Song of Eliria

Song of Eliria

Song of Eliria

Song of Eliria


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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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780997545029
Publisher: Dancing Aspen Press
Publication date: 11/25/2019
Pages: 262
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.59(d)

About the Author

Heather Starsong grew up in New England and graduated summa cum laude from Boston University in 1957 with a Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Literature.
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

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