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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. But 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 theAccused 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. But 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. Can they each face their darkest fears? Or is it too late to learn that trust and love just might heal their hearts?...

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The Irish Healer Reviews

  • Kav
    2018-12-23 13:02

    If you love books by Laurie Alice Eakes and Julie Klassen, you are going to love The Irish Healer! This stunning debut novel is seeped in that kind of Austenish style. It was such a thrill to read that I raced right through but then tried to put the brakes on towards the end because I wasn't ready for it to be over! Does anyone else do that when they are reading a good book?Herriman immersed me in the gritty reality of 19th century London and she didn't gloss over the seamier aspects. The contempt in which the Irish were treated really got my ire up, seeing as I hale from that fair isle. And the inequality between men and women -- oy, don't get me started. While I love to romanticize that era just like everyone else, I was grateful that Herriman didn't. It brought such depth to her story and upped my blood pressure a good bit as well! :-)Both Rachel and James have so much more in common then they realize, but neither is bent on sharing their past which adds an air of mystery to their romance. The attraction is there, never mind that they are from different classes, but as the reader, I could see why they would be good for each other and it about drove me crazy waiting for one of them to reveal the reason for the their mixed emotions regarding healing. But when one finally did, I wanted to throttle the other! LOL. Herriman kept me on my toes right to the very last page.James is an admirable tortured hero with so many rough edges that it was impossible to smooth them all out. In fact, he possessed one significantly un-hero-like quality that should have repelled me but the author created such depth to his character that she managed to engage my sympathy instead. Not an easy task, given his failing. Now doesn't that intrigue you? I hope so because this is one book you do not want to miss!

  • Christine
    2019-01-06 16:19

    This book was disappointing. Very disappointing. I was really looking forward to it and I felt like I was reading a harlequin romance... I'm glad I only paid 1.99 for it

  • Jerry
    2018-12-26 13:52

    Touching at times, heartbreaking at others, this one was a great read.

  • Kathleen E.
    2018-12-23 16:07

    Monday, June 25, 2012Hurry before all the copies of The Irish Healer are sold!Sunday, June 24, 2012Debut Historical Fiction Author: Nancy Herriman! The Irish Healer, c2012.This is the book for me!p 21"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.*pp 23-49Oh, 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.p 192He 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.p 205...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.

  • Pat
    2018-12-23 17:10

    I love historical romances, rich in perfect period detail, well researched, and lushly written. The Irish Healer, Nancy Herriman’s debut novel, is all of that and more. I will be honest and say I would normally have bypassed this one since it’s billed as “inspirational/Christian” romance. That is way outside my reading comfort zone as a non-Christian. And that would have been a tragedy. I would have missed a tender, beautiful, glorious romance that made my heart sing and left me with happy tears at the end.Rachel Dunne—the Irish healer of the title—is running away. Although acquitted of murdering a child under her care, she’s come to London to escape the scandal of her past, vowing to give up her gift of healing, believing it’s really a curse. She finds work with Dr. James Edmunds, a man with tragedies of his own in his past, a physician who is also in the process of giving up his medical practice. Rachel vows only to work as a sort of secretary for him. She will not help him in medical matters, will not sit at the bedside of patients, will not trust or use her own special gifts.James and Rachel have each in their own way given up on God, as they believe God has abandoned them. This love story is about healing—not only the bodies of those they comfort and serve, but their own hearts and faith and each other.Inspirational references are woven in subtly, without browbeating the reader with it, which was what I had feared from an inspirational romance. Again, I could not have been more wrong. This is a book about the universal themes of loss and forgiveness, about finding redemption, and most powerfully, about finding love. It transcends a specific, single belief system. It’s about learning to forgive yourself, and love yourself; about accepting love and forgiveness from others. And make no mistake, this is first and foremost, a romance, as sweet and delicious and yummy as you could want. There is no overt sex in this book; there’s barely a single kiss. But oh, the yearning! The longing! Ms. Herriman beautifully, powerfully builds the tension, page by page, a glance, a touch, a sigh at a time, until the reader is as wound up as Rachel and James, an ember about to burst into a conflagration. This is a truly romantic romance. The power of faith is the backbone of this feast of a novel, but love—God’s and man’s—is the heart and soul of it. I’ve never been happier to have been wrong about something. Missing out on this wonderful book would have been a tragedy indeed.

