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10 out of 13 people found this review helpful.
I love historical romances, rich in perfect period detail, well
I will be honest and say I would normally have bypassed this one since it’s billed as &...
I will be honest and say I would normally have bypassed this one since it’s billed as “inspirational/Christian” romance. That is way outside my reading comfort zone as a non-Christian. And that would have been a tragedy. I would have missed a tender, beautiful, glorious romance that made my heart sing and left me with happy tears at the end.
Rachel Dunne—the Irish healer of the title—is running away. Although acquitted of murdering a child under her care, she’s come to London to escape the scandal of her past, vowing to give up her gift of healing, believing it’s really a curse. She finds work with Dr. James Edmunds, a man with tragedies of his own in his past, a physician who is also in the process of giving up his medical practice. Rachel vows only to work as a sort of secretary for him. She will not help him in medical matters, will not sit at the bedside of patients, will not trust or use her own special gifts.
James and Rachel have each in their own way given up on God, as they believe God has abandoned them. This love story is about healing—not only the bodies of those they comfort and serve, but their own hearts and faith and each other.
Inspirational references are woven in subtly, without browbeating the reader with it, which was what I had feared from an inspirational romance. Again, I could not have been more wrong. This is a book about the universal themes of loss and forgiveness, about finding redemption, and most powerfully, about finding love. It transcends a specific, single belief system. It’s about learning to forgive yourself, and love yourself; about accepting love and forgiveness from others.
And make no mistake, this is first and foremost, a romance, as sweet and delicious and yummy as you could want. There is no overt sex in this book; there’s barely a single kiss. But oh, the yearning! The longing! Ms. Herriman beautifully, powerfully builds the tension, page by page, a glance, a touch, a sigh at a time, until the reader is as wound up as Rachel and James, an ember about to burst into a conflagration. This is a truly romantic romance.
The power of faith is the backbone of this feast of a novel, but love—God’s and man’s—is the heart and soul of it. I’ve never been happier to have been wrong about something. Missing out on this wonderful book would have been a tragedy indeed.
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Posted March 24, 2012
Well-written, historical romance
There are some things that certain people are called to do, and no matter how far that person runs the calling follows.
"The Irish Healer" took me to 1830's England. I enjoyed seeing what it must have been like to step off a ship and onto English soil for the first time, alone. Ms. Herriman's writing pulled me into the story, and I was thoroughly entertained from beginning to end with Rachel Dunne's plight, both from her internal need to heal, and from her desire to make it on her own.
This beautiful love story touched my heart and I highly recommend it to any who enjoy reading historical romance.
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Posted March 12, 2012
Rachel Dunne is the Irish Healer in this story. In her hometown
Rachel Dunne is the Irish Healer in this story. In her hometown in Ireland a child under her care died. Now she’s accused of murder and is fleeing to London. There her cousin has obtained a position as assistant for her with Dr. James Edmunds.
Dr. Edmunds’ wife died three years ago and he blames himself for her death. His father also died over a year ago and left him the family estate. The last wish of his father was that James would raise his daughter on the family property. Therefore Rachel is helping him pack his belongings.
Rachel vowed not to use her healing abilities anymore, but she finds out it’s harder to ignore her calling than she thought. Soon she falls in love with James, but she thinks there are too many obstacles that make a relationship seem impossible.
Both Rachel and James feel abandoned by God. But when the cholera epidemic is sweeping through London they must learn to pray and trust God again.
Nancy Herriman writes a promising debut novel! She really made me feel like I was in London with her lively descriptions. Her knowledge of healing seems accurate and therefore she writes a believable story. She also knows how to attract attention to the story. The more I read the more I liked the story. Good job, Nancy!
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Posted October 15, 2011
Fabulous Characters, Easy Read
I have always wanted to visit Ireland. Perhaps one day I will, but for now it is a place relegated to random daydreams and the occasional novel that transports me its bonny hillsides. So, imagine my disappointment when The Irish Healer by Nancy Herriman does not happen to take place in Ireland at all! Despite this unfortunate circumstance, The Irish Healer is a solid piece of historical fiction. I never found myself at the edge of my seat, greedily turning pages so that I could discover how the story ends. But instead read quite leisurely, enjoying the characters and the novel's conclusion.
Rachel Dunne's journey takes place in the dark and dirty streets of London. After being wrongly accused of murder, Rachel flees her homeland and takes refuge with the friend of a distant relative. The irony lies in the fact that by leaving her role as a healer in Ireland, Rachel runs straight into the arms of an English doctor desperately in need of an assistant during a cholera outbreak. Both James and Rachel must let go of past hurts in order to discover the hope God has for their future. Their love story unfolds despite social and racial boundaries, broken families, death, sickness and bitterness.
The Irish Healer is a testament to God's grace and the power of forgiveness. I very much enjoyed Rachel Dunne. She is a wonderfully smart character, displaying grace and maturity in extremely trying situations. Her conversations with James often showcase a bit of her Irish spunk, which makes her even more delightful to read. The story was at times predictable, and I personally could not get past the sickness and death that prevailed throughout the novel. But the beauty of The Irish Healer is Rachel's ultimate realization that true healing comes from God.
Disclosure of Material: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Worthy Publishing. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
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Posted November 12, 2011
A compelling book!
The Irish Healer by Nancy Herriman I took a glimpse into the minds and hearts of a young Irish woman, a healer falsely accused of murder and a London Physician, not healed after the death of his wife. They both must face their own demons as well as the very real and ravenous demon cholera. Both are searching for a way back to their faith and to a peace that has eluded them for too long. An unflinching look at life in those hard times.I was fortunate enough to be able to read an advance copy. This is a book you should read.It will truely make you grateful for the lives we live today.
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Posted April 4, 2012
Irish Healer by Nancy Herriman 4 Stars It was good but I did no
Irish Healer by Nancy Herriman
It was good but I did not connect with the characters somehow. Its a regency romance in 1830's in London. No sex scenes. Also made me glad that doctors are better now.
Rachel Dunne is a Irish healer like her mother. A young girl she was trying to get better died while she slept by her side. Rachel was tried for murder and was found not quilty. But her mothers business dropped right off and had a hard time feeding their family.
So Rachel left for London to work for awhile at a doctors house and then planned to be a teacher. Rachel was finshed being a healer.
James Edmunds was a Physician and was closing his practice in London. He was moving to family country estate to be a gentlemans farmer.
He could not save his wife or father and tired of failing. So he was leaving medicine.
Rachel had lots of guilt and hard times but everytime she saw a need to help she did give the help. She turned away from God because she did not believe he was answering her prayers.
At this time a lot of people were dying of Cholera in London.
I was given this ebook to read in exchange of honest reviews from Netgalley.
04/03/2012 PUB Worthy Publishing
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Posted April 22, 2013
Uplifting, well worth reading-especially if you like period pieces.
The story seems a bit improbable; but that's no reason to not enjoy it.The characters are constructed well: all believable. The age old angst between God and suffering is also addressed well. I like period books and this one was very rewarding.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 21, 2013
The story is a wonderful, relaxing read. It is a feel good book like visiting with family. It possesses all the good values and morals that are appropriate for today as well. Loved it!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 12, 2013
A nice read
I enjoyed this book, it was a nice read between two more intense books and just the thing to come down off a heavy read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
also some one who does not read a lot would enjoy this book and pique their interest into starting a reading regimen, I don't know what I would do if someone took away my books!
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