As a young man, Tarlach fought alongside his friend, Llas, but when Joanna, the woman who had been prearranged to marry Tarlach found love with Llas, Tarlach became obsessed with revenge. Even though Tarlach went on to marry another woman, and was blessed with three sons, jealousy and greed consumed him. Under the cover of night, he took his men and his then six year old son, Ronan, on a raid and murdered Llas and his wife, Joanna. The nursemaid escaped with their infant daughter, Brenna.
Twenty-year-old Brenna and her companion, Faol, a white wolf, live elusively in the woods in a cave. Loneliness sometimes overwhelms her since her nursemaid passed away two years ago. A trained and gifted healer, Brenna must remain reclusive because the O’Byrne chieftain, Tarlach, is convinced that if Brenna is alive, she’s a witch, and he wants her dead.
One day Brenna and Faol witness a man caught in an ambush. Faol charges the attacker then stays with the fallen stranger. Brenna takes the stranger back to her cave to nurse him to health. He struggles with nightmares and cries out in his fevered state, and she realizes she may be nursing her enemy, but as a healer, she must care for his needs. Will she pay with her life for her devotion to her gift?
Healer is the first book in The Brides of Alba Trilogy and the first book I’ve read by Linda Windsor. I enjoyed the book and had a hard time putting it down as I wanted to know what happened to Brenna. I look forward to book two, Thief.