The Irish Healer by Nancy Herriman
When Rachel Dunne is exiled to England for a crime she didn't commit, she meets James Edmunds, a struggling, young doctor who is fighting his own sense of failure and discouragement. Rachel is determined to never practice the healing arts again, but over and over finds herself thrust into the position of helping Dr. Edmunds. Both of them have to come to terms with God's plan for their lives while growing in their relationship with each other.
Ireland, England in the 1800s, the practice of medicine, a touch of romance- all combined to make a worthwhile novel in Herriman's The Irish Healer. Rachel Dunne was a likable, strong heroine. James Edmunds was a reclusive melancholy hero. The plot was trite at times and a little unpredictable. Sometimes I felt as though events were plodding along; then very quickly the pace changed, and things were happening rapidly. But, the book held my interest and kept me reading to see what was going to happen. And the time period and subject matter went a long way toward making this a really good read for me.
I don't quite think it warrants 5 stars, but I would give it a strong 4 and probably look for other reads by this author. I'd rate this one a PG for some graphic description of illness.
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.