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Posted April 20, 2003
Good Medicine. . .
If crying is therapeutic, the Healer is darned good medicine. This touching story of brilliant Caroline Malone, who has clawed her way to prominence in the male-dominated field of heart surgery, will evoke world of empathy and not a few tears. Caroline's successful world descends into nightmare after a riding accident leaves her struggling to regain the use of her right hand--the right hand that wields a scalpel and literally holds human hearts. Her reputation as a cold, strong woman unconcerned with human fraility and incapable of failure does nothing to salvage her from the physical facts of her fall into a world she fled long ago. In the secluded west Texas Davis Mountains, in a valley called La Paloma--'the dove,' symbol of peace and hope--she happens on Diego Montalvo, an ex-Special Forces medic with his own demons, and hands that can heal and craft brilliant pottery as skillfully as they once killed. Diego, the product of an Anglo mother and Hispanic father, has faced the irony of a world some know too well--surrounded by his family's unconditional love, but held on the edges of two different cultures, neither truly accepting him as what he is. Brashear's characters are etched with compassion and insight, and her treatment of the culture conflict inherent for many of mixed ethnicities is touched on, but never trumpeted. Equally fascinating are the glimpses into curanderismo, the Mexican art of healing embraced by many over the centuries. Brashear creates a work that is true to the spirit, and treats it with a respect often denied by the 'modern' world. Healer is the middle book of her 'Deep in the Heart' series about three sisters, torn from each other in childhood. When you quit crying--this book touches deeply--you will undoubtedly order the other two. I just did.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 9, 2008
engaging thought provoking medical romance
At Mercy Hospital in Dallas, Caroline Malone is the finest surgeon because she always does her best for her patients and expects nothing less from the team. Escaping her beloved work for a needed rest, Caroline rides her steed Star King. However a jackrabbit spooks her horse leading to Caroline injuring her hand and unable to perform cardiac surgery. A depressed Caroline leaves Dallas for the West Texas Davis Mountain to begin what she hopes is the healing process. In Davis Mountain, Diego Montalvo battles with demons from his military medic days by providing homeopathic treatments to those in need. When Diego and Caroline meet, the clash is between modern medical science and local healing arts, but underneath is a growing love for one another. Diego wonders how he will survive the loss of Caroline when he heals her hand and she returns to Dallas. Caroline wonders how her heart will recover once he heals her hand and she returns to Dallas. THE HEALER is an engaging thought provoking romance that enables the audience to see the best and somewhat the worst of two approaches to healing. The ploy succeeds because the audience believes that Caroline and Diego have no doubts that their way is the best way even while they debate the merits of both methods. Thus the growing love between them becomes a joy and an albatross, but sheer pleasure for the audience. Readers will seek the first novel in ¿Deep in the Heart¿ series, WHAT THE HEART WANTS (starring Caroline¿s sister Ivy) and anxiously wait missing sibling Chloe¿s story. Harriet KlausnerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 12, 2013
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