March 1, 2013

Dr. Eli Ernest

***Wait, where is Nancy???*** Hey there hero-girls! I knew about a month ago the next few hero features weren't going to happen if I didn't enlist some help. So I reached out to some very trusted friends to fill in for me in March and am insanely happy at the job they did. And for the first time EVER, I got to experience what you guys do twice a month, as these were heroes in my TBR list who had been nominated so I got the full FHF experience for the first time from the other side. Wow. This blog is cool! Now I MUST read these books. This guest feature was written and coordinated by my first ever blog follower and very trusted hero-girl, Whitney. You guys be sure and show her some FHF love in the comments because without her there would have been no 3/1 feature. - NK

1. A man of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities.
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If I remember correctly, I had barely turned the last page of this book and swiped at a lingering tear before I left flaming tracks across the floor on my way to the computer and to FHF, where I clicked on the “Nominate a Hero” head, begging Nancy to feature Eli Ernest. “A five star hero”, I remember typing. “You’ll be hard-pressed to find a hero any better than he is.” THEN, I harped on her about it in a couple emails. Finally, I suppose she figured she was never going to hear the last of it until this very worthy hero fought his way through the gauntlet of orange heads to take his place among the esteemed Fiction Heroes.

That being said, I want to add that as a hopeless hero-girl romantic, I feel very privileged to have been able to guest write a hero feature—and for one of my favorites to boot! A marriage of convenience story like no other, Jody Hedlund’s The Doctor’s Lady had my heart turning somersaults before the book hardly had time to get off the ground. Eli was both unbelievably strong and unbelievably tender, which does a number on this girl’s heart. Chapter after chapter saw Eli fighting the land, the elements, time, his feelings for Priscilla, and his past. His inward scars do as much to endear him to the reader as his many outward scars. He’s a hero in the truest sense of the word.

About The Doctor's Lady by Jody Hedlund (released Sept. 1, 2011): 

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.

From The Doctor’s Lady by Jody Hedlund:

His feet moved toward her as if she had some kind of magic hold upon him. He knew he ought to crack himself over the head for his weakness, but he couldn’t stop himself.

“Those buggers are tough to dislodge,” he said. “I know from personal experience.”
She held out her hand to him. “I didn’t realize the pears had needles on them.”
He knelt next to her and cupped her hand in his. “On the last trip, I bit into one.”
She gasped.
He smiled. “Yep.”
“Doesn’t quite seem fair for God to make them so attractive only to cover them with such painful spines.”
“At least they’re on your hand and not in your mouth.”
“True.” She touched the thin black scar near his thumb. “And how’s your wound?”
“It’s on the mend. Looks like it’ll stay together just fine.”
“Then my sewing job didn’t ruin you for life?”
He grinned. “I’m already ruined.”
Her lips curved into a small smile. And the sight of it made him realize how rare her smiles were. Had she always been so serious?
He bent his head over her hand. The thin, clear needles had punctured the tender skin on her palm and fingers. He pinched one between his fingernails and tugged it loose.
She winced.
“I’m sorry.” He worked faster. “It’ll hurt for a few minutes.”
He tried not to think about her pain. Over the years he’d accustomed himself to the fact that he would always cause his patients some pain and discomfort. It was just part of the job, part of the healing process.
But with each needle he pried loose, the sting in her flesh radiated into his. By the time he was done, he was sweating.
“How does your hand feel now?” He grazed his fingers across the swollen red spots on her hand.
She sucked in a breath.
His gaze lifted to hers.
Teardrops glistened in her eyelashes, but her eyes were wide with wonder. “You have the gentlest hands.”
“Comes with years of practice.” He sank into the feather softness of her eyes.
“And I think they came from the Lord, who’s obviously given you the perfect skills for doctoring.”
If not for the sincerity in her tone, he might have scoffed at her comment. Anyone could be a doctor. His stepfather had been right about that. It didn’t take much book learning, not like it did to become a minister.
Even so, he’d had to work harder than most to make it. “At first I didn’t think I’d be content with doctoring. I thought I wanted to be someone important like a minister. But it didn’t take me long to realize God can use a doctor just as much as a minister.”
She cocked her head, as if she might argue with him.
“I realize you probably have the same view as most of the population—that becoming a minister is better, more noble, than anything else. But I’ve learned God can use a clay pot just as much as a glass jar.”
For a moment she studied him and then gave him the barest of smiles. “I’m grateful you’re a doctor and not a minister. Otherwise, I’d still be picking prickles out of my palm.”
He touched the tender skin of her palm and swiped a dot of blood off the tip of her finger. Without thinking, he lifted her hand to his lips and kissed her finger.
She drew in a sharp breath but didn’t make an effort to pull away from him.
He met her gaze. The silkiness in the depths sent a tremor through his body. He pressed his lips against her smooth skin again, tasting the saltiness of her blood.
His lips brushed a path to her palm, and in the tender, moist middle he pressed another kiss.
Her chest rose and fell in rapid succession, but she still made no move. Instead, she watched, almost as if she was remembering the kiss he’d given her on their wedding day, the same kiss that still haunted him.
Maybe it was past time for him to give her another. How could one little kiss hurt anything?

