Saturday, April 17, 2010

Elena, Woman of Courage by Linda Weaver Clarke

Book Five

When a woman settles into a strict conservative town as the newest doctor, a slew of problems begin to arise. The town is not ready for a female doctor, let alone one so strong and independent. Elena Yeates, the town's newest doctor, must struggle to prove herself in this western town, while keeping her composure, poise, and femininity. As she fights to prove herself, the town's most eligible bachelor finds it a challenge to see if he can win her heart.

With the the 1920's rise of woman's rights, this novel gives you great insight at the struggles women had to go through, all the while watching a young love blossom!!


This is book 5, the final book, of the Family Saga in Bear Lake, Idaho. I have loved this series from the start and hate to see it end, but I look forward to Linda's new series!

This story centers around John, middle child of Melinda and Gilbert Roberts, and Elena, the new town doctor. The chemistry between these two can be seen throughout the book by all the joking and kidding around they do with one another. Each are afraid to commit to the relationship until they each realize they can't go on without the other.

I enjoyed the time frame in history that the story is told, where women's rights were expanding all over the country. Elena's character was challenged by the men in town to prove herself as a 'real' doctor. Even Gilbert, the patriarch, had to overcome his opinion of being 'uncomfortable' in seeing a woman doctor. Other 'challenging' events occur in the story too (a thief that was stealing 'women's undergarments' and a lost child), where Elena must prove that women have some of the same abilities of men to conquer and accomplish goals. She uses her independence to win over John 'the life long bachelor' of the town. I like seeing the strong parental presence that Melinda and Gilbert have in John's life. They don't crowd or pressure him, but instead work with him to see both sides of any situation.

Linda Weaver Clarke is an amazing author who writes amazingly visual and descriptive books, without the story getting too wordy!! The story is full of daily chores, picnics, dances and dangerous events, which makes the book easy to read (and end way to fast for me!!)

"Elena, Woman of Courage" is an amazing journey of visual reading that will take you to the lands of Idaho and transport you in to the surroundings of the story. You feel you are living the life of the characters, who feel like your own family members, as you get to know each characters flaws and strengths. The love of a man and woman is only as strong as the bond and life they share together!

Read the first chapter HERE

Rating: 5 stars!

Read my reviews of the previous 4 books in the series:

Melinda and the Wild West
Edith and the Mysterious Stranger
Jenny's Dream (Still my #1 favorite)
David and the Bear Lake Monster

THEN..go and buy each one and read them!!!!!! It really is a great series!!



bermudaonion said...

Letting go of a series you've loved like that is like saying good-bye to an old friend. Glad you enjoyed it so much.

Tribute Books said...

I have to look into this series,sounds good.

Linda Weaver Clarke said...

What a wonderful book review! Thanks, Allison. This book was so much fun to write because I had to research all the popular language of the roaring twenties such as: Cat’s pajamas! Ah, horsefeathers! Attaboy! Baloney! You slay me! When referring to a woman, they used doll, tomato, and bearcat. This was fun language to learn about. Thanks once again, Allison.