The Secret Healer

The Secret Healer 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

  • Title: The Secret Healer
  • Author: Ellin Carsta Terry Laster
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 206
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • 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 cIn 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 who could destroy her.Will Madlen s gifts bring about her downfall Or can love and reason prevail in a time of fearful superstition

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    1. A Kindle first read. I don't know if it was the translation or the actual writing style of the author, but the writing was too simplistic and it seemed very anachronistic. Actually, a lot of the situations and characterization seemed anachronistic to me. Many characters were flat and boring. And the continuous shifting of points of view sometimes made things confusing. Had a hard time believing that this was the late 1300s Europe. I managed to finish, but would not recommend.

    2. The first thing I will say about this book is that the description is misleading. 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 who could destroy her.I was imagining, as I began to read, that an Inquisitor meets girl of his dreams, who may or may not be a witch, and has to wrestle with his conscience as she strives to prove to him and those around her that she is innocent. That was what I w [...]

    3. The Secret Healer talks about Madlen, a woman who works as a healer in northern Germanic Europe during the "witch hunt" times. Though the story was interesting enough to keep me intrigued, the writing style was odd and often times simplistic. Perhaps some of that was lost in translation; I don't know. Had the writing been better, I would have given the book a 4 or 5 star.

    4. Terrible. Terrible terrible terrible. It should not have taken me this long to read this book but I just couldn't bring myself to keep reading it. The writing is elementary at best: no descriptors, interesting dialogue, or beautiful language. The translation is clunky, but even that can't account for the fact that this is just written poorly. The characters are one-dimensional or just plain inconsistent. Both the hero and the villain are one note and the supporting characters are boring and unde [...]

    5. I usually push through even mediocre books, but I couldn't take this one past half-way. Apparently the historical fiction I'm used to is fairly well researched, but this one was far from that. It was a light, modern story set 600 years in the past - complete with low class folks defended by lawyers and midwives who take modern sanitary precautions. I gave it a try but had to move to something that let me lose myself in the past.

    6. Hatte auch hier was anderes erwartet. Dennoch an sich war die Geschichte flüssig und aufeinander aufgebaut. Aber ich konnte eben nicht so richtig mit den Protagonisten mitfühlen.

    7. Madlen is a 14th century woman with a tender hearted skill for healing people. She uses herbs and natural methods, but is accused of working with the devil. She had a number of close escapes. The book was very simplistic and minimally interesting. I did finish it, however.

    8. It was okay. Most of the characters were compelling and interesting, especially the heroine, her aunt, her lawyer, and the villain of the story. The history wasn't particularly accurate. There were a lot of mistakes and obvious lack of research, and some incredibly jarring anachronisms, especially in the legal proceedings and the manner of speech sometimes used by the characters. The romance was kind of bland, and I never could figure out what was going on with the heroine's relationships with h [...]

    9. The 14th Century was no time to be a healer, though the need then was greater than today, what with bleeding and prayer being the most used treatments available to university-trained doctors. At the outset, Madlen is a 15-year-old girl living in Heidelberg occasionally assisting a midwife and healer with births and herbal remedies. Her father Jerg does not appreciate her absences from the housework. Following the midwife’s untimely death, and responding to her own wish to be helpful to sufferi [...]

    10. My MusingsRating: 3.5What a mixed bag! While at times, I could not read fast enough, at other times, I almost stopped reading. I listened to the audio, so I am taking that into account. Also, since this is translated into English, that could affect the cadence of the writing. There's no doubt, this is an emotionally-charged story, but it reads as a 21st-century novel set in the 14th century. I missed the usual feel of a Medieval novel. The heroine does something that totally turned my stomach, y [...]

    11. Pretty goodFrom a historical aspect, this was a riveting read. But it is definitely not a romance novel. It is a story filled with cold, hard facts relating to how women were treated in an earlier era. I found the storytelling flat, but the historical information was great. I would not recommend as a romance novel, but highly recommend from the historical aspect. The subject matter is multifaceted women's right to work, control their own health, be literate, own property, sexual and physical abu [...]

    12. Utterly forgettable if not for how startlingly anachronistic it is. I had to keep double-checking what century this was supposed to take place in: about a third of the book takes place in a courtroom, which is about the only part of the plot not told by the blurb. While courts were around, the set-up and actions feel entirely too modern to evoke Medieval times. The tension of the romance between Madlen and Johannes is an utter lie, made worse by the fact that it becomes strangely hard to tell ch [...]

