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Posted August 4, 2010
A Mother's Dying Prophecy...a Daughter's Living Hope!
Waiting in hiding for 20 years, Brenna finally finds a man who has been attacked by a mysterious hunter who was laying in wait for the next heir of Clan O'Byrne. Ronan the first born of a rival tribe finds himself hurt and under the care of Brenna. Little do they know what awaits them both for their lives have been forever changed by fate or circumstance of their chance meeting. Once you get into the first couple of chapters in this book, you really get hooked into the story line. I loved how the story line progressed slowly, however I kept finding myself more intrigued as it goes on and not wanting it to put it down.
This mesmerizing story of how a man and a woman come to meet is a definite read for anyone who likes history books that are fiction, but actually could have happened in the past. I would rate this book a 4.5 out of 5. The only thing I could think of that was hard to follow would be the first couple of chapters where it is hard to follow in the 6th century writing style. I am waiting eagerly for the next book to come in the series.
Sixth-century Arthurian Britain provides the backdrop for Linda Windsor's latest novel, Healer. First in The Brides of Alba Series, Healer gifts readers with the story of Brenna of Gowrys, a woman orphaned during a twenty-year blood feud and destined to spend her life in hiding with only her wolf and her faith in God as companions. Brenna flees as much from her mother's dying prophecy as she does from the clan that seeks her life and clings tenaciously to her faith in Christ amid the lonely hills of Scotland. When a stranger is left to die surrounded by the carnage of a nearby ambush, Brenna rescues him from certain death. However, the stranger's delirious rants leave her to wonder if his spirit will survive the darkness that enshrouds him.
Award-winning author Linda Windsor creates an epic tale of two desperate and lonely people whose destinies have been engineered by the church to preserve the ancient Davidic and holy apostolic bloodlines and their Judeo-Christian faith. This well-researched tale will introduce readers to little known facts of British church history, as well as provide information for an effective witness for family and friends misled by New Age and Wiccan theories. Fans of Celtic and medieval tales as well as lovers of Arthurian legend and Lord of the Rings-like settings will find much to enjoy in Windsor's latest novel. Healer is a story that reveals God's hand in the lives of broken hearts and wounded souls and the grace that will heal a land and a people, replacing darkness with His light.
I received this book compliments of B & B Media Group for my honest review and again rate it 4.5 out of 5 stars.
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Posted April 6, 2012
An excellent read - Celtic novel featuring a female healer. A little mystery, a little witchery, a little romance, a little sibling rivalry, and a little history. What more could you want? Very entertaining and a little educational. Try it.
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Posted July 11, 2010
Amazing Christian historical romance fiction novel
This is a very well written, beautiful tale that happens in the time of King Arthur. In Scotland, a fight between family clans (O'Byrne x Gowrys) causes the slain queen (Joanna) of one family (Gowrys) to make a prophecy against the other family that was attacking her. This prophecy involves her daughter Brenna, that has to live 20 years in hiding being hunted by both families, her family wanting her to appear to fulfill the prophecy and the other family wanting to kill her to avoid the prophecy to happen. After finding a stranger that was badly hurt, Brenna uses her skills as a healer to cure the young man and fall in love with him. Later she finds that he is the heir of the O'Byrne family. Can their love be greater than the bitterness sorrounding those families? You have to read to find out!
In general, this is a very easy reading clean book (it took me about 12 hours to read it), very entertaining and with an excellent plot. It is full of Christian messages and biblical citations. If you enjoy an excellent historical christian fiction novel, this book is for you. The author did a remarkable research to compose this book. All references are cited at the end of the book.
This book was written by Kathy Herman in 2010. It was published by David C.Cook also in 2010 and The B&B Media Group was kind enough to send me a copy for reviewing through their blogger book review program.
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Posted September 5, 2010
Arthurian love story
This a story set in the 6th century Arthurian Brittan. Brenna a healer must live a hidden life because of the wars between her clan and the O'Byrnes who killed her parents. She has been schooled by the priests and by the healers of Avalon. She and her wolf see an assassination attempt, rescue the fallen prince and try to heal him. Unknown to her he is an O'Byrne. The story is full of tense moments, love, and wars, assassinations, reconciliation, peace and spiritual battles. The author knows her Christian and Druid history, establishing the background for the notion that Joseph of Arimathea and his family eventually settled in the British Isles and converted the Druids to Christianity. She makes the mental and spiritual battles that were fought by those who were brought up to believe both pagan and Christian lore come alive and cause physical battles and treachery. Intrigue and love and hate are a constant theme throughout the book providing an interesting page-turner.
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Posted May 15, 2010
strong Christian Arthurian mythos
In the sixth century in Alba, Brenna's mother the powerful healing witch Queen Joanna of Gowrys abruptly awakens from a frightening vision of the destruction of her subclan caused by Chieftain Tarlach O'Byrne. The powerful Tarlach still rages at Joanna for her audacity to marry someone else when they were an obvious pairing due to ancestry. He has never forgiven her for defying their destiny by her marrying her beloved Llas. Tarlach leads the O'Byrne clan on a deadly vengeance, but before she dies Joanna curses him with the prediction that her offspring will divide his brood leading to peace for everyone.
Taking her death words gravely serious Tarlach hunts for Brenna who was taken to the woods by her cousin Ealga her nurse and raised there. When her surrogate mom Ealga dies, Brenna has no other human to talk to and her only companion is Faol the wolf. As they have done for two decades, the O'Byrne clan searches for Joanna's daughter. Tarlach's heir Ronan leads the hunt, but he is hurt and dying. Brenna, a healer on a par with her late mom, saves his life, but by doing so exposes herself to her enemy.