Excerpt used with permission. All rights reserved.

Gallant Score: 
For me, there is no hesitation here. Eli’s score of four Orange Heads is earned through almost every scene. The hardships Eli and his comrades endured on their way to Oregon and the Nez Perce people in 1836 left me feeling as though I might fall out of my chair from exhaustion. Just when I thought these poor people could withstand no more, they did. Dodgy guides, raging rivers, sickness. And Eli was there, as leader and champion, keeping the worn stitches of their arduous journey from fraying and undoing them all.

Wounded Score: 
This was really a tossup between three and four heads, so I reason it to be a score of three and half heads. Like Priscilla, I often wanted to reach out and caress Eli’s cheek, touch his many scars, and cry on his shoulder at his pain. And being of the heroic cloth that Eli’s cut from, he’d have let her (or me!). Guilt ridden over the events of a fateful day in his youth that led to years of his sisters’ suffering at the hand of his stepfather, Eli’s emotional wounds resurface several times throughout the story. Being a wounded hero didn’t make Eli weak, though. If anything, it made him stronger. 

Softie Score: 
This one was tough. His softie score of three heads really belongs to Pricilla and her alone; the chosen excerpt a glimpse of this. There are a few other aspects that lend to his Softie score, such as his love of the Nez Perce, and his deep regret regarding his family. One of these orange heads can definitely be attributed to the part of the book concerning cholera and Eli’s care of the people who fell ill.

Stupid Strikes: 
Zilch. These barren heads attest to Eli’s hero aptitude. He’s a very real hero, though. Flawed, not always right, but never acting in a way that made me roll my eyes at his actions or thoughts. Eli is the very best kind of hero. Both complete in his capturing of my heart, and totally—humanly—fallible.

Swoon Score: 
Aaahh, yes. Ablaze with orange heads.

Eli stole my heart in so many ways, on so many levels. From his trying to find a way to make their wedding special for Priscilla, to his reaction to her on their wedding night… and then when the rubber, or rather hoof, meets the road, he does not fail to maintain his swoon-worthiness. Tall, strong, rustic in his good looks… sigh. His physical scars only made him more attractive! Yes, Eli did little but be himself to garner my affections. 

 About Eli's author Jody Hedlund:

Jody Hedlund is an award-winning historical romance novelist and author of the best-selling book, The Preacher's Bride. She received a bachelor's degree from Taylor University and a master's from the University of Wisconsin, both in Social Work. Currently she makes her home in Michigan with her husband and five busy children. Publisher's Weekly called her newest book Unending Devotion, "a meaty tale of life amid the debauchery of the lumber camps of 1880s Michigan . . . exciting and unpredictable to the very end." 

Visit her website at

The FHF exclusive directly from the author:

If you've read The Doctor's Lady, you'll quickly realize that Eli had a pretty rough childhood. His father died early, and Eli holds himself responsible (and his mother does too) for his father's death. His mother remarried, and Eli's stepfather was a cruel man, abusing Eli's sisters and constantly belittling Eli.

