The Hope of Azure Springs Kindle Edition
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About the Author
From the Back Cover
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.
Welcome to the charming town of Azure Springs, Iowa, where people care deeply for one another and, sometimes, even fall in love.
"With unusual charm and warmth, Rachel Fordham opens the door to Azure Springs, a place as memorable as the people who inhabit it."--Laura Frantz, author of The Lacemaker
"This delightful book about the resilience of the human spirit and the power of love will keep you turning pages until the very end."--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
Rachel Fordham started writing when her children began begging her for stories at night. She'd pull a book from the shelf, but they'd insist she make one up. She hasn't stopped since. She lives with her husband and children on an island in the state of Washington. --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B07932TWWH
- Publisher : Revell (July 3, 2018)
- Publication date : July 3, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 6894 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 338 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #12,493 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Top reviews from the United States
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You would never know that this is a debut novel, Rachel Fordham writes as if she's been a best selling author for years. God has definitely given her the gift of storytelling, and you can see that throughout the novel.
The story is authentic. It touches your heart. You'll laugh, smile, and cry. The characters are well written and you grow attached to them and truly feel for them and what they go through. The romance isn't your average cardboard cutout romance, but something truly unique, full of special moments where you can feel yourself falling in love along with them.
I encourage everyone to find a copy and fall in love with Azure Springs and the people who live there!
The only thing that the book lacked for me was that God and Jesus did not have the most active role. The characters lived out their lives of faith, but I didn't feel as though God was present throughout the story, which is definitely something I'm looking for when I read Christian Fiction.
It's been awhile since I've read such a perfect historical romance. I am so glad that I discovered this book and author, I'm already anxiously awaiting her second book!
Definitely a 5 star book!
Fordham brings to life the story of a “prince” and “princesses,” beauty and ugliness, and the ugly reality of lonely children who travel the orphan train west to very uncertain futures.
I loved Abigail and Abraham Howell and the generosity and love they show to Em in her hour of need. I also appreciate the fact that one of their children is NOT walking in their ways. How true to life that can really be.
I also loved that the heroine is not beautiful by most people’s description of beautiful. Beauty comes from the inside out. This is one discussion my husband and I have repeatedly with our young, single twenty-somethings. Can Caleb, the sheriff, ever start seeing with eyes of the soul?
Sometimes we think the little things we do for others don’t matter. Not so. Em discovers this when Abigail lends her a clean night gown. “...it was not just a nightdress, it was kindness.”
A few other quotables:
“Where does a caged animal go when it is freed?”
“How will you ever truly live if you are too afraid to be where you need to be?”
Definitely a book to read to experience the varied lives of orphan train children. I gratefully received a copy of the book from the publisher and NetGalley. This in no way affected my opinions. I was not required to leave a positive review. I also bought my own copy.
Written with insight into the hurting places many people never share, Rachel has written a story with complex and rich characters that are real and not contrived.
It has been said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder and this book delves deeply into this premise. What defines beauty?
Em arrives in town dirty and starving with a gunshot wound and no social graces. When she looks in the mirror she see a plain, skinny, unattractive girl. As she shares stories of princesses and handsome princes with the young girls in the house where she’s staying, she wonders if anyone would ever love her.
Separated from her sister as a child and rejected over and over again on the Orphan Train she longs to see her again. Deep down she longs for much more but feels she will always be unwanted.
Caleb has been interested in the most beautiful girl in town, but through circumstances he is thrust into the presence of Em, who doesn’t have the physical attributes that society calls beautiful. He sees nothing attractive in her, but as he begins to know her, he changes. He begins to see that beauty is more than skin deep.
“This maiden was different. She had a magical kind of beauty. The kind that can only be seen if you know how to truly look at a person.”
“Did you know goodness is the fairest of all the beauties?”
Seldom do I get overly emotional reading a book, but when Em finds her sister, I was an emotional mess and cried buckets of tears.
This book is highly recommended. I loved every minute of it.
Top reviews from other countries
Highly recommend this book.