The first Brides of Alba Christian Arthurian fantasy is a strong opening act that follows up nicely with a fresh arc from the Fires of Gleannmara trilogy. The story line is fast-paced for the most part especially when Ealga flees with her infant cousin to raise her safely in the woods and continues when the two clan heirs meet. The tale slows down a bit after Ronal heals, but regains speed into the final turn. Fans will relish the return to Linda Windsor's strong Christian Arthurian mythos with the saga of the healer.
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Windsor is a fairly good writer but parts of the story tend to be over dramatic. The plot is okay and you want to know what will happen next. She wraps of the loose ends okay.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 27, 2012
Difficult to put down...
This was written for me, I love this period in history, the stories have me at the first page and won't let go long after the last page is read. Linda Windsor, as it was the first book I read of hers, did not let me down. I truly recommend this and look forward to more like it from NOOK's offerings.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted April 14, 2012
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. The author describes her process for writing this book and her devout religious beliefs but never smothers you with them. The story is what is so captivating. You want to know what happens and eagerly cheer for the power of Love to overcome and melt the hearts of the heroes. I very much enjoyed this book and am looking forward to reading the others in the series.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted March 21, 2012
Wonderful historical romance
I love all things Arthurian. Linda Windsor writes with such passion and historical integrity that it makes this fresh take on the legends of King Arthur come alive. I cannot wait to read the rest of her historical fiction!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 18, 2012
Marvelous historical celtic novel
Within a few pages of reading it is easy to see why Ms Windsor is a multiple award winning author. She paints realistic pictures of 6th century celtic life while drawing the reader into the lives of characters, real and imagined, entertaining and educating the reader simultaneously. While she does this, she also honors and praises her Creator. This book is an unusual jewel. I highly recommend it. LadyBWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted October 30, 2010
Healer by Linda Windsor ~ A Terrific Read
The first novel in the Celtic-Arthurian Bride of Alba series, Healer centers on Brenna of Gowrys. After ensuring the safety of her infant daughter with a trusted nurse, Brenna's mother killed herself to escape the clutches of the neighboring O'Byrne clan leader, who murdered her husband moments before. The dying woman prophesizes about her daughter, which forces Brenna to live as a fugitive in the wilds with only Faol, her wolf, as her companion. But the early guidance of her nurse and a mentoring monk has helped Brenna hone her God-given healing skills, and with the monk's assistance, she provides the knowledge and herbs needed to help the local people, even though her acts of mercy place her at great risk.
Together Brenna and Faol save a man who is attacked, severely injured, and left for dead by an unknown assailant, and Brenna drags the victim to her cave home, where she heals and restores him. She doesn't know he is Ronan, the O'Byrne prince-eldest son and heir of her father's murderer-who hides his identity until they fall in love (which Windsor honestly portrays without the extremes of explicit detail or unrealistic purity).
Brenna is a strong woman of God with a warrior's spirit on many levels, although she also can be sweet and spunky. Some might think she's too perfect, but I tend to think she knows who she is in Christ and reflects well the verse in Matthew 11:12 that says violent men, or women in this case, seize the kingdom of heaven by force as a precious prize-with most ardent zeal and intense exertion (Amplified version). Her faith and trust in God inspires me to seek Him more diligently to please Him and fulfill my own destiny.
Prince Ronan witnessed the deaths of Brenna's parents as a young child, which left him emotionally wounded and disturbed about the conflicts between the clans. He is the typical royal hero, strong, handsome, courageous, and willing to do whatever it takes to protect his loved ones and clan members. Though he struggles with great emotional pain, God leads him to the realization that surrendering to Him will afford the peace he craves-but at a price Ronan isn't always willing to pay. He discovers his greatest battles aren't with enemies who live in or outside his clan, but rather within himself.
I found the romance element a bit predictable-isn't that's the nature of romances?-but cloaking it in brilliantly woven Christian/Druid history and intrigue keeps the pace of this story intense and fast-moving. The author's attention to detail continually stirred my senses and made me feel like I was in the middle of the story world with very real people. Not only is Windsor well-versed in the history of this age, but also the culture and mindset of its inhabitants.
I was moved and thrilled by the spiritual warfare sprinkled throughout the book, which portrays God as the One who answers prayer, uses yielded vessels mightily, and causes good to overcome evil, albeit not always in the ways we humans would prefer. The growth and change of various characters give the book a strong take-home message and a satisfying ending and promises more of the same in Thief, Book Two of the series, featuring a villainous character from Healer, who wrestles with the convicting power of the Cross and the sins of his past. Assuming Windsor uses the same storytelling skills she did in Healer, I expect it to be another terrific read.
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Posted August 18, 2010
Healer is a fantastic book, and I can't wait to read the next books in The Brides of Alba series by Linda Windsor. The book is an interesting blend of romance, history and many unexpected twists and turns. The main character Brenna has lived her entire life in seclusion, hidden away in a cave in the hills of Scotland, with a wolf as her only companion. She comes to the rescue of an unknown and unconscious man who was viciously attacked and left for dead close to her cave, and her life is changed forever.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Brenna finds herself thrust into the middle of a bitter feud in a a shattered kingdom, exactly what she has been hiding from all her life. One side wants her dead, and the other side expects her to lead them to victory against their oppressors. Her heart is torn, as she finds herself in love with someone whom she has been taught to fear.
Brenna's strong faith in God gets her through some very difficult times, as she must learn to step out of her comfort zone. I highly recommend Healer to anyone who loves a great historical romance.