The Hope of Azure Springs

The Hope of Azure Springs

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 Seven years ago, orphaned and alone, Em finally arrived at a new home in Iowa after riding the orphan train. But secre...

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Title:The Hope of Azure Springs
Author:Rachel Fordham
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:0800734734
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:336 pages pages

The Hope of Azure Springs Reviews

  • Loraine
    Jul 21, 2018

    Wow! A fabulous debut from Rachel Fordham! Both the cover and the description had me hooked when I first saw this on Netgalley, and I'm so glad I decided to read it! It was so lovely to step into this simply-written small-town historical story with heart-melting characters, a sweet ...

    About this book: ?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, fi...

    4.5 stars I really enjoyed this story! It's refreshingly different from a lot of other historicals out there, and the characters are fresh and fun to get to know. It was nice to see Em unfold little by little as she got used to being cared for instead of being thrown on the mercy of...

    I had the honor of reading this debut novel from Revell for endorsement a few months ago, and with the release coming in about two months, I thought I?d share it here! ?As The Hope of Azure Springs unfolds, readers will find a well thought out and intricately put together love ...

    A delightful debut novel. Rachel Fordham draws a sympathetic character in Em, who grows ? and also causes growth in those who come to know her. Caleb is a wonderful hero, strong but flawed, and the romance between Caleb and Em is unique and intriguing. What sets this novel apart is t...

    The cover is gorgeous on this book and I was so excited to have a chance to read this debut author's book. The book was an emotional one, Em has had such a struggle in life. Is getting a gunshot ever a good thing? In this young woman's case it was. The back cover with the train on it p...

    I do enjoy a good historical romance and I?m always on the lookout for new titles and authors. The Hope of Azure Springs is Rachel Fordham?s debut novel and she does a superb job of piecing together this inspiring story. It was exactly the book I needed and I loved sinking into it....

    The Hope of Azure Springs is a sweet debut. The main story is about Em finding her sister Lucy. They were both children that road an Orphan Train from New York City to Iowa. Em and Lucy found families in two different towns and have been separated for seven years. Em was taken in by a ...

    With an eye-catching cover and a new author, I was so thrilled to be able to read this book. There were good reminders of getting past the struggles of the world and facing each day with a smile. Also, the light humor sprinkled throughout the pain and grief created a story that is real...

    I actually have the honor of knowing this author! We've had many a chat and she has become my favorite virtual partner in crime. Yes that was a disclaimer! I will try to go into this review with little bias, but c'mon I highly doubt that's gonna happen. It hasn't with any of my other...

    Reviewed at The Power of Words: https://bit.ly/2KWngyt Iowa, 1881 The description of The Hope of Azure Springs by debut author Rachel Fordham was appealing, so I decided to try it ? and I?m so glad I did! The beginning pages quickly pulled me in, and I was immediately drawn t...

    I think every young girl needs to read this book. Wait. Every female needs to read this book. Who doesn't suffer from some sort self image issues?! This book is beautifully written and has such Biblical truth in it. It even has a fairy tale quality to it as well. The heroine, Em looks ...

    Debut novelist, Rachel Fordham, has clearly shown in this book that she has talent. A sweet story focusing on the journey of Em who left New York as a child of 12 along with her 6 year old sister, Lucy, on a orphan train. Beautiful, adorable Lucy is quickly selected by a set of parents...

  • Carole Jarvis
    Jul 12, 2018

    Wow! A fabulous debut from Rachel Fordham! Both the cover and the description had me hooked when I first saw this on Netgalley, and I'm so glad I decided to read it! It was so lovely to step into this simply-written small-town historical story with heart-melting characters, a sweet ...

    About this book: ?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, fi...

    4.5 stars I really enjoyed this story! It's refreshingly different from a lot of other historicals out there, and the characters are fresh and fun to get to know. It was nice to see Em unfold little by little as she got used to being cared for instead of being thrown on the mercy of...

    I had the honor of reading this debut novel from Revell for endorsement a few months ago, and with the release coming in about two months, I thought I?d share it here! ?As The Hope of Azure Springs unfolds, readers will find a well thought out and intricately put together love ...

    A delightful debut novel. Rachel Fordham draws a sympathetic character in Em, who grows ? and also causes growth in those who come to know her. Caleb is a wonderful hero, strong but flawed, and the romance between Caleb and Em is unique and intriguing. What sets this novel apart is t...

    The cover is gorgeous on this book and I was so excited to have a chance to read this debut author's book. The book was an emotional one, Em has had such a struggle in life. Is getting a gunshot ever a good thing? In this young woman's case it was. The back cover with the train on it p...

    I do enjoy a good historical romance and I?m always on the lookout for new titles and authors. The Hope of Azure Springs is Rachel Fordham?s debut novel and she does a superb job of piecing together this inspiring story. It was exactly the book I needed and I loved sinking into it....

    The Hope of Azure Springs is a sweet debut. The main story is about Em finding her sister Lucy. They were both children that road an Orphan Train from New York City to Iowa. Em and Lucy found families in two different towns and have been separated for seven years. Em was taken in by a ...

    With an eye-catching cover and a new author, I was so thrilled to be able to read this book. There were good reminders of getting past the struggles of the world and facing each day with a smile. Also, the light humor sprinkled throughout the pain and grief created a story that is real...

    I actually have the honor of knowing this author! We've had many a chat and she has become my favorite virtual partner in crime. Yes that was a disclaimer! I will try to go into this review with little bias, but c'mon I highly doubt that's gonna happen. It hasn't with any of my other...

    Reviewed at The Power of Words: https://bit.ly/2KWngyt Iowa, 1881 The description of The Hope of Azure Springs by debut author Rachel Fordham was appealing, so I decided to try it ? and I?m so glad I did! The beginning pages quickly pulled me in, and I was immediately drawn t...

  • Sarah Sundin
    Aug 20, 2018

    Wow! A fabulous debut from Rachel Fordham! Both the cover and the description had me hooked when I first saw this on Netgalley, and I'm so glad I decided to read it! It was so lovely to step into this simply-written small-town historical story with heart-melting characters, a sweet ...

    About this book: ?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, fi...

    4.5 stars I really enjoyed this story! It's refreshingly different from a lot of other historicals out there, and the characters are fresh and fun to get to know. It was nice to see Em unfold little by little as she got used to being cared for instead of being thrown on the mercy of...

    I had the honor of reading this debut novel from Revell for endorsement a few months ago, and with the release coming in about two months, I thought I?d share it here! ?As The Hope of Azure Springs unfolds, readers will find a well thought out and intricately put together love ...

    A delightful debut novel. Rachel Fordham draws a sympathetic character in Em, who grows ? and also causes growth in those who come to know her. Caleb is a wonderful hero, strong but flawed, and the romance between Caleb and Em is unique and intriguing. What sets this novel apart is t...

  • Mayda
    Apr 29, 2018

    Wow! A fabulous debut from Rachel Fordham! Both the cover and the description had me hooked when I first saw this on Netgalley, and I'm so glad I decided to read it! It was so lovely to step into this simply-written small-town historical story with heart-melting characters, a sweet ...

    About this book: ?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, fi...

    4.5 stars I really enjoyed this story! It's refreshingly different from a lot of other historicals out there, and the characters are fresh and fun to get to know. It was nice to see Em unfold little by little as she got used to being cared for instead of being thrown on the mercy of...

