Today I’m reviewing THE IRISH HEALER by Nancy Herriman, published by Worthy Publishing. This is a historical romance set in London. Irish healer Rachel Dunne sails for London intending to leave her life as a healer–and the scandal that begins when she is unfairly accused of letting a child die in her care. She goes to work for an English physician, James Edmunds, who is haunted by secrets of his own. She intends it to be temporary employment until she can get a job as a teacher, and never to reveal her healing abilities; he intends to take up country life and leave behind what he believes are his failings as a doctor, and he certainly never wants to fall in love again. But when a cholera epidemic strikes London, both must put their intentions aside to fight it, and in the process they learn much about each other and begin to fall in love.
This is a tender, gentle love story that shows how true, lasting love can grow gradually but endures forever. I was impressed by the depth of factual research that enhances the story but never overwhelms it. I learned a lot about the state of Victorian medicine, and even more about compassion in this story, and how trust, love and God’s grace really can heal the heart. I was impressed at the lengths that the heroine went to help a fellow servant who had shown her only scorn and who had sought to return her evil for good.
I look forward to reading more by talented author Nancy Herriman. This book was provided free for review by the publisher.
Blessings, Laurie Kingery