Fiction in the ever-popular Historical/Romance genre -- during the deadly 1832 cholera epidemic in London, a heartsick Irish healer must find the strength to overcome her most fearsome obstacles.
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. 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 face their darkest fears? Or is it too late to learn that trust and love just might heal their hearts?
Publish Date: April 3, 2012
The Irish Healer is Nancy Herriman’s fourth completed manuscript, and it was runner-up in the Historical Fiction category of the 2009 ACFW Genesis contest. She also won the 2006 RWA Daphne du Maurier award for Best Unpublished Mystery/Romantic Suspense and has been a finalist in other contests. Nancy is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Romance Writers of America and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She lives in the Midwest with her husband and two teenagers, and is very active in the music ministry at her church.
Nancy Herriman has captured a devastating time in history with tenderness, passion and grace. She graphically depicts the devastating cholera outbreak as she follows the life of a young woman who finds herself alone in a strange country, hiding from her unfortunate past.
Rachel Dunne worked as a healer in Ireland, but she has vowed to never let anyone know of the tragedy that she lived through. She finds herself living and working in the house of an affluent English doctor, and she is thrust into a caregiving role against her wishes.
Ugly rumors, illness and jealousy affect people of all social classes and all time periods. Unfortunately, poor Rachel has more than her fair share to deal with. She must learn to trust again and listen to her heart or she will never find happiness.
I loved this book from beginning to end, and highly recommend it.
Disclosure: Ebook received through Net Galley courtesy of Worthy Publishing, in exchange for my honest review.