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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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First book I read where lies were the norm

Especially so for a book that spoke of the Bible, faith and God. I think there where lies on every page. Disappointed.

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total disappointment

The narrator, story, all of it just seems overly desperate and dramatic. I found myself rolling my eyes over and over. Ridiculous story line. Definitely not recommending this to anyone.

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This is dreadful

DNF - I adore Angela Dawe but will never read this author again until she takes the time to do historical research and write in the vernacular of the time she is writing about. This is NOT historical - it is written as if it happened in 2017 - ridiculous

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Interestingly page turner.

the struggling life of a female who loves to help others. With the unfortunate time she was born in she was deemed to be a witch. Her willingness to heal others shows her strength and determination, to overcome any adverse effect brought upon herself to help others. she is a hero to many and the love shown for her is great.

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The outstanding courage of women

I felt like I was right there , to the point of being sick to my stomach in some of the chapters. History has repeatedly shown us that fear and ignorance of those things that people don't understand, have always cost innocent women pain and their lives.

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this is one of the worst books

dialogue is modern not of the 14th century making it a farce. much too simple

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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.

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Entertaining but not much substance

This was an entertaining story and I really enjoyed it. It was quite predictable and a little cheesy though. Like any good piece of bubblegum, delicious for a little while but not something that is going to really fill you up or that you would want to enjoy over and over again :)

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  • Trudi
  • Houston, TX
  • 06-05-16

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

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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.

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  • angela ratheram
  • 06-30-16

The secret healer

Badly written and researched, not at all convincing would not recommend this book to anyone.

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  • eddieb
  • 06-03-16

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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  • julee latimer
  • 12-02-16

Disappointing narration.

I felt that the narrater ruined the story with unbelievable voices that seemed to whisper and were without personality. The narration of actual text was gratingly harsh in comparison. It was difficult to finish listening.