Welcome Guest – Melissa Jagears!

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I had to do quite a bit of research for my hero in A Bride in Store who wanted to become a doctor. By the end of the 1800s, the country was trying to regulate who could call themselves a doctor. In some places, you could still literally just call yourself a doctor and start practicing…..not that it was an attractive, lucrative job. Most people consulted a medical book and tried to cure themselves, often holding off on calling a doctor until death was imminent. Being called upon only when things were extremely terrible made it seem as if doctors were useless. For by the time they got there, there was often nothing much that could be done. And then, who wants to pay a doctor for “doing nothing”?

Not that many of them were able to do much, even if the man was a certified doctor with lots of practice and experience and a natural healing talent. As I researched, I felt sorry for the doctors of yesteryear trying to cure ailments that seem so simple nowadays. They just didn’t know the science we know now. Sometimes it was just luck or the body healing itself that afforded most doctors any success. I felt sorry for my hero who wanted to be such a good doctor knowing that the science to help him was so far off in the future.

One of the many misunderstandings back then is what got people sick. Getting rid of ill-humors brought about by “bad air” was a very common practice. Movies make famous the blood-letting treatment used on anything and everything, but that’s probably because the more likely treatment was purging, and well, filming a doctor giving a patient something to quickly empty their innards one way or the other would be an unpleasant viewing experience!

medicine bottle trust sayingOne of the many things I just shook my head over while reading was the misunderstanding about female complaints. Lots of mental disorders were blamed on the uterus. And some possible treatments? Spraying high pressure streams of cold and hot water all over the body, drinking mineral water, flogging with a wet towel……

And of course, purging.

And, I’m assuming readers of Petticoats & Pistols are big romance readers—but did you know that’s dangerous to your 1870s health? Back then, according to Orson S. Fowler, women should give up all romance novel reading and intellectual pursuits to get rid of her monthly discomfort.

So are you brave enough to risk your womanly health and leave a comment to enter the giveaway for my newly released romance novel?

Tell me, if it weren’t for modern medicine, how many of you probably wouldn’t be here to comment today? I think I’d still be alive, but there’s a possibility none of my children would. Thank God for modern medicine!

  • How has modern medicine helped you? Leave a comment to be entered in the drawing for A Bride in Store!


A Bride in Store

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Impatient to meet her intended groom and help him grow his general store, mail-order bride Eliza Cantrell sets out on her travels a week early. But her plan goes sadly awry when her train is held up by robbers who steal her dowry and Axel, her groom-to-be, isn’t even in town when she finally arrives.

Axel’s business partner, William Stanton, has no head for business and would much rather be a doctor. When his friend’s mail-order bride arrives in town with no money and no groom in sight, he feels responsible and lets her help around the store–where she quickly proves she’s much more adept at business than he ever will be.

The sparks that fly between Will and Eliza as they work together in close quarters are hard to ignore, but Eliza is meant for Axel and a future with the store, while Will is biding his time until he can afford medical school. However, their troubles are far from over when Axel finally returns, and soon both Will and Eliza must decide what they’re willing to sacrifice to chase their dreams–or if God has a new dream in store for them both.

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55 thoughts on “Welcome Guest – Melissa Jagears!”

  1. I am looking forward to reading A Bride for Keeps and A Bride in Store.Thank you for the opportunity to win.I enjoy finding new to me authors to read .modern medicine helped me.

  2. I’m brave enough. Especially since I took a quiz on Bethany Publishing’s website yesterday and got Eliza Cantrell. Now I want to read about her. 😉

    I’m sure modern medicine has helped me, but my family and I are more into natural remedies than modern medicine. I do know it helped my little brother though. When he was almost 3, he got stung by a lot of wasps. He wasn’t allergic, but he had so much venom in him that he needed 3 epy pens and some benedryl.

