As Madlen finds a place in life as a midwife’s assistant, her talent for soothing women in labor raises eyebrows. When one of her patients turns up dead, Madlen makes an easy scapegoat. And so she must take to the road and forge a path for herself. The courage of her flight to freedom is invigorating. Safety can only be found in hiding—Madlen knows her life is in danger—but her heart cannot resist the desperate pleas from loved ones of terminal patients whom doctors have given up on. Once more her unusual talent leads to cries of witchcraft and heresy. But the people whose lives she has touched know there is nothing sinister or supernatural about Madlen. Her craft is unique and inexplicable, but its effect on the lives of her patients is real. How could the community turn against this compassionate woman, the only one who was willing to help, the one who had saved so many?
Like me, you may feel inspired by Madlen’s brave dedication, spellbound by the light of her healing flame, and moved by the bonds this “secret healer” forges with those around her.
- Gabriella Page-Fort, Editor