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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Book Review: Doctor in Petticoats by Mary Connealy

About the book:

Doctor Alex Buchanan is a wanted man--a deseter 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 Rating: 4 Stars

My review:

From the very first page, Mary Connealy grabbed my attention, and didn't let go! From beginning to end, I enjoyed the fast paced action and adventure. Mary has a wonderful talent for making the reader feel the peril, tension, and emotion that the characters are going through. The story grabs hold of you, and doesn't let you put it down.

Christian Historical fiction set in the "wild west" of the 1800's is at the top of my favorite's list, so Mary's Doctor in Petticoats did not disappoint. The setting comes to life by Mary's ability to paint a vivid picture of the landscape and surroundings. I love it when I feel immersed in the story, and I definitely felt like I was there with Beth, Alex, and the rest of the McClellan clan.

I also appreciate that Mary creates such unique characters, and that Sophie and her daughters are such strong women. I enjoyed the no-nonsense strength and toughness of all three women, and look forward to reading more of their adventures on the wild frontier in books 2 and 3 of the Sophie's Daughters series; Sharpshooter in Petticoats and Wrangler in Petticoats are at the top of my list! If you love stories with action, adventure, cowboys, romance, and faith, you won't want to miss this one!


  1. Hi Michelle! I found you on Writitng for Christ, an audience of one. Anyway I clicked on your profile and was excited to see your book review. :) I've had my eye on this book but hadn't decied if I was going to get it or not. I thought your review was great and I am excited to get it on my iPod now. Also see that you have Deeanne Gist on your favorites list. One of my favorite authors too. Please stop by my blog and say Hi, it's

  2. PS. I've read several on your to read shelf and they are really good. All of Deeanne Gist, is WONDERFUL. My favorite is Bride in the Bargan. I've read all of hers and all of them are great. Also I really enjoyed Making Waves. I have her next book on my to read shelf as well. I also have The lightkeepers ball on my to read list. :) Seems like we have some of the same taste. :)

  3. This was the first book by Mary that I read but it isn't the last. I've become a big Mary Connealy fan. The other books in the series are quite good also. Cowboy Christmas and Deep Trouble are also fun to read.

  4. Hi Candy! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and commenting! I really appreciate it. I'm glad that I could help persuade you to read Doctor in Petticoats. Mary Connealy is a wonderful author! I have several of her books on my shelf that I'm looking forward to. I also have Bride in the Bargain on my shelf, and I may have to move that to the top of my TBR pile. It does seem that we have similar taste in books. I'm following you on your blog now, too. : )

    Hi Pam! Thank you for stopping by! I have Cowboy Christmas on my wishlist. The other book that I've read by Mary is Montana Rose; that one was really good, too.