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Product Details

  • Series: Sophie's Daughters (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Barbour Books; Sophie's Daughters Series edition (July 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1602601461
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602601468
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #380,599 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


Mary Connealy's new series, Sophie's Daughters, is E-X-C-E-L-L-E-N-T! I loved EVERYTHING about this book, from Mary's seasoned writing to the plot to sweet Sophie herself. There was no way I was putting this book down once I got started...Doctor in Petticoats is more than 5 star worthy, and should be read again and again....and again! (Molly Edwards Book Reviews by Molly)

As with all of Mary Connealy's books I've read, Doctor in Petticoats is a fast-moving entertaining story featuring a talented, strong, independent heroine that knows how to survive in the rugged, wild west. But Beth is so much more; she is sensitive, tender and compassionate able to understand Alex's grueling past and how she can help in his times of need. Doctor in Petticoats will touch each emotion by mixing humor...with subtle inspiration, throwing in other strong yet caring characters to give the reader a story hard to put down and wanting more when you come to the end. Lucky for us there are at least two more books in the series! (Trudy Once Upon A Romance )

Mary Connealy is a wonderful writer, and the thoughts that run through her characters minds are always intriguing and good for a few chuckles. She is a great storyteller. Her books just keep getting better and better. (Susan Milby Loves 2 Read)

I knew I shouldn't have started this! I picked it up to while away an hour and then got frustrated when I only had an hour! Then I stayed up too late reading and couldn''t let it go until I was finished. I laughed the whole way through the book - I was laughing out loud before I was finished the second page! (Regina Hott Hott Books )

First off, I have loved every book that Mary Connealy has written that I have read so far. I loved this one from the first page and I loved even more how some of the characters in this book are from her other series called, Montana Marriages, but you do not have to read that series first to get the whole story. Mary Connealy is definitely an author that writes books that you just can't put down. I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series. (Tammy Graham Love My 2 Dogs)

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 you're 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. (Brenda Castro WV Stitcher)

--Barbour Publishing

Book Description

Training as a nurse, Beth dreams of serving the people of her town suffering without a doctor. When she meets a doctor deserting from the army, she finds they work well together. But can she give up her dreams of doctoring and help him rid his demons so that he can heal again?

More About the Author

Mary Connealy writes romantic comedy...with cowboys.
She is a Carol Award winner, and a Rita and Christy and Inspirational Reader's Choice finalist.
She is the author of bestselling Kincaid Brides Series: Out of Control, In Too Deep, Over the Edge. Her work also includes Lassoed in Texas Trilogy, Montana Marriages Trilogy and Sophie's Daughters Trilogy.
She also wrote Ten Plagues--a romantic thriller, and The Historical Society Murders--three cozy mysteries, under the name Mary Nealy.
Mary is married to a Nebraska rancher and has four grown daughters and two spectacular grandchildren.

Customer Reviews

It's got action, suspense, drama, romance, and a great message.
M. Vasquez
Mary Connealy is one of my favorite Christian authors and the the book, Doctor in Petticoats, did not disapoint.
Dawn Castor
Mary Connealy is a good writer and I am now reading the third book in the series, Sophie's Daughters.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 6, 2010
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If you enjoyed reading Petticoat Ranch you are going to be thrilled with this new series about the Sophie's daughters... if you enjoyed the Montana Rose series, you will be thrilled, as well...because along the way you run into some old friends.

Beth, a nurse who has been trained by a doctor to be somewhat more, is riding on the stagecoach across from a stinky man, a man she believes is drunk. They come across a brutal scene--an accident which has caused death and injuries. Beth is surprised when the drunk, Alex, turns out to be a doctor-- a doctor who is not drunk but suffering mentally from what he saw as a frontier army doctor.

Beth is drawn to healing him, just as she was drawn into nursing. He is drawn to her faith and her strength. Soon they form a partnership and...well, I will let you read it to find out.

