The Irish Healer: A Novel

The Irish Healer: A Novel

by Nancy Herriman
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The Irish Healer: A Novel by Nancy Herriman

Accused of murdering a child under her care, Irish healer Rachel Dunne flees the ensuing scandal while vowing to never sit at another sickbed. She no longer trusts in her abilities—or God’s mercy. When a cholera epidemic sweeps through London, she feels compelled to nurse the dying daughter of the enigmatic physician she has come to love. James Edmunds, wearied by the deaths of too many patients, has his own doubts about God’s grace. Can they face their darkest fears? Or is it too late to learn that trust and love just might heal their hearts?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781617950353
Publisher: Worthy Publishing
Publication date: 04/01/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 1,010,341
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

The Irish Healer is Nancy Herriman’s fourth completed manuscript, and it was runner-up in the Historical Fiction category of the 2009 ACFW Genesis contest. She also won the 2006 RWA Daphne du Maurier award for Best Unpublished Mystery/Romantic Suspense and has been a finalist in other contests. Nancy is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Romance Writers of America and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She lives in the Midwest with her husband and two teenagers, and is very active in the music ministry at her church.

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Irish Healer 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
PShaw More than 1 year ago
I love historical romances, rich in perfect period detail, well researched, and lushly written. The Irish Healer, Nancy Herriman’s debut novel, is all of that and more. 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.
paula_ark More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this debut novel from Nancy Herriman! The story captured my interest from the first page and didn’t let go! I hope there will be a sequel! I look forward to this author’s next release!
GingerS219 More than 1 year ago
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.
fuzzmom More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is very well written. I would recommend.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although a little predictable it held my interest. I liked the faith based storyline.
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over100in365 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable romance
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Easy read with inspiration theme
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a good book. I usually read paranormal books. It was really interesting historically. I have not read many books in this time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an ok read - nothing awful but nothing spectacular either. I love reading period pieces but this story didn't delve very deep into the time frame. The best way I could describe it would be a light romance novel - very predictable. And the only thing "Irish" about it was the mention of the town she came from since the story takes place in London.
BATread More than 1 year ago
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. 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!
MEMECN More than 1 year ago
I loved the story line and had great ending
judyingeorgia More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly liked this book. I loved the characters and how the author developed each character. I love this period of history anyway so good character development with a believable historical background was right up my alley!
Griphy More than 1 year ago
Very good book. One you just did not want to put down. Enjoyed the historical information that came from the story.
shanbritts More than 1 year ago
Predictable but good
InSpirit More than 1 year ago
MY St Patrick's choice read for this month of March!  I Luv'd this book. Couldn't believe the trouble it took to procure a copy!  None available for review from publisher. I then won my book of choice at Murphy's Library in September 2012, but TBD cancelled their order of my book not once but twice! I finally received it in February 2013 :)) I decided to save it as my treat for a St Patrick's read & so glad I did! Amazingly, The Irish Healer is Nancy Herriman’s debut novel, published 2012. USA Today accurately calls it “...a lovely period tale of personal transformation and abiding love.” Definitely tantalizing along with its cover; runner-up in ACFW Genesis contest’s historical fiction 2009. A former engineer, Ms Herriman is a past winner of Romance Writers of America’s Daphne du Maurier Award for Best Unpublished Mystery/Romantic Suspense along with finalist placings in other contests. • Don't miss - Video book trailer available on youtube - 1830. We’re introduced to Irish healer, Rachel Dunne, aboard a steamer escaping her homeland, arriving in search of London’s promise of new beginnings. A new beginning that will call for all the fortitude she possesses to rise up and conquer the inherent perils concealed along the journey...  I found Rachel a likeable protagonist, authentic to her age and abilities; believable in her actions and reactions to new relationships and experiences. Other character descriptions authentically engaged my own positive / negative reactions. Well paced thought and action kept the story moving. Both my interest and emotions were engaged to its satisfying conclusion.  Enough twists to frustrate my expectations whilst concealing pleasing resolutions. Historical details were excellent additions without being obtrusive or documentary. Occasional Gaelic expressions added authenticity. There is only one story detail that I would love to have resolved... perhaps a note to Ms Herriman will satisfy my curiosity! Thank you for sharing your writing gift with us, Nancy! I look forward to your next novel...
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. Perfect dose of romance and mystery. I would read more from this author. :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The various characters are beyond the normal "good" or "bad" labels we normally assign them. These characters are real; good and bad, vulnerable and proud, and have various times when they doubt their faith in God. Like we all do at times of crisis and failures. Well written with appropriate "humanity" and "fragileness" assigned to each character. Simple but enjoyable storyline. My complinents to the author.
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