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Nancy Herriman’s The Irish Healer


Accused of murdering a child under her care, Irish healer Rachel Dunne flees the ensuing scandal while vowing to never sit at another sickbed. She no longer trusts in her abilities-or God’s mercy–though when a cholera epidemic sweeps through London, she feels compelled to nurse the dying daughter of the enigmatic physician she has come to love. James Edmunds, wearied by the deaths of too many patients, has his own doubts about God’s grace. Together, they will have to face their darkest fears . . . and learn what it means to have real faith.
I really enjoyed this novel because the concept of it seemed so unique. Rachel comes across as equally as smart as James without flaunting it. You can understand her desire to stay away from sickness and I find that she is a character whom one can easily identify with. Now, James, had a few more foibles. I liked him and could understand his doubts, but I didn’t understand why he hid Amelia. I could understand why he didn’t want her around, but not why she was hidden. I also didn’t really see him fall in love with Rachel, he sort of just did. That said, this novel is a page-turner. You will root for Rachel and want to pray for James. Spiritually, James realizes that though he still goes through the motions, his heart as grown cold towards God and he rectifies that. Rachel learns that God is in control, even when things don’t make sense. Really good book. Recommended.

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