Item description for The Healing Season (Regency Series #3) (Steeple Hill Women's Fiction #48) by Ruth Morren...
Overview Though he'd found his life's calling ministering to London's underclass, Dr. Ian Russell hadn't yet found his life's mate. Then the former army surgeon encountered the enchanting stage actress Eleanor Neville. Ian's good works and strong faith set him apart from other men Eleanor knew. But despite his fascination with her glittering world, Eleanor feared her notorious past would end their future together before it had even begun. Could true love and faith overcome all obstacles and make their lonely hearts as one?
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Studio: Steeple Hill
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 6.6" Width: 4.1" Height: 1.2" Weight: 0.5 lbs.
Release Date Jul 31, 2007
Publisher STEEPLE HILL #375
ISBN 0373785887 ISBN13 9780373785889
Availability 0 units.
More About Ruth Morren
Ruth Axtell Morren currently resides in the state of Maine.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Healing Season (Regency Series #3) (Steeple Hill Women's Fiction #48)?
A religious love story Sep 29, 2009
Sadly, this is 2 hours I will never get back.
The book started off ok with its characters, an actress Eleanor Neville, and a religious doctor Ian Russell. However, it takes 3/4 of the book to develop the romance between Eleanor and Ian, with Ian unable to reconcile his religion and Eleanor's work as an actress.
I feel that the author portrayed Eleanor using a relationship with a Duke that she does not like to further her employment, and how she is then captured by that Duke and abused by him.
However, I do not feel that it is believable how fast Eleanor turns to religion and then is accepted by the doctor. I do not feel that the heroine grows, but she is abused, and then she throws away her dreams of acting to be with the doctor. I believe that two people need to give and take, not for one to completely capitulate to the others needs in order for a relationship to work.
I also did not consider the side story about faith based healing believable. The author paints Ian as a scientific doctor, and writing off other physicians as charlatans. Ian has works published at the academy for his work on surgeries. And then out of the blue, believes he recovered from a tumor he had because he prayed to God? Ridiculous.
Mediocre Book... Jul 10, 2009
As another reviewer mentioned, this is definitely not the author's best book. Without giving too much away, if you plan to read this book you should be aware that the hero will likely strike you as haughty or snobby as well as somewhat self-righteous. I believe that's one of the biggest flaws with this book.
Mainly, it isn't that the hero is faulted so much as his fault doesn't give the reader the impression that it's ever realized by the character. Through the entire book his snubbing and high-mightiness may begin to wear on your nerves. He is all for pleasing God, and that's great, but he is far too critical and constantly lacks (enough) understanding.
Another problem I personally felt this book had (that others may disagree with me on) is that the book lacked heart and soul. The story was there but I think a reader doesn't feel the love of God through it. It comes off a bit preachy and "religious" -- quoting scriptures, but the Spirit of God, love of God feels like it's missing.
The heroine, although faulted was quite likable and it was much easier to bear her personality than the hero's over the span of 400 pages. You could relate to why she made the choices she made.
Don't get me wrong, it's also understandable why the hero made the choices he did and his thoughts were even understandable. What wasn't understandable was the snotty behavior he had throughout the book all the way until the end of it. It was just plum exhausting and frustrating.
It's difficult to like him in spite of his kindness because he spent so much time degrading the heroine in his mind without really working hard to set aside his critical nature. Coming from a good home and good family I personally felt the hero should realize his quality of life had a lot to do with that and realize that others downfall was due to their quality of life--surroundings, how they grew up, what their lives lacked.
If he'd spent more time trying to understand than criticize and degrade, then I think the book would've been better. In the end, I think what lessened the book was his ability to evolve to his full potential. I never really felt like that happened, exactly.
Lastly, the ending was a tad bit too cheesy when compared to the bulk of the book and the rigid behavior of the hero. It didn't quite bode well with me. I think cheese was good but just a tad bit too much Parmesan was sprinkled on top when it came to the dialogue of the hero.
