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I am a fifty something mother and grandmother, and live on the beautiful North Wales Coast. The natural beauty and history of this place inspires my writing. I am a newly published Christian historical fiction author.

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Published by Instant Apostle on 19th March 2021

The Healing is now available widely from bookstores and online booksellers. If you would like a copy signed by me with a personal message, you can ORDER DIRECT from me here: https://joymargetts.com/shop/


Driven to despair by heart-breaking betrayal, nobleman Philip de Braose has lost faith in God and man. Working as a soldier for hire, he recklessly seeks death and is brutally injured, only for rescue to come in the unlikely form of a Cistercian monk.

This joy-filled, kind and compassionate man walks alongside Philip as his body slowly recovers and he is forced to confront the more painful wounds within. As they travel from France to an Abbey deep in his Welsh homeland, Philip disguises himself as a Cistercian and begins to rediscover the man God always intended him to be.

But when his past invades the present, his newly awakened faith is challenged by long-buried dreams and he must decide if he can live a life devoted to God outside the Abbey’s walls.


This is the inspiring story of a journey, when a young man, wounded in battle but also carrying grievous hidden inner wounds, begins the long slow road to healing and wholeness. We follow Philip’s journey from the battlefields of France to the quiet greenness and peace of rural Wales, the encounters and challenges he meets along the way all set against the vividly drawn background of the natural world, the changing seasons and the gentle rhythms of monastic life.  I found Philip’s story enthralling, well-told and the characters human and believable. A tale of forgiveness, hope, renewed faith, and love.’

Eleanor Watkins / Author

What a great book. An engaging story set in a realistic historical context. If you thought living a life of faith was about following a set of cold, joyless rules, have a read of this. Take a look at Philip’s life and journey with him out of the shadows into the radiance of healing grace. Impossible to read without encountering hope.

Billy Doey , Senior Pastor (Retired)

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