    • Oh, so glad for your brother for the availability of epi-pens! I actually am not fond of taking medicines and like to sweat things out but I’m sure am glad for the knowledge doctors possess and fancy medicines for the big things!

  3. I would still be here. I haven’t been to a doctor in a very long time. I let my body heal itself when I’m sick.

  4. Hi Melissa! Welcome back to P&P. We always love it when you come. Very interesting blog. I can’t imagine the things women were advised to do. Good grief! High pressure streams of water and flogging herself with a wet towel? It was if women had to be punished for being women. And not even be able to read romance or intellectual pursuits? That’s totally unacceptable!!

    Congratulations on the new release. I love that woman on the cover. She has such a sweet expression. Wishing you much success!

    • Yeah, that wet towel bit, I just can’t even imagine what the thought is behind it, maybe like self-flagellation to punish the bad spirit inside that was making them uncomfortable? Why not just use a cat o’ nine tails?? That’d be more effective, right? Sheesh.

  5. I would never give us reading romance novels just to get rid of the cramps

    I would never give up reading romance novels just to get rid of the cramps

    I would never give up reading romance novels just to get rid of the cramps.

    • Good, because it won’t work! LOL. And even if you were incapacitated with a bunch of cramps, you could endure it by reading a good romance novel, right?

  6. How interesting! Just wanted to say I loved your first book Bride for Keeps and I’m looking forward to reading the second book. I hope you keep writing and publishing your books.

  7. So excited about your new book, Melissa!!!
    I believe in vitamins, herbs, but also, have had to rely on
    medical help the last 2 yrs. Before then, I was in perfect health!

  8. Melissa, you know I adore your books! I have been waiting for this one to come out ever since the last one ended! Can’t wait to read it!! I am SOOOO grateful for modern medicine! Not only do I suffer from chronic migraine (28 yrs now!) but I also suffer from 4 other health maladies so I’m a “chronic pain” person! I visit doctors about every 2 weeks! Glad they don’t tell me to “quit reading romance novels”! I wouldn’t survive!!! Thanks for stopping by today!!!!

    • Yeah, that’s another thing, those farmers and women working without the use of back-saving machines….they likely were in quite a lot of pain, no chiropractors, no tylenol, no nothing. I know that’s nothing to what you’re talking about, but I can just imagine crippling pain compounded by having to garden and hay or not survive!

  9. I am thankful to God and medical doctors for treatment and freedom from breast cancer. Although this treatment is the only time I have had to visit a hospital except for tonsillectomy and child birth, I would not be alive today without the treatment of dedicated doctors.

  10. i am totally grateful for modern medicine!
    if it wasn’t for modern meds i don’t believe i would have stopped smoking 2 years ago.

    love your books. thanks for the chance to enter.
    happy weekend.

    • Yay for you! My hubby stopped smoking while we were dating, but later tried to hide a chewing habit from me, when he came clean the best thing that helped him was an online quit chewing site. The support he got there from others quitting the same month was so very helpful to him. Yay for meds and the internet!

  11. I am so happy for ibuprofen for the ordinary headache. I know they had headache powders at some point in history which might have been aspirin. I’m not certain. I haven’t needed anti-depressants, but I know of some people that are on them. Seeing them before the medicine and after I am very thankful that they are able to take these.


    • I know that willow bark has aspirin or something like it in there, so that helped, but you know, Dr. Quinn had to be taught by Cloud Dancing, 🙂 So in history, that wasn’t that far back before they discovered such things.

      And yes, I do better research than citing Dr. Quinn for my books, but I just remembered that. 🙂

  12. When I was around 9, I had a nasty fever… could barely function… had to get a shot to help right away… so I guess modern medicine helped me.

    • Those childhood sicknesses were a lot of the reason why the average life span was so short, it wasn’t that there weren’t elderly people, it was because all those childhood illnesses and fevers killed off so many! Happy you made it past your 9th birthday!!