It's no wonder that Eli has a lot of baggage from his past to deal with throughout the story!

However, in the early version of The Doctor's Lady, I developed a much angrier Eli, an Eli who was very bitter about his past. He felt inferior to Priscilla because of his poor family, and he was angry with Priscilla because of how wealthy and spoiled she was.

In making Eli so influenced by his past, I ended up with a hero who was completely unlikable. He'd become weak, whiny, and bitter.  And when my editors read the book for the first time, they didn't like him at all. So, I had to begin the hard work of rewriting his character, making him stronger, kinder, and more heroic.

I learned that authors need to have realistic characters who have flaws and are indeed shaped by their past, but we also have to be careful to keep them likable! And that's often a tough balance.

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The Giveaways:

One copy of The Doctor's Lady (winner's choice of format, print or ebook)

For existing readers, $10 Amazon or Barnes & Noble giftcard.
IMPORTANT: For the giftcard drawing, as always we need the name of a character not used in the excerpt or the feature and once that character has been used, please choose another.

Please include if you would like to be entered for the book or for the gift card. If your profile won't let me look up your e-mail, please include your address in a spam fighting format like thedoc at ernest dot com.

Winners will be announced on Mar. 14th, 2013
One more thing. I want to know if the hero girls think it was more difficult to be a doctor in the 1800's than it is now in modern times and why?


  1. WhitneyMarch 1, 2013 at 6:51 AM

    Good morning!

    So honored to have had the opportunity to do this, Nancy. Wouldn’t hesitate to do so again in the future!

    Loved this book, story, Eli, and Jody’s story-telling voice.

    I think being a doctor is difficult no matter what the time period. In the 1800’s, doctors were so often at a loss. Without the years of further study and advances in technology that we have today, doctors of the 1800’s used methods such as “bleeding” their patients. I think they played guessing games a lot, and the good doctors did their best.

    This is not so different for modern doctors. There is still so much that doctors don’t know and cures that have not been found, etc.

    But being a doctor is the 1800’s with so little knowledge, drugs, resources—wow. Best to be a prayer warrior!


    1. Jody HedlundMarch 1, 2013 at 11:07 AM

      Hi Whitney,

      Thank you so much for the lovely spotlight on one of my dreamier heroes! I loved developing Eli. I can only imagine the courage it took to make that trek out West and to bring a wife into all the danger!

      So glad you enjoyed the book!!



  2. Carol MoncadoMarch 1, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    Sarah Taylor - Eli's ex-fiance.

    I had to go look that up :p. I'm horrible with names. I can tell you the complete history of several characters, but their names? Especially when it's been a while since I read it... :p

    But yes - LOVED this book AND Jody has TWO MORE coming out this year!!! YAY!!!!

    1. Jody HedlundMarch 1, 2013 at 11:09 AM

      Hi Carol!

      Thank you for the very sweet words!! I have a hard time remembering character names from books too (even my own!!). ;-P I have to keep a running list in the front of my plot notebook so that I can keep everyone straight!

      Thanks for being excited with me for the two books releasing this year!



    2. WhitneyMarch 3, 2013 at 4:41 PM

      I'm not great with names either, Carol. Sarah's would have been one I had to look up! Thanks for commenting, and yes, this book was awesome!

  3. GaniseMarch 1, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    AHHH!!! Yes, yes, yes! I was absolutely head over heels for this book when I finished it and I re-read it twice! I borrowed it from the library though and I would be thrilled to own a copy. One of the very best romances I have EVER read. Jody is goooood, ladies and gentleman!

    I'll name Mabel (I don't remember her last name but she was the wife of the other minister accompanying Eli and Priscilla.)

    Just a question: can I enter in both giveaways, please? *Shy grin*.

    In my opinion, it most definitely must have been hard to be a doctor back in the 1800 than it is now, since doctors didn't have the technology that modern science has developed.

