Two Hearts. One Hope.
Rose has been appointed as a healer’s apprentice at Hagenheim Castle, a rare opportunity for a woodcutter’s daughter like her. While she often feels uneasy at the sight of blood, Rose is determined to prove herself capable. Failure will mean returning home to marry the aging bachelor her mother has chosen for her—a bloated, disgusting merchant who makes Rose feel ill.
When Lord Hamlin, the future duke, is injured, it is Rose who must tend to him. As she works to heal his wound, she begins to understand emotions she’s never felt before and wonders if he feels the same. But falling in love is forbidden, as Lord Hamlin is betrothed to a mysterious young woman in hiding. As Rose’s life spins toward confusion, she must take the first steps on a journey to discover her own destiny.
A story set in the 14th century in Germany, Rose is a daughter of a poor woodcutter. Being the eldest child, her mother sees her as a means to bring in wealth for the family through marriage. Although Rose is unhappy with the idea, she does not channel her unhappiness into a heated argument with her mother. As an apprentice to Frau Geruscha, the healer at Hagenheim Castle, Rose rarely lives at home and spends most of her time in the Castle practicing.
Rose is kind, beautiful and compassionate. A little on the stubborn side, she doesn’t back down from challenges easily. Even when she feels uneasy at the sight of blood, she still summons her courage to stitch up the wound for Lord Hamlin when Frau Geruscha is not around.
I find Rose a little naive and imprudent. When she feels sad and unsure of what to do, she’d risk her safety and act on impulse. I am just glad that Lord Hamlin is a noble person who genuinely looks out and cares for her. If not, I can’t quite imagine how she could possibly save herself from danger and survive!
Although Lord Hamlin is noble, strong and capable, he is not invincible. In his weak moments of struggles, he’d resolve to reciting his prayers and then acting upon the guidance that he receives from above. This is my first time reading a full-length Christian fiction, so it is quite an interesting experience for me to read about how one prays for guidance and then acts out of faith and good will in a story.
I personally find the pacing of the story a little on the slow side. The writing is beautiful, rich and engaging though. I must say I’m quite surprised by how much I enjoyed reading the story. Instead of feeling turned off by the religious theme, I actually find it pleasantly soothing to read about the message of faith and hope as illustrated in the book.
A story demonstrating faith-based healing, The Healer’s Apprentice is a book that carries an uplifting vibe of hope and trust. While issues of morality are explored, I personally don’t find the message preachy or tediously boring. I honestly didn’t know what to expect when I first picked up this book but I am happy to say that the experience is positive and non-intimidating. I think this book would be a welcoming addition for those who like reading a holistic, soul-cleansing type of story.