The author writes with her usual spunk and the thoughts that run through her characters minds are always good for a few chuckles. She always writes a very rugged mans man-- it was wonderful to see her write a broken man. He was broken and emotional but managed to remain ruggedly manly. What a feat.

I also enjoyed reading about her sister and her new husband...I was excited to see them head to Montana and meet up with Belle and her brood. I can't wait til the follow-up of her story!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Alex S TOP 50 REVIEWER on July 2, 2010
Format: Paperback
Doctor in Petticoats by Mary Connealy

This is a light-hearted novel about love, faith, and forgiveness. Dr. Alex Buchannan is a Doctor who deserted the army after seeing too much trauma and too many patients die. Sick at heart, he abandoned his past and is trying to destroy his present.

However, when he runs into Beth McClellan, trained as a nurse, she demands he help her during an accident with an overturned stagecoach. Once they arrive at Mosqueros, Alex finds his secret is out and suddenly he is overwhelmed with the medical needs of the community. But without Beth, Alex freezes ... and can't face the thought of touching a patient.

They become a team ... and over time, Alex has the opportunity to hear about God's love and incredible forgiveness. But when a bounty hunter comes after Alex, he realizes he can't risk Beth or her family, and he heads to the nearest fort to turn himself in.

I enjoyed getting to know Beth, Alex, and her family in this novel and found it to be exceptionally enjoyable. While it is light hearted, it has a serious side when you consider the importance of each person using the gift to which God has called them, making amends with the past, and the current issue of the horrors many of our men and women have had to face during the war.

I am grateful to NetGalley for providing a proof for my review.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Susan Snodgrass on July 7, 2010
Format: Paperback
I have read nearly all of Mary Connealy's books and they are absolutely terrific. I've never been disappointed in one of them. They are full of faith, adventure, thrills, excitement and hilarity. Her characters are so well fleshed out and so full of spunk, nary a coward in the bunch. They get into some predicaments, too, but always find their way out.
She also includes a good dose of humor in the books, also, that will have you laughing your head off. This one tickled from the first page.
She threads the inspirational theme throughout her books, so you're not just getting entertained. You get a devotion as well.
I always keep a list of books by my computer that I want to buy which are coming out in the next few months and I always have her books on that list.
This series that begins with 'Doctor in Petticoats' has 2 more behind it to come. There is still a daughter left, too, so I'm hoping that down the road a ways, Connealy writes another book to feature this youngest of Sophie's Daughters.
Mary Connealy also brings back briefly some characters from two other series' for us to visit with, which was an absolutle delight. I hated to finish the book but wanted to read fast to get to see what happened.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Stanley on February 5, 2011
Format: Paperback
"Doctor in Petticoats" is my first Mary Connealy book but I guarantee it won't be my last! She has created a special place in my heart for romantic comedy AND cowboys that I fear only she can fill! However, amidst all the laughs and quick wit, there is depth to her writing that moves you and reaches past the funny bone to touch the heart.

Meeting the McCellen family makes you instantly wish you were a part of it. I found them to be a strong, courageous, loving, selfless lot, starting with probably the best fictional parents I've read in a long time. Clay and Sophie McCellen are the kind of parents any girl would love to have, especially living out West back in the day. I was thrilled to learn that Clay and Sophie had their own story back in "Petticoat Ranch", so I plan to go back and read that book, too, and see where this incredible family all began! From reading Clay and Sophie's scenes and POV's in this book I have no doubt that they were an amazing hero and heroine.

We learn from the very first page that the women in this story are strong, level headed, smart as a whip, beauties, who know how to survive anything the West throws at them. Beth McCellen is no exception. She thinks on her feet and isn't afraid of things that would make most girls swoon to their death. She has a servants heart, that is moved with compassion and gentle understanding for those around her. But the "gentle" part is put to the test when lives are at stake and the one person that is able to help is just sitting around, lost in his dark thoughts and insecurities.

Alex Buchanan is a wounded man and also, a wanted one. He's running from his past but its horrors dog his every step - whether in his own mind OR in the form of a bounty hunter who wants this army deserter "dead or alive.
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