The Healer's Touch by Lori Copeland
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Genre: Historical Christian Fiction
Published: August 2014
Book Description: Lyric Bolton doesn't ask for much--just friendship and acceptance from her rural Missouri community. But her family is regarded with suspicion and fear because of her mother's sickness--a sickness of the mind that grows worse by the day. Lyric is resigned to a life of isolation and doesn't see any way out...but that's before Ian Cawley bolts into her life on a runaway stallion.
As she opens her heart to Ian, Lyric dares to imagine a different life. But what will happen when he discovers the secret she holds closest of all?
My thoughts: A pesky light plays a prominent role in this historical fiction novel. The light is notorious in the small town that Lyric lies in. Many blame her mentally ill mother for it's presence. The light has a sense of humor and is a fun part of the book.
Lyric finds a stranger in her barn. Something big has made a hole in the barn door and the stranger is near death. Lyric knows that he must be an outlaw. He has no memory of his past or how he came to be injured in her barn. This book looks at two strangers who learn to trust each other and their instincts.
This book was fun to read. I enjoyed the growing friendship between Lyric and the Stranger (Joseph/Ian). Both jump to many conclusions about each other that are not accurate. They become friends and then realize that their feelings are stronger than friendship. There are too many unanswered questions about their past for either to feel comfortable developing a relationship other than friends.
I liked the secondary characters in this book. Lyrics sister, Lark, and her best friend Boots are quite the pair. They get into many scrapes and adventures that keep the story light and fun. Then there is the the character of the light. The light seems to mock it's victims. It keeps the townsfolk on their toes and adds a mysterious dimension to the story.
This is a clean story with Christian themes.