by Ruth Axtell Morren

July 2007
ISBN: 978-0-373-78588-9
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Dr. Ian Russell is used to being summoned in the middle of the night to some poor personís bedside. His reputation is that heíll take any patient regardless of ability to pay. So when heís called to the bedside of a woman who attempted to abort her baby, he is quick to respond.

Eleanor Neville is thankful that the doctor responds so quickly to her friend and co-worker's bedside. But she is less than impressed that he mistakes her for a prostitute, and seems to think she can drop everything to nurse her friend. Eleanor goes out of her way to try to find a good nurse but no one can be found.

When the beautiful Eleanor approaches Ian about a nurse for her friend, he promises to help her try to find one. But the two must work together to save the womanís life. Eleanorís own life isnít as stellar as the doctorís. Can a woman with her notorious past find love with a Christian doctor?

The Healing Touch is Mrs. Morrenís third book, and it grabbed my interest from the first page. The writing style is fresh, the faith message is woven in as a vital part of the story line, and the setting supports the story. I grew to care for Eleanor, and just enough of her past was brought out at a time to keep my interest, and curious about what sheís done, and how it was resolved. Ian is a good hero, kind and considerate, if a bit judgmental, but that is an excellent character flaw.

I thoroughly enjoyed The Healing Season and look forward to reading more by this talented author. Fans of historical romances will not want to miss this Steeple Hill womenís fiction offering.

Reviewed in June 2007 by Laura.

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