    One last name before I go: Eli Earnest..... *sigh*

    Thank you and good day! :-)

    1. GaniseMarch 1, 2013 at 10:05 AM

      Mabel Spalding that is. Just looked it up. And it's okay if I can't enter in both giveaways. (Got a bit carried away *smiling*) I'll take the book over the giftcard, please.

    2. Jody HedlundMarch 1, 2013 at 11:10 AM

      Hi Ganise,

      Great to see you here! You always have such a wonderful way of brightening me up with your comments! :-) You're a great encourager and I appreciate you!



    3. GaniseMarch 1, 2013 at 4:06 PM

      Awwwwww, Jody, thank you! The Lord bless you, dear woman. I appreciate you too. :-)

    4. WhitneyMarch 3, 2013 at 4:44 PM

      Ganise, I agree. This is one my favorite books/romances I've read. It was a real treat getting to go back and re-read some of my favorite parts as I tried to pick just the right scene for the excerpt.

      Eli is totally sigh-worthy!

  4. PattyMarch 1, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    Mary Ann - Priscilla's sister

    I have read Jody's first two books. Loved this one especially. I have #3 in my TBR stack! Guess I should get to it before #4 comes out.


    PS. By the way my name is actually Priscilla! Don't know where my parents got Patty from but that is what I have always gone by.

    1. Jody HedlundMarch 1, 2013 at 11:12 AM

      Hi Patty,

      That IS an interesting nickname from Priscilla. I've heard "Cilla." But not Patty! Isn't it funny how nicknames can evolve?

      Thanks for the kind words about my books. I hope you'll enjoy the new ones too!

      Blessings to you!


    2. WhitneyMarch 3, 2013 at 4:47 PM

      Hi, Patty! Thanks for leaving a comment and giving Priscilla's sister's name! I kept waiting for a family member, or for Eli to give Priscilla a nickname in the book-- like Prissy or Cilla. Some people get nicknames that have nothing to do with their "real" names.

  5. Melissa JagearsMarch 1, 2013 at 1:17 PM

    I've got a up-and-coming doctor in my new WIP ....and I wish I didn't. What to do with patients? Eeney, Meeney, Miney, Mo. I have him frustrated that he doesn't know because he's the caring sort.

    I loved this book. Character Mr. Kay - the really creepy innkeeper guy

    1. WhitneyMarch 3, 2013 at 4:51 PM

      Doctors are soooo... hero-esque somehow. The ability, talent, and calling it takes to be a good doctor all give way to attributes we love in a hero: tenderness, selflessness, strength, courage, empathy...

      Mr. Kay the "creepy innkeeper guy", ha! Thanks for commenting, Melissa!

  6. WhitneyMarch 1, 2013 at 4:55 PM

    Love the characters you guys are coming up with. :)

    Jody, The Doctor's Lady got me interested in reading again, after about a year of reading the first chapters of books I just didn't care about. Eli and Priscilla steered me towards some more books and authors that are straight from my heart. :)

    1. Jody HedlundMarch 4, 2013 at 5:23 AM

      Whitney, that is just delightful to hear. Thank you for sharing that. It means more than you know. :-)

  7. MarissaMarch 1, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    Even though I read this book a really long time ago, I remember absolutely loving it!! It was the first of Jody's books that I read and I can't wait for the new ones!

    For the gift card: Reverend Lull


    1. MarissaMarch 1, 2013 at 10:55 PM

      And about being a doctor in the 1800's...I think it would've been so much harder than today because we have a lot more advanced technology than they did back then.

    2. WhitneyMarch 3, 2013 at 4:37 PM

      Marissa, this is the only book I've read by Jody Hedlund so far, but all of her books are on the "to be read" list.

      Thanks for commenting and giving a character name. :)

  8. Pam K.March 1, 2013 at 7:04 PM

    The Doctor's Lady has been on my wish list since I first started hearing about it. After this post, I've put it higher on the list. I would love to win a copy of the book.
    I think it was certainly easier to become a doctor in the 1800's than now (because of the years of schooling required now) but it was still a difficult job. I am thankful for my doctors.
    Thanks for the giveaway.


