Monday, February 16, 2015

BLOG TOUR w/ GIVEAWAY: The Healer by Gregg Luke


After successfully completing his first-year professorship, Welsh folklore expert Chris Pendragon has earned a vacation. At least that's what the young scholar tells himself—but deep down he feels an urgency to reassess his life, to find a sense of purpose. Hoping that perhaps a trip to Wales will provide the answers he seeks, Chris embarks on a journey of self-discovery. But he could never have anticipated the unimaginable adventure that awaits him ...

Shortly after his arrival in Wales, Chris is witness to a horrific accident with more far-reaching consequences than he could have dreamed. Following Chris's heroic rescue of one of the victims, an unexplainable phenomenon is revealed: bones that had been broken were made whole with Chris's touch. Still reeling form this discovery, Chris is approached by a wizened old man with an implausible answer: Chris has been chosen to be the bearer of the Dial, a healer of unparalleled power. But the calling is fraught with peril, and Chris soon discovers there are those who will stop at nothing to seize the power of the Dial. With the help of a beautiful, if skeptical, doctor, Chris must choose: go back to the life he was leading or embark on a thrilling new destiny.


GREGG LUKE was born in Bakersfield, California, but spent the majority of his childhood and young adult life in Santa Barbara, California. He served an LDS mission to Wisconsin then pursued his education in biological sciences at SBCC, UCSBB, BYU, and subsequently graduated from the University of Utah College of Pharmacy. His biggest loves are family reading, writing, music, science, and nature.


This is the first book I've read by Gregg Luke and it won't be the last.  I was pulled into the story immediately, intrigued with the whole premise.  Many people have struggled with the whole what should I do with my life dilemma, but not quite in the same way that Christian Pendragon does.  On a vacation in Wales, Christian faces just such a dilemma.  After stopping to help a couple of accident victims, Christian discovers that he has a powerful gift.  But when he meets an old gentleman who attempts to help him come to terms with this unbelievable gift, he finds the whole situation almost too much to believe.  I loved the way the author integrated the real with the fantastical creating a fascinating story of faith, compassion, and courage.  

Christian made for a great character, one I found myself rooting for whole-heartedly.  His inner struggles with finding his path in life and then having to make difficult decisions that effected not only his own life but those around him was a journey that I enjoyed following him on.  I loved reading about Christian's trip to Wales a place that doesn't show up in literature a whole lot.  The descriptions of the people and places made me want to hop into the book and visit there as well, even if I didn't have a clue about how to pronounce the names.  A thoroughly enjoyable book that I can highly recommend.  I willl definitely be seeking out more of Luke's books.


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