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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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By Brandy Knight on 11-02-17

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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By Roberta Chesler on 10-25-17

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

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By angela ratheram on 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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By eddieb on 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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By julee latimer on 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.

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