Friday, November 11, 2022

Celebrate Lit Blog Tour: A Doctor in the House by Linda Shenton Matchett

Book: A Doctor in the House

Author: Linda Shenton Matchett

Genre: Christian Historical Romance

Release date: October 15, 2020

This story was previously part of The Hope of Christmas collection.

They’re supposed to be allies, but mutual distrust puts this pair on opposite sides.

Emma O’Sullivan is one of the first female doctors to enlist after President Franklin Roosevelt signs the order allowing women in the Army and Navy medical corps. Within weeks, Emma is assigned to England to set up a convalescent hospital, and she leaves behind everything that is familiar. When the handsome widower of the requisitioned property claims she’s incompetent and tries to get her transferred, she must prove to her superiors she’s more than capable. But she’s soon drawn to the good-looking, grieving owner. Will she have to choose between her job and her heart?

Archibald “Archie” Heron is the last survivor of the Heron dynasty, his two older brothers having been lost at Dunkirk and Trondheim and his parents in the Blitz. After his wife is killed in a bombing raid while visiting Brighton, he begins to feel like a modern-day Job. To add insult to injury, the British government requisitions his country estate, Heron Hall, for the U.S. Army to use as a hospital. The last straw is when the hospital administrator turns out to be a fiery, ginger-haired American woman. She’s got to go. Or does she?


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Linda Shenton Matchett has become one of my favorite authors. I have read many of her books over the last few years. A Doctor in the House is a short book that was originally part of a Christmas Collection of stories. 

I truly enjoyed this book and I finished reading it in about 2hrs. The Setting is World War II in London. Emma is an American Doctor working in London. She really loves her job and is a strong independent woman. She relies on her faith to get her through her work days. Archie Heron is a Duke in London. He is ordered by the British Government to allow The soldiers and Emma to stay in his home. Archie doesn't trust Emma at first and there is animosity towards each other.  I really enjoyed watching the pair grow fond of one another and overcome their anger and animosity. I HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian Historical Fiction Romance. GREAT BOOK! 

Linda Shenton Matchett writes about ordinary people who did extraordinary things in days gone by. A volunteer docent and archivist for the Wright Museum of WWII, Linda is a former trustee for her local public library. She is a native of Baltimore, Maryland and was born a stone’s throw from Fort McHenry. Linda has lived in historic places all her life, and is now located in central New Hampshire where her favorite activities include exploring historic sites and immersing herself in the imaginary worlds created by other authors.


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As a long-time Human Resources professional, I’m fascinated by the history of women in the workforce, especially during the World War II era when many filled jobs previously held by men. A Doctor in the House came about when two bits of information collided with me on the same day.


I’m an avid fan of the BBC mystery show “Foyle’s War” about a detective chief superintendent located in Hastings, England. He’d rather be “doing his bit” for the war effort, but he continues to be assigned to regular police work. One of the episodes takes place in a huge country home that was requisitioned by the British government for use as a hospital.


Research turned up the fact that the British government took over people’s homes (whether or not the inhabitants were willing to give up the house). Later that day I was creating “this day in history” posts for my social media account and one of the events was Dr. Margaret Craighill becoming the first commissioned officer in the US Army Medical Corps. Previously, women were not afforded this opportunity.


I dug into Dr. Craighill’s story, and there were several references to difficulties she encountered by people who didn’t think women belonged in the military or in officer positions within the military. I thought the combination of a man who isn’t happy to have lost the use of his home with an American female doctor in charge of the hospital had the makings of a fun story. I hope you agree!



Linda Shenton Matchett

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To celebrate her tour, Linda is giving away the grand prize package of a $50 Visa Gift Card and signed copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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Stormy Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

Congratulations on your release of A Doctor in the House, Linda, I enjoyed following the tour and learning about your book, which sounds like a fantastic read for me! Good luck with your book and I hope the tour was a success! Thanks for sharing it with me!

Thanks, Kendra, for sharing your review!

Have a magical day!

marisela zuniga said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you for sharing, the book sounds wonderful

slehan said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks like an excellent book.
Thanks for the contest. 

Emma said... Best Blogger Tips

This sounds fun and very interesting!

Debbie P said... Best Blogger Tips

This sounds like a great book!

Roxanne C. said... Best Blogger Tips

I need to add A Doctor in the House to my TBR. It will be a pleasure to read.

Bea LaRocca said... Best Blogger Tips

I left a comment on this post November 11th, 2022 at 12:48pm, I have been taking screenshots of my comments as they seem to be disappearing on a regular basis, comments left by everyone else remain. I am a 60 year old woman with poor eyesight who does not keyboard, the time and effort it takes to leave a comment only to have it removed for no good reason is frankly extremely upsetting. I implore anyone to offer me an explanation as to why this keeps happening?

slehan said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks like an interesting book.
Thanks for the contest. 

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