  • writer...
    2019-01-02 16:11

    [My 2013 review is for the paperback version of the Irish Healer]Amazingly, The Irish Healer is Nancy Herriman’s debut novel, published 2012. USA Today accurately calls it “...a lovely period tale of personal transformation and abiding love.” Definitely tantalizing along with its cover; runner-up in ACFW Genesis contest’s historical fiction 2009. A former engineer, Ms Herriman is a past winner of Romance Writers of America’s Daphne du Maurier Award for Best Unpublished Mystery/Romantic Suspense along with finalist placings in other contests.• Don't miss - Video book trailer available on youtube -1830. We’re introduced to Irish healer, Rachel Dunne, aboard a steamer escaping her homeland, arriving in search of London’s promise of new beginnings. A new beginning that will call for all the fortitude she possesses to rise up and conquer the inherent perils concealed along the journey... I found Rachel a likeable protagonist, authentic to her age and abilities; believable in her actions and reactions to new relationships and experiences. Other character descriptions authentically engaged my own positive / negative reactions. Well paced thought and action kept the story moving. Both my interest and emotions were engaged to its satisfying conclusion. Enough twists to frustrate my expectations whilst concealing pleasing resolutions. Historical details were excellent additions without being obtrusive or documentary. Occasional Gaelic expressions added authenticity. There is only one story detail that I would love to have resolved... perhaps a note to Ms Herriman will satisfy my curiosity!MY St Patrick's choice read for this month of March! I Luv'd this book. Amanda McKnight a delight as narrator with authentic accents that add to the value of the novel. Characterization and descriptions a definite benefit.I decided to save it as my treat for a St Patrick's read & so glad I did!Thank you for sharing your writing gift with us, Nancy! Thank you, Amanda, for bringing the story to life...And to Oasis Audio for recognizing the value of recording this story.

  • Erin
    2018-12-24 15:53

    Find the enhanced version of this and other reviews at: http://flashlightcommentary.blogspot....I don’t often find books like this. The Irish Healer by Nancy Harrimann is a beautiful novel with a message that both secular and nonsecular readers can enjoy. The Irish Healer is inspired fiction and incorporate strong religious themes but I think the personal journeys of Harrimann's cast have wide appeal. I love getting lost in a good book and one of the easiest ways for an author to make that happen is to create characters and situations a reader can relate to. At the beginning of Harrimann's story, James is struggling with the death of his wife and Rachel is questioning her value as a healer after losing a young patient. Self doubt is something everyone can understand and most of us have experienced the loss of a loved one. By incorporating these very common emotions Harrimann was able to craft two notably compelling and unique leading characters. The story itself is simple but I think it works in Harrimann's favor. Nothing here seems overly contrived. James and Rachel are brought together in very realistic circumstances and bond in similar fashion. The authentic quality of the story is something I really appreciate. The comprehensive depiction of evolving affection is much more affecting than the more dramatic and less believable love at first sight scenario. Historically not as strong as I would like but The Irish Healer is a heartwarming tale of personal trial and triumph. Recommended to fans of The Song of Acadia Series by Janet Oak and Davis Bunn.

  • Michelle Griep
    2019-01-07 18:05

    This is the first time I listened to an audio book and the first time I've heard of Nancy Herriman. Score on both accounts! Loved the audio and the author!The Irish Healer brings you back to 1830's England, during the time of a Cholera outbreak. Dickenesque in style, author Nancy Herriman captured the feel of a crowded, dirty London, leastwise in the poorest section of St. Giles. At times I wished the heroine and hero weren't so snippy to each other, but as all good romances should, they ended up together. My favorite character, however, was the cook, Mrs. Mainprice (not sure on the spelling since I only heard it voiced and didn't read it myself). She's a no-nonsense, wise and compassionate woman who I liked to fancy as their fairy Godmother.Overall, this is a fantastic read and I will definitely look for more of Nancy Herriman's upcoming releases.