    I had the honor of reading this debut novel from Revell for endorsement a few months ago, and with the release coming in about two months, I thought I?d share it here! ?As The Hope of Azure Springs unfolds, readers will find a well thought out and intricately put together love ...

    A delightful debut novel. Rachel Fordham draws a sympathetic character in Em, who grows ? and also causes growth in those who come to know her. Caleb is a wonderful hero, strong but flawed, and the romance between Caleb and Em is unique and intriguing. What sets this novel apart is t...

    The cover is gorgeous on this book and I was so excited to have a chance to read this debut author's book. The book was an emotional one, Em has had such a struggle in life. Is getting a gunshot ever a good thing? In this young woman's case it was. The back cover with the train on it p...

    I do enjoy a good historical romance and I?m always on the lookout for new titles and authors. The Hope of Azure Springs is Rachel Fordham?s debut novel and she does a superb job of piecing together this inspiring story. It was exactly the book I needed and I loved sinking into it....

    The Hope of Azure Springs is a sweet debut. The main story is about Em finding her sister Lucy. They were both children that road an Orphan Train from New York City to Iowa. Em and Lucy found families in two different towns and have been separated for seven years. Em was taken in by a ...

    With an eye-catching cover and a new author, I was so thrilled to be able to read this book. There were good reminders of getting past the struggles of the world and facing each day with a smile. Also, the light humor sprinkled throughout the pain and grief created a story that is real...

    I actually have the honor of knowing this author! We've had many a chat and she has become my favorite virtual partner in crime. Yes that was a disclaimer! I will try to go into this review with little bias, but c'mon I highly doubt that's gonna happen. It hasn't with any of my other...

    Reviewed at The Power of Words: https://bit.ly/2KWngyt Iowa, 1881 The description of The Hope of Azure Springs by debut author Rachel Fordham was appealing, so I decided to try it ? and I?m so glad I did! The beginning pages quickly pulled me in, and I was immediately drawn t...

    I think every young girl needs to read this book. Wait. Every female needs to read this book. Who doesn't suffer from some sort self image issues?! This book is beautifully written and has such Biblical truth in it. It even has a fairy tale quality to it as well. The heroine, Em looks ...

    Debut novelist, Rachel Fordham, has clearly shown in this book that she has talent. A sweet story focusing on the journey of Em who left New York as a child of 12 along with her 6 year old sister, Lucy, on a orphan train. Beautiful, adorable Lucy is quickly selected by a set of parents...

    I was lucky enough to get an advance copy (ARC) of this novel. As someone who grew up watching Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman with my mom, I enjoyed reading about the Wild (Mid)West. I loved the rugged mountain man, Sully, and I loved the strong woman, Dr. Quinn. This novel is set in a somew...

    See full review at Joy of Reading (https://joyofreadingweb.wordpress.com...) This book deserves ALL the stars!! Rachel Fordham got me in ALL the feels with this amazing story! It has taken me a few days to clear the book euphoria in order to write this review. From the very first ...

    Oh. Oh. Ohhhhh. That proposal. The death. The sweet three questions. The two sisters. Wow. Wow. Wowwwww. 5/5 stars all the beautiful way. Never have I enjoyed a review book so much. RTC. ? ????? My Review. ????? AH. What an amazing book !! Definitely my new f...

    Author Rachel Fordham?s debut novel is incredible; it will tug at your heartstrings as you?re drawn into the lives of Em and Caleb. Loss through death due to the war and sickness was common but with perseverance healing can be reached. The characters come through as true to life an...

    I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I'm not much of a fan for historical fiction but this one was hard to put down. Em's life hasn't been a all diamonds and roses. All she's known is loneliness and pain. Having been seperated from her sister on ...

    The Hope of Azure Springs is an inspirational historical tale set in a time when loss and death were frequent occurrences in families. In the midst of hardship, a hope shines bright in the form of a young woman whose inner beauty helps her and others to overcome the difficulties life h...

    Such a sweet and touching read to relax with at night! I stayed up late to get to the end and was not disappointed! I loved the deep message about inner beauty and how everyone has different types of beauty. I also appreciated how it portrayed both bad and good adoption situations. Exc...

    Rachel's book The Hope of Azure Springs is the kind of book you would want to have in your library. I can say that in the best of what I have to say here. Of all the westerns I have read, and they are many, she has come the closest (in my opinion) to being a new version of Louis L'Amou...

    This engrossing work of historical fiction will capture your interest from the very first page, and even after you finish the tale, it will leave you pondering the characters. Em is an unlikely hero. Sent west with her younger sister on the orphan train, they are taken by different peo...

  • Betty
    Apr 20, 2018

    Wow! A fabulous debut from Rachel Fordham! Both the cover and the description had me hooked when I first saw this on Netgalley, and I'm so glad I decided to read it! It was so lovely to step into this simply-written small-town historical story with heart-melting characters, a sweet ...

    About this book: ?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, fi...

    4.5 stars I really enjoyed this story! It's refreshingly different from a lot of other historicals out there, and the characters are fresh and fun to get to know. It was nice to see Em unfold little by little as she got used to being cared for instead of being thrown on the mercy of...

    I had the honor of reading this debut novel from Revell for endorsement a few months ago, and with the release coming in about two months, I thought I?d share it here! ?As The Hope of Azure Springs unfolds, readers will find a well thought out and intricately put together love ...

    A delightful debut novel. Rachel Fordham draws a sympathetic character in Em, who grows ? and also causes growth in those who come to know her. Caleb is a wonderful hero, strong but flawed, and the romance between Caleb and Em is unique and intriguing. What sets this novel apart is t...

    The cover is gorgeous on this book and I was so excited to have a chance to read this debut author's book. The book was an emotional one, Em has had such a struggle in life. Is getting a gunshot ever a good thing? In this young woman's case it was. The back cover with the train on it p...

    I do enjoy a good historical romance and I?m always on the lookout for new titles and authors. The Hope of Azure Springs is Rachel Fordham?s debut novel and she does a superb job of piecing together this inspiring story. It was exactly the book I needed and I loved sinking into it....

    The Hope of Azure Springs is a sweet debut. The main story is about Em finding her sister Lucy. They were both children that road an Orphan Train from New York City to Iowa. Em and Lucy found families in two different towns and have been separated for seven years. Em was taken in by a ...

    With an eye-catching cover and a new author, I was so thrilled to be able to read this book. There were good reminders of getting past the struggles of the world and facing each day with a smile. Also, the light humor sprinkled throughout the pain and grief created a story that is real...

    I actually have the honor of knowing this author! We've had many a chat and she has become my favorite virtual partner in crime. Yes that was a disclaimer! I will try to go into this review with little bias, but c'mon I highly doubt that's gonna happen. It hasn't with any of my other...

    Reviewed at The Power of Words: https://bit.ly/2KWngyt Iowa, 1881 The description of The Hope of Azure Springs by debut author Rachel Fordham was appealing, so I decided to try it ? and I?m so glad I did! The beginning pages quickly pulled me in, and I was immediately drawn t...

    I think every young girl needs to read this book. Wait. Every female needs to read this book. Who doesn't suffer from some sort self image issues?! This book is beautifully written and has such Biblical truth in it. It even has a fairy tale quality to it as well. The heroine, Em looks ...

    Debut novelist, Rachel Fordham, has clearly shown in this book that she has talent. A sweet story focusing on the journey of Em who left New York as a child of 12 along with her 6 year old sister, Lucy, on a orphan train. Beautiful, adorable Lucy is quickly selected by a set of parents...

