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.
"The outstanding courage of women"
I felt like I was right there , to the point of being sick to my stomach in some of the chapters. History has repeatedly shown us that fear and ignorance of those things that people don't understand, have always cost innocent women pain and their lives.
"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 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.
"Entertaining but not much substance"
This was an entertaining story and I really enjoyed it. It was quite predictable and a little cheesy though. Like any good piece of bubblegum, delicious for a little while but not something that is going to really fill you up or that you would want to enjoy over and over again :)
"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.
The story was quite good. The narrator did a fine job. I actually enjoyed it.
"Worth listening to"
Exciting and enjoyable read, if slightly predictable at the end. Recommend to all women who have felt persecuted at some point in their lives.
"captivating from start to finish"
loved it from beginning to end. Witty, charming with such a great plot. narrator did a great job at successfully and distinctively portaying the many characters. an overall delightful book.
"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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