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.
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"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.
"Fell Short of my expectations. Not good"
Very juvenile, predictable and historically inaccurate. There were also numerous grammar issues, such as incorrect tenses.
"a different time"
Well, it's hard to say - I guess 3 stars all the way across probably sums it up. The narration - some characters were ok, others were off - the tone, inflection and presentation. But overall it was OK, although there really is no attempt at an accent and the story is set in Europe. I can't fault the narrator for reading what is written. The story - that the real conflict. The author wants us to believe that she is writing about a time way past, but the words and syntax are essentially modern. This isn't the first story I've read about the past and what is essentially women's oppression - husbands can do what they want, women aren't educated - can't read or write - and need to stay home, cook, clean, etc. They aren't allowed to pursue their dreams for education or careers - at least not professions - even if they do have to work to make ends meet. And "healers" are all evil spawns of the devil. No really new take on it - I pegged both antagonists pretty much right away. I almost stopped listening, but stuck with it. The book was OK and I think it was a decent listen, but go into it with the realization that you're not really going to get anything new or be blown away by the story.
I enjoyed the book but I felt that telling the story with more adventure within the context of a full trilogy would have been better.
"this is one of the worst books"
dialogue is modern not of the 14th century making it a farce. much too simple
"Slow but satisfying plot"
The heroine goes from one crisis to another narrowly escaping her demise. A little slow in transitions but is a page turner by the end..
"Heroine is a little neive"
Characters well formed good details.story moves at a good pace.light reading.did enjoy the book amen
Good story. Seemed a little rushed at the end. But very engaging. I enjoyed it.
"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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