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Sunday, August 8, 2010

Healer: A Novel - Review

Waiting in hiding for 20 years, Brenna finally finds a man who has been attacked by a mysterious hunter who was laying in wait for the next heir of Clan O'Byrne. Ronan the first born of a rival tribe finds himself hurt and under the care of Brenna. Little do they know what awaits them both for their lives have been forever changed by fate or circumstance of their chance meeting. Once you get into the first couple of chapters in this book, you really get hooked into the story line. I loved how the story line progressed slowly, however I kept finding myself more intrigued as it goes on and not wanting it to put it down.

This mesmerizing story of how a man and a woman come to meet is a definite read for anyone who likes history books that are fiction, but actually could have happened in the past. I would rate this book a 4.5 out of 5. The only thing I could think of that was hard to follow would be the first couple of chapters where it is hard to follow in the 6th century writing style. I am waiting eagerly for the next book to come in the series.

Sixth-century Arthurian Britain provides the backdrop for Linda Windsor’s latest novel, Healer. First in The Brides of Alba Series, Healer gifts readers with the story of Brenna of Gowrys, a woman orphaned during a twenty-year blood feud and destined to spend her life in hiding with only her wolf and her faith in God as companions. Brenna flees as much from her mother’s dying prophecy as she does from the clan that seeks her life and clings tenaciously to her faith in Christ amid the lonely hills of Scotland. When a stranger is left to die surrounded by the carnage of a nearby ambush, Brenna rescues him from certain death. However, the stranger’s delirious rants leave her to wonder if his spirit will survive the darkness that enshrouds him.

Brenna’s life is trapped between an enemy clan that wants her dead and her own clan who is seeking a warrior queen to lead them to military victory over their oppressors. The stranger who enters her life makes her believe that she has found the answer to her deep loneliness. Raised by a Sister of Avalon, Brenna harbors a firm belief in Christ and His forgiveness. Yet the more she learns of her wounded guest, the more she is left to wonder how God expects her to fulfill the strange destiny prophesied by her mother those many years ago. How can she possibly “bring a peace beyond the ken of [her enemy’s] wicked soul”? Unknown to her, the wandering mercenary to whom she administers her healing finds that his own heart is softened both toward Brenna and her God. The relationship that grows between them will provide answers that both of them seek.

Award-winning author Linda Windsor creates an epic tale of two desperate and lonely people whose destinies have been engineered by the church to preserve the ancient Davidic and holy apostolic bloodlines and their Judeo-Christian faith. This well-researched tale will introduce readers to little known facts of British church history, as well as provide information for an effective witness for family and friends misled by New Age and Wiccan theories. Fans of Celtic and medieval tales as well as lovers of Arthurian legend and Lord of the Rings-like settings will find much to enjoy in Windsor’s latest novel. Healer is a story that reveals God’s hand in the lives of broken hearts and wounded souls and the grace that will heal a land and a people, replacing darkness with His light.

I received this book compliments of B & B Media Group for my honest review and would easily rate this one a 4.5 out of 5 stars! For more information on this book, the author and where to purchase your own copy, click on the links below:

The Healer (Book 1 in the Brides of Alba Series) by Linda Windsor

David C Cook/June 1, 2010/ISBN 978-1-4347-6478-2/351 pages/softcover/$14.99 ~


  1. I love books set in this time period. I will have to add this to my list. Thanks for the review.


  2. Thanks for the review! It sounds quite interesting.


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