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Reviewed by Vincent Dublado for Readers' Favorite
The Healing by Lynda Faye Schmidt is about a woman who sets out on a quest after enduring more than two decades of an abusive relationship. This is a novel about healing and personal empowerment, and this bears repeating: it’s about healing and personal empowerment. Based on the author’s real-life experience, this is the story of Cate Henderson, who packs her bags, leaves Calgary, and goes on a journey westward, where her communing with nature has filled her journal with enriching reflections. Along comes Ethan, a man who is nothing like she expects and who seems to be the answer to the yearning she has been looking for. But as reality will teach her, certain steps must be taken on her healing journey and that what she is truly searching for has been within her all along.
At 389 pages, the plot has enough substance to keep you turning the pages for more. The Healing does have its share of familiar tropes as Cate stumbles upon the epiphany of what she has been searching for all along. It’s emotional and that is understandable especially when you are trying to pick up the pieces after your heart has been broken. Plot-wise, The Healing is an immensely entertaining, feel-good novel as you become privy to Cate’s thoughts and feelings. Does she end up with Ethan? This is where the storyline truly waxes in emotions but is satisfying enough for you to accept it and think, well, that’s life. Lynda Faye Schmidt’s main character feels genuine and isn’t forced in her emotional convictions. If you are charmed by stories like Eat Pray Love, The Healing is the book for you.