Monday, July 20, 2020

Book Review: The Hope of Azure Springs by Rachel Fordham

About the Book

The Hope of Azure Springs
by Rachel Fordham

Description from Goodreads: 

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.

Book Review

The Hope of Azure Springs by Rachel Fordham is a Christian historical romance.

After their parents died, Em and her sister were put on the orphan train and then adopted by families in different places. Now that Em is an adult (and her guardian was shot), she can begin searching for her sister, with the help of Sheriff Caleb. 

This book is a sweet historical romance that tells of what happens when an orphan train child has gone up. I can’t imagine being orphaned and then shipped to some faraway town and separated from my only living relatives. I feel for Em in her desperation to find her sister. And it stinks that, while some of those kids were adopted by great families, many were not. In this book, the effects of the orphan train experience are still affecting the characters’ lives in many ways. I like that the author explored some of that. 

The romance was another major part of the plot. The sheriff has some of his own challenges and issues to face, but I enjoyed watching as they came to trust and love each other. I also liked the way their relationship was at the end of the book.

This was an interesting historical romance that I would recommend to lovers of historical romance. 

I received a complementary copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated for sharing them.

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