  • Caroline
    2019-01-20 18:06

    Loved it! The Irish Healer provides an emotionally satisfying love story and an inspirational journey of faith. The story is set in nineteenth century London where an Irish woman on her own would face class snobbery and discrimination. The healer herself, Rachel Dunne, leaves her home to seek work after a tragic accident takes the life of one of her patients. She finds work in the home of a physician struggling to face his own demons. They quickly become aware of their attraction, nicely presented by the author, but secrets and sorrows put stumbling blocks in their way. Nancy Herriman leads each of the through their individual journey of growth and brings them at last to one another. The ending is as satisfying as it is believable.

  • Catherine Richmond
    2019-01-14 19:02

    The verdict in Rachel's trial is innocent, but the community declares her guilty. So Rachel stops working as a healer and leaves Ireland for London. Her cousin finds her a job cataloguing a private library. Her employer turns out to be a physician who has also decided to give up healing. Great job with the historic details of life in 1832 London, medical treatment, and the prejudice against the Irish. Every story needs a wise woman and Mrs. Mainprice is a gem.

  • ✎Stacey
    2019-01-20 19:15

    Pretty good Christian read love redemption faith and trust good read

  • Lexi
    2019-01-07 20:19

    Holy cow. Can I go back and read that beautiful story all over again real quick? Nancy Herriman just put herself on the charts for best read 2017. The plotline was so captivating, I could not stop reading. I also loved the author's prose, her similes, metaphors, etc. The writing was literally the greatest! She managed to deal with modern issues, such as abortion, in a Christian way, but it was still very interesting and relevant to the story. I literally loved every single character in this story. Even if they were only in a snippet of the whole plot, the character development was so great that I felt like knew their entire life story and everything about them- the quirks, strengths, weakness, etc. It was such a great feeling! I would recommend this story to anyone who wants to read a great period love story. Fair warning- the main characters are a healer and a physician, so there were some pretty intense medical scenes. I personally think this made the story better, but just know yourself and if you can stomach this type of writing. 5 STARS FOR SURE!!

  • Shae Carson
    2019-01-03 14:50

    ReligiousThis book had lots of mentions of God and prayer. I felt like I was being preached to, which is not something I enjoy in entertainment. That being said, however, this was well written. There were some spots that were missing punctuation, but that's mostly normal. The plot didn't drag, and I liked nearly all the characters. I won't read this again, but since I rented this from the library, it's worth the price.

  • Kelsy
    2018-12-25 12:54

    This was a great read with interesting characters and plot line. While much of it falls under the "typical" umbrella of inspirational romance, it didn't feel cliche and I didn't find myself rolling my eyes at ridiculous statements or forced faith-inspiring situations. The plot line kept me interested throughout, and I appreciated that there was substance which gave weight the characters and story in general.

  • Cathy Bickerstaff
    2019-01-07 17:06

    I enjoyed reading the Irish Healer. It was a well written historical novel set in the time of cholera epidemics. The story was about the people, however. Everyone seemed to have secrets that only the reader was aware of. People were hurt as the secrets were revealed.Some had dreadful consequences but an overall happy ending. I intend to look for more books by Nancy Herriman .

  • Patricia
    2019-01-02 15:16

    Evidently, this is the author's first book she had written and the first book of hers I have read. I will definitely read whatever she has written since. She writes so well and her story iris great, too. I really enjoyed this clean romance.

  • Sarah Southerland
    2019-01-18 16:11

    I enjoyed this book and the struggle the characters went through as they reclaimed their lives. Clean.

  • EmmyT
    2019-01-06 16:15

    Stupid. Kept interest until end when a series of "miracles" happens in a few pages that solves ALL the problems. It read like even the author got tired of the story and decided to wrap it up ASAP.

  • Lydia
    2019-01-04 13:55

    Absolutely beautiful. Nancy has a way with words...her imagery is magical. I loved the depth of characters and the story line was unique and touching

  • Rebecca Howard
    2019-01-06 16:57

    Good story, bad grammar.I liked this story, but the bad grammar was very distracting. Frequent missed periods and commas makes it feel like a cheap or unfinished book.

  • Stacy M. Patton
    2019-01-05 18:51

    Wonderful story! I really enjoyed this book! This was my first time reading this author and I look forward to reading more. This is a beautifully written book.

