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5 stars for A Healing Touch by Liz Arnold #historicalromance #frontier #bookreview
Title: A Healing Touch
Author: Liz Arnold
Genre: Historical Romance
Doctor Hilliard: Medicine Woman. Snakebites or smallpox, saving people, including herself, is what Molly Hilliard does best, and she intends on being a doctor in the Northwest Territory, except her guide is causing all sorts of problems of the heart.
In post-revolutionary America, Molly Hilliard wants to be more than an herbal healer, and she answers the lure of adventure on the Ohio River and journeys to the Northwest Territory seeking the freedom to set up a medical practice. Along the way, she tries to hire Romney Applewood as a guide, but he is going the opposite direction. After ten years as a captive of the Delaware Indians, Romney wants to get as far east as possible to forget his past and avoid the bounty on his head for taking part in raids upon settlers’ homes. Something about the way she sacrifices herself to heal others, and something about the way he endures the difficulties he encounters because of his tormented past, links them in more than their quest as they blaze new trails in their lives and on America’s frontier.
Doctor Molly Hilliard wants to be more than a healer, so she heads west to the Northwest Territory for an adventure of a lifetime. She’s determined to set up her own medical practice and be a doctor to those in need of care. Along the way, she attempts to hire Romney Applewood to be her guide but he’s running the other way. She senses he’s on the run from his past, but fate keeps throwing them together. Can her healing touch heal the wounds of his tormented past? Can he find peace with Molly as they forge a brand new future on America’s frontier?
A Healing Touch is a historical romance set on the American frontier. From the first page to the last, there’s a realistic vibe to the story which I appreciated. The descriptive narration portrays what Molly experiences without romanticizing it. Every facet is historically accurate including clothing, speech, frontier life, dreams, fears, and survival. The character, Molly, intrigued me from the start and I enjoyed her growth throughout the story. She reminded me of another female doctor name Quinn. The inner conflict Romney faced added depth to A Healing Touch. When romance blooms between Molly and Romney, I rooted for their happily ever after. If you’re a fan of historical female trailblazers, you’ll want to read A Healing Touch. If you’re looking for an authentic depiction of post-revolutionary America, you’ll enjoy A Healing Touch. Historical romance readers will fall in love with A Healing Touch. Highly recommend!
My Rating: 5 stars
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Liz wrote her first drama around age ten in which a romance figured prominently. Today, Liz’s heroines make their own choices and find strong yet flawed heroes who works to quell their demons. Together they learn that love conquers many problems, and their stories are set in exciting times in American history.
Liz taught college English for fifteen years before deciding to go full-time writing historical romance. Her first historical novel was published in 2010. In 2019, she completed a Master of Fine Arts in Writing Popular Fiction, which was one of the best professional decisions she's ever made. Currently, she's working on book two in a trilogy of historical romances set in the Northwest Territory in the late 1700s before Ohio became a state.
Liz is a member of Romance Writers of America, Northeast Ohio RWA, Hearts Through History RWA, and she teaches English part-time online. She is a frequent guest speaker for writers’ groups and loves yoga, meditation, and herb gardening. Her motto: Live today. Laugh at yesterday. Love the promise of tomorrow.
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Reviewed by: Mrs. N