    1. WhitneyMarch 3, 2013 at 4:39 PM

      I like to "browse" for books sometimes, and The Doctor's Lady kept coming up. Rarely do I buy a book without reading it first, or without at least having read something by the author. So glad that I did with this one, though!

  9. happygretMarch 2, 2013 at 11:34 AM

    I think it was harder back then. The profession was a lot of trial and error. So many doctors had to helplessly watch patients die. I think that's a lot worse than what doctors deal with today.

  10. happygretMarch 2, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    OH and Whitney, here's a true test that you can fill Nancy's shoes. Without the note at the top, I would have had no idea that she didn't write it. Great job!
    NK-Now you get to know how I feel twice a month. "It's the 1st. I get to read another FHF!"

  11. KarenMarch 3, 2013 at 3:44 PM

    I would love to win a copy of this book, it sounds so interesting reading the review.

    I think it would be harder to be a doc back then because they had less access to medicine and hospitals.
    sonflower277 at gmail dot com

  12. WhitneyMarch 3, 2013 at 4:35 PM

    Thanks, happygret! I hoped I'd do Nancy's blog proud. :)

    Karen, I don't think you'll be sorry if you read this book. I agree, too, that being a doctor is the 1800's presented challenges unthinkable today.

  13. Abbi HartMarch 3, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    Eli definitely needed to be featured here! I first discovered Jody when I read Unending Devotion last year. I absolutely loved it and then people kept saying that The Doctor's Lady was even better. I wasn't sure if it was possible but even if it was half as good as UD I knew I had to read it! So I got a copy and fell in love! It was so good! I am currently reading The Preacher's Bride and I'm loving this one too! I'm becoming convinced that this author can't write a bad book! I am really looking forward to A Noble Groom and Rebellious Heart! April and September can't come fast enough!

    For my character I'm going to name Richard-I don't think he's been taken yet!

    1. Jody HedlundMarch 4, 2013 at 5:26 AM

      Abbi, You're a sweetheart! Thank you for the kind words!! I'm so glad that you've enjoyed all my books so far!

  14. WhitneyMarch 3, 2013 at 7:21 PM

    Abbi, glad you loved the book! Jody can certainly weave a good story, and I'm looking forward to reading other books by her. :)

    Thanks for remembering Richard. :)

  15. NanceeMarch 4, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    Thank you for featuring Jody Hedlund's book. I am a big fan of hers, and would love the opportunity to win a copy of her book. Thank you so much!

    1. WhitneyMarch 4, 2013 at 5:45 PM

      Hi, Nancee! Thanks for stopping by. I think there can be no doubt that Jody has an ever-growing loyal fan base. :)

  16. lorlyn63March 4, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    This book "The Doctor's Lady" has been on my wish list to read. I love the story line and I have worked in the medical field for over 27 years, so any stories about doctors is of interest and especially the era in which it is written as well.

    I would imagine being a doctor in any time era would be difficult, as they are simply "practicing" and do not know everything - even with all our new technology today. I think it depends on the disease and how it was treated. I am hypothyroid and from the information I have read on that disease the doctor's back in the 1800's were better at treating it than our present day doctors are. The 1800 docs went by symptoms and the appearance of the patient and prescribed natural thyroid hormone - today we have blood tests and synthetic man-made hormone, but most doctor's only test one test - the TSH and that does not usually tell the doctor what is really going on. Also they only prescribe the manmade hormone (big Pharma in back pocket) and most patient's after being on it for years become immune to it and it stops working. Many docs do not think natural hormone is the way to go and so often patient's find once on natural hormone they feel so much better - I have had thyroid specialist tell me that natural hormone is not for me, but he was wrong. Our docs today have so much more at their finger tips for testing a patient and finding out what is wrong with them, but I have known countless people who are still a huge mystery to our present day docs, so I am certain there is not much difference in some ways in comparison to the two eras and then again huge differences in how patients are treated with testing, meds, etc. I think a lot of docs now days are in it for the money and prestige and many of those do not really care about the patient's problems, but I think back in the 1800's docs were probably more compassionate, wanting to help the patient get better and they certainly were not in it for the money - most were paid with chickens, produce from someones garden, etc. I believe the 1800 docs got into it because they had a desire to help others, but I don't know a lot of docs today who are the same way. Back in the 1800's they did not have insurance - today docs also have to deal with the headaches of getting claims paid and/or getting their patient's to pay for their services. In many ways the docs of the 1800's were missionaries in their care of the sick. Just my take on the two eras.