  • Vera Godley
    2019-01-02 19:08

    About the book: In 1832, Rachel Dunne is an Irish healer accused of the death of a child under her care. Acquitted but shunned, she flees to England searching for a new life. She vows to never sit at another bedside again...or trust in a God who abandoned her when she needed Him most.London physician James Edmunds is wearied by his failures, especially his inability to save his wife, who died from childbed fever. He has decided to abandon his practice and lose himself in the running of his family’s small country estate. Until a red-haired Irish servant girl with a deep and mysterious strength makes him think about living again. My thoughts: This story is set in 1830s London and involves the gentry class - professional Dr. James Edmunds, his widowed sister-in-law, and others along with the servant class. We see the main character, an Irish young lady who was a "healer" back in poverty stricken Ireland. The lovely Rachel Dunne has come from Ireland to London with the financial and emotional support of her cousin, Clarice - another member of the gentry.Rachel must leave Ireland because shame and ruination has been brought on her family because one of the sick that she was nursing dies and Rachel has been accused of murder in the situation. Though a jury acquitted her of wrong doing, the rumors persist. She and her mother have lost their means of livelihood. Hence the move Rachel makes to London to seek employment.Temporary work arrangements have been for Rachel with Dr. Edmunds through the good graces and recommendation of her cousin, Clarice. Rachel is not accepted readily amongst the servants but graciously holds on to her position by working hard and being kind to others.The story moves along revealing the definite class distinction and bias of London in the 1830s. Nancy Herriman portrays these distinctions vividly through the actions and conversations of each of the characters. Though the household of Dr. Edmunds is busy with preparations for a move to the country, the city of London is plagued with a break out of cholera. The scenes and conversations of the sick, the sick room, the odors, the sights are quite descriptive and your senses will feel the vivid descriptions very thoroughly. The filthy streets and back alleys of London are also vividly portrayed which helps to understand the rapid spread of disease during the time. Dr. Edmunds and his other physician friends practice medicine typical of that period with sweats, leeches, purges. However, Dr. Edmunds tends toward a more gentle practice. Rachel tries to keep her skills as a healer hidden because she fears her past being revealed and the consequences of such a revelation, nonetheless, her skills are needed from time to time and her secret does come out.This is a gently told story of individuals with personal struggles of failure and fear of past and present. It is a story of disappointment and a story of love and the need to be loved. It is also a story of a bleak time in London's history when disease was rampant, filth and poverty abounded, and health care so inadequate. It is a story of triumph and of faith. It is a gently told story of rediscovering one's lost faith in God. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~GIVEAWAY: Nancy Herriman is offering a copy to one of Chat With Vera's readers. Begins August 10 ENDS August 24 Noon EDT- USA only. Email required for contacting winner (edit it as "myname at yahoo [dot][com]" ) ALL ENTRIES MUST BE MADE ON THE CHAT WITH VERA BLOG POST. entry: Read The Journey, guest blog article by Nancy Herriman at Return here and leave a comment telling me how many books Nancy wrote before The Irish Healer was accepted and published. Leave your email so I can contact you if you are the winner.Extra entry/s: May be done DAILY! Tweet the review and/or The Journey blog post. Each Tweet is a separate entry. So you CAN do 2 tweets a day. 1 for The Journey and 1 for the giveaway/review. Separate comments must be left--leave the entry comments in the comments of this review post only. Use the Tweet button at the end of the post to Tweet & include the hashtags @Nancy_Herriman and #Giveaway. Each comment counts as an entry so leave a separate comment here for each which includes the Twitter URL for the Tweet (your email, too, please).Extra entry/s: Share both Nancy's "The Journey" link and this review link in separate Facebook posts. Each comment counts as an entry so leave a separate comment here for each which includes the Facebook URL for the post (your email, too, please).DISCLOSURE: I was provided a complimentary copy of The Irish Healer by author, Nancy Herriman, in exchange for my honest review.

