“How much is healing the responsibility of the patient? What if their injury or illness is part of their karma? What is someone’s time has come?” Harriet
In the wee hours of a bitter winter night, Harriet, a respectable, middle-aged chiropractor, falls through the ice of a frozen lake. She was alone; she should have died. Instead she returns to consciousness standing on a ridge above the lake at sunrise, singing with other voices a haunting, exquisitely beautiful Song. But no one else is there, and there are no footprints in the snow, not even hers.
Returning home, she discovers that when she touches someone who is ill or in pain, the same strange Song arises, allowing her to see into the body and heal all that is amiss.
She is confounded by the mystery of her rescue and the source of the Song. Voices and visions speak to her in dreams, tantalizing her, but all meaning is lost in the waking.
Although she rejoices in the ability to resolve her patients’ pain, she is daunted by the power in her hands, feeling inadequate to handle it wisely. Questions arise about if and when it is appropriate to intervene with such miraculous potency in the life—or death—of another. And she is soon inundated with more patients than she can possibly accommodate.
Overwhelmed, she flees to her small rural hometown. When she learns that the married chiropractor who was her lover and mentor long ago, and whom she still deeply loves, is now widowed and dying of cancer, Harriet’s search for answers takes on a poignant and personal urgency.
Song of Eliria is a mystery, a love story, and a profound exploration into the essence and ethics of healing.
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Words of Praise:
“With an other-worldly twist, this is a human adventure tale delving into the heart of the mysteries of suffering, healing, and love. A master storyteller, Starsong uses suspense, wry humor, vivid imagery, thought-provoking ideas, and endearing characters to draw readers in. I loved it.” Dr. Cedar Barstow, Author of Right Use of Power: The Heart of Ethics
“Song of Eliria is a captivating, magical novel about a chiropractor whose capacity for healing is magnified when she is mysteriously saved from death. This tale offers readers a rich emotional journey into healing in all its forms. Life would certainly change for the better if Harriet and the Song were readily available to all of us.” Diane Byington, award-winning author of Who She Is and If She Had Stayed.
“Heather Starsong has done it again—convinced me that this is her best book yet. Beyond her usual finely drawn, credible characters, she has managed to introduce a mystery not solved till the end: How did Harriet, the heroine, gain her healing song, which healed not only herself but many others? If this page-turner of a novel doesn’t become a runaway bestseller, it will be a crime against literary humanity!” Reynold Ruslan Feldman, Ph.D., author of ten books including the just-published Wisdom for Living
“Song of Eliria offers a thoughtful respite from our fast-paced, anxiety-inducing, and politically divided era. Instead, we enter Harriet’s slower, more loving world where she heals her chiropractic patients as if by magic–as she herself had been healed after attempting suicide in the opening chapters. The etherial singing seemingly of alien presences had saved her then and continues to guide her on the inner plane as she is reconciled with the love of her life and then through excruciating loss. This is a subtle story of healing and resilience. On reading it, I felt expanded to a larger sense of what is real and what is possible in all our lives.” Dr. Judith Blackburn, Professor Emerita (English and Women’s Studies), Northern Kentucky University