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.
The Hope of Azure Springs is a historical romance novel by debut author Rachel Fordham. I wanted to read this novel because I was enticed by the cover. The setting is Azure Springs, Iowa: late 1800’s
I liked the hero, Caleb Reynolds, and how he was devoted to Em, the heroine, even though she was a homely looking woman. However, as Caleb learns, beauty is only skin deep. It’s the heart that counts. I did not like Eliza who was a spoiled brat.
I felt this was a cozy mystery novel and kept looking for the suspense to build. It finally climaxed, with a bit of violence, mid-way through the book.
If the reader likes a cozy mystery novel with a bit of suspense and romance then you won’t be disappointed in this book.
Disclosure: “I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell and was under no obligation to post a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own.”
- ISBN 9780800734732
- Dimensions 5.5 x 8.5
- Pub. Date Jul 2018
- SRP $15.99