A Nurse for Jacob by Caryl McAdoo

August 22, 2020

Book:  A Nurse for Jacob
Author: Caryl McAdoo
Genre:  Christian Historical Romance
Release Date: July 2, 2020

Physician heal thyself

While physical wounds heal with time, a special balm is needed to heal those sick of soul. In the Civil War aftermath, two such people’s paths cross. Recent graduate of the Harrow School of Nursing first class in May 1868, Lydia Andrews arrives at the Touro Infirmary in New Orleans, hired on Clara Barton’s endorsement. There she meets Doctor Jacob Johnston, and both soon learn that love is the salve to soothe wounded souls.

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This was a sweet novella and a quick read. Right from the start of the story there is action as we meet Lydia Andrews who is a new nurse in the Touro Hospital in New Orleans. She is a highly skilled nurse who has helped in Lee's Army and comes highly recommended by Clara Barton. She immediately sets to work by delivering a baby which according to the head nurse is not something that the nurses do. Because of this she is immediately noticed by one of the doctors. 

Doctor Jacob Johnston is impressed by Lydia and make sure she is stationed in his floor to help out in different procedures. He is very much taken with her not only with her nurse skills but she as a woman. He is not without secrets or struggles. He has a past of addiction to alcohol and morphine. He feels like Lydia could be his light out of the darkness and begins a courtship with her. 

You can tell that Lydia's character has not had a previous relationship or many male friendships. She is a bit oblivious to the fact that Jacob has a problem and even when her nurse co-worker warns her regarding Jacob's characters and flaws she doesn't quite believe it. He does come clean and she does forgive him but I felt like the book just moved a bit too quick for me. Even though Lydia mentions her mother's prayers and mentions the Bible, I feel like faith was not widely demonstrated. 

This was my first book by Caryl MacAdoo and I've heard wonderful things about her writing so I was excited to read this book. I thought it was good but I am looking forward to reading something else by her, perhaps that is a bit longer and not so much a novella like book. Overall I think she did an amazing job at maintaining the historical aspect of the story and it is a quick read so if you don't have a lot of time on your hands this is the perfect read. 

My Rating: 3 Stars/ I Liked it. 

( I received a copy of this book as part of Celebrate Lit Book Tour. I was not required to post a positive review. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

About the  Author

Award-winning author Caryl McAdoo prays her story brings God glory, and her best-selling stories—over fifty published—delight Christian readers around the world. The prolific writer also enjoys singing the new songs the Lord gives her; you may listen at YouTube. Sharing four children and nineteen grandsugars with Ron, her high-school-sweetheart-husband of over fifty years, she lives in the woods south of Clarksville, seat of Red River County in far Northeast Texas. The McAdoos wait expectantly for God to open the next door.

More from Caryl

From the get-go, the idea about writing a story with a nurse heroine intrigued me; I haven’t had one before. My niece is a nurse and I have several friends and readers who serve. I believe nursing is a divine calling and admire the many who choose to be a medical servant.
The connection in the multi-author Nursing the Heart Collection is that the first class of nurses recently graduated from the Harrows’s School of Nursing are placed across the country through the friends and acquaintances of Clara Barton, who teaches at the school.
So I joined the project and started my research of medical practices in the post-Civil War years. It was a time where many medical breakthroughs occurred, and older instruments were greatly improved. I so enjoyed learning how healthcare practices have changed.
I think you’ll enjoy all that to as an integral part of this historical romance. This Texas author hopes readers will love my two medical servants, Lydia Andrews and the older Doctor Jacob Johnston, and I’m always “Praying my story gives God glory!”

Blog Stops

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Artistic Nobody, August 19 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)
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Simple Harvest Reads, August 24 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)


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