    I was lucky enough to get an advance copy (ARC) of this novel. As someone who grew up watching Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman with my mom, I enjoyed reading about the Wild (Mid)West. I loved the rugged mountain man, Sully, and I loved the strong woman, Dr. Quinn. This novel is set in a somew...

    See full review at Joy of Reading (https://joyofreadingweb.wordpress.com...) This book deserves ALL the stars!! Rachel Fordham got me in ALL the feels with this amazing story! It has taken me a few days to clear the book euphoria in order to write this review. From the very first ...

    Oh. Oh. Ohhhhh. That proposal. The death. The sweet three questions. The two sisters. Wow. Wow. Wowwwww. 5/5 stars all the beautiful way. Never have I enjoyed a review book so much. RTC. ? ????? My Review. ????? AH. What an amazing book !! Definitely my new f...

    Author Rachel Fordham?s debut novel is incredible; it will tug at your heartstrings as you?re drawn into the lives of Em and Caleb. Loss through death due to the war and sickness was common but with perseverance healing can be reached. The characters come through as true to life an...

    I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I'm not much of a fan for historical fiction but this one was hard to put down. Em's life hasn't been a all diamonds and roses. All she's known is loneliness and pain. Having been seperated from her sister on ...

    The Hope of Azure Springs is an inspirational historical tale set in a time when loss and death were frequent occurrences in families. In the midst of hardship, a hope shines bright in the form of a young woman whose inner beauty helps her and others to overcome the difficulties life h...

    Such a sweet and touching read to relax with at night! I stayed up late to get to the end and was not disappointed! I loved the deep message about inner beauty and how everyone has different types of beauty. I also appreciated how it portrayed both bad and good adoption situations. Exc...

    Rachel's book The Hope of Azure Springs is the kind of book you would want to have in your library. I can say that in the best of what I have to say here. Of all the westerns I have read, and they are many, she has come the closest (in my opinion) to being a new version of Louis L'Amou...

    This engrossing work of historical fiction will capture your interest from the very first page, and even after you finish the tale, it will leave you pondering the characters. Em is an unlikely hero. Sent west with her younger sister on the orphan train, they are taken by different peo...

    Em, our main character, woke up in Azure Springs in 1881. She had been shot and had lost a lot of blood. Her hair was filthy and unkempt with years worth of dirt on her body. There was hardly any fat on her, she seemed childlike and close to death. The local Doctor determined that the...

  • Dawn
    Apr 28, 2018

    Wow! A fabulous debut from Rachel Fordham! Both the cover and the description had me hooked when I first saw this on Netgalley, and I'm so glad I decided to read it! It was so lovely to step into this simply-written small-town historical story with heart-melting characters, a sweet ...

    About this book: ?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, fi...

    4.5 stars I really enjoyed this story! It's refreshingly different from a lot of other historicals out there, and the characters are fresh and fun to get to know. It was nice to see Em unfold little by little as she got used to being cared for instead of being thrown on the mercy of...

    I had the honor of reading this debut novel from Revell for endorsement a few months ago, and with the release coming in about two months, I thought I?d share it here! ?As The Hope of Azure Springs unfolds, readers will find a well thought out and intricately put together love ...

  • Madison
    Jun 05, 2018

    Wow! A fabulous debut from Rachel Fordham! Both the cover and the description had me hooked when I first saw this on Netgalley, and I'm so glad I decided to read it! It was so lovely to step into this simply-written small-town historical story with heart-melting characters, a sweet ...

    About this book: ?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, fi...

    4.5 stars I really enjoyed this story! It's refreshingly different from a lot of other historicals out there, and the characters are fresh and fun to get to know. It was nice to see Em unfold little by little as she got used to being cared for instead of being thrown on the mercy of...

    I had the honor of reading this debut novel from Revell for endorsement a few months ago, and with the release coming in about two months, I thought I?d share it here! ?As The Hope of Azure Springs unfolds, readers will find a well thought out and intricately put together love ...

    A delightful debut novel. Rachel Fordham draws a sympathetic character in Em, who grows ? and also causes growth in those who come to know her. Caleb is a wonderful hero, strong but flawed, and the romance between Caleb and Em is unique and intriguing. What sets this novel apart is t...

    The cover is gorgeous on this book and I was so excited to have a chance to read this debut author's book. The book was an emotional one, Em has had such a struggle in life. Is getting a gunshot ever a good thing? In this young woman's case it was. The back cover with the train on it p...

    I do enjoy a good historical romance and I?m always on the lookout for new titles and authors. The Hope of Azure Springs is Rachel Fordham?s debut novel and she does a superb job of piecing together this inspiring story. It was exactly the book I needed and I loved sinking into it....

  • Heather Gilbert
    Nov 18, 2018

    Wow! A fabulous debut from Rachel Fordham! Both the cover and the description had me hooked when I first saw this on Netgalley, and I'm so glad I decided to read it! It was so lovely to step into this simply-written small-town historical story with heart-melting characters, a sweet ...

    About this book: ?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, fi...

    4.5 stars I really enjoyed this story! It's refreshingly different from a lot of other historicals out there, and the characters are fresh and fun to get to know. It was nice to see Em unfold little by little as she got used to being cared for instead of being thrown on the mercy of...

    I had the honor of reading this debut novel from Revell for endorsement a few months ago, and with the release coming in about two months, I thought I?d share it here! ?As The Hope of Azure Springs unfolds, readers will find a well thought out and intricately put together love ...

    A delightful debut novel. Rachel Fordham draws a sympathetic character in Em, who grows ? and also causes growth in those who come to know her. Caleb is a wonderful hero, strong but flawed, and the romance between Caleb and Em is unique and intriguing. What sets this novel apart is t...

    The cover is gorgeous on this book and I was so excited to have a chance to read this debut author's book. The book was an emotional one, Em has had such a struggle in life. Is getting a gunshot ever a good thing? In this young woman's case it was. The back cover with the train on it p...

    I do enjoy a good historical romance and I?m always on the lookout for new titles and authors. The Hope of Azure Springs is Rachel Fordham?s debut novel and she does a superb job of piecing together this inspiring story. It was exactly the book I needed and I loved sinking into it....

    The Hope of Azure Springs is a sweet debut. The main story is about Em finding her sister Lucy. They were both children that road an Orphan Train from New York City to Iowa. Em and Lucy found families in two different towns and have been separated for seven years. Em was taken in by a ...

    With an eye-catching cover and a new author, I was so thrilled to be able to read this book. There were good reminders of getting past the struggles of the world and facing each day with a smile. Also, the light humor sprinkled throughout the pain and grief created a story that is real...

    I actually have the honor of knowing this author! We've had many a chat and she has become my favorite virtual partner in crime. Yes that was a disclaimer! I will try to go into this review with little bias, but c'mon I highly doubt that's gonna happen. It hasn't with any of my other...

    Reviewed at The Power of Words: https://bit.ly/2KWngyt Iowa, 1881 The description of The Hope of Azure Springs by debut author Rachel Fordham was appealing, so I decided to try it ? and I?m so glad I did! The beginning pages quickly pulled me in, and I was immediately drawn t...

    I think every young girl needs to read this book. Wait. Every female needs to read this book. Who doesn't suffer from some sort self image issues?! This book is beautifully written and has such Biblical truth in it. It even has a fairy tale quality to it as well. The heroine, Em looks ...

    Debut novelist, Rachel Fordham, has clearly shown in this book that she has talent. A sweet story focusing on the journey of Em who left New York as a child of 12 along with her 6 year old sister, Lucy, on a orphan train. Beautiful, adorable Lucy is quickly selected by a set of parents...

