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Saturday, February 05, 2011

My review of Healer by Linda Windsor!

Healer: A Novel (The Brides of Alba Series)

About the book:

Sixth-century Scotland—in the time of Arthur….

“The Gowrys’ seed shall divide your mighty house and bring a peace beyond the ken of your wicked soul.”

Her mother’s dying prophecy to the chieftain Tarlach O’Byrne sentenced Brenna of Gowrys to twenty years of hiding. Twenty years of being hunted—by the O’Byrnes, who fear the prophecy, and by her kinsmen, who expect her to lead them against their oppressors. But Brenna is a trained and gifted healer, not a warrior queen. So she lives alone in the wilderness with only her pet wolf for company. When she rescues a man badly wounded from an ambush, she believes he may be the answer to her deep loneliness. Healing him comes as easy as loving him. But can their love overcome years of bitterness and greed…and bring peace and renewed faith to the shattered kingdom?

My review:

Healer was a great read. A bit gruesome at times, Healer was also subtle in regards to edgy content, but a compelling novel for sure. The history regarding Briton and the folklore that dated back to the early church was interesting. It's obvious the author knows this time period well.

I loved the romance in this story most of all, but the spiritual thread was pretty strong, too. I loved how Brenna was always showing the love of Christ through how she lived her life. It was cool how the author showed that Brenna's faith changed the people around her. She always gave God the credit for miracles, but she had periods of doubt and loneliness as well, especially prior to meeting Ronan. I loved how the heroine was able to heal not only Ronan's body, but how God used her to heal his soul as well. She made him want to live again.

Seeing their love slowly develop and deepen was probably the best part of the story. Windsor has a gift for writing romantic tension. At the same time, their long-term relationship couldn't be based on a lie. I loved how this whole thread unraveled and brought them closer together in the end.

I though Ronan was a great hero because he was so dedicated to Brenna. Then again, he did owe her his life. She was a true healer and used by God to bless many. That theme was so well done in this book. Parts of the story reminded me of The Healer's Apprentice by Melanie Dickerson. If you read both stories you will see why. I am really looking forward to reading the next book in this series.

Healer was published by David C. Cook and released in June 2010. A copy of this book was provided to me for review by B&B Media Group. The opinion expressed is solely my own and not influenced in any way.


Terri said...

It is a GREAT book! I loved it and can't wait for the next one in that series to come out!

Lee Smith said...

This is on my list as well. I'm glad to hear you liked it so much. :o)

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