it clear that sex is something to be celebrated between husband and wife. Some books ignore the subject of sex in marriage, or make it seem like a duty, so I'm very grateful to this author for showing that it is something to be both cherished and celebrated! That said, there was nothing graphic or descriptive on the topic of sexuality, just a few sentences here and there hinting that a happily married couple enjoyed spending time together in their bedroom.
While reading the novel I discovered that some of the characters had previously featured in other books - which is excellent as I'd love to read more about Beth's parents! However, I'm more interested in Mandy, the sister whose wedding Beth was heading home for. I really enjoyed the subplot about her in this book, and I'm happy to see that she's the focus of #3 in the Sophie's Daughters series.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, but I didn't completely love it. While I was initially drawn in by Beth's spunkiness and the quirky and humorous narrative, this petered out after a while. The final conflict was fun to read, but I felt like the focus shifted from Beth to Alex. Of course, I enjoyed reading about Alex too but I found that I preferred the sections of the novel that were from Beth's perspective. I'll definitely be reading more books in this series as I enjoy reading about the McClellan family, but this isn't my absolute favourite historical romance.
If you like your romances to have a quirky narrative and a spunky heroine, this is definitely one to look out for. All three of the books in the Sophie's Daughters series are already on the shelves, so you won't even have to wait to find out what happens next to the McClellan sisters! 8/10