    I was lucky enough to get an advance copy (ARC) of this novel. As someone who grew up watching Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman with my mom, I enjoyed reading about the Wild (Mid)West. I loved the rugged mountain man, Sully, and I loved the strong woman, Dr. Quinn. This novel is set in a somew...

    See full review at Joy of Reading (https://joyofreadingweb.wordpress.com...) This book deserves ALL the stars!! Rachel Fordham got me in ALL the feels with this amazing story! It has taken me a few days to clear the book euphoria in order to write this review. From the very first ...

    Oh. Oh. Ohhhhh. That proposal. The death. The sweet three questions. The two sisters. Wow. Wow. Wowwwww. 5/5 stars all the beautiful way. Never have I enjoyed a review book so much. RTC. ? ????? My Review. ????? AH. What an amazing book !! Definitely my new f...

    Author Rachel Fordham?s debut novel is incredible; it will tug at your heartstrings as you?re drawn into the lives of Em and Caleb. Loss through death due to the war and sickness was common but with perseverance healing can be reached. The characters come through as true to life an...

    I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I'm not much of a fan for historical fiction but this one was hard to put down. Em's life hasn't been a all diamonds and roses. All she's known is loneliness and pain. Having been seperated from her sister on ...

    The Hope of Azure Springs is an inspirational historical tale set in a time when loss and death were frequent occurrences in families. In the midst of hardship, a hope shines bright in the form of a young woman whose inner beauty helps her and others to overcome the difficulties life h...

    Such a sweet and touching read to relax with at night! I stayed up late to get to the end and was not disappointed! I loved the deep message about inner beauty and how everyone has different types of beauty. I also appreciated how it portrayed both bad and good adoption situations. Exc...

  • Staci
    Aug 07, 2018

    Wow! A fabulous debut from Rachel Fordham! Both the cover and the description had me hooked when I first saw this on Netgalley, and I'm so glad I decided to read it! It was so lovely to step into this simply-written small-town historical story with heart-melting characters, a sweet ...

    About this book: ?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, fi...

    4.5 stars I really enjoyed this story! It's refreshingly different from a lot of other historicals out there, and the characters are fresh and fun to get to know. It was nice to see Em unfold little by little as she got used to being cared for instead of being thrown on the mercy of...

    I had the honor of reading this debut novel from Revell for endorsement a few months ago, and with the release coming in about two months, I thought I?d share it here! ?As The Hope of Azure Springs unfolds, readers will find a well thought out and intricately put together love ...

    A delightful debut novel. Rachel Fordham draws a sympathetic character in Em, who grows ? and also causes growth in those who come to know her. Caleb is a wonderful hero, strong but flawed, and the romance between Caleb and Em is unique and intriguing. What sets this novel apart is t...

    The cover is gorgeous on this book and I was so excited to have a chance to read this debut author's book. The book was an emotional one, Em has had such a struggle in life. Is getting a gunshot ever a good thing? In this young woman's case it was. The back cover with the train on it p...

    I do enjoy a good historical romance and I?m always on the lookout for new titles and authors. The Hope of Azure Springs is Rachel Fordham?s debut novel and she does a superb job of piecing together this inspiring story. It was exactly the book I needed and I loved sinking into it....

    The Hope of Azure Springs is a sweet debut. The main story is about Em finding her sister Lucy. They were both children that road an Orphan Train from New York City to Iowa. Em and Lucy found families in two different towns and have been separated for seven years. Em was taken in by a ...

  • Diane
    Jun 10, 2018

    Wow! A fabulous debut from Rachel Fordham! Both the cover and the description had me hooked when I first saw this on Netgalley, and I'm so glad I decided to read it! It was so lovely to step into this simply-written small-town historical story with heart-melting characters, a sweet ...

    About this book: ?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, fi...

    4.5 stars I really enjoyed this story! It's refreshingly different from a lot of other historicals out there, and the characters are fresh and fun to get to know. It was nice to see Em unfold little by little as she got used to being cared for instead of being thrown on the mercy of...

    I had the honor of reading this debut novel from Revell for endorsement a few months ago, and with the release coming in about two months, I thought I?d share it here! ?As The Hope of Azure Springs unfolds, readers will find a well thought out and intricately put together love ...

    A delightful debut novel. Rachel Fordham draws a sympathetic character in Em, who grows ? and also causes growth in those who come to know her. Caleb is a wonderful hero, strong but flawed, and the romance between Caleb and Em is unique and intriguing. What sets this novel apart is t...

    The cover is gorgeous on this book and I was so excited to have a chance to read this debut author's book. The book was an emotional one, Em has had such a struggle in life. Is getting a gunshot ever a good thing? In this young woman's case it was. The back cover with the train on it p...

    I do enjoy a good historical romance and I?m always on the lookout for new titles and authors. The Hope of Azure Springs is Rachel Fordham?s debut novel and she does a superb job of piecing together this inspiring story. It was exactly the book I needed and I loved sinking into it....

    The Hope of Azure Springs is a sweet debut. The main story is about Em finding her sister Lucy. They were both children that road an Orphan Train from New York City to Iowa. Em and Lucy found families in two different towns and have been separated for seven years. Em was taken in by a ...

    With an eye-catching cover and a new author, I was so thrilled to be able to read this book. There were good reminders of getting past the struggles of the world and facing each day with a smile. Also, the light humor sprinkled throughout the pain and grief created a story that is real...

    I actually have the honor of knowing this author! We've had many a chat and she has become my favorite virtual partner in crime. Yes that was a disclaimer! I will try to go into this review with little bias, but c'mon I highly doubt that's gonna happen. It hasn't with any of my other...

    Reviewed at The Power of Words: https://bit.ly/2KWngyt Iowa, 1881 The description of The Hope of Azure Springs by debut author Rachel Fordham was appealing, so I decided to try it ? and I?m so glad I did! The beginning pages quickly pulled me in, and I was immediately drawn t...

    I think every young girl needs to read this book. Wait. Every female needs to read this book. Who doesn't suffer from some sort self image issues?! This book is beautifully written and has such Biblical truth in it. It even has a fairy tale quality to it as well. The heroine, Em looks ...

    Debut novelist, Rachel Fordham, has clearly shown in this book that she has talent. A sweet story focusing on the journey of Em who left New York as a child of 12 along with her 6 year old sister, Lucy, on a orphan train. Beautiful, adorable Lucy is quickly selected by a set of parents...

    I was lucky enough to get an advance copy (ARC) of this novel. As someone who grew up watching Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman with my mom, I enjoyed reading about the Wild (Mid)West. I loved the rugged mountain man, Sully, and I loved the strong woman, Dr. Quinn. This novel is set in a somew...

    See full review at Joy of Reading (https://joyofreadingweb.wordpress.com...) This book deserves ALL the stars!! Rachel Fordham got me in ALL the feels with this amazing story! It has taken me a few days to clear the book euphoria in order to write this review. From the very first ...

    Oh. Oh. Ohhhhh. That proposal. The death. The sweet three questions. The two sisters. Wow. Wow. Wowwwww. 5/5 stars all the beautiful way. Never have I enjoyed a review book so much. RTC. ? ????? My Review. ????? AH. What an amazing book !! Definitely my new f...

    Author Rachel Fordham?s debut novel is incredible; it will tug at your heartstrings as you?re drawn into the lives of Em and Caleb. Loss through death due to the war and sickness was common but with perseverance healing can be reached. The characters come through as true to life an...

