There had never been a reason to think of any other life...until he walked into hers.
The only daughter of a noted Montreal physician and educator, Cassandra Dell Winston enjoys all the opportunities of Eastern society and affluence. She has never dreamed of any other life.
Then a serious and conscientious young doctor begins coming to dinner, turning her world upside down.
As Mrs. Samuel Smith, Cassandra agrees to move with her husband to the frontier. But nothing has prepared her for the difficulties of life out west. Dare she pray that the move is only temporary and they will soon return to the city? Will she ever be able to embrace life as "Mrs. Doc"?
Becoming Mrs. Doc| Posted February 12, 2010
Cassie Winston lives comfortably in the city of Montreal, Canada. She’s seventeen and she lives with her parents – her father being a prominent doctor. Cassie’s father regularly brings men (protégés) into their home, but this time it’s different for Cassie. Three respectable men visit her home, and Cassie closely watches each one. There’s Mr. Birdwell (Cassie is interested in him, but her friend likes this particular gentleman), Mr. Corouthers (A man who is ten years older than Cassie), and Mr. Smith (A gentle and well-mannered young man). Out of the three, Cassie is determined to catch the eye of Mr. Corouthers. But she soon finds herself liking Mr. Smith (Samuel) instead.
Cassie learns homemaking skills from her mom, maturing in the process. She’s no longer Cassie but Cassandra. After Cassandra turns eighteen, Samuel comes to call on her and asks her permission to begin courting. She agrees and finds herself falling in love with him. The young man graduates from college and decides that he wants to head back west to his birthplace. Cassandra marries Samuel and grudgingly goes west with him.
Living in the west proves to be difficult for Cassandra, but she perseveres through it all. Cassandra and her hard-working husband make a place for themselves in the small town of Jared. After a couple of years, Cassandra and Samuel begin a family and have five wonderful children together. Cassandra learns to love the small, dusty town of Jared. From it she gains much - most importantly, the love of God (she had never truly known Him before). Through an accident that injures her husband, Cassandra has to become a doctor of sorts. She helps to meet the medical needs of the citizens of Jared while her husband heals from his accident. From then on, everyone calls her Mrs. Doc.
My Thoughts on They Called Her Mrs. Doc
This is a very innocent, sweet, and simple story. It’s straightforward and predictable, but it’s nice nonetheless. It was an extremely easy book to read, and I finished it in no time. Janette Oke’s writing is often like this in her other books - not complicated or overly detailed. I’m sure that teenagers who are interested in historical fiction will enjoy a few of Janette Oke’s books. I don’t know if I would recommend this one so much, though. It was somewhat depressing and a tad boring. Toward the end of the book, it seemed like the author was trying to cram way too much into this story. I’m thinking that this should have been a series of its own. After reviewing this book, I give it three stars.
They Called Her Mrs. Doc is part of a series called Women of the West (This book is #5) and it doesn’t matter in what order you read them. I recommend that you check out these other books that are in this same series: A Bride for Donnigan, The Bluebird and the Sparrow, and Heart of the Wilderness.