The Healer's Touch

The Healer's Touch

by Lori Copeland

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Overview

Lori Copeland, beloved author of more than 100 books, brings a new adventure to life in her latest novel.

Lyric Bolton doesn’t ask for much—just friendship and acceptance from her rural Missouri community. But her family is regarded with suspicion and fear because of her mother’s sickness—a sickness of the mind that grows worse by the day. Lyric is resigned to a life of isolation and doesn’t see any way out…but that’s before Ian Cawley bolts into her life on a runaway stallion.

As she opens her heart to Ian, Lyric dares to imagine a different life. But what will happen when he discovers the secret she holds closest of all?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780736956536
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
Publication date: 08/01/2014
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Lori Copeland is the author of more than 100 titles, including A Kiss for Cade and Under the Summer Sky. Her beloved novel Stranded in Paradise is now a Hallmark Channel Original Movie. Her stories have developed a loyal following among her rapidly growing fans in the inspirational market. She lives in the beautiful Ozarks with her husband, Lance.

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The Healer's Touch 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Lori Copeland in her new book, “The Healer’s Touch” published by Harvest House Publishers takes us into the life of Lyric Bolton. From the Back Cover: “You conquered my heart without lifting a hand.” It’s 1887, and Lyric Bolton doesn’t ask for much–just friendship and acceptance from her rural Missouri community. But her family is regarded with suspicion and fear because of her mother’s sickness–a sickness of the mind that grows worse by the day. Lyric is resigned to a life of isolation and doesn’t see any way out…but that’s before Ian Cawley bolts into her life on a runaway stallion. As she opens her heart to Ian, Lyric dares to imagine a different life. But there’s more to Ian’s story than he’s letting on, and the sheriff is hot on his trail. Can Lyric trust her heart–and the man she can’t live without? A tender story of God’s love and faithfulness…even when all hope seems lost. The Bible tells us, “Here abides Faith, Hope and Charity…” Abides means that they are forever even though, at times, it may seem as if all Hope is gone. That is certainly the case for Lyric until Ian knocks himself out and gets amnesia in her barn. Now it is a case of mistaken identity as love blooms between the two. This book is a lot of fun. There is so much going on and Lyric and Ian are such wonderful characters. We really want their romance to succeed. But more importantly this is all about Hope and how God can give it back to us when we do not expect it. Great story, great fum, great romance. I enjoyed this book a lot and am looking forward to the next book from this highly talented author. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book for free from Harvest House Publishers for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
BookReviewerNicole More than 1 year ago
*Book Description*   Lyric Bolton has been caring for her ailing mother and tiring but sweet younger sister, Lark, for so long she almost feels as if she's the mother of the house. She's not bitter or upset...at least not with her family. The town she's lived in as long as she could remember has pretty much shunned her and her family just as long. All due to her mothers illness. Actually, the spooklight floating and bouncing around windows and people doesn't help either but Lyric's used to it...and she wants out. Biding her time until her poor mother passes on, Lyric plans their escape route out of their friendless town. Stepping out to investigate a loud noise in the night she's surprised, and horrified, to find a dying outlaw, at least she assumes he's an outlaw, inside her bashed in barn. Lyric quickly assesses the situation and calls the sheriff on the half-dead handsome man claiming memory loss. When the sheriff takes days and days to show up due to her family's 'reputation', Lyric feels herself drawn to the man she endearingly calls, Joseph. Can they find the truth-and love-together no matter the cost? And when a surprising, gripping secret threatens to bring Lyric down, will she remember to stand tall no matter what she believed to be true? Ian Cawley is hot on someone's tail. Or at least he was until an unexpected turn of events leads him straight through a beautiful girl's barn door. Now, with memory loss, a suspecting sister, and too giggly unabashed girls, he struggles to learn the truth of his identity. When unexpected changes of heart changes his mind, does Ian really want to know his name? Or would he rather live off the grid with a woman of a tender heart? Will he even be given the chance? *What I liked*   I loved this book...it was different, special and the names were so unique! I have a special friend named Ian and that just made it better. The cover is one of my new favorites and my grandfather loved this as well. Add in some humor and you have pretty closed to perfect! *What I didn't like*  The only reason I didn't like some of the action in this book is because I am one big chicken. In all honesty though, you may do some skimming towards the end because there is some pretty stomach turning stuff in there. *My Rating*  I give The Healers Touch... 4 stars! *Why my rating is what it is* My rating is 4 stars because, while it may not be at the very top of your tbr list if your looking for a high amount of romance, it's still a wonderful book and I'm so glad I had the pleasure of reading it! *I received this book from Harvest House, the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts were my own and I was not compensated in any other way.
Karen02KD More than 1 year ago
