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Accused of murdering a child under her care, Irish healer Rachel Dunne flees the ensuing scandal while vowing to never sit at another sickbed. She no longer trusts in her abilities—or God’s mercy. But when a cholera epidemic sweeps through London, she feels compelled to nurse the dying daughter of the enigmatic physician she has come to love. James Edmunds, wearied by the ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published April 3rd 2012 by Worthy Publishing (first published January 1st 2012)
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Kav
Mar 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
If you love books by Laurie Alice Eakes and Julie Klassen, you are going to love The Irish Healer! This stunning debut novel is seeped in that kind of Austenish style. It was such a thrill to read that I raced right through but then tried to put the brakes on towards the end because I wasn't ready for it to be over! Does anyone else do that when they are reading a good book?

Herriman immersed me in the gritty reality of 19th century London and she didn't gloss over the seamier aspects. The contem
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Christine
May 07, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2013
This book was disappointing. Very disappointing. I was really looking forward to it and I felt like I was reading a harlequin romance... I'm glad I only paid 1.99 for it
Jerry
Oct 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Touching at times, heartbreaking at others, this one was a great read.
Kathleen E.
Dec 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Monday, June 25, 2012
Hurry before all the copies of The Irish Healer are sold!

Sunday, June 24, 2012
Debut Historical Fiction Author: Nancy Herriman! The Irish Healer, c2012.
This is the book for me!

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"James, what is this?" Sophia's attention perked like a hound on a scent.
"The worst," he replied. "It seems the woman I've hired to assist in packing the library and office has gotten lost."
"You've brought a woman from Ireland to help with your collections?" she asked, her voice rising, latching ont
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Pat
Jan 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I love historical romances, rich in perfect period detail, well researched, and lushly written. The Irish Healer, Nancy Herriman’s debut novel, is all of that and more.

I will be honest and say I would normally have bypassed this one since it’s billed as “inspirational/Christian” romance. That is way outside my reading comfort zone as a non-Christian. And that would have been a tragedy. I would have missed a tender, beautiful, glorious romance that made my heart sing and left me with happy tears
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[My 2013 review is for the paperback version of the Irish Healer]

Amazingly, The Irish Healer is Nancy Herriman’s debut novel, published 2012. USA Today accurately calls it “...a lovely period tale of personal transformation and abiding love.” Definitely tantalizing along with its cover; runner-up in ACFW Genesis contest’s historical fiction 2009. A former engineer, Ms Herriman is a past winner of Romance Writers of America’s Daphne du Maurier Award for Best Unpublished Mystery/Romantic Suspense
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Erin
Oct 18, 2011 rated it liked it
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I don’t often find books like this. The Irish Healer by Nancy Harrimann is a beautiful novel with a message that both secular and nonsecular readers can enjoy. The Irish Healer is inspired fiction and incorporate strong religious themes but I think the personal journeys of Harrimann's cast have wide appeal.

I love getting lost in a good book and one of the easiest ways for an author to make that happe
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Michelle Griep
Jun 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is the first time I listened to an audio book and the first time I've heard of Nancy Herriman. Score on both accounts! Loved the audio and the author!

The Irish Healer brings you back to 1830's England, during the time of a Cholera outbreak. Dickenesque in style, author Nancy Herriman captured the feel of a crowded, dirty London, leastwise in the poorest section of St. Giles.

At times I wished the heroine and hero weren't so snippy to each other, but as all good romances should, they ended u
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Caroline
Jan 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Loved it! The Irish Healer provides an emotionally satisfying love story and an inspirational journey of faith. The story is set in nineteenth century London where an Irish woman on her own would face class snobbery and discrimination. The healer herself, Rachel Dunne, leaves her home to seek work after a tragic accident takes the life of one of her patients. She finds work in the home of a physician struggling to face his own demons. They quickly become aware of their attraction, nicely present ...more
Catherine Richmond
The verdict in Rachel's trial is innocent, but the community declares her guilty. So Rachel stops working as a healer and leaves Ireland for London. Her cousin finds her a job cataloguing a private library. Her employer turns out to be a physician who has also decided to give up healing.