    Sorry so long - thank you for the giveaway, I would so enjoy reading this story that Jody has written!


    1. WhitneyMarch 4, 2013 at 5:49 PM

      Hi, Lori! Thank you for your thoughtful reply. :) I think doctors of the 1800's must have had a great burdern on their hearts to help people, for the most part. You're right-- that definitely isn't a characteristic among most doctors today.

      You're so in the hat for the book. :)

  17. Library LadyMarch 4, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    I would love to win a print copy of the book, "The Doctor's Lady" by Jody Hedlund.
    The difference between today's medicine and the 1800's would be the technology.
    There were no modern conveniences, computer's, etc. back then, but at least the doctors believed in the "Great Physician" more so than they do now.
    Thanks for entering me in the giveaway.
    Janet E.

    1. WhitneyMarch 4, 2013 at 5:50 PM

      Hi, Janet. Thanks for commenting!

  18. MelodyMarch 4, 2013 at 11:48 AM

    I have read one of Jody's books and loved her style! We're missionaries in Central America. Just the other night one of our pastor friends was stabbed 5 times for his phone. The conditions of this hospital is so primitive-the lack of equipment, medicine, hygiene supplies - much more to go against him. He is such a humble man and they have nothing...but good hearts & the Lord. So there are still places where medicine is at the turn of the century mark!

    Would love to win this book!

    1. WhitneyMarch 4, 2013 at 5:52 PM

      You are so right, Melody. We so often forget that many of the struggles faced in days gone by are still prevalent in many countries.

      This book sounds right up your alley!

  19. Jasmine A.March 4, 2013 at 5:06 PM

    I'd love a chance to read this book! I haven't read any of Jody's books yet but I have heard nothing but the best about them.
    I would like to be entered for the book please :)
    Jasmine A.

    1. WhitneyMarch 4, 2013 at 5:54 PM

      You're in, Jasmine! Jody definitely captured my heart with Eli and The Doctor's Lady. :)

  20. AnonymousMarch 4, 2013 at 6:11 PM

    WOW! Sounds like a great book and the kind of man I would love to read about. Thanks Whitney for the suggestion of this book, and to Jody for writing it. I like this site about Heros. I think was harder back then to be a woman doctor for a woman wasn't usually accepted. They had to fight to get these kind of jobs. But true they didn't have the info. like now. But at times I would like to have an old fashioned doc that got to know his patients and remembered when he saw them what problems they had. Sometimes now, even when are lucky to have the same doc every time, you still have to tell them what kind of med. they gave you last time and sometimes for. Aggravating. They should be able to look at their notes. Right? Of course now-days they have to go to school a long time. I'm hoping to win Jody's book about Eli. Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

    1. WhitneyMarch 6, 2013 at 5:24 PM

      A welcome howdy to you, Maxie! So glad to meet a fellow hero-girl, and hear your thoughts on doctoring,"then and now."

      I wish everyone could win! :)

  21. KayMMarch 4, 2013 at 9:45 PM

    Thank you for offering a copy of the Doctor's Lady.It sounds like a wonderful book with great characters. I imagine being a doctor now has different challenges than being a doctor back in the 1800's, so they both are probably very hard. I think they used to be more conditioned to people living shorter lives, where today our life expectancy is much longer. I think that today's doctors have alot to deal with on the business end of things.
    may_dayzee (at) yahoo (dot) com

    1. WhitneyMarch 6, 2013 at 5:27 PM

      Hi, Kay! Thanks for commenting.

