This book was a fiction novel. Based on the relationship between wet and her physician father. The main character of A Country Doctor, Nan, is a young woman that encounters much strife when she decides to go against the traditional values of the day and become a doctor. The work has been compared to Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward's Doctor Zay, which also depicted a woman seeking a medical career in the late 1800s. It has perception of the role of women in society, with the main character of Nan choosing to pursue her career in medicine rather than a marriage and family.