    I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I'm not much of a fan for historical fiction but this one was hard to put down. Em's life hasn't been a all diamonds and roses. All she's known is loneliness and pain. Having been seperated from her sister on ...

    The Hope of Azure Springs is an inspirational historical tale set in a time when loss and death were frequent occurrences in families. In the midst of hardship, a hope shines bright in the form of a young woman whose inner beauty helps her and others to overcome the difficulties life h...

  • Diana Montgomery
    Jul 24, 2018

    Wow! A fabulous debut from Rachel Fordham! Both the cover and the description had me hooked when I first saw this on Netgalley, and I'm so glad I decided to read it! It was so lovely to step into this simply-written small-town historical story with heart-melting characters, a sweet ...

    About this book: ?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, fi...

    4.5 stars I really enjoyed this story! It's refreshingly different from a lot of other historicals out there, and the characters are fresh and fun to get to know. It was nice to see Em unfold little by little as she got used to being cared for instead of being thrown on the mercy of...

    I had the honor of reading this debut novel from Revell for endorsement a few months ago, and with the release coming in about two months, I thought I?d share it here! ?As The Hope of Azure Springs unfolds, readers will find a well thought out and intricately put together love ...

    A delightful debut novel. Rachel Fordham draws a sympathetic character in Em, who grows ? and also causes growth in those who come to know her. Caleb is a wonderful hero, strong but flawed, and the romance between Caleb and Em is unique and intriguing. What sets this novel apart is t...

    The cover is gorgeous on this book and I was so excited to have a chance to read this debut author's book. The book was an emotional one, Em has had such a struggle in life. Is getting a gunshot ever a good thing? In this young woman's case it was. The back cover with the train on it p...

    I do enjoy a good historical romance and I?m always on the lookout for new titles and authors. The Hope of Azure Springs is Rachel Fordham?s debut novel and she does a superb job of piecing together this inspiring story. It was exactly the book I needed and I loved sinking into it....

    The Hope of Azure Springs is a sweet debut. The main story is about Em finding her sister Lucy. They were both children that road an Orphan Train from New York City to Iowa. Em and Lucy found families in two different towns and have been separated for seven years. Em was taken in by a ...

    With an eye-catching cover and a new author, I was so thrilled to be able to read this book. There were good reminders of getting past the struggles of the world and facing each day with a smile. Also, the light humor sprinkled throughout the pain and grief created a story that is real...

    I actually have the honor of knowing this author! We've had many a chat and she has become my favorite virtual partner in crime. Yes that was a disclaimer! I will try to go into this review with little bias, but c'mon I highly doubt that's gonna happen. It hasn't with any of my other...

    Reviewed at The Power of Words: https://bit.ly/2KWngyt Iowa, 1881 The description of The Hope of Azure Springs by debut author Rachel Fordham was appealing, so I decided to try it ? and I?m so glad I did! The beginning pages quickly pulled me in, and I was immediately drawn t...

    I think every young girl needs to read this book. Wait. Every female needs to read this book. Who doesn't suffer from some sort self image issues?! This book is beautifully written and has such Biblical truth in it. It even has a fairy tale quality to it as well. The heroine, Em looks ...

    Debut novelist, Rachel Fordham, has clearly shown in this book that she has talent. A sweet story focusing on the journey of Em who left New York as a child of 12 along with her 6 year old sister, Lucy, on a orphan train. Beautiful, adorable Lucy is quickly selected by a set of parents...

    I was lucky enough to get an advance copy (ARC) of this novel. As someone who grew up watching Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman with my mom, I enjoyed reading about the Wild (Mid)West. I loved the rugged mountain man, Sully, and I loved the strong woman, Dr. Quinn. This novel is set in a somew...

    See full review at Joy of Reading (https://joyofreadingweb.wordpress.com...) This book deserves ALL the stars!! Rachel Fordham got me in ALL the feels with this amazing story! It has taken me a few days to clear the book euphoria in order to write this review. From the very first ...

    Oh. Oh. Ohhhhh. That proposal. The death. The sweet three questions. The two sisters. Wow. Wow. Wowwwww. 5/5 stars all the beautiful way. Never have I enjoyed a review book so much. RTC. ? ????? My Review. ????? AH. What an amazing book !! Definitely my new f...

    Author Rachel Fordham?s debut novel is incredible; it will tug at your heartstrings as you?re drawn into the lives of Em and Caleb. Loss through death due to the war and sickness was common but with perseverance healing can be reached. The characters come through as true to life an...

    I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I'm not much of a fan for historical fiction but this one was hard to put down. Em's life hasn't been a all diamonds and roses. All she's known is loneliness and pain. Having been seperated from her sister on ...

    The Hope of Azure Springs is an inspirational historical tale set in a time when loss and death were frequent occurrences in families. In the midst of hardship, a hope shines bright in the form of a young woman whose inner beauty helps her and others to overcome the difficulties life h...

    Such a sweet and touching read to relax with at night! I stayed up late to get to the end and was not disappointed! I loved the deep message about inner beauty and how everyone has different types of beauty. I also appreciated how it portrayed both bad and good adoption situations. Exc...

    Rachel's book The Hope of Azure Springs is the kind of book you would want to have in your library. I can say that in the best of what I have to say here. Of all the westerns I have read, and they are many, she has come the closest (in my opinion) to being a new version of Louis L'Amou...

    This engrossing work of historical fiction will capture your interest from the very first page, and even after you finish the tale, it will leave you pondering the characters. Em is an unlikely hero. Sent west with her younger sister on the orphan train, they are taken by different peo...

    Em, our main character, woke up in Azure Springs in 1881. She had been shot and had lost a lot of blood. Her hair was filthy and unkempt with years worth of dirt on her body. There was hardly any fat on her, she seemed childlike and close to death. The local Doctor determined that the...

    Em was separated from her little sister Lucy during an orphan train adoption. It?s been seven long years and she finally escapes the skinflint who barely cared for her. She is accustomed to scratching out a living while this man is away frequently and she lives in his dilapidated fal...

    For fans of Melanie Dickerson, Regina Jennings, and Melissa Jagears. :) ...

    I absolutely loved this book from the very first, you just get absorbed into the story and feel like you're right there with Em & Caleb following along. I shed several years while reading this book, it was amazing! This is a must read, I hold it right up there with the classics. ...

    The Hope of Azure Springs by Rachel Fordham takes us back to 1881. Em Cooper has been shot and left for dead. She was lucky to be found and transported to Azure Springs, Iowa where the Howell family has taken her into their home. Sheriff Caleb Reynolds is responsible for keeping the la...

    I?m never really a fan of a storyline constantly reminding us of the ?plainness? of a main character, it irritates me. Sometimes though I find it pointless to the plot. In this case, as much as I didn?t like it, I appreciated it was pivotal to much of the development that happe...

    Debut novel, The Hope of Azure Springs by Rachel Fordham is a breath of fresh-air. With deep emotions, the characters will draw you in ,as you feel apart of their life in Azure Springs dealing with loss, sickness and romance. Ms. Fordman did a fantastic job when it came to the resear...

    First book I have read by Rachel Fordham but sure it won't be the last. A book you start and will just keep flipping the pages. A well written book also wonderful characters. My heart went out for the character Em. Who road the orphan train to get a family who would want to add her to ...

