Christian Fiction

A Life Once Dreamed. Review.

About The Book.

GENRE: Inspirational Historical Romance
RELEASE DATE: August 4, 2020

Where you come from matters far less than where you’re going

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. In the shadow of the Black Hills, she became Miss Aggie, respected schoolteacher and confirmed old maid–despite being only twenty-four. 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 precisely the one person who can never know.

Can a healing light be shed on the past? Or will the secret Agnes can’t seem to outrun destroy her chance at happiness?

My Thoughts.

Aggie’s coming to the town of Penance turned her into the woman she was always meant to be. Her leaving home was complicated and sad, she left timid, young and inexperienced, but in the town of Penance she became a new woman. The situations she found in Penance brought out the beautiful virtues that had been lying dormant in her. I loved the sparks that flew between her and James. Their friendship was one of the most heartwarming parts of the book to me. Aggie’s heart and love for people was her most endearing virtue to me. Her love and heart shone through the pages of this book. The way she vehemently protected people others despised was just so heart touching. I couldn’t help but laugh at the antics of the school children she taught especially over zealous Tommy. That boy was just a darling. He made me laugh out on one occasion. I loved Aggie’s friendship with Hannah. Everyone needs a friend and friendship like that.
I admired the fact that even though the rift between Aggie and himself was her fault, Joshua sort to fix things. I loved how they both complemented each other. He had a lot to learn from her and vice versa. It was admirable and wise of him to forge his own path despite his family background.

This one was a story of love lost and found. I loved the people they both grew into before they finally got to be together. Before that would have been a disaster. I love next-door-love stories like this one.

I loved how the characters got to rely on God for help and peace when things got tough and weary.

I received a copy of this book and this is my honest opinion.

About The Author

Rachel Fordham is the author of The Hope of Azure Springs. She 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 paired her love of good stories with her love of writing and hasn’t stopped since. She lives with her husband and children on an island in the state of Washington.

You can connect with Rachel on her websiteFacebook, and Instagram.

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