Sunday, January 9, 2011

Doctor In Petticoats by Mary Connealy ~ review

Doctor in Petticoats (Sophie's Daughters)Product Description

Doctor Alex Buchanan is a wanted man--a deserter from the army stalked by a bounty hunter--but he'd rather be dead than inflict any more pain on his patients. Beth McClellan is idealistic, believing the nursing training she received will be enough to help her serve as doctor to her home town in West Texas. When Alex and Beth meet in a stagecoach accident, they find that they work well together. But are his demons and her dreams too deeply rooted for either of them to pay the price required for a future together?

My take on this book:
This book starts out fast, just like a runaway stagecoach, and doesn't slow down until the end!

Beth McClellan is on her way home to see her sister Mandy marry, she has been away from home studying to be a nurse, She is headed home on a stagecoach, and one of the passengers is a stinky man that she assumes is a drunk. When they happen upon an accident where there are injured people Beth demands that the drunk help her, boy is she surprised when it turns out he "Alex" is a doctor.

Alex Buchanan is a doctor who is a wanted man. There is a bounty hunter looking for him, because he deserted from the army after witnessing so much death and misery. Heartsick he abandons his medical profession, and tries to keep it a secret that he is a doctor. When he and Beth arrive in Mosqueros  he wants nothing more than to work on the McClellan ranch. When the community finds out he is a doctor, he is soon set up with an office and several patients. The only way he can practice medicine is if Beth is by his side, he draws strength from her, so the solution is to marry her. Will Beth marry a stranger so that she can achieve her goal of practicing medicine, and can Alex face his demons and find solace in Mosqueros?

This was such a fast paced story that I didn't put it down, reading it in one sitting. I loved the character of Beth she is a self assured lady who also has a quick wit. I found myself laughing out loud on several occasions. I also enjoyed how the book bounces back and forth between the sisters. When Mandy realizes her marriage is a mistake, she feels like she has to honor her wedding vows and stick it out.
If your a fan of fast paced, historical christian fiction then you are going to love this book. This was my first time reading anything by Mary Connealy and she now has a new fan in me. I am anxious to read the next book in the series.

Book provided by Netgalley and Barbour Publishing in exchange for an honest review.


  1. She's hysterical right?! It's rare that a book actually makes me laugh out loud, but hers do.

    Doctor in Petticoats made my best of 2010 list.

  2. I totally agree Joy, I love this author, if all of her books are this fast paced and funny she is going to be one of my favorite authors for sure!

  3. Brenda, thanks so much for the nice review.

    I loved writing that book. This whole series was just pure fun to write. I knew these McClellen girls so well.

    that seems strange but I really did, since they were little girls when I started out.


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