  • Sarah
    Jul 20, 2018

    Wow! A fabulous debut from Rachel Fordham! Both the cover and the description had me hooked when I first saw this on Netgalley, and I'm so glad I decided to read it! It was so lovely to step into this simply-written small-town historical story with heart-melting characters, a sweet ...

    About this book: ?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, fi...

    4.5 stars I really enjoyed this story! It's refreshingly different from a lot of other historicals out there, and the characters are fresh and fun to get to know. It was nice to see Em unfold little by little as she got used to being cared for instead of being thrown on the mercy of...

    I had the honor of reading this debut novel from Revell for endorsement a few months ago, and with the release coming in about two months, I thought I?d share it here! ?As The Hope of Azure Springs unfolds, readers will find a well thought out and intricately put together love ...

    A delightful debut novel. Rachel Fordham draws a sympathetic character in Em, who grows ? and also causes growth in those who come to know her. Caleb is a wonderful hero, strong but flawed, and the romance between Caleb and Em is unique and intriguing. What sets this novel apart is t...

    The cover is gorgeous on this book and I was so excited to have a chance to read this debut author's book. The book was an emotional one, Em has had such a struggle in life. Is getting a gunshot ever a good thing? In this young woman's case it was. The back cover with the train on it p...

    I do enjoy a good historical romance and I?m always on the lookout for new titles and authors. The Hope of Azure Springs is Rachel Fordham?s debut novel and she does a superb job of piecing together this inspiring story. It was exactly the book I needed and I loved sinking into it....

    The Hope of Azure Springs is a sweet debut. The main story is about Em finding her sister Lucy. They were both children that road an Orphan Train from New York City to Iowa. Em and Lucy found families in two different towns and have been separated for seven years. Em was taken in by a ...

    With an eye-catching cover and a new author, I was so thrilled to be able to read this book. There were good reminders of getting past the struggles of the world and facing each day with a smile. Also, the light humor sprinkled throughout the pain and grief created a story that is real...

    I actually have the honor of knowing this author! We've had many a chat and she has become my favorite virtual partner in crime. Yes that was a disclaimer! I will try to go into this review with little bias, but c'mon I highly doubt that's gonna happen. It hasn't with any of my other...

    Reviewed at The Power of Words: https://bit.ly/2KWngyt Iowa, 1881 The description of The Hope of Azure Springs by debut author Rachel Fordham was appealing, so I decided to try it ? and I?m so glad I did! The beginning pages quickly pulled me in, and I was immediately drawn t...

    I think every young girl needs to read this book. Wait. Every female needs to read this book. Who doesn't suffer from some sort self image issues?! This book is beautifully written and has such Biblical truth in it. It even has a fairy tale quality to it as well. The heroine, Em looks ...

    Debut novelist, Rachel Fordham, has clearly shown in this book that she has talent. A sweet story focusing on the journey of Em who left New York as a child of 12 along with her 6 year old sister, Lucy, on a orphan train. Beautiful, adorable Lucy is quickly selected by a set of parents...

    I was lucky enough to get an advance copy (ARC) of this novel. As someone who grew up watching Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman with my mom, I enjoyed reading about the Wild (Mid)West. I loved the rugged mountain man, Sully, and I loved the strong woman, Dr. Quinn. This novel is set in a somew...

    See full review at Joy of Reading (https://joyofreadingweb.wordpress.com...) This book deserves ALL the stars!! Rachel Fordham got me in ALL the feels with this amazing story! It has taken me a few days to clear the book euphoria in order to write this review. From the very first ...

    Oh. Oh. Ohhhhh. That proposal. The death. The sweet three questions. The two sisters. Wow. Wow. Wowwwww. 5/5 stars all the beautiful way. Never have I enjoyed a review book so much. RTC. ? ????? My Review. ????? AH. What an amazing book !! Definitely my new f...

    Author Rachel Fordham?s debut novel is incredible; it will tug at your heartstrings as you?re drawn into the lives of Em and Caleb. Loss through death due to the war and sickness was common but with perseverance healing can be reached. The characters come through as true to life an...

    I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I'm not much of a fan for historical fiction but this one was hard to put down. Em's life hasn't been a all diamonds and roses. All she's known is loneliness and pain. Having been seperated from her sister on ...

    The Hope of Azure Springs is an inspirational historical tale set in a time when loss and death were frequent occurrences in families. In the midst of hardship, a hope shines bright in the form of a young woman whose inner beauty helps her and others to overcome the difficulties life h...

    Such a sweet and touching read to relax with at night! I stayed up late to get to the end and was not disappointed! I loved the deep message about inner beauty and how everyone has different types of beauty. I also appreciated how it portrayed both bad and good adoption situations. Exc...

    Rachel's book The Hope of Azure Springs is the kind of book you would want to have in your library. I can say that in the best of what I have to say here. Of all the westerns I have read, and they are many, she has come the closest (in my opinion) to being a new version of Louis L'Amou...

    This engrossing work of historical fiction will capture your interest from the very first page, and even after you finish the tale, it will leave you pondering the characters. Em is an unlikely hero. Sent west with her younger sister on the orphan train, they are taken by different peo...

    Em, our main character, woke up in Azure Springs in 1881. She had been shot and had lost a lot of blood. Her hair was filthy and unkempt with years worth of dirt on her body. There was hardly any fat on her, she seemed childlike and close to death. The local Doctor determined that the...

    Em was separated from her little sister Lucy during an orphan train adoption. It?s been seven long years and she finally escapes the skinflint who barely cared for her. She is accustomed to scratching out a living while this man is away frequently and she lives in his dilapidated fal...

    For fans of Melanie Dickerson, Regina Jennings, and Melissa Jagears. :) ...

    I absolutely loved this book from the very first, you just get absorbed into the story and feel like you're right there with Em & Caleb following along. I shed several years while reading this book, it was amazing! This is a must read, I hold it right up there with the classics. ...

    The Hope of Azure Springs by Rachel Fordham takes us back to 1881. Em Cooper has been shot and left for dead. She was lucky to be found and transported to Azure Springs, Iowa where the Howell family has taken her into their home. Sheriff Caleb Reynolds is responsible for keeping the la...

    I?m never really a fan of a storyline constantly reminding us of the ?plainness? of a main character, it irritates me. Sometimes though I find it pointless to the plot. In this case, as much as I didn?t like it, I appreciated it was pivotal to much of the development that happe...

    Debut novel, The Hope of Azure Springs by Rachel Fordham is a breath of fresh-air. With deep emotions, the characters will draw you in ,as you feel apart of their life in Azure Springs dealing with loss, sickness and romance. Ms. Fordman did a fantastic job when it came to the resear...

  • Bridget Baker
    Mar 02, 2018

    Wow! A fabulous debut from Rachel Fordham! Both the cover and the description had me hooked when I first saw this on Netgalley, and I'm so glad I decided to read it! It was so lovely to step into this simply-written small-town historical story with heart-melting characters, a sweet ...

    About this book: ?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, fi...

    4.5 stars I really enjoyed this story! It's refreshingly different from a lot of other historicals out there, and the characters are fresh and fun to get to know. It was nice to see Em unfold little by little as she got used to being cared for instead of being thrown on the mercy of...

    I had the honor of reading this debut novel from Revell for endorsement a few months ago, and with the release coming in about two months, I thought I?d share it here! ?As The Hope of Azure Springs unfolds, readers will find a well thought out and intricately put together love ...

    A delightful debut novel. Rachel Fordham draws a sympathetic character in Em, who grows ? and also causes growth in those who come to know her. Caleb is a wonderful hero, strong but flawed, and the romance between Caleb and Em is unique and intriguing. What sets this novel apart is t...