    13. This book was my Kindle First choice for April. While probably not highly realistic for the 14th century considering how many were reportedly put to death for things like heresy and witchcraft for the smallest of reasons, I really enjoyed reading The Secret Healer. It was fairly action-packed, included a bit of romance, and had a cast of likable characters. Despite the oft-desperate trials of the main character, Madlen, the book also had enough of the feel-good moments that could inspire me to f [...]

    14. A Kindle First choice. Historical fiction about a German woman in the 14th century who has a talent for healing using herbs but ends up on trial for a murder which she didn't commit. It was a quick read, a very simplistic style of writing ,however and a few rather hard to believe events. Not sure I could recommend to any of my reading friends.

    15. This book was SLOoooooooW to start. It was around page 175 before I truly got into it. Once I did, it was easy to finish. I enjoyed the story overall. I wouldn't necessarily recommend it to someone because I can't really categorize it in any way. Romance? Not enough. Intrigue? Eh. It was a decent read.

    16. Terrible writing style (or translation?). Almost would consider it more YA especially with the overly simplistic writing. Flat characters that you don't really care about. Felt very 'preachy' when talking about anything with religion, almost beat you over the head trying to convert you feeling.

    17. I only made it about 30% into this bookI just couldn't stand all the things that kept happening to herAnd she walked into so many of them!

    18. Being a pharmacist, I was intrigued with The Secret Healer's skill with herbs. Nice story line, kind of a predictable plot, however, overall an entertaining read (& free on ).

    19. Would give 3.5 stars. It was a quick read & a good story. The writing was a little simplistic & I didn't know until the end that it was translated from German. Maybe that's why it seemed a bit simple. So it's an interesting story, but I feel it was a bit ahead of its time as far as how women in society were treated then. A few of the characters seemed a bit too progressive to be real. It was entertaining.

    20. I need to make a new shelf for "UTTER AND COMPLETE STINKING SH!T" for this book. As soon as I can stop screaming and trying to pull my hair out from being subjected to this utter rubbish, I'll leave more coherent reasons as to why (other than the author should never ever be allowed near pean, paper, keyboard, or computer again).2 stoned monkeys playing with a couple of typewriters would produce a masterpiece in comparison to this story.

    21. Madlen is an assistant to the city's midwife, Clara. She becomes a talented healer and after Clara's death she assists the birth of a nobleman's child. She is accused of murder and witchcraft because of her wonderful gift. After fleeing, she creates a new identity. This is set in Germany in the fourteenth century. This book is translated and sometimes a little hard to follow. I received a copy of the book from Giveaways for an honest review.

    22. I didn't make it through this book. I rarely quit something, especially when I'm half way done. But I couldn't get past the historical inaccuracies. I'm all for creative licensing but this was just too bizarre. The writing was also so simple, felt like I was reading a children's book. I couldn't get invested in any of the characters - they were very one dimensional and simple.

    23. The characters aren’t developed well, the dialogue is better suited to a 10th grade home room, and I question whether or not the author did any research on 14th century Europe or based her knowledge from one of the many, poorly written medieval tv shows and movies. A struggle to read solely because there was so much potential and none of it was reached,

    24. Every once in awhile, I find myself with a beach -- or lake -- read. I ordered this book from an online storeid maybe $1.50 for it. And, I read it in one afternoon, tempted to put it down. It reminded me of a Barbara Cartland book -- yes, embarrassingly, I read those when in high school. And, the ending was simply implausible. To avoid spoilers, I won't comment further.

    25. A sweet readI throughly enjoyed this novel it takes place in feudal Europe in a time where healers using herbs and being female were chastised and even hung as witches. I was a sweet read that I can totally relate to. Enjoy!

    26. Interesting read in the view of women's rightsThough some of the language was awkward, it was thought provoking about how far the world has and has not come in terms of women's rights. The characters are likeable even if not well-defined at times and it was a quick read.

    27. DNF at 35%. My last read of 2017, and I couldn't bring myself to finish it. Too anachronistic. If I hadn't studied history, I think I would be fine with the storyline. If she had only set the story in a different time, I probably would have stuck with it.

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