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Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Harvest House Publishers
Publication Date: 2014
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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?
VeraNorth CarolinaAge: Over 65Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5light, easy readDecember 22, 2014VeraNorth CarolinaAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 3My thoughts: I do enjoy Lori Copelands books and she has written a lot of them. The Healers Touch was not a favorite of mine, though. I felt the title somewhat misleading as I anticipated a character who truly had a healers touch in that they were helpful with peoples injuries and sicknesses. That was not the case in the story.
Secondly, while folklore is replete with a variety of lights and things that go-bump-in-the-night, this story capitalized on a spooklight legend from the mountains. I felt it was a bit overplayed and overdone as far as its inclusion into the story.
The characters were nicely fleshed out and seemed to fill the bill of hillbilly mountain folks. Lyric was the female lead and a devoted daughter. She was hard working and fell in love with the stranger, Ian, who literally came bolting into her life. My favorite characters were Lark (sister to Lyric) and Boots (friend of Larks). There two were into everything, totally preteen-mountain-kids, and so very funny. Youll literally chuckle at some of their conversations and actions.
So what do I think about The Healers Touch? I think it is a good book to read. Clean. Funny. Characters that put God first and who have compassionate hearts. I can easily recommend it for a light, easy read. It just wasnt one of my favorite Lori Copeland books.
DISCLOSURE: A complimentary copy was provided by Harvest House Publishing in exchange for this review. Opinions are those of the reviewer. No compensation was received for this review.
KGD history teacher4 Stars Out Of 5A Western RomanceOctober 22, 2014KGD history teacherQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5What do you do when you are an outcast of the town because of your mothers 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 Healers 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.
Robin Willson4 Stars Out Of 5Leaves a tender impression on your heartSeptember 6, 2014Robin WillsonQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4Lyric 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.
KateAge: 25-34Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5A sweet storyAugust 29, 2014KateAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4Lori Copeland is an author who I have followed for quite a long while. I started reading her books in high school and haven't stopped. She is an author I always keep an eye out for. She has a wonderful knack for telling a sweet story with a little bit of adventure mixed in...with a fun setting in a western town.
The synopsis of the story sounded interesting. So, I was ready to dive in to it. The introduction threw me off a little bit however. It was interesting to read about the spooklight and the the local folklore behind it, but I didn't know how it would play into the story. Thankfully, it was answered very quickly in the story. The spooklight was the reason our two main characters met.
Ian is your strong, tough, male lead....however, he doesn't know it, since he was a little rattled after an accident that left him asking more questions then answering. Lyric was a little harder to get a handle on. She was a girl who jumped to a conclusion very quickly to who Ian was and was content to stick to it, until she had a turn around and then wanted to protect him. The life Lyric has led to this point was sad. I could easily see why she wanted push forward with her idea so she could finally make a better life.
Lyric's sister, Lark and her best friend Boots, I thought offered the adventure in the story, in typical kid fashion. Their wild ideas and schemes were about as far out there as they came, but their friendship was a sweet one, since they relied so heavily on each other.
This wasn't my favorite of Lori Copeland's books, but it was a cute story over all. A light and sweet story.
Thank you to Harvest House, I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
Heart2HeartVictorville, CAAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Can she conquer his heart without lifting a hand?August 19, 2014Heart2HeartVictorville, CAAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Combining the legend of the Ozark Spook lights 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 Spook lights. 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 hearsay instead of known facts. For those that love a bit of western romance along with the mysterious spook lights, 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.
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Tell us a little about yourself. Lori Copeland has written for both the general and Christian market. She has a deep love of God, and finds that laughter often makes the difference between a good or bad day.
What was your motivation behind this project? "The Healer's Touch" is based on a true legend in my home state of Missouri. While the facts are incredulous and hard to believe they are told to be "the truth" in these parts. I have seen the 'light" and can honestly say that I believe one day folks will figure out the source, but then there are a lot of unexplainable things here on this earth. You aren't asked to believe every incident that I've included in this work of fiction, but every story I've included has been sworn to have been witnessed.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? I want the reader to walk away with the knowledge that God works in mysterious ways, and even if you live in the backwoods of the Missouri Ozark's and your true love is there, God will see that you two meet up. If you are a reader who must have an answer to everything, you probably won't like this book. But if you love a fun story written with fact, fiction and a whole lot of imagination then I think you'll be pleased with your purchase. Laughter is good for the soul though sometimes the source doesn't make a lick of sense. But if you weren't there you can't say, can you?
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? I was constantly reminded of how God DOES work in mysterious ways, and while there may not be an obvious answer to an oddity there no doubt IS an answer. Perhaps man isn't meant to know everything here on earth:)
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? The Bible is my inspiration. How many biblical stories exist that make you shake you head and realize that only God has the power to control His universe--in His way.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: I want every reader to know how important you are to authors. You're feedback by way of reviews and endorsements mean the world to us.