Great job with the historic details of life in 1832 London, medical treatment, and the prejudice against the Irish. Every story needs a wise woman and Mrs. Mainprice is a gem.
✎Stacey "The One Night Biter"
Pretty good Christian read love redemption faith and trust good read
Lexi
Mar 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Holy cow. Can I go back and read that beautiful story all over again real quick? Nancy Herriman just put herself on the charts for best read 2017. The plotline was so captivating, I could not stop reading. I also loved the author's prose, her similes, metaphors, etc. The writing was literally the greatest! She managed to deal with modern issues, such as abortion, in a Christian way, but it was still very interesting and relevant to the story.
I literally loved every single character in this stor
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Kelsy
Jun 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a great read with interesting characters and plot line. While much of it falls under the "typical" umbrella of inspirational romance, it didn't feel cliche and I didn't find myself rolling my eyes at ridiculous statements or forced faith-inspiring situations. The plot line kept me interested throughout, and I appreciated that there was substance which gave weight the characters and story in general.
Patricia
Aug 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Evidently, this is the author's first book she had written and the first book of hers I have read. I will definitely read whatever she has written since. She writes so well and her story iris great, too. I really enjoyed this clean romance.
Sarah Southerland
Mar 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book and the struggle the characters went through as they reclaimed their lives. Clean.
M.E. Troxell
Dec 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
Stupid. Kept interest until end when a series of "miracles" happens in a few pages that solves ALL the problems. It read like even the author got tired of the story and decided to wrap it up ASAP.
Stacy M. Patton
Dec 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Wonderful story! I really enjoyed this book! This was my first time reading this author and I look forward to reading more. This is a beautifully written book.
Vera Godley
Jun 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
About the book: In 1832, Rachel Dunne is an Irish healer accused of the death of a child under her care. Acquitted but shunned, she flees to England searching for a new life. She vows to never sit at another bedside again...or trust in a God who abandoned her when she needed Him most.

London physician James Edmunds is wearied by his failures, especially his inability to save his wife, who died from childbed fever. He has decided to abandon his practice and lose himself in the running of his famil
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Victor Gentile
Apr 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Nancy Herriman in her new book, “The Irish Healer” published by Worthy Publishing brings us to London in 1832.

From the back cover: 1830′s London is rich with promise. And fraught with peril. Rachel Dunne and James Edmunds are about to discover that love is too.
Rachel Dunne has always been a healer…until she’s accused of causing the death of a child under her care. Acquitted but shunned, she flees Ireland in search of a new life, convinced that she’s be fine so long as no one in London learns of
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Steph
Mar 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
A touching read. Rachel has to overcome the death of a child she tried to heal. Doctor James Edmunds is trying to get over so many deaths he has encountered too. Both want to stop trying to heal others-the pain is so great to lose a patient. Yet, both keep being drawn to help the sick.
Tracey
Nov 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
The Irish Healer was a pleasant surprise. On Netgalley you may find the smuttiest and kinkiest of smut - and you may also find the most strait-laced of Christian fiction. I request books based on their descriptions, and often forget to check the publisher; sometimes the latter will give a better clue of what I'm in for than the former. This sounded like it was going to be first and foremost a historical, with some romance thrown in (forbidden, at that), along with a quart of cholera and a sprink ...more
C.j. Chase
Jan 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A poor shopkeeper's daughter, newly arrived in London and facing prejudice and discrimination because of her nationality.

A man of the upper classes unable to forgive himself.

Class differences, street urchins, scheming servants...

British settings have never been as popular in the Christian fiction market as North American locales, so you can understand why this devoted Anglophile jumped at the offer of a review copy of Nancy Herriman's debut novel The Irish Healer.


