The Healer of Briarwood

Historical Romantic Western

Be swept away in this story of courage, second chances, and the undeniable power of love. 

A man with a healer’s touch. A woman with a healer’s heart. 

Doctor Finnegan Brody tends his patients, keeps to himself, and vividly remembers the heartaches and trials from the Civil War and why he devoted his life to healing. He watches the townspeople live their lives, loving and laboring alongside one another, and wonders if one day he will give a woman as much time and dedication as he gives the people of Briarwood. 

Katharine Kiely has a deep-rooted stubbornness to never give up, even if it means leaving behind her comfortable life by the sea to protect her father’s health and help expand his empire. When she finally arrives in Briarwood to convince the Gallaghers a spur line should cross their land, nothing goes as she expected. 

Finn, with his knowledge of healing the people, and Katharine, who learns how to heal with her heart, join together as the townsfolk of Briarwood face challenges and choices that could alter their way of life forever. 

Welcome to Briarwood and Hawk’s Peak, where friendship, love, and hope conquer overwhelming odds.

"Wow! What a series. I guarantee you won't be able to stop reading. Well done MK!”

— Pioneer Hearts Reader

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"MK, you did it again! Through this series we have loved Doc Brody. We knew how caring and special he was and that he would need an extraordinary woman as his match. You created this woman with spirit, compassion, intelligence, kindness and a heart that was rekindled by an old flame. I loved Katharine and Brody's story! Thank you for including all our beloved characters. You weave drama, adventure, mystery, hope and so much love into every book." —M.L. Sullivan

"MK McClintock has woven every emotion possible into a series of books called the Montana Gallaghers. I read many books and this is honestly the best series I have ever read. Yes, each book is based on it's own character but all the others are as much a part of the story as well. Each character brings their own flavors to every story as much as the "star" of that book. I have never read a series that does this." —Amazon Review

“I just finished a six-book series by MK McClintock, the Montana Gallaghers. It is honestly the best series I have ever read. Each person is developed into a star and given their own book, but all the other characters are given their own time and investment in that book. Wow! What a series. I guarantee you won't be able to stop reading. Well done MK!” —Pioneer Hearts Reader on books 1-6

"I love MK McClintock’s books and adore her Montana Gallaghers series. I was excited to find out there was a seventh installment from the series. The Healer of Briarwood does not disappoint. It is such a beautiful story of love, hope, and sweet romance. I loved it! The Healer of Briarwood will be getting a very well deserved five plus stars from me. I highly recommend it for readers who love to read historical fiction. This one should not be missed." —Amy (Goodreads review)

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Dearest Reader, 

The Gallaghers and the wonderful townsfolk of Briarwood are my family, and it brings us tremendous joy every time we can welcome friends, old and new, into our clan. We have come a long way since Gallagher’s Pride, and have shared many wonderful adventures, from shootouts and kidnappings to second chances in love and life. 

The Healer of Briarwood highlights the best and worst of humankind, and through it all, it is the hope of a better tomorrow and the love of family and friends that reminds us how precious and joyful life can be, even during the darkest of times I have written this book to stand on its own. You will meet previous characters and read mention of events from the first six Montana Gallagher books. They are here to enhance Brody and Katharine’s story, for neither would have his or her own tale without those who came before. 

I hope you enjoy reading this romantic western adventure as much as I did writing it, and whether you are here for the first time or returning to Briarwood and Hawk’s Peak, the Gallaghers and I thank you for joining us on the journey.

Be well, be kind, and enjoy!

~ Mk




Book 7

Available in Paperback, E-book, & Large Print


Historical Romantic Western


historical western romance, frontier fiction, western romance, western fiction, American historical romance


The subtle jingle of a bell announced the entry of a new arrival, and the storekeeper’s boisterous greeting confirmed it. When Mr. Baker’s voice shifted from jovial to solemn, Katharine looked toward the front of the store. A tall man, broad through the shoulders and chest, stood with his back to her. His thick hair of deepest, darkest brown curled at the edges and appeared almost unruly. He was without a hat or coat, leading Katharine to suppose his visit to the store required a quick journey from another part of town.

It was his voice that intrigued her most, and the pensive expression Mr. Baker wore told her the conversation was not a pleasant one. Something about the man drew her away from the shelf with various ladies’ accoutrements to a table of blankets. She believed listening in on a conversation to which one was not invited showed a level of rudeness she did not think herself capable, and yet she made an exception this time.

“You’ve heard nothing about a missing woman?”

Mr. Baker shook his head. “It sure is a shame. Is she going to make it, Doc?”

“She’s survived the night, so I am hopeful.”

“Tom’ll know what to do. So will Ramsey. He’s found missing folks before.”

Katharine tried to follow the conversation and store each name in her memory. She watched the doctor shift his weight, his discomfort about discussing a patient apparent.

“Joanna said the new bandages were ready.”

The storekeeper nodded. “She wrapped them all up for you.” Mr. Baker disappeared into a back room and returned a few minutes later with a large bundle. “More than usual.”

“There has been an influx of accidents at the mine.”

Katharine leaned a little closer at the mention of the mine.

The storekeeper passed the bundle to the doctor, and Mr. Baker made a note in a logbook. “Don’t they have a doctor up there?”

“They did. He left two weeks ago.”

“Makes no sense. That’s always been a safe place for the miners.”

“Not any longer, it seems.” The doctor started for the door, but Mr. Baker stopped him with one more question.

“You tell Ethan about the doctor leaving the mine?”

The taller man nodded. “As soon as I heard. Thanks, Loren. Please keep the bandage orders steady and in the same quantity for the time being.” He stood below the threshold with one foot outside and stared at Katharine.

She did not know who recognized whom first or even how. Twenty years changed people, and yet she remembered the deep, gray eyes as though she gazed into them yesterday.


Excerpt © MK McClintock

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