What do you do when you are an outcast of the town because of your mother’s irrational behavior, you have a young sister to care for, there are unexplained lights that mysteriously appear in your area, and a wounded stranger appears on your doorstep? The stranger does not remember who he is and you suspect that he is a member of one of the outlaw gangs who populate the area. If you are Lyric, you wonder if you might turn him for a reward which would enable you to get out of your situation and move on. On the other hand, he might be innocent and your turning him over might result in the hanging of an innocent man. Such is the dilemma facing Lyric in The Healer’s Touch. This is a fast paced book set in the West complete with a mysterious stranger, curious children, a lovely heroine, and lots of outlaws. It is sure to keep you reading straight through to the end. I received this from Net Galley in exchange for my honest opinion.
RobinWillson More than 1 year ago
Lyric Bolton is a lonely young woman. Living on a farm in 1887 rural Missouri and ostracized because of her mother's behavior, she yet tends to her mother's illness and raises her little sister. She's waiting for the day when she can leave and take her little sister away. U.S. Marshall Ian Cawley is after his man, ruthlessly pursuing on his high spirited horse Norman. That is until a local legend gets involved, and Norman crashes through Lyric's barn. Ian might be just the thing she needs - if he lives. Can she trust that he won't reject her like the townspeople have? This is a lovely story of God-loving people getting to know each other and struggling through life, trying to follow His guidelines - the rural setting and local legend enhancing the tale. Very well written, Lori Copeland brings these poignant characters to life and leaves a tender impression on your heart.
rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
4 stars The Healer's Touch is a good clean story that has a main character is spooklight that is seen in Missouri. I had never heard of it but it would probably freak me out after awhile. It does scare a lot of the people in this book. The setting is 4 miles south of Joplin, Missouri 1887. Their are a lot of outlaws that live close by. I like Lyric Bolton and her sister Lark. They live with their mother alone on a small farm. Their mother is sick and has fits. Because of their mom's sickness people are scared of them and will not go to their place and don't welcome the girls either. One night the Bolton's barn door is broken and she finds a injured man inside that looks close to death. Lyric thinks he is a outlaw. She rides into town to talk to sheriff about the outlaw. The sheriff wants her to bring him in because he does not want to go to her place. He also plans to hang him the next day. Ian Cawley does not remember who he is or anything. He knows that he hill hang when she takes him in. He saw the light and it scared him and his horse and his horse threw him into the barn that night. He has no id on him and his horse bolted. Lark is 14 and she plans to marry a farmer close by who is 17 and wants nothing to do with her. She has a real close friend that is not afraid to come visit. She also loves to read. Lyric plans to take her sister and leave the area after their mother dies so she can have a normal life with friends and church. Lark does not want to move. Lyric wants to take the bounty she will get off of Ian to go away. I liked the story and am glad that Lyric finally got a friend. Has some funny scenes in it. Also talks about scriptures and prayers. I was given this ebook to read by Net Galley and agreed in return to give honest review of it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
Combining the legend of the Ozark Spooklight along with a bit of western romance, best-selling author Lori Copeland takes us back in time in The Healer's Touch, her latest novel from Harvest House Publishers. The novel opens with the mystery of the lights seen on a deserted stretch of gravel road, known to the locals as the Spooklights. Some argue that the lights can be explained by headlights from the cars traveling along old Route 66, which would be fine, except that the lights began before the road was constructed and cars were invented. Whatever they are, they are a supporting character found in this novel set in the late 1800's in Missouri, where the majority of the people living just outside of Joplin, fear the Bolton family. They believe that the old woman who lives in the house that is just plain mad is responsible for those mysterious lights that no one can explain and the reason why no one ventures up to the Bolton home. Good thing for Lyric and Lake, who care for their aging and ill mother, that the town has for the most part left them alone in Bolton Holler. Believing that she is moments from dying, Lyric is buying her time to save as much money as she can so they can leave this place and move to where people stop judging others based on what they think they know. .What she doesn't expect is to find her barn door destroyed late one night, and an injured man laying beneath the shattered remnants of her door. Believing he is one of the Younger brothers, a notorious gang of outlaws living in Missouri, she believes she is in for a reward if she can convince the sheriff to come and get him. She didn't count on the sheriff being so afraid that he refuses to venture up to her property to identify him. Now she will have to find a way to get the man to town in order to collect her reward and hopefully get out of town a whole lot sooner than she expected. Now if she can figure out who this man is, but unfortunately not even he can help. Seems that running into her barn door that night has caused him to lose whatever memory he had and he isn't able to provide any identification, since he isn't carrying any. How can Lyric be sure that by turning over this man to the sheriff that she