Book Review: The Irish Healer by Nancy Herriman

Paperback, 320 pages
Published April 3rd 2012 by Worthy Books, Audio by Oasis Audio

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I’ve been meaning to read this book ever since I met the author several years ago at the Ohioana Book Festival in Columbus, OH. But you know, so many books, so little time. When it showed up on Chirp, I grabbed the opportunity. I’m so glad I did. I really enjoyed this story. As a bonus, there was an interview with the author at the end of the audiobook!

Irish Rachel Dunne is a wounded character who flees Ireland for London after someone she cared for dies. She tries to deny her skills as a healer but that is difficult when she ends up working for a doctor (referred by her cousin who lives in London) who also wants to flee from his profession because of guilt over his wife’s death and all the suffering he sees daily. Rachel and the doctor develop feelings for each other but their painful pasts makes them both want to run away from that attraction. However, when the Cholera epidemic affects the doctor’s young daughter, they both must reexamine their callings.

The strength of this novel is in the historical descriptions (something I love!) and the way the author weaves together the characters’ journeys. It’s a story of redemption and of following God’s calling on your life. If this is a book you also put off reading, I urge you to bring it to the top of your pile. The audio narration was very good (some aren’t so much) and I can highly recommend that edition.

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