  13. I have used numerous antibiotics for mastitis, UTI, and for cuts. I went to the hospital for all 4 of my children’s births. I came quite close to having a c-section 2/4 times.

    Antibiotics after having wisdom teeth pulled too.

    Luckily no serious illness.

    • I forgot about the UTIs, I had them so often for a period in my life antibiotics didn’t work, I tried all kinds of natural remedies, I use Mannose-D now, that works, but even that isn’t something that would have been available to people back then, and if you don’t get rid of it you can die from kidney infections. So I change my assessment, I would very likely be dead!

  14. As a cancer survivor I guess that I would say that I am thankful for modern medicine, but there are very many natural cures out there that I have used for other problems, too.

  15. I know I would be in a lot of pain right now if now for modern medicine. I had back surgery a couple of years ago and last month I had to have a hip replaced. My hip had gotten so bad that I had to use a cain to get around.

    Your book sounds fantastic and I can’t wait to read it.

    • Yuck on the back problem, my hubby’s been dealing with a hurt back. Yuck. And hip replacements! What a marvel. I bet people back in 1880s would have thought you were thinking of doing some crazy magic to even think you could replace a body part!

  16. Modern medicine has helped me in so many ways it’s hard to share just one. I’ve had my right knee “scoped” twice. I live in Southeast Texas, so I deal with allergies. I’m grateful for antihistamine!

    • Oh, yes those seasonal things. I read Burning Sky awhile back and she made a point to show us the black flies that loved one person more than another, my son attracts all the mosquitoes and I can’t imagine not having the topical ointments for a three year old who just can’t not scratch!

  17. Seriously “intellectual pursuits” are my favorite pastime. Oh, dear, I feel illness encroaching – GASP!

    That is just too much (though there are a few people who still think that way)!

    Interesting article thanks for sharing the research.

  18. My son weighed 10 pounds when he was born, and his sisters were slightly smaller when they came along. I had gestational diabetes with all three of them, and they were all delivered by C-section. I think that women back in the day, without modern medicine, died in childbirth because they had undetected diabetes, which led to larger babies.

  19. Modern medicine helps keep my hypothyroidism and RA in control and my allergies tolerable. I’m thankful for that, and also that we know now that romance novels aren’t harmful to our health.

  20. I would probably not have my husband or my son were it not for modern medicine. Our son had his first serious asthma attack just days before his first birthday. He seems to have outgrown it, but not until he was out of his teen. As for my husband, he was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer that has a poor survival rate. It is a bone cancer with few symptoms until it intruded into the brain. At that point, it is stage 4 and few make it to 5 years. It was a fluke the dentist found it in an x-ray at stage 1. The only treatment is removal of the affected bone. In this case, it was about 4 molars worth of his left upper jaw and half of his palate. This December 5 will be the 23rd anniversary of his surgery. The doctors who found it and did the surgery were just out of medical school and not specialists, but they did a wonderful job.
    We are both thankful every day for the wonder of modern medicine. We know so well that every day is a gift to be appreciated.

    • Forgot. I will not give up reading romance. First of all, I am way past worrying about “monthly discomfort.” I never even read romance until I was in my 50’s.

  21. Hi Melissa. I enjoyed reading this. That was a hard time. I remember we hardly ever saw a doctor when I was growing up as 1 of 8. We always said my mother raised us on Vicks vapor rub and other home remedies, but we all survived. She had all of us at home also. I have used a lot of the same ways she doctored us on my children as they grew. Sometimes I think the modern meds are more harmful than helpful. I would love to win your book. Thanks for a chance.
    Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

  22. Wow, romance novels bad for my health?! I think those are what is keeping my sanity alive. 😉 My last child wouldn’t be here without modern medicine. There are many other times I had relied on it to keep me going!

  23. Fortunately for me I have been very healthy all my life. So I have ot had to rely heavily on modern medicine miracles. I am glad that there are such miracles to help those who have had need of them. Some of my grandmothers’ old remedies still work.

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