Nov 20, 2014

{Review} of The Healer by Allison Butler

The Healer by Allison Butler
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

GENRE: Historical
THEME: Romance
RECEIVED: Netgalley

An outcast in her own home for as long as she can remember, Lynelle Fenwick will do anything to earn her father’s approval. Including exaggerating her healing skills, and setting off alone to rescue her step-brother from a band of raiding Scots.

Living under a curse that has haunted the Closeburn Clan for years, Laird William Kirkpatrick, will do anything to save his sole surviving brother. He may not believe in curses, but his clan does, and the growing number of graves seems to support their side.

Having banished all healers from the clan for trickery, he has no choice but to allow an Englishwoman, claiming to be a skilled healer, into his home and into the room of his wounded brother.

Enemies by birth and circumstance, they can only succeed together. But blood runs deep, and tensions high. What matters the desires of a heart?


So I totally nabbed this title because the cover is smoking hot, got to love a man in a kilt with a sexy back like that. But I also wanted to challenge myself in reading more historical romances. I loved the detailed setting descriptions, the tough as nails clan members, their serious but hot Laird and the “curse” behind the female heroine Lynelle was intriguing.

The Healer follows Lynelle Fenwick who is an outcast among her people, her father doesn’t care for her and everyone in her town believes she’s cursed. But Lynelle has a natural talent of healing and medicine, however it doesn’t help her connect with anyone. Nonetheless when her brother gets into trouble with the Closeburn Clan she doesn’t think twice to help him. She ends up getting them to release her brother in agreement she help the Closeburn Clan heal the Lairds brother. Lynelle realizes for the first time that she is needed and not ignored in this Clan and that Willliam the clans Laird is also “cursed” with something terrible.

Lynelle is a talented woman whose healing skills should be sought after, but sadly with harsh treatment from her father and stepmother she always felt cursed. Lynelle went on a journey of discovery, trying to find a place where she really belonged. I liked Lynelles growth and how her love for her temporary home grew with people who actually appreciated her talent. William is a proud man with a sad family history, many members of his family have passed away all too young. Now with his younger brother injured he relies on Lynelle to help heal him. Even though the there is tension to begin with between William and Lynelle they both learn to trust each other.

Overall I loved stepping back into history, watching two so called cursed people fall in love and try to defeat the odds that were against them. The romance is top notch with some serious chemistry and smoking hot scenes. The Healer is a quick read and I was easily able to connect to both characters. I do wish there was more about Lynelles upbringing, her connection with her brother and aftermath of her father discovering what happens in the end of the book. I also wanted to know more about Williams family and I adored his younger brother, so I’m going to hope Butler writes a story about him as well.

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