  • Victor Gentile
    2019-01-14 12:12

    Nancy Herriman in her new book, “The Irish Healer” published by Worthy Publishing brings us to London in 1832.From the back cover: 1830′s London is rich with promise. And fraught with peril. Rachel Dunne and James Edmunds are about to discover that love is too.Rachel Dunne has always been a healer…until she’s accused of causing the death of a child under her care. Acquitted but shunned, she flees Ireland in search of a new life, convinced that she’s be fine so long as no one in London learns of her disgrace–or forces her to ever sit at another sickbed.Physician James Edmunds has endured the loss of too many patients–the death of his wife the greatest blow of all. Deep in his grief, and no longer certain that God can be trusted, he decides the time has come to abandon his practice and run his family’s small farm. Alone. Though when he’s drawn to the intriguing Irish woman who has recently joined his household, he begins to reconsider his well-laid plans.Then cholera sweeps through London, and the life of Jame’s young daughter hangs in the balance. Can Rachel and James overcome their innermost fears and regain their faith? Or is it too late for trust and love to heal their hearts?The Bible tells us that God puts talent in each individual. For some it is sports, others play musical instruments. For some business is their talent but for Rachel Dunne and James Edmunds their talent is medicine and healing those that are sick. However Rachel has suffered trauma for being accused of a wrongful death even though she didn’t do it and decides to give up her healing practice. Dr. James Edmunds also wants to hang up his medical shingle until he meets the Irish lassie who wins him over. Can both of them give up their secrets and turn back to medicine and use their God-given talents?“The Irish Healer” is all about the talents God has given us and how we use them for His glory and honor or we use them, or not, for ourselves. It is also about secrets and how they can almost destroy you if you let them. It is also about God and forgiveness and second chances and the healing they help bring. Ms. Herriman has done an outstanding job of bring Rachel and James to life on these pages. We root for them to overcome their traumas and for their relationship to succeed. If you are looking for history you will find it here. If you are looking for a really good romance you will find it here. I liked this book and am really looking forward to more stories from Nancy Herriman.If you would like to listen to interviews with other authors and professionals please go to where they are available On Demand.To listen to 24 hours non-stop Christian music please visit our internet radio station www.kingdomairwaves.orgDisclosure of Material Connection: I received this book for free from Wynn-Wynn Media for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

  • Steph
    2019-01-01 13:17

    A touching read. Rachel has to overcome the death of a child she tried to heal. Doctor James Edmunds is trying to get over so many deaths he has encountered too. Both want to stop trying to heal others-the pain is so great to lose a patient. Yet, both keep being drawn to help the sick.

  • Tracey
    2019-01-14 12:14

    The Irish Healer was a pleasant surprise. On Netgalley you may find the smuttiest and kinkiest of smut - and you may also find the most strait-laced of Christian fiction. I request books based on their descriptions, and often forget to check the publisher; sometimes the latter will give a better clue of what I'm in for than the former. This sounded like it was going to be first and foremost a historical, with some romance thrown in (forbidden, at that), along with a quart of cholera and a sprinkle of Ireland. Worth a try. It was only later that I read more thoroughly and discovered that it's billed as a Christian romance. Oh, I thought, dear. But no. This was lovely. It is indeed a Christian romance, in that faith is important to the characters and, unmarried, they don't leap into bed with each other every thirty pages. While physical attraction is very much on their minds there is no call for any of the stunningly lame and stilted language the general run of romance novels resort to to talk about intercourse. All in all I'm very pleased by the writing; Herriman is the sort of writer who gets out of the way of her characters and setting and lets them loose. The story may owe much to 19th century literature like Jane Eyre, and may push the bounds of what was actually possible for a young woman in 1832 England, but it's all to good purpose. The threats that surround the main character, Rachel Dunne, are made very real, and her strength in the face of all of that makes for someone I'm pleased to read about. I think the only complaint I could possibly make is that Rachel's dialogue is just much too erudite, always. She's 20 years old and has been through hell (if it's all right to say that), and still even just chatting with the young groom, Joe, she sounds a little like the Professor from Gilligan's Island. This is not to say I missed the hideous attempts at "Irishness" so often seen - "Shure now, boyo, an' would I not be after just comin' from me ould ma's house, now?" But Rachel is very young, and however well educated and however suppressed her accent has been, just the occasional hint would have been good: a phrase or a dropped G under stress or something of the sort.This is perhaps three and a half stars, rounded up to four – I'm much more inclined to be generous than I expected to be. An unexpurgated review is on my blog.