won't be sentencing an innocent man to hanging if he isn't guilty? How will they ever figure out just who this man really is? If he isn't wanted, then she will be living here a whole lot longer than she wanted since she doesn't have enough money for them to leave right now. I received A Healer's Touch by Lori Copeland compliments of Harvest House Publishers for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review and the opinions expressed here are strictly my own. I love the combination of the mysterious lights along with the western romantic flair. It's like Ghost Hunters meets Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman. The beginning of this one was a bit slow and took me a bit to get into the story, but about 1/3 of the way through, I was engaged in the dilemma that Lyric faces in how to determine the outcome of a man's fate when she didn't know if he was a wanted man or not. In a time when information was slow coming and justice was doled out swiftly, it would be easy to wonder how many innocent men might have been hanged based on heresay instead of known facts. For those that love a bit of western romance along with the mysterious spooklights, you will definitely want to pick this one up. I even found myself researching them on YouTube. You just might be surprised at what you will find! I'd rate this one a 4 out of 5 stars and it includes a discussion guide at the conclusion of this novel.
coramdeo540 More than 1 year ago
The Healer’s Touch Lori Copeland Book Summary: Lyric Bolton doesn't ask for much--just friendship and acceptance from her rural Missouri community. But her family is regarded with suspicion and fear because of her mother's sickness--a sickness of the mind that grows worse by the day. Lyric is resigned to a life of isolation and doesn't see any way out...but that's before Ian Cawley bolts into her life on a runaway stallion. As she opens her heart to Ian, Lyric dares to imagine a different life. But what will happen when he discovers the secret she holds closest of all? Review: I forgot how much I love reading Lori Copeland’s books until I started this one. I was hooked right away and read 75% of the book in one day. I will not wait this long to read another book of hers. I loved her vivid description and could picture the mountains of Missouri and the Bolton Holler easily. The characters were well written and likable. Lyric and Ian were easy to like and root for. I found Lyric to loosen up a bit after tending to Ian. The only thing I was not enthralled with was the light. It did not add to the story and seemed to weigh it down at times - with Katherine and Levi. Overall a fast paced story that kept me interested all the way to the end. I would like to thank Net Galley and Harvest House Publishing for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy and I was never asked to write a favorable review by anyone. 
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
I thought The Healer's Touch was pretty good and worth the read. I found it to be entertaining, page turning and quick to read. I give it 4 1/2 stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it
Barb00 More than 1 year ago
The Healer's Touch started slow for me. I've read a few articles written about the mysterious Spooklight, so I was familiar with this phenomenal event. There was a small amount of humor and a couple of surprises, but the rest of the storyline was foreseeable. The book is well-written and clean, but it's not a book I would read again. I received a complimentary copy from the publisher through Net Galley in exchange for my honest review. This review is one hundred percent my opinion.
Wanda_Barefoot More than 1 year ago
Joplin Missouri, 1887 The Healer's Touch is about Lyric Bolton, a young lady that lives a secluded life at her home called Bolton Holler. Because her mother has "strange fits", the entire town thinks it's because of her mother that the infamous "spooklight" even exists. This strange light seems to target and terrorize the citizens by hovering over them. It's an unexplained event that no one seems to have a solid answer for but it's the "spooklight" that brings Lyric and Marshal Ian "Joseph" Cawley together when he crashes through her barn door in order to escape it. I have been a fan of Lori Copeland's writing for years and The Healer's Touch is a great example of why I love her so much. Her characters are always so true to the time period in which the story is set. They have just the right degree of seriousness in grave situations but they are also very light-hearted, even to the point of being humorous. The characters draw me in as much as the storyline and this book is one of Lori's supreme efforts at turning out a story you'll both love and praise to friends and family. Set in the beautiful state of Missouri, the attention to detail in the story's surrounding landscape make you feel as if you're there and living out the story yourself. I had never heard of the "spooklight" and it made for a very interesting twist on an already enjoyable story. Lori brought it to light (no pun intended) in a very enjoyable and unique way. The opening scene with Marshal Ian Cawley drew me right in and, from there, I was so intrigued that I didn't want to put the book down. I also loved Lyric's sister, Lark, and I smell a follow up story between Lark and Murphy Hake that I can't wait to dive into. Lori Copeland is a favorite among many readers, me included, and if you haven't read any of her books this is a great place to start. I guarantee you will love it so much that you add her to your "favorite authors" list! Tried and true, Lori is a seasoned writer whose words flow with ease and entertain even the pickiest readers. I highly recommend this book to all historical romance lovers! Disclaimer: I received of copy of this book from the publisher through Netgalley for my honest review and no monetary compensation was received.