Thursday, July 12, 2012

The Irish Healer: A Novel by Nancy Herriman

This is a little review I'm writing, just because!  I read this book while driving on all of our recent road trips.  I tried not to spoil the ending.

It is the story of an Irish woman, Rachel Dunne, who flees from Ireland to London in 1832.  She leaves because she was accused of murdering a child she was caring for.  She has turned her back on God, because she thinks he has turned his back on she and her family. London is not home, but she takes refuge with a doctor, James Edmunds.  She is hired as his assistant to help pack for his move to the country.  He is fleeing from his own demons, one being the death of his wife.  James doesn't know if he can trust God anymore.  Rachel ends up helping him by sitting for his patients, the one thing she vowed she would never do again.  When cholera hits London, Rachel and James' lives are flipped upside down.  Rachel has to try and overcome her fear of helping patients again and James has to try and save his daughter's life, whom he has only seen a few times, while she battles cholera.  Can they overcome their fears, trust one another, learn to love and rediscover their faith?

This is a christian historical fiction novel.  I love this genre of books and have read many, so I have a broad knowledge base to go on.  Overall, I would recommend this book to read.  The characters weren't very complex, but were easy to fall in love with.  I did feel like the love connection between Rachel and James suddenly appeared, though.  There was not a lot of interactions or conversations between the two and before you knew it, they had feelings for one another.  It seemed abrupt.  Besides the surprise connection, the book was a good love story and kept you hooked at the end of each chapter.  I would read it again.

Enjoy your summer reading!


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