Lauraine Snelling’s A Measure of Mercy is set in the bleak immigrant country of Willa Cather and told with the drive of a Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman tale. Her novel follows 18-year-old Astrid Bjorklund’s dream of becoming a woman doctor in Blessing, North Dakota. But after passing her local internship for a medical school, she loses a young patient. When she thinks of leaving as a medical missionary, a former admirer returns to Blessing and courts her. Will she give up love to follow her dream?