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Healer: A Novel (The Brides of Alba Series) [Kindle Edition]

Linda Windsor
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Sixth-century Scotland—in the time of Arthur….
“The Gowrys’ seed shall divide your mighty house and bring a peace beyond the ken of your wicked soul.”
Her mother’s dying prophecy to the chieftain Tarlach O’Byrne sentenced Brenna of Gowrys to twenty years of hiding. Twenty years of being hunted—by the O’Byrnes, who fear the prophecy, and by her kinsmen, who expect her to lead them against their oppressors. But Brenna is a trained and gifted healer, not a warrior queen. So she lives alone in the wilderness with only her pet wolf for company. When she rescues a man badly wounded from an ambush, she believes he may be the answer to her deep loneliness. Healing him comes as easy as loving him. But can their love overcome years of bitterness and greed…and bring peace and renewed faith to the shattered kingdom?

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About the Author

Linda Windsor is the best-selling, award-winning author of 29 novels in both the CBA and ABA markets, with an estimated million books in print. A former professional musician, Linda speaks often (and sometimes sings) for writing and/or faith seminars. Her recent work includes the early Celtic Fires of Gleannmara trilogy.

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  • File Size: 751 KB
  • Print Length: 387 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1434764788
  • Publisher: David C. Cook (June 1, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #451,265 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Recommended for the Setting September 10, 2010
I tried to resist Linda Windor's Healer (I've been trying to cut back a bit on my review obligations), but the unique premise drew me in. Because of my pagan background, I was a big fan of stories set in the Arthurian British Isles that incorporated magic, mysticism, and Celtic paganism. How unique it was for me to discover this tale that presented the Christian history of the time period rather than a revisionist pagan one!

There are certainly still pagan characters, and there is spiritual conflict between the believers and those following the `old ways'. However, the book is clearly weighted in favor of the Christian characters.

In any case, here's a basic plot synopsis. Brenna Gowrys and her clan have suffered at the hands of the O'Byrnes for a generation. Having received a prophecy from her mother upon her death, this foretelling has sent Brenna into a solitary life of hiding. Hiding from the O'Byrnes who seek to destroy her, hiding from her kinsfolk who would seek to manipulate her politically.

However, when an O'Byrne lordling is injured, Brenna takes him in without being aware of his past and uses her skills as a trained healer and herbalist to restore his health. Like many romances, this plot is fairly predictable; I'm sure you can guess what happens! But while the romance is a bit unbelievable and stereotypically written, the historical background is fascinating, and largely unknown to me.

As a result, I had a bit of a tricky time connecting all of the dots and making complete sense of the historical background (due to lack of familiarity with this newly cast Christian landscape and wealth of characters/allegiances etc.) What I did glean however has provided many hours of thought and conversation between my husband and myself.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Historical I've ever read! June 8, 2010
I absolutely love Linda Windsor's tale of the HEALER set in early Scotland. In connecting the healer's story to King Arthur and his contemporaries, Windsor takes great care in keeping it true to her extensive research. And presenting it from a Christian's point of view makes the whole Arthur/Merlin story much clearer. I recommend it to all my family and friends. My granddaughter is reading it now.

With the onslaught of movies that glorify werewolves and witchcraft, this is a beacon in the darkness revealing what's really real. Three cheers to David C. Cook for making Linda's expert writing available. And three cheers to the author of Book 1 in the Brides of Alba series. I can't wait to read her next two books!

MOVIE MAKERS, here's your next blockbuster hit series!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Overall, a good read! June 3, 2010
Linda Windsor's The Healer is a gripping tale that weaves a fictional tale into the revered Arthurian legends. Her characters were alive and relatable, the story intriguing! Windsor's take on the merlins was very clever and I love the way these old sages challenged the characters toward deeper morality and faith. While I felt the story seemed to drift a bit a little more than halfway, Windsor pulled it back together for a great ending. Overall, a very good read!

I received an influencer copy in exchange for a review but was not asked to provide a positive review.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Average story, great historical setting. June 23, 2011
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I really loved the historical setting of this story, I would love to see more books about this time period. But I think the story was just average. I knew it was religious fiction (which I don't mind as I think many romances have way too many sex scenes anyway, so I knew at least I'd be getting a "clean" romance) but it seemed rather than being a story about characters who are Christian and who live according to their faith, it was a story about Christianity and the plot/characters were just there to prop that up.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Preachy but Interesting September 6, 2010
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Good stuff
+ Beginning was very well written
+ Descriptive
+ Historically accurate (as much as it could be)

+ Very preachy on Christianity
+ Middle and ending were loose

At the beginning of this book, I was excited. It seemed to have a good beginning, and it was enthralling. The descriptions of life, little things like describing a fire or the weather, are rich and satisfying. There were obvious signs of extensive research put into this-you can tell by the way she describes life in 5 ADE. There is a lot of historical accuracy as far as that goes.

