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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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The secret healer

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

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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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  • C.Joy S.
  • 07-02-17

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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  • Stefanie Dinklage
  • 12-08-18

Compliments!! Glorious women of the past

Ellin Carsta tells unjustly circumstances women were treated in the medieval time in Europe. It is difficult for the new generations and our present lifestyle to understand the burdens women had to face in the previous centuries. Like Iny Lorentz and many others, that have described women’s life in the medieval time, it still remains incredibly to digest the unjustified distinction that was drawn between men and women, poor and rich. Women were considered objects and subordinate by the man’s conduct. Another aspect that Ellin has great-fully achieved to present is that women are not helpless. They can live a desirable and happy life.

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  • Havilah Justice
  • 10-08-18

Love this story!!

Such a captivating tale of love, intrigue, and hope. I enjoyed the development and creative weaving between characters. Loved it!!

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  • Hillary
  • 30-07-18

Very good

This was a good story and kept me interested to the end. However, it ended very abruptly. It was like the author realized the book was getting too Long and needed wrap everything up quickly. Still good though.

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  • Slim
  • 17-06-18

This book is terrible!

The story is silly and dull. The language is awkward. The dialogue is stilted. It is not culturally or period appropriate in any way. I can't figure out why anyone would like this. Fake reviews, maybe.

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  • L Lud
  • 14-05-18

Worth a read...interesting story

Enjoyed the plot and the way it was woven through a picturesque countryside. The narration was hard to accept and I would possibly suggest that one might prefer reading it. All that said I am beginning book 2 now. Listening at the gym is easier!

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  • Lydia Maier
  • 03-04-18

it's not great

the narrator was great, but the writing was meh. I really wanted to like this book because the premise was so amazing. But I felt like the writing was sub par, I couldn't get through 3 chapters. It's not awful, just not great.

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  • Trisha
  • 30-03-18

Great

Truly enjoyed this book. Always looking for a good book and this one did the trick.

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  • Brandy Knight
  • 02-11-17

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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  • Roberta Chesler
  • 25-10-17

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