Doctor in Petticoats by Mary Connealy

by | Jul 8, 2010 | Christian authors, Fiction Book Reviews | 16 comments

Yep, it’s another fabulous book by Mary Connealy. That woman can write books faster than Scarlet O’Hara can get into trouble…or maybe I ought to say, faster than Belle Tanner can fire a Winchester. Because when it comes to Mary’s books, it’s about cowboys, tough-as-nails women, romance, and loads of humor.

And I’m NOT talkin’ sugar-sweet romance either. I’m talkin’ the kind of romance where you’re not sure whether the two are going to kill each other or kiss each other. It’s that simple – and that funny.

Mary’s ramped up the adventure to full-throttle with her newest novel, Doctor in Petticoats. This book takes one of the daughters from her first book, Petticoat Ranch, and allows us to follow, no wait, we’re kind of dragged along on a fast-paced journey. From the first scene which ends in a stage-coach accident to the final scene in a fort prison, and all the near-death experiences in between, it’s nonstop action with a few kisses smashed in between.

One thing I appreciate most about Mary’s books (besides the humor) is how deep into the character point of view she gets. She’s brilliant at writing deep point of view, and allowing the reader to ‘feel’ and ‘experience’ the book. Fabulous. It’s why I keep coming back for more 🙂


About the book:

When an unlikely pair have an electrifying connection, sparks are bound to fly.

All Beth McClellan wants to do is get home for her sister’s wedding. After spending four years out East training to be a nurse (with a physician as her mentor), she’s ready to put her hard-earned skills to practice. Unfortunately, no one will believe she’s the doctor, and the one guy who IS a doctor, doesn’t have the spine enough to use his gifts…unless she’s right beside him.

Alex Buchanan’s past as an army physician, and now deserter, leaves him frozen with the memories of the atrocities he saw on the frontier. Determined to leave his skills and memories as far in the past as possible, he hides within his own depression, but Beth McClellan won’t let him stay there. The bossy blond nearly drags him from his stupor and forces him to be the man he really is.

Now if they can just survive a bounty hunter and death sentence, all should be fine. Right?

You’ll just have to get the book. Buy it, borrow it, visit a library. It’s worth the effort to read the newest Connealy Classic.

And you won’t have to wait long for the next one. Wrangler in Petticoats comes out in October. Woohooo! Go Mary – the more the merrier.

To learn more about Mary’s books, visit her website at


  1. Mary Connealy

    Hi, Pepper. Thanks for all the kind words. I appreciate it.

    • pepperbasham

      Always a pleasure, Mary. I speak the truth, ya know – whether you believe me or not 😉

  2. Sherrinda

    Wow! You are an excellent reviewer! I can’t wait to get my hands on this one!

    • pepperbasham

      Thanks, Sherrinda. It’s such a fun book. Definitely worth the investment of time and perhaps funds 🙂

  3. Audra

    Great review, Pepper! You’re right, all of Mary’s books are instant classics. I can’t wait to get into this one.

    Why can’t I get paid for reading all the great books that come out every month???

    • pepperbasham

      I totally agree with you, Auda. Paid to read books? Sigh. WHAT a job.

  4. Janet Dean

    Excellent review, Pepper! I cannot wait to read this book!!!! Love Mary’s humor and fast-paced action!!

    • pepperbasham

      The humor in this one is great (as usual), but she really increases the adventure/tension.
      Can’t wait for Wrangler

  5. Tina P.

    I just have to say I downloaded Mary’s book to my kindle along with my book and Mary’s book was horrible, just horrible. I thought man I even paid good money for this and it tomented me
    though rough and tumble characters wouldn’t let me go til I finished the whole blooming thing. If you don’t want the hassle then don’t get the book.

    Save yourselves


    it’s a wild read, Mare. Nicely done

    • pepperbasham

      So true, Tina
      I couldn’t put it down.
      Stayed up until 2 am to finish it . LOL

  6. Mary Connealy

    Hi, Tina P. I feel I know you well enough to take that lovely ‘Mary’s book was horrible, just horrible…’ thing as a compliment!!!


  7. Tina P.

    You know me pretty good, Mary. Enjoyed it.

  8. Julie Lessman

    When it comes to love and comedy with cowboys, NOBODY does it better than “the Queen.” I bow to your skill, your majesty, and wish I could write as fast as you!!

    I’ve got this book perched on top of my TBR list and it’s killing me, Pepper, that you got to read it first.


    • pepperbasham

      LOL, Julie
      Once you start, you won’t be able to stop 🙂
      Like good chocolate 😉

  9. Myra Johnson

    I’m so excited–my copy arrived yesterday!!!! It has immediately jumped to the top of my TBR pile!

  10. Tracy

    What a fantastic review! I posted a link to it on my own site as one of my personal pick for best reviews of this book.

    You can see that link along with an in-depth guest review by Angie Lippard at




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