Tuesday, June 7, 2022

WHERE THE ROAD BENDS by Rachel Fordham, Reviewed by Paula and Winnie #ReleaseDay

A redemption story that takes Norah and Quincy on a long, winding road. This is a story about dreams. They can be dashed, postponed, changed or fulfilled. “Some dreams take time.”

I like Norah because one of her dreams is to sit on the porch snd read a whole stack of books. She is a kindred spirit. She believes in God and believes He can take the worst experiences and turn them for good. God can take light and dispel the darkness.

Quincy is not perfect but learns that with God, he can turn his life around. He longs to make dreams come true for Norah.

This was a sweet, sometimes harsh story. But in the end it showed how God can use people for His purpose. Ms. Fordham writes beautiful prose and infuses her story with hope and forgiveness.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell through a giveaway on Library Thing. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*4 stars and a solid faith thread

Where the Road Bends is a beautiful story of second chances, redemption, forgiveness, and hope. The story opens as Norah King is about to marry a man she hardly knows to save her land and secure her future. Days before her wedding she finds a badly injured man on her property and brings him to her house to treat his wounds. This act will drastically change the course of her life and that of the injured man. Quincy Barnes has had a rough life and is down on his luck when Norah finds him. Although he’s attracted to Norah, he feels he needs to leave her to the life she’s chosen since he has no way to help her save her farm.

“I think you should hold on to that desire and follow where the road bends. You can have a different life.”

As the story picks up two years later, Quincy has landed on his feet. Unexpected events bring Quincy and Norah together, but they are both changed by the past. I enjoyed the relationship and growth between the two. Rachel Fordham creates wonderful, endearing main characters and engaging secondary characters, and the plot caught my interest and kept it to the end of the tale. 

*I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from Revell through LibraryThing. All opinions are my own. 4.5 stars

BackCover Blurb:
As Norah King surveys her family land in Iowa in 1880, she is acutely aware that it is all she has left, and she will do everything in her power to save it--even if that means marrying a man she hardly knows. Days before her wedding, Norah discovers an injured man on her property. Her sense of duty compels her to take him in and nurse him back to health. Little does she realize just how much this act of kindness will complicate her life and threaten the future she's planned.

Norah's care does more than aid Quincy Barnes's recovery--it awakens his heart to possibilities. Penniless and homeless, he knows the most honorable thing he can do is head on down the road and leave Norah to marry her intended. But walking away from the first person to believe in him proves much harder than he imagined.

Rachel Fordham invites you to experience the strength and beauty of love forged in the crucible of hardship in this heartwarming story.
Revell Publishing, June 7, 2022
Available in digital ebook, paperback, hardcover, and audiobook:
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