In the fourteenth century, opportunities for women are limited to the home. But spirited young Madlen finds her calling as assistant to the city's trusted midwife, Clara. Working alongside Clara, Madlen develops a surprisingly soothing technique and quickly becomes a talented healer.
After Clara's tragic death, Madlen alone rushes to assist the birth of a local nobleman's child. But rather than the joy of birth, Madlen walks into an accusation of murder and witchcraft because of her extraordinary gifts. Forced to flee her own town, she establishes a new identity in the home of her aunt. Yet even though it endangers her life, she cannot resist the urge to help the sick patients who seek out her miraculous treatment. When she meets handsome Johannes - an investigator hired by the Church to bring her to justice for sacrilegious acts - she becomes drawn to the very man that could destroy her.
Will Madlen's gifts bring about her downfall? Or can love and reason prevail in a time of fearful superstition?
©2015 Ellin Carsta. Translation © 2016 Terry Laster. (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
I felt that the narrater ruined the story with unbelievable voices that seemed to whisper and were without personality. The narration of actual text was gratingly harsh in comparison. It was difficult to finish listening.
"this is one of the worst books"
dialogue is modern not of the 14th century making it a farce. much too simple
"14th Century setting"
This was a good story but the background info was not in depth or consistent with the time.
I still enjoyed the story and plot.
"absolute perfection in a book. wonderful narration"
captivating story! I kept gasping aloud at the end of each unexpected turn. I live in Germany and the depiction of the areas of accurate and of the people, outstanding. though the names aren't pronounced as Germans would pronounce, still an excellent novel
"The Secret Healer was an enjoyable summer read"
The story was fairly predictable. It is in the Victorian era when health care was limited, and was always delivered by men. Child birth, a "Women's Issue" or Bloodletting! Which do you choose? There is a bit of feminism..., and women helping women...great that era is gone.
I absolutely loved this story. A great story about a Christian healer. This is during a time where people were hung for crimes, including dark magic. Now we have young a herbalist with a gift, who is misunderstood by certain people after a death. They make her life unbearable, and she has to run. This book has prejudices mystery and love all wrap up into this story. A must read about faith and how God will work it out.
"First book I read where lies were the norm"
Especially so for a book that spoke of the Bible, faith and God. I think there where lies on every page. Disappointed.
"This Was an Incredible Book w/Incredible Narration"
I NEVER listen to or read anything but Self Improvement books, I've always thought they would be a waste of time. This book proved me wrong, I feel like I'm a better person for having listened to it. iIt moved me to the core of my being. I want to get back into the healing arts & be more loving & thoughtful.
Bottom line, this was an incredible audio book that I totally loved, I couldn't put it down (stop listening).
The narrator did an incredible job!!! She made me feel like a kid again listening at story time. Whatever Angela Dawe charges, she's worth 100X that!!!
"loved the narration"
story was interesting, overall good book! great plot, the ending 4 chapters worked together for an intense ending.
I couldn't stop listening, it was truly an amazing story! Great book and great narrator!
"Fell Short of my expectations. Not good"
Very juvenile, predictable and historically inaccurate. There were also numerous grammar issues, such as incorrect tenses.
"The secret healer"
Badly written and researched, not at all convincing would not recommend this book to anyone.
"Brilliant story line."
I listened to the last ten chapters all in one go! I was fascinated. Couldn't wait to get to next chapter!
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