      Although "protocol" is needed for many reasons in the medical world, I do feel that sometimes it gets in the way of the heart of the matter.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  22. Nancy KimballMarch 5, 2013 at 12:15 PM

    Sorry hero-girls, I needed to turn on the word verification (hopefully for a very short time) because we've been getting slammed with spam. I apologize for the extra step (or two because it usually takes me two tries!)

    Whitney and Jody and the different perspectives on historical and contemporary care have been really great to follow.


    1. WhitneyMarch 6, 2013 at 5:29 PM

      It's been great fun, Nancy. Sorry to hear about the spamming. Wish people had better things to do than come up with ways to harass people.

  23. EchoMarch 7, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    I would like to be entered for a copy the book. Jody Hedlund has been on my reading list for awhile, but it looks like I may have to move her up on the list! sheepqueen07 at hotmail dot com

    I think each era had it's challenges. I think doctors back then were more connected to their patients and took the loss harder. I think doctors today face more challenges in legal regards and are less interested in patients. Of course this is a very broad generalization and every person, doctor or not, deserves a chance.

    1. WhitneyMarch 8, 2013 at 8:37 PM

      Wise words, Echo. Thank you for sharing and I hope you get yours hands on Eli and Priscilla's story soon!

  24. Veronica SternbergMarch 9, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    I would think it'd be more difficult back then. It must have been frustrating to not be able to help some people because of cures or diseases not discovered yet, though I realize that's probably true now too! I'd love to win the book; it sounds great! shopgirl152nykiki(at)yahoo(dot)com

    1. WhitneyMarch 13, 2013 at 6:23 PM

      Thanks for commenting, Veronica! We will put you in the book drawing.

  25. Nancy KimballMarch 11, 2013 at 3:29 AM

    Whitney! You have been doing a great job! Clearly I've been using my time well and getting all my writing projects done and finally had a chance to take the wonderful feedback the FHF followers gave me on the format and translate that into the new blog design.

    I am thrilled to announce the 3/15 hero is almost here from FHF follower, long-time hero girl, and fellow author Dawn Crandall, as well as the winners for The Doctor's Lady giveaways. AND I will be back on April 1st with a hero that I'm sure is going to cause quite a stir here on FHF.

    Thank you all and happy reading!!!

  26. Dawn CrandallMarch 11, 2013 at 9:48 AM

    I loved The Doctor's Lady, as well as every other book Jody Hedlund has written. I have a feeling I'll be nominating the hero from her newest book, A Noble Groom, very very soon. :) I'll see everyone in a few days when it's my turn to guest-post on here about Julie Klassen's hero in The Tutor's Daughter! Yay!!!! Put me in the drawing for the book please. I could always use another copy to pass around at church. :)

    1. WhitneyMarch 13, 2013 at 6:26 PM

      Ooooh, Dawn, I love the cover of A Noble Groom. :) I have The Preacher's Bride sitting across the room; I just have to find time to read all these books!

      Looking forward to your review on The Tutor's Daughter-- another beautiful cover!

  27. AngiMarch 11, 2013 at 6:25 PM

    Oh my goodness. I saw this book at a Christian bookstore on Saturday and almost bought it. Now I wish I had. Eli sounds so sweet and wonderful. I would really like to read this book. Please enter me. Thanks!

    Nancy, I love the new look! :)


    1. WhitneyMarch 13, 2013 at 6:28 PM

      Ack, Angi! Go back now and buy it! :) Maybe you will win it, though.

      Eli IS sweet and wonderful. You're in the drawing for the book!

  28. Nancy KimballMarch 14, 2013 at 5:19 PM

    WINNERS!!! Courtesy of

    A copy of The Doctor's Lady in format of her choice goes to Ganise.
    The $10 giftcard goes to Abbi Hart.

    Much love goes to Whitney and Julie Klassen and everyone else who shared your insights into old school and modern medicine and hung out to play with us.

    Our newest hero posts in less than 24 hours (very excited) and I will be back on April 1st with a hero that like all of these men, you seriously do not want to miss.


    1. WhitneyMarch 17, 2013 at 12:43 PM

      Woot! Congrats, Abbi and Ganise!