Thursday, September 17, 2020

A LIFE ONCE DREAMED by Rachel Fordham, Reviewed by Winnie Thomas

With a cast of engaging, well-crafted characters and tender messages of forgiveness and the worth of a soul, Rachel Fordham takes us from Buffalo, New York to Penance, South Dakota Territory in 1880 for a wonderful story of second chances. Agnes Pratt is an independent, spunky, compassionate heroine and a well-respected schoolteacher in the small town of Penance. James Harris is a doctor with a wealthy, privileged background who comes to Penance to find his childhood sweetheart, Agnes. Together, they find what the most important things in life are.

Lots of plot twists and turns kept me engrossed in this lovely tale, although there were a couple of times that I wanted to bonk some of the characters’ heads together. All in all, it’s a sweet story with an uplifting and thought-provoking message. I’ve enjoyed all of Fordham’s historical novels, and I’m looking forward to more of her books in the future.
*I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from the author/Revell. All opinions are my own.

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 Back Cover Blurb:
Six years ago, a shocking secret sent Agnes Pratt running in search of a new start. She found it in Penance, a rugged town of miners and lumberjacks in the Dakota Territory, where she became Miss Aggie, respected schoolteacher and confirmed old maid. But the past has a way of catching up with people.

When childhood friend and former sweetheart James Harris accepts a position as the town doctor, Aggie's pleasantly predictable days suddenly become anything but. James wants to know why Agnes left behind the life they had dreamed of creating for themselves--but he is the one person who can never know.

In the shadows of the Black Hills, can a healing light be shed on the past? Or will the secret Agnes can't seem to outrun destroy her chance at happiness?

Fan-favorite Rachel Fordham brings to life the dusty streets of an 1880s frontier town in this story that affirms where you come from matters far less than where you're going.

Revell Publishing, August 2020

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1 comment:

  1. Rachel Fordham has hit a sweet spot... she really brings this setting and era alive for her readers!


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