Jody has written novels for the last 18 years (with a hiatus when her children were young). After many years of writing and honing her skills, she finally garnered national attention with her double final in the Genesis Contest, a fiction-writing contest for unpublished writers through ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers).
Her first published book, The Preacher’s Bride (2010 Bethany House Publishers), hit the CBA Best Seller list on two different occasions and has won multiple awards.
Her second book, The Doctor’s Lady, released this September. She has completed a third book which will be released in 2012. She’s currently busy researching and writing another book!
ABOUT THE BOOK
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.
If you would like to read the first chapter of The Doctor's Lady, go HERE.
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My Review: (btw, that is a REALLY good trailer, check it out!)
I was swept away. In the tide of a love discovered after a marriage. In an adventure filled with the thrills of the trail. Swept away in a novel filled with everything I love in really good fiction.
Jody Hedlund is a new name in today’s fiction, but one I firmly believe will not be leaving us any time soon. I certainly hope to never see that day! Hedlund crafts a story that stirred my heart and emotions with the expert wielding of her deft writing hand.
Priscilla and Eli are characters you just long to meet. They sing with depth upon the page. They remain the flawed characters you cheer for to reach their coveted ending, but at the same time never want to their story to end, because you know you must leave them.
The romance sizzled upon the page! Talk about forbidden attraction between this couple. The entire book I seemed to be holding my breath for them to finally reach that moment when they could give up their misguided holdings. And when that moment came…I mustn’t talk too much for fear of giving away the ending. But talk about a release of a lungful of air and a more than one happy sigh.
I wish I never had to close the cover of this book. It’s too good to only read once, this book will have to be savored over and over again.
Jody, you have a wonderful gift!
This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to the publishers through CFBA for my copy to review.