  • C.j. Chase
    2019-01-22 16:03

    A poor shopkeeper's daughter, newly arrived in London and facing prejudice and discrimination because of her nationality.A man of the upper classes unable to forgive himself.Class differences, street urchins, scheming servants...British settings have never been as popular in the Christian fiction market as North American locales, so you can understand why this devoted Anglophile jumped at the offer of a review copy of Nancy Herriman's debut novel The Irish Healer.World-weary widower Dr. James Edmunds wants nothing more than to give up medicine and retire to the life of country squire. After the death of a child in her care--and a murder charge for which she was acquitted--Irish healer Rachel Dunne has already abandoned both her homeland and her profession in a bid to start a new life. But how long can these two people, so similarly disillusioned with life and God, deny their God-given callings as London comes under the grip of a deadly cholera epidemic?An historical romance set in 1832 London, The Irish healer explores the themes of failure, forgiveness, family, and God's faithfulness. But it's not all dark and serious and spiritual. Herriman adds touches of humor to humanize her characters. Here is my favorite line from the book:"I accept your apology for wanting to kiss me, Dr. Edmunds," she replied at last ..."I apologize for trying to kiss you, not for wanting to kiss you," he clarified.A loyal housekeeper, a maid whose machinations would make Downton Abbey's nefarious Thomas proud, a jealous sister-in-law, and a lonely child round out the cast. But my favorite secondary character hands down is Rachel's cousin Claire, a young woman of deep faith who wants to end the estrangement between her side of the family and Rachel's."I do not care what you did in Carlow, Rachel. All that matters is that you are here now, and I can help you find a new future. God didn't provide me with this opportunity to heal old wounds simply to have me walk away."In fact, it is with Claire's character I have my largest quibble with The Irish Healer. I simply wish she had appeared on more pages. I hope it's not too early to advocate that Herriman provide Claire with her own book so she can continue her quest to restore the family.Anglophiles and Downton Abbey fans will find much to enjoy in The Irish Healer.

  • Ruth
    2018-12-25 14:14

    Overall this was a lovely book, and I enjoyed the romance slowly unfold throughout (okay, not slowly at all, but that's a bit beside the point). I did see some reviews from other Christian readers complaining that the Christianity was too suppressed in this book, but honestly I thought Herriman struck a very nice balance. I don't particularly like my fiction to serve as a devotional, and too often I see Christian fiction authors forcing in a sermonizing scene or blatantly going out of their way to make profound quotes. Honestly, while all that feels nice to some, it's really just getting in the way of the story which really ought to be speaking volumes all on its own. I thought The Irish Healer did a great job of doing just that. There's no "conversion scene," yet there's a clear journey Rachel takes from despising God to truly learning to trust him. In a lot of ways, it was only made more effective since we actually got to see the fruit of her gradual change than if she'd sat down one chapter, said a prayer, and on to something else, and it certainly made it more authentic.A couple main complaints were that Herriman didn't delve into things that she perhaps should have. Molly and Peg never really made it beyond caricatures (no real motivations for either beyond hatefulness, and Molly especially really could have used some more fleshing out given the way her story played out), pretty much all the other doctors had little to no development (and honestly didn't come across very well as a whole), and I'm still confused by a couple of the things Joe did throughout the story which could have been explained better. To be honest, for trying to show you can't judge a person by the cover (both Rachel and James have pretty significant secrets after all, and Rachel's dealings with prejudice was a pretty major part of the story), the author seemed incredibly quick to shove many of the back-up characters into simple character boxes and caricatures, which was too bad since a lot of these characters had so much potential to provide a rather colorful and multi-faceted cast of characters.So all-in-all, an enjoyable romance, even if it would have been nice if it had been stronger on the character development side of things.

