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Posted April 3, 2013
Being of Welsh descent and a long time medieval history geek, I'm always excited to read anything that combines the two. The Welsh Healer was not a disappointment. Ginger Myrick winds a lovely, whimsical tale around the subjects of natural magic, faith, destiny, love, loyalty, friendship and Fate, all tied together in the late 14th and early 15th Century British Isles. The Welsh Healer is the story of a lovely girl, Arlais, who faces challenges and losses, as we all do, but stands up to take control of her fate instead of being victim to it. Sprinkled with magical overtones and loaded with Welsh folklore made tangible, this was a lovely, refreshing read and I look forward to more work by Ms. Myrick
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Posted April 4, 2013
The Welsh Healer: A Novel of 15th Century England
By Ginger Myrick
Reviewed by Ginger Dawn Harman
As an active and voracious reader, one of the secret pleasures I have is the anticipation of a newly purchased book. Seeking a new author for me is a harrowing ordeal; the sentiment that I must avoid all other authors and try to not feel guilty because as a reader I fall into the category of “most loyal” to those personal favorites. However, every so often I will find someone that has been recommended or I will be reading a blog that I find captivating. This is exactly what happened, I was at a blog called, Unusual Historicals; A handful of historical authors who brave the wilds of unusual settings and times to create distinctive, exciting novels just outside of the mainstream. I read about Ginger Myrick and my curiosity was piqued!
The Welsh Healer: A Novel of 15th Century England by Ginger Myrick is a captivating, powerful, and enchanting novel. This novel has a complete understanding of the English historical monarchies that intertwines the legends of Welsh prophesies and a mystical power of a young woman named Arlais. Arlais is the gentle and free-spirited daughter of a humble Welsh household. She is endowed with a mystical gift passed down through an ancient line of healers. Her transformation as a young woman to a grandmother embodies the growth of awareness and inherited wisdom from an aunt named Briallen and her mother.
Ginger Myrick takes great thoughtfulness and fully develops each character. Myrick sets several interconnected subplots in motion that explore the complexity beneath the surface of an idyllic little home in the woods compared to the house of royals and Peter with his service to the King. Briallen was my personal favorite character with her gentle insight. Yet, my favorite quote came from Arlasis’s mother. She states, “Do not let your future be spoiled over a rash mistake, we cannot will things to progress, and pursuits worth doing often take time.” This is so true. Ginger Myrick does not rush the reader with lots of overuse of action or drama nor is this a quick tale. Nevertheless, she has crafted a novel of friendship with Richard and that has enthralled this reader by the recounting of the pivotal years of Henry IV through Henry VII as seen through a young woman’s transformation.
Ginger Myrick writes with careful attention and historical accuracy. Myrick has knitted a tale of disappointments, struggles and testing of the human spirit. Life gets more complicated each day as Arlais searches for answers but the path is not always clear. The story reads smoothly, and I found it very rich; much like the “luxurious ermine-trimmed lap robe”. Honestly, I can’t remember when I cared so passionately about how a novel might end. I highly recommend The Welsh Healer: A Novel of 15th Century England by Ginger Myrick. This novel is a true treasure of a read that left this reader as a “butterfly hovering near a resting place as a sign of everlasting peace” that “flutters aloft on gossamer faerie wings”.