The Secret Healer

2 books in series
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The Secret Healer Publisher's Summary

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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  • Book 1

    • The Secret Healer

    • By: Ellin Carsta, Terry Laster - translator
    • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
    • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 441
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 375
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 375

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Interesting, but not great

    • By emmygar on 08-28-18

    Regular price: $10.49

  • Book 2

    • The Master of Medicine

    • The Secret Healer, Book 2
    • By: Ellin Carsta, Terry Laster - translation
    • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
    • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 74
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 61
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 62

    In medieval Germany, Madlen Goldmann left her passion for medicine behind to live a life of quiet contentment with her devoted husband, Johannes, and their children. But when Madlen's aunt delivers the news that Johannes's father, Peter, has gone blind, Madlen must use her healing skills to help just one more time. While caring for her father-in-law, Madlen assists a handsome young doctor, Franz von Beyenburg, in a procedure to restore Peter's sight - something she never dreamed possible.

    Regular price: $10.49