The Irish Healer
by Nancy Herriman
(Worthy Publishing, 2012)
Amazing Debut Book!
I listened to The Irish Healer as an audio download through www.audible.com. I have a platinum membership which means I listen to two dozen books a year. For those of you who prefer audio and who regularly purchase books, the price ends up close to the cost of a paperback for many titles IF you order the membership. And NO, I do not own stock in the company!
SPOILER ALERTS (I am known for spilling the beans and if you don't want to know too much then don't read the review!)
The book starts off rather dark and I almost did not continue to listen. Am I ever glad that I did! Rachel Dunne, a healer, from Ireland, flees after being acquitted of murdering a child in her care. One thing I missed in the listen at the beginning, but caught at the end, is that Rachel did not realize that the initial job she has secured in London is with a physician.
A widower, Dr. Edmunds failed to save his wife, who died from a fever after giving birth. His previous medical assistant has left and he needs help. He is packing up and moving to his country estate to honor his father's dying wishes.
The details of the cholera outbreak are gross, but Nancy doesn't dwell terribly upon them. I don't normally like too much death in a book but I expect there would be a bunch of tertiary characters killed off, and there were. But she left our favorite characters alive and well.
The narrator for this book was amazing. She was perfect for the story. Rachel and the doctor are meant to be together and Nancy does a great job of showing the why/why not of the relationship. The craft was excellent. We will be reading plenty more from this author. I want to say that Nancy hits a midpoint between Christian historical fiction and Christian historical romance. She could satisfy either reader but those looking for a straight formulaic romance should look elsewhere as they may be overwhelmed by the phenomenal details she gives in the book.
The Irish Healer is available for purchase on Amazon, as well as on Christian Book Distributors, and on Barnes and Noble as well as in other fine book stores.
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