World-weary widower Dr. James Ed
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Ruth
Apr 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Overall this was a lovely book, and I enjoyed the romance slowly unfold throughout (okay, not slowly at all, but that's a bit beside the point). I did see some reviews from other Christian readers complaining that the Christianity was too suppressed in this book, but honestly I thought Herriman struck a very nice balance. I don't particularly like my fiction to serve as a devotional, and too often I see Christian fiction authors forcing in a sermonizing scene or blatantly going out of their way ...more
Laura
Jan 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Title: THE IRISH HEALER
Author: Nancy Herriman
Publisher: Worthy publishing
April 2012
ISBN: 978-1-936034-78-9
Genre: Inspirational/historical

Rachel Dunne has fled Ireland, accused of murdering a child under her care. Rachel is a healer, but she vows never to sit at another sickbed since she no longer trusts her ability—or God’s mercy. Even though she is found innocent in Ireland, she still must leave because there are those in the community that believe she’s guilty, that justice wasn’t done. Afraid
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Frank
Apr 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A most captivating and enthralling novel that reads like a classic with true depth of what life is all about in old London with its intrigues and dangers. Nancy Herriman is a very talented writer and offers a well written story of the struggles that faced the Irish and English during a time that cholera and other diseases were decimating old England.Yet it is a story of the personal struggles of two people in the "Medical" profession who are helpless to save the lives of many. She makes you feel ...more
Iola
Apr 29, 2012 rated it it was ok
“My name is Rachel Dunne. I am not a murderer.”

It’s a compelling opening line. Rachel Dunne, a healer, has been forced to leave her Irish home and find employment in London after being shunned following an accusation that she was responsible for the death of an ill child. She is hiding her past and hiding her background in healing from her new employer, Dr James Edmunds, a widower who is struggling with his own medical calling. He is also father of Amelia, who is being raised by his sister-in-la
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writer...
[My 2013 review is for the paperback version of the Irish Healer]

Amazingly, The Irish Healer is Nancy Herriman’s debut novel, published 2012. USA Today accurately calls it “...a lovely period tale of personal transformation and abiding love.” Definitely tantalizing along with its cover; runner-up in ACFW Genesis contest’s historical fiction 2009. A former engineer, Ms Herriman is a past winner of Romance Writers of America’s Daphne du Maurier Award for Best Unpublished Mystery/Romantic Suspense
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Faye
Nov 22, 2011 rated it liked it

Rich with lush descriptions, The Irish Healer sparkles with promise.




Accused of murder, Rachel goes to England to get away from the hurtful rumors that surround her family, after she is found innocent. Though she is innocent of murder, she still blames herself. Rachel comes to be under the employ of a burdened and hurting doctor, James Edmonds. As the two of them draw nearer together will they finally be able to accept the forgiveness that is waiting for them, and finally be set free?




For me this
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Brittany
I enjoyed the read but it wasn't fantastic to me. I felt for Rachel and how she was persecuted by her townfolk for trying to help, as many midwives and healers were. Even though a court of law found her innocent the father of patient who passed is making Rachel's life miserable so she leaves her town an head to England to work as an Assistant for Dr. James Edmunds. Rachel's cousin, Clair, is of great help in finding her this situation until Rachel can secure a teaching position. From the start t ...more
Melmac MacDonald
Jan 10, 2012 rated it liked it
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Accused of murdering a child under her care, Irish healer Rachel Dunne flees the ensuing scandal while vowing to never sit at another sickbed. She no longer trusts in her abilities—or God’s mercy. But when a cholera epidemic sweeps through London, she feels compelled to nurse the dying daughter of the enigmatic physician she has come to love. James Edmunds, wearied by the deaths of too many patients, has his own doubts about God’s grace. Can they each face their darkest fears? Or is
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Nancy Herriman retired from a career as an engineer to chase around two small children and take up the pen. She hasn’t looked back. When she is not writing, or gabbing over lattes about writing, she is either watching history shows on cable TV or performing with various choral groups. She lives in Ohio with her husband and sons, and wishes there were more hours in the day.

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