    The cover is gorgeous on this book and I was so excited to have a chance to read this debut author's book. The book was an emotional one, Em has had such a struggle in life. Is getting a gunshot ever a good thing? In this young woman's case it was. The back cover with the train on it p...

    I do enjoy a good historical romance and I?m always on the lookout for new titles and authors. The Hope of Azure Springs is Rachel Fordham?s debut novel and she does a superb job of piecing together this inspiring story. It was exactly the book I needed and I loved sinking into it....

    The Hope of Azure Springs is a sweet debut. The main story is about Em finding her sister Lucy. They were both children that road an Orphan Train from New York City to Iowa. Em and Lucy found families in two different towns and have been separated for seven years. Em was taken in by a ...

    With an eye-catching cover and a new author, I was so thrilled to be able to read this book. There were good reminders of getting past the struggles of the world and facing each day with a smile. Also, the light humor sprinkled throughout the pain and grief created a story that is real...

    I actually have the honor of knowing this author! We've had many a chat and she has become my favorite virtual partner in crime. Yes that was a disclaimer! I will try to go into this review with little bias, but c'mon I highly doubt that's gonna happen. It hasn't with any of my other...

    Reviewed at The Power of Words: https://bit.ly/2KWngyt Iowa, 1881 The description of The Hope of Azure Springs by debut author Rachel Fordham was appealing, so I decided to try it ? and I?m so glad I did! The beginning pages quickly pulled me in, and I was immediately drawn t...

    I think every young girl needs to read this book. Wait. Every female needs to read this book. Who doesn't suffer from some sort self image issues?! This book is beautifully written and has such Biblical truth in it. It even has a fairy tale quality to it as well. The heroine, Em looks ...

    Debut novelist, Rachel Fordham, has clearly shown in this book that she has talent. A sweet story focusing on the journey of Em who left New York as a child of 12 along with her 6 year old sister, Lucy, on a orphan train. Beautiful, adorable Lucy is quickly selected by a set of parents...

    I was lucky enough to get an advance copy (ARC) of this novel. As someone who grew up watching Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman with my mom, I enjoyed reading about the Wild (Mid)West. I loved the rugged mountain man, Sully, and I loved the strong woman, Dr. Quinn. This novel is set in a somew...

  • Hannah
    Dec 02, 2018

    Wow! A fabulous debut from Rachel Fordham! Both the cover and the description had me hooked when I first saw this on Netgalley, and I'm so glad I decided to read it! It was so lovely to step into this simply-written small-town historical story with heart-melting characters, a sweet ...

    About this book: ?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, fi...

    4.5 stars I really enjoyed this story! It's refreshingly different from a lot of other historicals out there, and the characters are fresh and fun to get to know. It was nice to see Em unfold little by little as she got used to being cared for instead of being thrown on the mercy of...

  • Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
    Jul 29, 2018

    Wow! A fabulous debut from Rachel Fordham! Both the cover and the description had me hooked when I first saw this on Netgalley, and I'm so glad I decided to read it! It was so lovely to step into this simply-written small-town historical story with heart-melting characters, a sweet ...

    About this book: ?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, fi...

  • Trisha Robertson (Joy of Reading)
    Jun 12, 2018

    Wow! A fabulous debut from Rachel Fordham! Both the cover and the description had me hooked when I first saw this on Netgalley, and I'm so glad I decided to read it! It was so lovely to step into this simply-written small-town historical story with heart-melting characters, a sweet ...

    About this book: ?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, fi...

    4.5 stars I really enjoyed this story! It's refreshingly different from a lot of other historicals out there, and the characters are fresh and fun to get to know. It was nice to see Em unfold little by little as she got used to being cared for instead of being thrown on the mercy of...

    I had the honor of reading this debut novel from Revell for endorsement a few months ago, and with the release coming in about two months, I thought I?d share it here! ?As The Hope of Azure Springs unfolds, readers will find a well thought out and intricately put together love ...

    A delightful debut novel. Rachel Fordham draws a sympathetic character in Em, who grows ? and also causes growth in those who come to know her. Caleb is a wonderful hero, strong but flawed, and the romance between Caleb and Em is unique and intriguing. What sets this novel apart is t...

    The cover is gorgeous on this book and I was so excited to have a chance to read this debut author's book. The book was an emotional one, Em has had such a struggle in life. Is getting a gunshot ever a good thing? In this young woman's case it was. The back cover with the train on it p...

    I do enjoy a good historical romance and I?m always on the lookout for new titles and authors. The Hope of Azure Springs is Rachel Fordham?s debut novel and she does a superb job of piecing together this inspiring story. It was exactly the book I needed and I loved sinking into it....

    The Hope of Azure Springs is a sweet debut. The main story is about Em finding her sister Lucy. They were both children that road an Orphan Train from New York City to Iowa. Em and Lucy found families in two different towns and have been separated for seven years. Em was taken in by a ...

    With an eye-catching cover and a new author, I was so thrilled to be able to read this book. There were good reminders of getting past the struggles of the world and facing each day with a smile. Also, the light humor sprinkled throughout the pain and grief created a story that is real...

    I actually have the honor of knowing this author! We've had many a chat and she has become my favorite virtual partner in crime. Yes that was a disclaimer! I will try to go into this review with little bias, but c'mon I highly doubt that's gonna happen. It hasn't with any of my other...

    Reviewed at The Power of Words: https://bit.ly/2KWngyt Iowa, 1881 The description of The Hope of Azure Springs by debut author Rachel Fordham was appealing, so I decided to try it ? and I?m so glad I did! The beginning pages quickly pulled me in, and I was immediately drawn t...

    I think every young girl needs to read this book. Wait. Every female needs to read this book. Who doesn't suffer from some sort self image issues?! This book is beautifully written and has such Biblical truth in it. It even has a fairy tale quality to it as well. The heroine, Em looks ...

    Debut novelist, Rachel Fordham, has clearly shown in this book that she has talent. A sweet story focusing on the journey of Em who left New York as a child of 12 along with her 6 year old sister, Lucy, on a orphan train. Beautiful, adorable Lucy is quickly selected by a set of parents...

    I was lucky enough to get an advance copy (ARC) of this novel. As someone who grew up watching Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman with my mom, I enjoyed reading about the Wild (Mid)West. I loved the rugged mountain man, Sully, and I loved the strong woman, Dr. Quinn. This novel is set in a somew...

    See full review at Joy of Reading (https://joyofreadingweb.wordpress.com...) This book deserves ALL the stars!! Rachel Fordham got me in ALL the feels with this amazing story! It has taken me a few days to clear the book euphoria in order to write this review. From the very first ...

  • Benjamin Liles
    Jul 16, 2018

    Wow! A fabulous debut from Rachel Fordham! Both the cover and the description had me hooked when I first saw this on Netgalley, and I'm so glad I decided to read it! It was so lovely to step into this simply-written small-town historical story with heart-melting characters, a sweet ...

    About this book: ?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, fi...

    4.5 stars I really enjoyed this story! It's refreshingly different from a lot of other historicals out there, and the characters are fresh and fun to get to know. It was nice to see Em unfold little by little as she got used to being cared for instead of being thrown on the mercy of...

    I had the honor of reading this debut novel from Revell for endorsement a few months ago, and with the release coming in about two months, I thought I?d share it here! ?As The Hope of Azure Springs unfolds, readers will find a well thought out and intricately put together love ...

