Sweet Medicine by Barbara Sheridan

Total-e-Bound Publishing

Historical

ISBN:  978-1-906328-16-0

Reviewed by Cassie

   

 

Having lost her Choctaw husband five years ago, Lucy Willis is ready to begin her life anew.  She doesn’t want another man, however, so she moves to the town of Sweet Medicine, to teach at the Indian school.  Once there, she enjoys teaching the Cheyenne children, despite the disdain of the Cheyenne Chief.  Then her uncle arranges to have a doctor sent to the reservation, and Lucy’s life is turned upside down.

Trevor Lynbrook, Viscount Ashford, is furious when he finds out his grandfather is sending him to America.  He’s caused too much scandal, and his grandfather owes a debt to a doctor in the United States.  At first, he thinks Sweet Medicine is a horrible, backwater type of place, but after he meets the Widow Willis, he begins to change his mind.  Slowly, Trevor begins to rediscover the joy of practicing medicine.  He also discovers the joy of loving Lucy.  Will these two people from different worlds be able to maintain their love in the face of the many obstacles they’ll face?

Sweet Medicine is an emotional historical novel.  I liked tough, self-sufficient Lucy, and Trevor’s transformation from dissatisfied aristocrat to happy and productive man was quite entertaining.  The love scenes between them are sweet and well written.  The conflict Lucy feels about Trevor’s difference in social status seemed realistic, as did the depiction of prejudice against Native Americans.  There were a great many secondary characters in the town that added a lot to the story.  Once the action moved to England, however, I felt it lost a bit of momentum.  I could easily sympathize with Lucy’s fish-out-of-water feelings, as well as her anger about the prejudice Trevor’s peers felt toward her half-Choctaw son.  What bothered me was a side plot involving Trevor’s former fiancée.  I don’t want to spoil it here, but the additional conflict felt unnecessary.  The “evil ex-fiancée” angle has been done before, and in this case there was plenty of other, more interesting, conflict going on.  At any rate, despite my annoyance with that particular part of the novel, Sweet Medicine was an emotional read with likeable protagonists.

     

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