by Barbara Cutrera
Jordan, daughter of the famed healer Collum, has always taken pride in her independent nature and in the fact that she’s the only woman on the planet Etherea who possesses “the healer’s gift.” This ability allows healers to sense what is wrong with their patients and, therefore, to treat them more effectively. Most others respect her because of her talent but consider her an evolutionary mistake. However, she finds acceptance, excitement, and purpose by treating soldiers in the war camps. Enjoying her nomadic life, Jordan is comfortable with her uniqueness and doesn’t believe she needs the love of any man in order to be fulfilled.
When she begins to have premonitions and is captured by enemy soldiers, Jordan becomes embroiled in a quest to save the great-niece of her King, a child who is the product of rape and is being used as a pawn by her own father. The baby will suffer a fate worse than death if she isn’t rescued before her first birthday. Noah, the King’s bastard son, is not only intent on saving his infant cousin and avenging the murder of her mother, but he also knows he’s the ideal match for Jordan. Like her, he’s respected but is also set apart from others. Unlike her, his separateness results from the circumstances of his birth and from the berserker rages he succumbs to during battles. These rages make him the perfect weapon and help to relieve the fury and guilt he’s carried within since his own mother's murder.
As Jordan and Noah travel along the border of Amare in their attempts to find the baby and stop the infant's rapist father from carrying out his evil plot, both come to understand that love and desire are the most important tools they have in their own quest to stay alive and together. But a twisted part of Noah’s past will threaten his life and sanity. If Jordan can’t heal him, body and soul, then her final premonition will come true. If it does, then both of the lovers are doomed. Jordan refuses to accept that outcome, but her strength of will may not be enough to prevent tragic events from robbing her of the future she longs to have with Noah.
“If you’re cut, then you’ll bleed the same blood as this girl here or me. Your station is more important, but your life itself is not.”
“Each person has his or her strengths and weaknesses. Yours make you a precious gift, not only to your husband but to every life you touch."
Jordan’s Way continued the intriguing fantasy/paranormal/romance/adventure started in The Healer’s Gift, with the healer’s youngest daughter Jordan taking over as the main character. Their kingdom is at war so the story is more active and volatile with wounds, battles, attacks, betrayals, kidnappings, murders, deaths and all varieties of illnesses for the ever feisty yet compassionate young healer to handle. She is also traveling around to battle sites treating wounded soldiers, searching for a missing child behind enemy lines, and trying her hand at being in a relationship and finding love for the first time. Busy girl! I enjoyed and was greatly relieved by the progressive nature of the story for a historical romance, as Jordan is spunky, independent, respected, and revered for her unique talents and gifts. Ms. Cutrera has not only created a unique and engaging tale out of thin air, she has created an entire world with two moons, warring kingdoms, and conniving and oddly demented royals. The story line moved quickly yet was easy to follow and remained unfailingly entertaining.
Born and raised in Louisiana, Barbara Cutrera was destined to be a storyteller. The author of romance, fiction, and mystery novels, she became addicted to reading and creative writing at an early age. However, she didn’t originally plan on becoming an author. She moved to Florida’s Gulf Coast with her husband, son, and Cairn terrier in 2004 and enjoys its relaxed, diverse atmosphere. Barbara, who is visually impaired, believes our minds are only limited by the restrictions we place upon them. She has a passion for writing, reading, family, friends, Nutella, and A & W Cream Soda. You can learn more about Barbara and her work by visiting her at: