Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Review and Giveaway: The Hope of Azure Springs by Rachel Fordham

The Hope of Azure Springs by Rachel Fordham
Seven years ago, orphaned and alone, Em finally arrived at a new home in Iowa after riding the orphan train. But secrets from her past haunt her, and her new life in the Western wilderness is a rough one. When her guardian is shot and killed, Em, now nineteen, finally has the chance to search for her long-lost sister, but she won’t be able to do it alone.
For Azure Springs Sheriff Caleb Reynolds, securing justice for the waifish and injured Em is just part of his job. He’s determined to solve every case put before him in order to impress his parents and make a name for himself. Caleb expects to succeed. What he doesn’t expect is the hold this strange young woman will have on his heart.
Debut author Rachel Fordham invites historical romance readers to the charming town of Azure Springs, Iowa, where the people care deeply for one another and, sometimes, even fall in love.

Praise for The Hope of Azure Springs
“With unusual charm and warmth, Rachel Fordham opens the door to Azure Springs, a place as memorable as the people who inhabit it—namely the unique Em, a hero of a sheriff, and an assortment of heart-tugging, endearing townsfolk. A memorable story of faith, family, and happy endings!” ~Laura Frantz, author of The Lacemaker
“The Hope of Azure Springs is full of love and laughter, hope and happy endings. This delightful book about the resilience of the human spirit and the power of love will keep you turning pages until the very end. After you read Rachel Fordham’s satisfying story, you’ll want to give the world a hug.” ~Jennifer Beckstrand, author of A Courtship on Huckleberry Hill
“A tender story about loss, life, and the beauty that lies within each of us.” ~Stacy Henrie, USA Today bestselling author and RITA award finalist
“Authentic. Strong. Memorable. The Hope of Azure Springs and its refreshingly realistic heroine will remain in readers’ hearts long after they’ve reached the stirring conclusion. With eloquently drawn scenes that will tug at a reader’s heart and a beautifully redemptive love story, Rachel Fordham’s debut offers a tender look at the meaning of beauty and self-worth.” ~Joanna Politano, author of Lady Jayne Disappears
“As The Hope of Azure Springs unfolds, readers will find a well thought out and intricately put together love story about an uncommon heroine. Fans of Melissa Jagears and Jane Kirkpatrick will enjoy Rachel Fordham’s books now and for years to come.” ~Dawn Crandall, author of the award-winning series The Everstone Chronicles

My Thoughts:

In author Rachel Fordham’s debut novel, The Hope of Azure Springs, I was taken back to a time and place when the country was just beginning to heal from the Civil War and the Orphan Train was chugging through the nation. We are dropped right into the town of Azure Springs from the beginning with Em, an unknown woman, with a gunshot wound. As we walk the road to recovery with her, we begin to get to know her, her circumstances, trials, and dreams.

There are certain members of the town who have accepted her into their homes and their hearts and want nothing but the best for this lost soul. Sheriff Caleb Reynolds has taken this case and her as his own personal mission and wants to catch the bad guys and keep Em and his town safe.

This story had such a fairytale quality to it. When Em is found it is like she is a Sleeping Beauty waking up. There are also hints of the stories Cinderella and the Ugly Duckling. No magical stuff here, just a young woman awakening to a life full of love and happiness hopefully with a much deserving “prince”.  I liked reading another book about the Orphan Train and getting the perspective of one who was a child on it.

I enjoyed reading this novel and I look forward to more stories from author Rachel Fordham.

I received a complimentary copy of this novel. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.

Author Rachel Fordham
Rachel Fordham has long been fascinated by all things historical or in the words of her children “old stuff”. Often the historical trivia she discovers is woven into her children’s bedtime tales. Despite her love for good stories she didn’t attempt writing a novel until her husband challenged her to do so (and now she’s so glad he did). Since that time she’s often been found typing or researching while her youngest child naps or frantically writing plot twists while she waits in the school pick-up line. In addition to her passion for storytelling, she enjoys reading, being outdoors and seeing new places. Rachel lives with her husband and children on an island in Washington state.
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