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Doctor in Petticoats (Sophie's Daughters) Paperback – July 1, 2010

4.5 out of 5 stars 102 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in the Sophie's Daughters Series

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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?


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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: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #255,623 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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This is the first book in a three book series. The other two books are called Wrangler in Petticoats and Sharpshooter in Petticoats.

Beth is determined to make it to her sister's wedding. She's had a long trip and it isn't made any better by the drunk man she's riding with. A tragic carriage accident has her using her skills, but she needs help. She finds out the drunk isn't actually drunk at all, just crazy. A slip of the tongue alerts her to the fact that he's a doctor and she violently pushes him to action.

Alex thought he left doctoring behind when he deserted from the army. A particularly violent battle forced him to leave the battlefield and his sanity behind. That all changes when he looks into Beth's eyes. He seems to be able to draw strength from her, and he clings to her for that strength.

When they finally get to town, Alex continues to hold on to Beth, but she needs him too if she wants to practice medicine. Then, Alex's past catches up with them and he has to make a choice.

I liked this book. We read from the perspective of Alex, Beth, the bounty hunter and Beth's sister, Mandy. We get to read a great deal about what happens to Mandy after she marries, so I thought the next book would follow her. I was a little surprised when I saw Mandy wasn't the heroine until the third book. The second book is about Beth's other sister, Sally.

I'm not sure about reading these out of order yet. I have the whole series and will hold my opinion on that subject until I read the next one. This was a pretty good book and I'll be diving into the next one soon.
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By peggy on November 20, 2014
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A waste of my money and very disappointing. Purchased as one of three as a kindle daily deal. Deleted them all and consider them trash. The writing and characters are so stupidly unbelievable as to be embarrassing. If a minus 10 star would be available even that would not be enough. Shame on Amazon for duping readers into labeling these writings as literature.
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Unbelievable situations that the heroine & hero got themselves into throughout the book. Written in the same vein as a Friday the 13th movie. The setups and moronic actions they choose to get out of trouble are just beyond imagining as solutions that would be chosen by a half way normal person of the frontier era in the 19th century. A real capper is when the heroine marries the hero within a day or so of meeting, just because they stumble into a situation where they need to stay in a make shift doctor office overnight and the preacher wouldn't allow it. It would ruin the heroine's reputation!

I scanned it rapidly as I couldn't force myself to wade through every line of the nonsense.

Also scanned Book 2, Wrangler in Petticoats, and Book 3, Sharpshooter in Petticoats and found them to be the same formulaic prose—just change some of the names and places and you have the story all over again. All three books of the Sophie's Daughters trilogy not worth the effort to read.
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