The Secret Healer by Ellin Carsta

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 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 accusati...

Details The Secret Healer

TitleThe Secret Healer
Release DateMay 1st, 2016
Number of pages366 pages
GenreHistorical Fiction, Fiction, Historical, Romance

Reviews The Secret Healer

  • Gabby
    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 fi...
  • Rosemarie Short
    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 ...
  • Charlie Larson
    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.
  • Paul Burnette
    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 r...
  • Jordan
    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...
  • Coco
    Spannender Roman mit einer tollen Protagonistin.
  • Stephanie
    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 wa...
  • Vikki Vaught
    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 heroin...
  • Cindy Woods
    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, women's right to work, control their own hea...
  • Chira
    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 ...
  • Rebecca (agirlirlblog, bekkilyn)
    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 o...
  • Betsy
    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.
  • Liz
    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.
  • Carmon Simon
    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.
  • Julia
    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.
  • Jasey
    I really enjoyed the story but I had to take away two stars for some content that I had to skip over
  • Elizabeth Alexander
    I only made it about 30% into this book...I just couldn't stand all the things that kept happening to her...And she walked into so many of them!
  • Kim
    I liked this book at first but I found the book to drag on at the end.
  • BJ Cobb
    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 Amazon).
  • Gail H. Devoid
    Interesting look at how women faced bias.The history of bias towards women is brought to light in this book. Characters are well-developed. The p!ot has a good flow to it.
  • Rita
    GiftA very passionate gift given to a young girl coming of age who took care of father and brother. Discover her gift when befriended by a midwife who used natural means to treat illness. Now with a turn of events, she is needed to help a nobleman's wife. She is used as pawn by her abusive husband to bear his lies and arrested, tried and released. The story continues with a thick plot line of what she must to to clear herself of blame. Intriguing...
  • Laura Schrillo
    Interesting story. Not sure the ending is so realistic. Her husband goes from wanting her dead to defending her very quickly. Maybe rushed at the end a bit.
  • Zoanne E. Anderson
    Good readI enjoyed the characters and story line of this book. It was entertaining and worth the read. I would recommend to others.
  • Mary Ann
    This is a predictable story with predictable characters. This was a "filler read," meaning I had time to read and it was on my tablet .
  • Gloria Brooks
    I was a little disappointed with this book, it starts out pretty good then it went down hill. This poor woman help others and at every turn she almost died because of it, her father was a terrible man and after she marries her husband is against her, I am not sorry I read this book but I wished it had some more times when things were happy or more adventurous. It was a sad life back then with all the horrors people created.
  • Betty
    This book takes place in the 14th century - before women were allowed to read and were definitely not much more that props for men to treat as they wished. The author draws the reader into this world and tells a fascinating story about Madlen who started out as a midwife's assistant and became crucial as the underground healer of a coughing epidemic. Instead of treating people by blood letting - the treatment of the day, she used knowledge of her...
  • Diana Castro
    Not very believable. There were twists added but all were predictable. It was hard to believe this was a book about the fourteenth century
  • Gayle Hemingway
    An okay readI always like a book with a strong female lead character and this one has that. But things ended up nice and neat way too easily. It lost a little feel of reality at the end.
  • Patti K
    predictable, found it hard to believe, found many of the things the characters said in the book hard believe they would say in that time it was supposed to be writing in. was glad it was over, would not recommend it.
  • Shauna Johnston
    Could not sleep in the middle of the night and I found this title in my kindle unlimited selections and I flew through it in no time. I was intrigued first because I have a keen interest in the history of medicine, and I am currently reading a non-fiction book on medieval medicine. The story takes place in Germany and was originally written in German. I studied German and went to school in the Black Forrest in high school, so it grabbed me a numb...