In the wee hours of a bitter winter night, Harriet, a respectable, middle-aged chiropractor, falls through the ice of a frozen lake. She was alone; she should have died. Instead she returns to consciousness standing on a ridge above the lake at sunrise, singing with other voices a haunting, exquisitely beautiful Song. But no one else is there, and there are no footprints in the snow, not even hers.
Returning home, she discovers that when she touches someone who is ill or in pain, the same strange Song arises, allowing her to see into the body and heal all that is amiss.
She is confounded by the mystery of her rescue and the source of the Song. Voices and visions speak to her in dreams, tantalizing her, but all meaning is lost in the waking.
Although she rejoices in the ability to resolve her patients’ pain, she is daunted by the power in her hands, feeling inadequate to handle it wisely. Questions arise about if and when it is appropriate to intervene with such miraculous potency in the life—or death—of another. And she is soon inundated with more patients than she can possibly accommodate.
Overwhelmed, she flees to her small rural hometown. When she learns that the married chiropractor who was her lover and mentor long ago, and whom she still deeply loves, is now widowed and dying of cancer, Harriet’s search for answers takes on a poignant and personal urgency.
Song of Eliria is a mystery, a love story, and a profound exploration into the essence and ethics of healing.
“With an other-worldly twist, this is a human adventure tale delving into the heart of the mysteries of suffering, healing, and love. A master storyteller, Starsong uses suspense, wry humor, vivid imagery, thought-provoking ideas, and endearing characters to draw readers in. I loved it.” Dr. Cedar Barstow, Author of Right Use of Power: The Heart of Ethics
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About the Author
She has been a dancer since childhood, especially fascinated with the connections between healing, art, and spirit.
Although her career has been focused on body language, she has loved and told stories all her life. In 2007 she began to write her stories. Leaves in Her Hair was published in 2009. Her second novel, Never Again, was published in August 2015. Her third novel, The Purest Gold, was published in 2017. She is presently semi-retired from a long career of teaching dance and yoga and practicing Rolfing. She lives in Boulder, Colorado, and enjoys writing, dancing, hiking in the high country, and spending time with her grandchildren.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Moonrise Page 7
Chapter 2 Sunrise Page 13
Chapter 3 Tiger Page 18
Chapter 4 Monday Page 28
Chapter 5 Ecstasy and Chaos Page 40
Chapter 6 Flight Page 46
Chapter 7 Cottonwood Creek Page 53
Chapter 8 Love and Rebellion Page 60
Chapter 9 Invitation Page 68
Chapter 10 Are There Angels? Page 77
Chapter 11 The Little Yellow House Page 87
Chapter 12 The Song Bounces Back Page 102
Chapter 13 Messages Page 109
Chapter 14 Jared Page 116
Chapter 15 February Page 124
Chapter 16 Fifty-fifth Birthday Page 129
Chapter 17 Cottonwood Creek Visits Page 144
Chapter 18 Spring Page 152
Chapter 19 Compassionate Care Nursing Home Page 157
Chapter 20 Death In The Family Page 171
Chapter 21 Neal Page 182
Chapter 22 Proposal Page 188
Chapter 23 On The Creek Road Page 196
Chapter 24 The Song Ends Page 201
Chapter 25 Confession Page 207
Chapter 26 Walking By The Creek Page 212
Chapter 27 The Call Page 217
Chapter 28 The Elirians Page 225
Chapter 29 Return Page 237
Chapter 30 Inheritance Page 242
Epilogue Page 255