Unfortunately, towards the last part of the middle portion, the writing seemed more "loose". There was less direction, and it digressed a little too much. It also dragged on quite a bit at the end. Brenna herself became a character that one cannot connect with. She is portrayed as flawless, which never works for humans. Also, the book in general was very preachy towards the Christian faith. Unless you like a sermon with your reading, this is not the book for you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Healer by Linda Windsor ~ a Terrific Read October 30, 2010
The first novel in the Celtic-Arthurian Bride of Alba series, Healer centers on Brenna of Gowrys. After ensuring the safety of her infant daughter with a trusted nurse, Brenna's mother killed herself to escape the clutches of the neighboring O'Byrne clan leader, who murdered her husband moments before. The dying woman prophesizes about her daughter, which forces Brenna to live as a fugitive in the wilds with only Faol, her wolf, as her companion. But the early guidance of her nurse and a mentoring monk has helped Brenna hone her God-given healing skills, and with the monk's assistance, she provides the knowledge and herbs needed to help the local people, even though her acts of mercy place her at great risk.

Together Brenna and Faol save a man who is attacked, severely injured, and left for dead by an unknown assailant, and Brenna drags the victim to her cave home, where she heals and restores him. She doesn't know he is Ronan, the O'Byrne prince--eldest son and heir of her father's murderer--who hides his identity until they fall in love (which Windsor honestly portrays without the extremes of explicit detail or unrealistic purity).

Brenna is a strong woman of God with a warrior's spirit on many levels, although she also can be sweet and spunky. Some might think she's too perfect, but I tend to think she knows who she is in Christ and reflects well the verse in Matthew 11:12 that says violent men, or women in this case, seize the kingdom of heaven by force as a precious prize--with most ardent zeal and intense exertion (Amplified version). Her faith and trust in God inspires me to seek Him more diligently to please Him and fulfill my own destiny.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Historical Christian Fiction
Book 1/3. Action packed from the start. Entertaining. Redemption, Grace, & spiritual warfare woven through the book. History time period used is fascinating. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Shop Girl
5.0 out of 5 stars Delicious Historical fiction!
Like a good stew full of your favorite stuff, this book is well put together , meaty and satisfying. Read more
Published 3 months ago by llunl
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
This director needs to get therapy on his own dime.
Published 4 months ago by Jim Low
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story if you don't mind a heavy dose of ...
Good story if you don't mind a heavy dose of Christian religion and a few miracles mixed into your romance-adventure stories. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Laurie J.
3.0 out of 5 stars decent novel
I enjoyed it, but can't give it more than 3 stars. It just didn't have any spark to it. Somewhat predictable. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Laurel
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow...I absolutely could not put this down. Just didn't want to leave...
This story is so touching. Loved the history and the vivid descriptions that bring this beautiful story to life. If you love stepping back in time... Read more
Published 8 months ago by tadpad
3.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful but Uber Christian
I really enjoyed the imagery and story line. I do wish it was a bit more romantic. The author also gets caught on Christian tangents coming across very judgemental and... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Jaguar Gunderson
4.0 out of 5 stars adventure is great!
peace to a kingdom is worth it???

in the time of knight?

read to find out what happens to this young girl on an adventure!
Published 12 months ago by Erin Brooks
4.0 out of 5 stars A good book
I liked this book alot. Very engaging plot and interesting characters woven into an unforgettable storyline. I need to check out the next in the series.
Published 13 months ago by Karen Marie Graham
4.0 out of 5 stars a wonderful read
I loved the delicacy with which Linda wove romance, faith, folklore, and Celtic history into a beautiful tale of healing and redeption.
Published 13 months ago by kath
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More About the Author

Linda Windsor is the author of twenty-nine contemporary and historical novels. Her first sixteen were secular historical romance for Zebra/Kensington Publishing, NY as Linda Windsor and Linda Covington. In 1999, she switched to the inspirational market, once she was assured that Christian characters were not only flawed, but did indeed have hormones. Her late husband used to tease that there was a little of Linda in each of her heroines. Windsor contends he must have been referring to her sense of humor, resourcefulness and stubborness. NOT the figure.

Her inspirational historicals have placed in the secular historical category of some RWA contests and Affaire De Coeur polls. Both her inpirational historicals and romantic comedies, dashed with suspense, have won a few National Reader's Choice Awards, Aspen Golds, Barclay Golds, and numerous other RWA contests as well as the CBA Christy Award for the Irish Celtic RIONA, #2 of the Fires of Gleannmara series.

Windsor resides in a "painfully" restored (as in never do that again!) historic home on the Eastern Shore of MD. She still enjoys singing and playing music (keyboard and guitar) after a ten year stint in an 80's professional band. Today she plays the organ in her church and frequently does special music with guitar at church and for various charities.

Then there are home improvements. She can paper, paint, refinish furniture, and renovate, but... Let's suffice it to say, this Red Hat Lady and AARP member doesn't enjoy them as much as she used to.

Windsor is currently contracted for a three book historical trilogy titled Brides of Alba. HEALER, book one, will hit the shelves this June.

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