I’m currently reading through the Cheney Duvall, M.D. series by Gilbert Morris. This brings back a lot of memories… I first read the series when I was about sixteen and loved them (and Shiloh, the hero, lol) so much that I read and re-read these eight books regularly. Oh, and I named my dog after Shiloh. *grin*

Shiloh (the dog, lol)

It’s been awhile since I read these, but I’m struck by how well-written they are. Cheney is a believable main female character, a lady doctor in the Victorian era who, in the first book, has just graduated from a women’s medical college. She has her flaws and makes mistakes, but tries hard to do the right thing. I can easily relate to her. Shiloh, a man who is sent by a friend to be Cheney’s nurse (that was a surprise), also his flaws, and is not a Christian – something that they both struggle with throughout the series, though not in a blatant way.

Gilbert Morris’ books are not overly “preachy”, but the message definitely gets across to us. This series is touching enough to bring you to tears (if you’re sensitive, like me), is sometimes hysterically funny, and is full of adventure. The characters are endearing and memorable, and every book is different and interesting in plot. I highly recommend this series to those who would enjoy a good historical with a romantic element.

Quickie – Recently read books and my opinion:

♥ The Host by Stephenie Meyer – I loved it! My review of it can be found here.

♥ Aurora’s Colors by Jeffrey Overstreet – Kind of long and descriptive, but definitely a unique book. Aurora’s character was fascinating to me, as was the world Overstreet created. :-)

Currently Reading:

♥ Tis Myself by Maureen O’Hara – Maureen O’Hara’s autobiography is really interesting. She had a wonderful childhood, grew up practically in the theatre, and then made her first movie at 17 (Jamaica Inn). At 19 she married a man who made the next five years of her life miserable – he was abusive and drunk. I was surprised to find that she had been struggling so much during movies such as Miracle on 34th Street. Life always looks so perfect in those movies… Definitely a good read, I recommend it!

♥ I’m taking a break from the Cheney series for now and reading Breaking Dawn, the fourth book in the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer. I’ve only read the first chapter so I can’t say much yet. :-)

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7 Responses to On My Nightstand…

  • After loving The Host, I recently picked up Twilight. I haven’t started it yet, but I’m sure I’ll read it this fall. I can only hope I like it as much as The Host.

  • hello, fellow reader! you must be an Anne of Green Gables fan. love the name of your blog.

    monica

  • I would LOVE to read Tis Myself. I hadn’t heard of it and will have to keep a lookout for it. I love O’Hara.

    I also have never read any Morris, if you can believe it. Most, if not all, of my friend did when I was growing up (which is why I avoided it). But I AM planning on getting to him soon. It seems about time.

    Thanks for sharing your list! (Love your blog name, btw.)

  • I have never read Gilbert Morris.
    I know! Crazy!
    These books are in our church library so maybe I need to go check them out.

  • oo I love that you named the dog after the book. Shiloh is a beautiful dog I love the herding dogs!

  • The only Gilbert Morris books I've read are his Jacques & Cleo Cat Detectives Series (three books). That, of course, is because I am immediately drawn to the cozy mystery genre and am unable to find my way out of the box very often.

    I've seen a couple of people mention Twilight, so I'm going to have to check that out.

    I enjoyed reading your list. Thanks for sharing.

    ~ Kayren

  • Love the Cheney Duvall books, too! Such an excellent book series…I still remember the Christmas morning that I got the first two books. :)

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