The Irish Healer was an overall success! Most of the storyline was easy to predict, but that was not disappointing. I didn't realize the Irish people were so globally held in disrepute during the 1800 and 1900's, which indicates that I read it as historical fiction, which I am not sure it was intended. That means, to me, that the writer did a great job of presenting ideas as researched, even if they weren't. I would definitely read more from this writer. There were some punctuation errors, but they didn't impede the reading process or the storyline. Good job!
What happens when the one thing in your life can turn out to be the worst thing and bring forth horrible consequences ? Rachel Dunne, an Irish Healer had devoted her life to saving people and working with children to keep them healthy and well until one fateful night when a girl she was looking after died . Rachel is then accused of murdering the girl. Feeling helpless , her family decide it's best if they send Rachel away, somewhere we she can be safe from the scandal that has rocked the Irish shores. Rachel then through her parents is offered a job in England , assisting the local Doctor James Edmund. When Rachel arrives to England , though a mix -up occurs when it seems that they were expecting an older women , a lady spinster not the young feisty 20yr old Rachel Dunne. Can Rachel prove to the Dr and his family that she is capable of the job ? Especially when tragedy strikes England , and a plague of Chlorea falls onto the nation and one of the patients is Dr. Edmunds daughter ? Can Rachel find the courage and strength she has hidden away to care for a child when all she can think about is the one she lost ? What will happen when Dr. Edmunds finds out the truth on why Rachel had to flee Ireland , will he feel betrayed or will the love he has come to feel for Rachel prevail ?
Find out in The Irish Healer , a historical Christian novel in which shows that everyone no matter what deserves a second chance at life and who knows, like Rachel love may follow.
Hurry before all the copies of The Irish Healer are sold!
Sunday, June 24, 2012
Debut Historical Fiction Author: Nancy Herriman! The Irish Healer, c2012.
This is the book for me!
"James, what is this?" Sophia's attention perked like a hound on a scent.
"The worst," he replied. "It seems the woman I've hired to assist in packing the library and office has gotten lost."
"You've brought a woman from Ireland to help with your collections?" she asked, her voice rising, latching onto the piece of information that troubled her most. The possibility Miss Dunne had drowned in the Irish Sea or been accosted off the boat didn't concern her.
"I have tried to bring a woman from Ireland to help, yes."
Sophia swept her arms to point at the bookshelves. "But these books are valuable. They're to pass to Amelia, and I've been told some have been in your family for generations. How do you know this Irish creature won't steal some and sell them for profit?"
*On the way with you! Get back to that dock and pick up our protagonist. How tired she must be waiting by that wharf with the smells and tainted occupants! Hmmf.*
Oh, my. Miss Dunne is half-Irish too, and is to log the extensive library! We already have a bit in common! I am inventorying the books at our local library. I hope she likes laughter, because I do! And adventure...
This story is beautifully written, with similes potent as a parable with their everyday reference.
He attempted to gather his thoughts, but they kept slipping away from him, like he was trying to cup grains of wheat in his hands only to have them trickle through his fingers.
Rachel Dunne, leaves her Emerald Isle after being accused of murdering a patient she is tending. Innocent by trial, local gossip conjures up stories. The position secured for her in the London home of Dr. James Edmunds, is assisting the move to his inherited boyhood home. Disillusioned by the death of his wife and others under his care, he has decided to become a gentleman farmer.
...She could not keep tending to people. Why does this continue to happen to me?
As hard as she tries to hide it, Miss Dunne keeps getting called upon to assist with her medicinal knowledge. She automatically renders service to those in need. The Asiatic cholera epidemic spreads to London in 1832. The characters will be forced to choose their part.
I liked this story very much. Miss Dunne is very caring and attentive to others. The doctor shows growth and determination as his foibles are revealed. It is very well written. The story does not lag but is very fluid. I especially like historical fiction and found this story to be interesting with the word pictures of sights and smells vivid.
I received this novel from Worthy Publishing to read and review in my own words.
No award or acclamation is ever given to an author in vain. And in the Irish Healer, Nancy Herriman sure proves that she is able to craft a well-written story that will grab the reader's attention. I happened to find out about this book while I was just looking online for a good read, and well, well, I certainly do NOT regret picking it up.
This brought about a couple of chuckles (watch out for Joe when you're reading, So funny!!) and her writing engaged me-truly. The structure of her sentences and the flow of words in general is really just smooth. And as for lessons and values: this book is for everyone and anyone who cannot forgive themselves because they feel like they've failed everyone in general, including themselves. Truly a touching message.
Not bad for a debut novel, I applaud Nancy Herriman!