Healer: A Novel

Healer: A Novel

by Linda Windsor

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ISBN-13: 9781434764782
Publisher: David C Cook
Publication date: 06/01/2010
Series: Brides of Alba Series
Edition description: New
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Linda Windsor is the best-selling, award-winning author of 29 novels in both the CBA and ABA markets, with an estimated million books in print. A former professional musician, Linda speaks often (and sometimes sings) for writing and/or faith seminars. Her recent work includes the early Celtic Fires of Gleannmara trilogy.

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Healer 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 48 reviews.
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
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.
jenniferbogart on LibraryThing 7 months ago
I tried to resist Linda Windor¿s Healer (I¿ve been trying to cut back a bit on my review obligations), but the unique premise drew me in. Because of my pagan background, I was a big fan of stories set in the Arthurian British Isles that incorporated magic, mysticism, and Celtic paganism. How unique it was for me to discover this tale that presented the Christian history of the time period rather than a revisionist pagan one!There are certainly still pagan characters, and there is spiritual conflict between the believers and those following the `old ways¿. However, the book is clearly weighted in favor of the Christian characters.In any case, here¿s a basic plot synopsis. Brenna Gowrys and her clan have suffered at the hands of the O¿Byrnes for a generation. Having received a prophecy from her mother upon her death, this foretelling has sent Brenna into a solitary life of hiding. Hiding from the O¿Byrnes who seek to destroy her, hiding from her kinsfolk who would seek to manipulate her politically.However, when an O¿Byrne lordling is injured, Brenna takes him in without being aware of his past and uses her skills as a trained healer and herbalist to restore his health. Like many romances, this plot is fairly predictable; I¿m sure you can guess what happens! But while the romance is a bit unbelievable and stereotypically written, the historical background is fascinating, and largely unknown to me.As a result, I had a bit of a tricky time connecting all of the dots and making complete sense of the historical background (due to lack of familiarity with this newly cast Christian landscape and wealth of characters/allegiances etc.) What I did glean however has provided many hours of thought and conversation between my husband and myself.The political intrigue kicks into high gear after the main romance portion of the story moves into a more settled state. This too isn¿t entirely unpredictable, but was more engaging than the romance storyline for me.The writing is fairly average for Christian historical fiction, but the unique premise and historical angle is what elevates this title from the norm. If you¿re interested in exploring an introduction to the early Christianity (5th century AD), then this is a good entry-level title to explore this period and setting through fiction.Reviewed at quiverfullfamily.com
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Brides of Alba series by Linda Windsor was just as terrific as her first series. Great character development, built into rich historical detail. You are quickly in another time and place! The romance and faith are strong in all three novels. Enough to make you blush and laugh, but not so much to make you nervous of your mom finding your book! Love them all.
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I wish their love part was stronger.
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So good
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TynkerJG More than 1 year ago
Excellent book. When I first began reading I was not too sure about it, but it grabbed me and I couldn't put it down. Excellent storyline.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
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mns4453 More than 1 year ago
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.
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shelbaW More than 1 year ago
Very enjoyable read for one who is interested in life as people knew it in our distant past. The characters were likable and believable for that time period.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beautifully written historical rom-drom with a twist that keeps you reading deep into the nite!
Froggeechik More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
great, well written book, I loved the story line! This was a very enjoyable book, I will have to check out the other books by Linda Windsor.
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Enjoyed this book very much. Good story, but, to be honest, I do have a very soft spot for anything Celtic. ;)
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