Book Review,  Historical Fiction

A Lady in Attendance by Rachel Fordham

Does anyone else find that reading Historical Fiction just soothes the soul and helps me forget reality? I read A Lady in Attendance a couple of weeks back but couldn’t post until today because my website was being migrated to a new host. Anyhow, without further delay, here is my review:

 

MY REVIEW

Well, let’s just say that I had no idea how interesting corn harvesting could be. Hazel and Gilbert are such loveable characters and I loved this story so much for a few reasons. First, Hazel is fighting to regain her future and it looks a lot different to what she thought it would look like. Gilbert is living his life the way he thinks is best until Hazel turns everything right side up. All the way through I was cheering them on and hoping for their happy ever after ending, and at times, I really wanted to give Gilbert’s brother a stern talking to.  Didn’t trust him.

Anyway, this book was just what I needed to be entertained. I learned a thing or two about corn husking, and dentistry in those days. If you are like me and need light reads right now, this one fits the bill. Gilbert and Hazel are delightful. Thank you Rachel Fordham for a lovely few hours of respite.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. My opinion is my own.

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ABOUT THE BOOK

Five years in a New York state reformatory have left a blemish on Hazel’s real name. So when she takes a job as Doctor Gilbert Watts’s lady in attendance in 1898, she does so under an alias. In the presence of her quiet and pious employer, Hazel finds more than an income. She finds a friend and a hope that if she can set her tarnished past in order, she might have a future after all.

As Gilbert becomes accustomed to the pleasant chatter of his new dental assistant, he can’t help but sense something secretive about her. Perhaps there is more to this woman than meets the eye. Can the questions that loom between them ever be answered? Or will the deeds of days gone by forever rob the future of its possibilities?

Rachel Fordham pens a tender tale of a soft-spoken man, a hardened woman, and the friends that stand by them as they work toward a common purpose–to expunge the record of someone society deemed beyond saving–and perhaps find love along the way.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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.

Learn more about current projects at rachelfordham.com

 


Melony Teague writes contemporary romance with a dash of humor, she loves to inspire and motivate others through her written words, and she believes everyone has a story to tell. Melony is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and The Word Guild. She is the co-author of As the Ink Flows, a devotional for authors. Her fiction debut, A Promise to Keep released, Jan 21, 2020. Melony was born in South Africa and now lives in Toronto with her handsome husband, their two teenagers, and does the bidding of her two adorable cats.

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Melony Teague is a Freelance Writer and Columnist who lives in Richmond Hill, Ontario. The Biographer for Portraits of Giving (2014-2016), Aurora Sports Hall of Fame (2015 -2017) and teaches seniors in her community how to write their personal story.

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