The Healer's Apprentice Book Review


It's been a long time since I've done one of these! I'm very excited to tell you about one of my new favorite books.

The Healer's Apprentice


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.


(You can read the shorter review on my Goodreads account here.)

My overall thoughts: (I'm not going to repeat anything I said on my Goodreads review so if you want to know a little more about this book than what I say here, head over there and give it a read.)
When I first picked up the book, I was a bit conspicuous. Before checking it out from a digital library, I had bought a book that I was really excited to read because one of my favorite YouTubers wore it. I should have been more careful because this book had a lot of cussing, I couldn't even finish it. This time, I made sure to do my research before buying/borrowing the book. I had a better feeling about this book because the author was a Christian and the story was a Christian story. (She actually had them believe in God, not something that resembled God. Not saying I have anything against that, I do that in my story, but it just made me feel a little more comfortable.)
As I read on, I started really liking the story and when I got to the end, I was in love with it. The characters were amazing, the setting was amazing the writing style was amazing and I could tell that the author did a lot of research to make the story historically accurate. 
Even though the climax was a little darker than was I was used to, it still had my approval. 
My favorite thing about the book was the characters. I could really relate to each of them and their internal conflict was spot on. I loved the plot and all the twists that came with it. 
The genre is a medieval fairytale retelling. Those are two things that I love. I even learned a little about the medieval time period while reading this book.

What I learned from reading this book: God works things out for the good of those who trust in Him. Also that He gives us the power to cast out demons and evil spirits. We can, in the name of God, command the Devil to flee and he will. 

Content Warnings: I would not recommend this book to sensitive children or anyone who gets scared easily. There is a character who called on evil spirits and it was a little creepy to read. (Thankfully, I didn't read that chapter at night.) But it was very powerful to watch the main character to cast them out in the name of God.
There is a romantic relationship between two characters but it doesn't go beyond kissing and hugging. Also, one man tries to take advantage of an unmarried woman in a sexual way, saying that they would be "married in spirit" though he doesn't succeed when the woman realizes what he really wants. 

Overall, I would give this story a four and a half out of five. I loved the plot, the characters, the writing style, the setting, EVERYTHING. Except the aforementioned evil spirits that were mentioned towards the end. 

If this book sounds like something you'd like,  I would definitely recommend checking it out. (Though I wouldn't recommend buying it if you aren't 100% sure about it. You probably would want to borrow it from your library first.)

Comments

  1. Great review from a great author, well done Naomi. I'm so proud of the young lady you are becoming. You are an influencer that is NOT easily influenced. God is using you to draw others into a deep abiding relationship with Himself. I love you, May the Lord bless and protect you; may the Lord’s face radiate with joy because of you; may he be gracious to you, show you his favor, and give you his peace. Numbers 6:24-26

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