  • Laura
    2019-01-20 13:53

    Title: THE IRISH HEALERAuthor: Nancy HerrimanPublisher: Worthy publishingApril 2012ISBN: 978-1-936034-78-9Genre: Inspirational/historicalRachel Dunne has fled Ireland, accused of murdering a child under her care. Rachel is a healer, but she vows never to sit at another sickbed since she no longer trusts her ability—or God’s mercy. Even though she is found innocent in Ireland, she still must leave because there are those in the community that believe she’s guilty, that justice wasn’t done. Afraid for her family, Rachel takes a job as a servant in a London physician’s household, categorizing his books.Doctor James Edmunds is moving to the country to become a gentleman farmer, at his father’s deathbed request. He isn’t sure he wants to go, but feels he must since someone else is raising his poor motherless daughter. He never expects to be attracted to a mere servant girl, an Irish one at that, in his employ. With the British disliking the poor Irish as much as they do, Rachel doesn’t find a friendly reception in Dr. Edmund’s household. She is attracted to the handsome doctor, but shies away from his every request for her to help him with patients. James doesn’t understand why since he’s seen her care for injured street urchins with great attention and care. When the truth about Rachel is revealed, will her position be lost? Or will James be able to forgive her and offer her something more?THE IRISH HEALER is Ms. Herriman’s debut novel, the runner-up in the historical fiction category in the ACFW Genesis contest. This book truly did deserve these honors as it was gripping in it’s plot line with realistic characters that we couldn’t help but fall in love with. This book isn’t releasing until April, but it is definitely one that historical fans will want to have on their wish lists! Two medical personalities, with guilts and demons of their own to face, doubting God’s grace. I wanted them both to find that loving and trusting God might be the answer to their disillusions. This is a book you won’t want to miss. $14.99. 320 pages.

  • Frank
    2019-01-15 16:58

    A most captivating and enthralling novel that reads like a classic with true depth of what life is all about in old London with its intrigues and dangers. Nancy Herriman is a very talented writer and offers a well written story of the struggles that faced the Irish and English during a time that cholera and other diseases were decimating old England.Yet it is a story of the personal struggles of two people in the "Medical" profession who are helpless to save the lives of many. She makes you feel like you are there with all the class distinctions, antiquated medical treatments, putrid living conditions, coal dust air, and mental attitudes of these people. There is much going on in the book. There is love between two classes that is not an acceptable thing even within their own minds; relationships within one household of different classes; issues of losing faith in oneself and in God; animosity between the English and Irish; and much more. Basically a young Irish healer is accused of Murder when a little girl under her care dies and although she is acquitted she must flee Ireland and try to find employment and a new life in London at a time when the Irish were disliked and accused of everything from thieves to carriers of cholera. She refused to let anyone know she was a healer (or been on trial for murder) nor have anything to do with healing after losing her patient. But she is thrown into a Doctor's household who is also struggling with similar issues and abandoning his medical profession. He also has many secrets (including a daughter no one knows about)and he is not willing to share these secrets that are tearing him apart, yet both of them feel the attraction of each other although of such different classes a relationship seems impossible.The characters jump off the page and into your heart. And the ending will not disappoint you. A really great read that could easily become a classic.

  • Iola
    2019-01-10 17:14

    “My name is Rachel Dunne. I am not a murderer.”It’s a compelling opening line. Rachel Dunne, a healer, has been forced to leave her Irish home and find employment in London after being shunned following an accusation that she was responsible for the death of an ill child. She is hiding her past and hiding her background in healing from her new employer, Dr James Edmunds, a widower who is struggling with his own medical calling. He is also father of Amelia, who is being raised by his sister-in-law because he felt responsible for his wife’s death after childbirth.Unfortunately, I didn’t find that The Irish Healer lived up to its early promise. It was very well researched and (as far as I could tell) historically accurate in its handling of the 1832 cholera outbreak in London. But I found the story difficult to get into, because I found both Rachel and James hard characters to like, and because I thought their ‘romance’ seemed to develop too quickly. I know some people marry soon after meeting and still manage to have long and happy marriages, but these are the exception rather than the rule (otherwise there wouldn’t be the saying 'marry in haste, repent at leisure’).There were a also number of areas where the actual writing felt clumsy (odd choice of vocabulary, use of adverbs, use of first person), or where characters seemed to know things that the reader knew but the character did not know, and a couple of typos that will hopefully have been eliminated in final print version.The Irish Healer had a gripping opening line, but unfortunately I didn't find the rest of the novel nearly so interesting. It wasn't bad; it simply failed to interest me. However, similar novels by Liz Curtis Higgs and Siri Mitchell (both of whom have won Christy Awards) also didn’t interest me, so who knows? This may be another award winner.Thanks to Worthy and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.This review also appears on my blog,