In summary, this is a book that is very interesting at times and not so interesting at other times. You may find yourself putting it down here and there as opposed to being gripped by the story line. Took me ages to get through it -- but I was interested enough in the plot to finish it.
God's intervention! Sep 20, 2008
I am very fond of romances. In fact, I read all kinds of them...to be honest. This one was my first Christian romance and it is simply marvelous! Ruth Axtell Morren is a very gifted author, indeed! In this story of an angel of a doctor treating the people of the worst parts of London in 1817 and a very talented and famous theater actress with a sad and violent past, Ms. Morren created a wonderful tale of love, faith, redemption, and also told us about the real conditions of medical care back in the beginning of 19th century. How did our hero Ian and heroine Eleanor meet for the very first time? You'll have to find out and read this book up to the very end. In this one, we really see that God exists and is at our side in the worst moments!
The Healing Season Jul 29, 2008
Today's authors don't often give us a glimpse into the rougher side of the Regency, but in The Healing Season, Ms. Morren tackles what would have been some of the very real, and pressing issues of the day. The glitter of society is a distant world to Methodist surgeon, Ian Russell, as far removed as Paris Hilton's existence is from mine. He is driven by his work among the poor. It is his heart's desire to establish a children's hospital in the heart of London, at a time when many physicians refused to treat children.
When summoned to help a young woman who has botched an attempted abortion, Ian meets Eleanor Neville, who discovered her friend on the brink of death. Together the two work through the night to try to save the girl's life.
Mrs. Neville, is Eleanor's stage name, and she is one of the leading actresses in London's burlettas. When she and Ian are increasingly thrown together she fights her increasing attraction to the one "good" man she has ever met. Having never been introduced to the Bible or church she find his devotion to his ideals, utterly incomprehensible.
Ian finds the beautiful actress an increasing temptation, and struggles against the attraction. She has been used by several men, while he has kept himself pure for his future wife.
The conflict sizzles as the two are drawn inexorably together. It is only when they discover the power of Godly forgiveness that they can move beyond their past's and their prejudices to find one another.
My only criticism is that there seemed to be no satisfying resolution of the final situation with the villain. He is portrayed as an insanely jealous man, and Eleanor goes into hiding to escape him. Even with some very strong clues, he doesn't even attempt to find her. His reaction seems strangely anticlimactic, and I kept wondering when he would come for her.
I found the Healing Season to be well researched and engrossing. Ms. Morren is definitely skilled at developing her setting and giving the reader a sense of time and place. It would have been very easy for Ms. Morren to rely on sensationalism as she presented the harsher elements of the story, but she handled the gritty realities with sensitivity.
Travel In Time and Find Love Jan 9, 2008
The Healing Season By: Ruth Axtell Morren
Sit down with this book and travel into London in the early eighteen hundreds when society had distinct classes, notoriety was hard to overcome, and medicine advanced slowly. Within the pages you will find faith and betrayal and love.
Stage actress Eleanor Neville dragged herself out of the mire of life into the world of acting, talent and success. With her career on an upswing, she was close to achieving all she ever wanted. The night she called on surgeon Ian Russell to save one of her fellow actresses from death, she had no way of knowing every aspect of life was about to change for her.
Ian Russell, dedicated surgeon, excellent teacher and devout Christian lived his life serving those in London who could not afford his services. Many times his payment was in morsels of food, if at all. His single life was lonely, but he trusted God to bring his perfect mate to him. He would never have guessed the night he answered Mrs. Neville's call would change him forever.
This book is a journey into history, into the hearts and souls of two people who are more lonely and lost than they would ever have discovered had they not met. As you read, you will hear the sounds of the streets, smell the dark corners and allies and touch a bit of history that, like any era, holds both beauty and horror. As you walk the streets with Ian, watch Eleanor on stage and meet the children of the mission don't be surprised if the God who heals them all places some healing balm upon your heart.