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Sunday, June 1, 2014

The Healer's Touch

Lyric lives with her mom, Edwina, and her sister, Lark, back in the hills near Joplin, Missouri. There is a light that shows up from time to time that startles the residents around the area, and makes the others believe the area is haunted where Lyric and her family live. Lyric would like nothing more than to have a friend, to be able to love and marry like other girls her age, but because of her mother's mental illness she believes this will never happen. She's often treated as though her mother's illness is contagious.

Ian Cawley is a US Marshall chasing Jim Cummins through the area when the light shows up and frightens his horse. He ends up riding through Lyric's barn door and waking up with amnesia. Lyric would like nothing more than ignoring the stranger who broke her barn door, but she's a healer and can't ignore his injuries, even though she believes he will die from them. She nurses him back to health, albeit slowly, but during this time, . . . well, it is a romantic book

Lori Copeland has written many rather enjoyable books that hold the reader's attention from page one all the way through to the end of the book. This one dragged for me. I wish Lori had used more of Lyric's healing abilities in the book, or at least more of her healing knowledge. The history of the ghostlight from the area in Southwestern Missouri that Lori provides as the preface to her book is valuable to the plot of the story and I appreciate her including that information. She does develop MOST Of the characters well. Lark believes she is in love with a local widower and "bothers" him as often as she is able. I wish more of this story-line had been included, because there are only one or two encounters between the two of them. Maybe Lori is going to give them their own book and their own story. The only other plot element that could have made this better is if a bit more of Lyric's and Ian's faith were included. Overall, a strong 3.5 to 4 stars.

This book was provided by Harvest House through NetGalley.com for my honest, though opinionated, review. I was not compensated in any way for this review.

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