St. George, UT (PressExposure) April 16, 2012 -- "Ah, the good old days!" wrote Susan Ortlieb of Suko's Notebook. "Doctors made house calls, rode on horseback to remote areas, and stayed up all night with ailing patients if necessary, bringing patients and family members needed care, comfort, and relief.
"In 'Elena, Woman of Courage,' the story focuses on the new doctor in town, Elena Yeates, who makes house calls. She's seeking acceptance in the conservative western town of Paris, Idaho, in 1925. While Melinda Roberts wishes to switch from her old doctor to the new female doctor, the menfolk are quite reluctant to. Elena is scoffed at and taunted by Mr. Anderson, who calls her a witch doctor and an old maid because she's twenty-six, unmarried, and the wrong sex to be a doctor, and the other men are quite skeptical of her. That is, except for one. The Roberts' son, John, a 'confirmed bachelor', is entranced by the new woman in town, who just happens to be the new doctor:
"'As the men conversed, John watched Elena's every move and tried thinking of a way to get to know her. He had seldom been interested in a woman beyond the dance floor. He claimed to love the life of a bachelor and was too busy to court a woman, but for some reason, this woman fascinated him. There was only one problem; she did not seem to be interested in him.'~Elena, Woman of Courage
"This story introduces a strong, independent protagonist, Dr. Elena Yeates, and includes an ardent romance between John and Elena. Linda Weaver Clarke is outstanding at presenting the characters' thoughts, especially when it comes to romance, and she captures the highs and lows of romantic life rather adeptly. I enjoyed this story of adventure and romance set in the wild west, but I'm a bit saddened because this is the last book in the series." (Suko's Notebook)
Allison King, Allison's Attic Book Review, wrote: "Linda Weaver Clarke is an amazing author who writes visual and descriptive books. Elena, Woman of Courage is an amazing journey of visual reading that will take you to the lands of Idaho and transport you into the surroundings of the story. You feel you are living the life of the characters, as you get to know each character's flaws and strengths. The love of a man and woman is only as strong as the bond and life they share together!"
Kim Atchue-Cusella, Book Loons, wrote: "Elena Woman of Courage is a wonderful book full of history, passion and romance, as well as a touch of suspense and humor. The characters are matched perfectly and it is sweet to watch romance develop between John and Elena.