Review: The Hope of Azure Springs by Rachel Fordham

July 30, 2018

Title: The Hope of Azure Springs
Author: Rachel Fordham
Publisher: Revell
Pages: 336
ISBN: 978-0-8007-3473-2
Publication Date: July 3rd, 2018

About the Book:
Alone in a strange town, can she find healing for her new home . . . and herself?
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.
 My Thoughts:
I'm always excited to find a new, debut author. I heard about The Hope of Azure Springs several months ago and have anxiously awaited it since. I always love historical fiction and can't wait to see what the setting will be.

The Hope of Azure Springs was a different story then what I have read. It was an interesting idea. It took the idea of the orphan trains, that has been a popular topic as of late, but put a spin on it and brought the idea, that I wondered about.

The first plot of the story wrapped quickly. I was surprised, in a good way, how it was all taken care of. It flowed in to the second plot and I have to say, it is with that plot, I got really involved in the story.The second half really caught me up.

The characters had a good background. Em was a girl who had a hard life, but was a girl who still had hope and faith that things could be better and tried to bring joy to those around her.

Caleb is a man, when we are introduced is just a man who is dedicated to his job, but is also dealing the ghosts of his past.

This was a good debut story and I would like to see what other stories Rachel Fordham will write.

3.5 out of 5

About the Author:
 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. Finally she put her love of good stories with her love of writing and she hasn't stopped since. She lives with her husband and children on an island in the state of Washington.

Thank you to the publisher, I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

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