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Here’s an intro to THE DOCTOR’S NEWFOUND FAMILY, one of the stories I promised you last time. It always amazes me how much material is available in real history. There may be problems in politics NOW, but they can’t hold a candle to what was going on in 1855 San Francisco. (by the way, holding a raw egg up to a candle flame was how you used to pick out the rotten ones!) Works for me.
I loved researching “modern” medicine, too. What a hoot. Makes me wonder what they’re going to say about our cutting edge techniques a hundred years or so in the future. Talk about scary. Some of the old books in my collection deal with turn-of-the-century treatments, such as putting metal contraptions inside the poor women who had destroyed their bodies by lacing themselves into tight corsets all their lives. Ouch! By submitting to that torture, they could continue to follow fashion and still – maybe – bear children. No wonder men who had big families usually had had more than one or two wives in the process.
You’ll find, in my favorite novels, that lives tend to turn out pretty well, at least in the end. That’s because it’s my choice how to manipulate the circumstances and make that happen. I’ve gotten letters from a few readers who are of the opinion I have all the answers. Nope. Not me. But I will say I understand the role that a strong Christian faith played in those days because I can still see that element right here, today, in my own.
The crooked politicians and wealthy scions of San Francisco do all they can to not only rob Sara Beth and her brothers of their father’s meager estate, they set out to eliminate her when she’s too smart for them. If it weren’t for the Vigilance Committee and General Sherman and the loose handling of gold dust by the U.S. Mint….. Sorry, I can’t tell you more or I might spoil the story. J
I’m including a few pictures. Some pertain to the story while others are merely to add to my credibility when I write about guns and western lore. I can’t bake a biscuit over a campfire – at least I don’t think I can – but I’m quite capable of fetching fresh meat for the stew. I know, I know. It’s kind of un-ladylike. But I like to eat. And I never shoot anything I don’t intend to consume – except for an occasional armadillo that’s rooting up my garden. They carry leprosy, as well as other diseases, so I figure I’m doing everybody a favor. No, I’m not joking. I told you I was up on medical facts.
Till we meet again, probably around Feb. 2011 when I tackle the 1906 San Francisco earthquakes and fires, keep your corset loose enough to breathe, don’t trust crooked sheriffs, support widows and orphans like the Ladies’ Protection and Relief Society did, and make sure your doctor went to a genuine medical school.
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Love discovered in the most unexpected place…
He found his calling ministering to the downtrodden in San Francisco. But in Sara Beth Reese, Dr. Cole Hayward finds something more. The beautiful young woman’s spirit and kindness warm Cole’s heart, but it’s her fearless determination that drives him to action. Sara Beth has vowed to clear the name of her murdered father, and she’ll face any obstacle to achieve her goal. Orphaned, alone in the world—except for the three younger brothers in her care—she needs Cole’s protection, whether she’ll admit it or not. As danger escalates, Cole will risk everything for the right to make this newfound family his to love and protect for a lifetime.