    A delightful debut novel. Rachel Fordham draws a sympathetic character in Em, who grows ? and also causes growth in those who come to know her. Caleb is a wonderful hero, strong but flawed, and the romance between Caleb and Em is unique and intriguing. What sets this novel apart is t...

    The cover is gorgeous on this book and I was so excited to have a chance to read this debut author's book. The book was an emotional one, Em has had such a struggle in life. Is getting a gunshot ever a good thing? In this young woman's case it was. The back cover with the train on it p...

    I do enjoy a good historical romance and I?m always on the lookout for new titles and authors. The Hope of Azure Springs is Rachel Fordham?s debut novel and she does a superb job of piecing together this inspiring story. It was exactly the book I needed and I loved sinking into it....

    The Hope of Azure Springs is a sweet debut. The main story is about Em finding her sister Lucy. They were both children that road an Orphan Train from New York City to Iowa. Em and Lucy found families in two different towns and have been separated for seven years. Em was taken in by a ...

    With an eye-catching cover and a new author, I was so thrilled to be able to read this book. There were good reminders of getting past the struggles of the world and facing each day with a smile. Also, the light humor sprinkled throughout the pain and grief created a story that is real...

    I actually have the honor of knowing this author! We've had many a chat and she has become my favorite virtual partner in crime. Yes that was a disclaimer! I will try to go into this review with little bias, but c'mon I highly doubt that's gonna happen. It hasn't with any of my other...

    Reviewed at The Power of Words: https://bit.ly/2KWngyt Iowa, 1881 The description of The Hope of Azure Springs by debut author Rachel Fordham was appealing, so I decided to try it ? and I?m so glad I did! The beginning pages quickly pulled me in, and I was immediately drawn t...

    I think every young girl needs to read this book. Wait. Every female needs to read this book. Who doesn't suffer from some sort self image issues?! This book is beautifully written and has such Biblical truth in it. It even has a fairy tale quality to it as well. The heroine, Em looks ...

    Debut novelist, Rachel Fordham, has clearly shown in this book that she has talent. A sweet story focusing on the journey of Em who left New York as a child of 12 along with her 6 year old sister, Lucy, on a orphan train. Beautiful, adorable Lucy is quickly selected by a set of parents...

    I was lucky enough to get an advance copy (ARC) of this novel. As someone who grew up watching Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman with my mom, I enjoyed reading about the Wild (Mid)West. I loved the rugged mountain man, Sully, and I loved the strong woman, Dr. Quinn. This novel is set in a somew...

    See full review at Joy of Reading (https://joyofreadingweb.wordpress.com...) This book deserves ALL the stars!! Rachel Fordham got me in ALL the feels with this amazing story! It has taken me a few days to clear the book euphoria in order to write this review. From the very first ...

    Oh. Oh. Ohhhhh. That proposal. The death. The sweet three questions. The two sisters. Wow. Wow. Wowwwww. 5/5 stars all the beautiful way. Never have I enjoyed a review book so much. RTC. ? ????? My Review. ????? AH. What an amazing book !! Definitely my new f...

    Author Rachel Fordham?s debut novel is incredible; it will tug at your heartstrings as you?re drawn into the lives of Em and Caleb. Loss through death due to the war and sickness was common but with perseverance healing can be reached. The characters come through as true to life an...

    I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I'm not much of a fan for historical fiction but this one was hard to put down. Em's life hasn't been a all diamonds and roses. All she's known is loneliness and pain. Having been seperated from her sister on ...

    The Hope of Azure Springs is an inspirational historical tale set in a time when loss and death were frequent occurrences in families. In the midst of hardship, a hope shines bright in the form of a young woman whose inner beauty helps her and others to overcome the difficulties life h...

    Such a sweet and touching read to relax with at night! I stayed up late to get to the end and was not disappointed! I loved the deep message about inner beauty and how everyone has different types of beauty. I also appreciated how it portrayed both bad and good adoption situations. Exc...

    Rachel's book The Hope of Azure Springs is the kind of book you would want to have in your library. I can say that in the best of what I have to say here. Of all the westerns I have read, and they are many, she has come the closest (in my opinion) to being a new version of Louis L'Amou...

  • Kristina
    Jul 22, 2018

    Wow! A fabulous debut from Rachel Fordham! Both the cover and the description had me hooked when I first saw this on Netgalley, and I'm so glad I decided to read it! It was so lovely to step into this simply-written small-town historical story with heart-melting characters, a sweet ...

    About this book: ?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, fi...

    4.5 stars I really enjoyed this story! It's refreshingly different from a lot of other historicals out there, and the characters are fresh and fun to get to know. It was nice to see Em unfold little by little as she got used to being cared for instead of being thrown on the mercy of...

    I had the honor of reading this debut novel from Revell for endorsement a few months ago, and with the release coming in about two months, I thought I?d share it here! ?As The Hope of Azure Springs unfolds, readers will find a well thought out and intricately put together love ...

    A delightful debut novel. Rachel Fordham draws a sympathetic character in Em, who grows ? and also causes growth in those who come to know her. Caleb is a wonderful hero, strong but flawed, and the romance between Caleb and Em is unique and intriguing. What sets this novel apart is t...

    The cover is gorgeous on this book and I was so excited to have a chance to read this debut author's book. The book was an emotional one, Em has had such a struggle in life. Is getting a gunshot ever a good thing? In this young woman's case it was. The back cover with the train on it p...

    I do enjoy a good historical romance and I?m always on the lookout for new titles and authors. The Hope of Azure Springs is Rachel Fordham?s debut novel and she does a superb job of piecing together this inspiring story. It was exactly the book I needed and I loved sinking into it....

    The Hope of Azure Springs is a sweet debut. The main story is about Em finding her sister Lucy. They were both children that road an Orphan Train from New York City to Iowa. Em and Lucy found families in two different towns and have been separated for seven years. Em was taken in by a ...

    With an eye-catching cover and a new author, I was so thrilled to be able to read this book. There were good reminders of getting past the struggles of the world and facing each day with a smile. Also, the light humor sprinkled throughout the pain and grief created a story that is real...

    I actually have the honor of knowing this author! We've had many a chat and she has become my favorite virtual partner in crime. Yes that was a disclaimer! I will try to go into this review with little bias, but c'mon I highly doubt that's gonna happen. It hasn't with any of my other...

    Reviewed at The Power of Words: https://bit.ly/2KWngyt Iowa, 1881 The description of The Hope of Azure Springs by debut author Rachel Fordham was appealing, so I decided to try it ? and I?m so glad I did! The beginning pages quickly pulled me in, and I was immediately drawn t...

    I think every young girl needs to read this book. Wait. Every female needs to read this book. Who doesn't suffer from some sort self image issues?! This book is beautifully written and has such Biblical truth in it. It even has a fairy tale quality to it as well. The heroine, Em looks ...

    Debut novelist, Rachel Fordham, has clearly shown in this book that she has talent. A sweet story focusing on the journey of Em who left New York as a child of 12 along with her 6 year old sister, Lucy, on a orphan train. Beautiful, adorable Lucy is quickly selected by a set of parents...

    I was lucky enough to get an advance copy (ARC) of this novel. As someone who grew up watching Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman with my mom, I enjoyed reading about the Wild (Mid)West. I loved the rugged mountain man, Sully, and I loved the strong woman, Dr. Quinn. This novel is set in a somew...

    See full review at Joy of Reading (https://joyofreadingweb.wordpress.com...) This book deserves ALL the stars!! Rachel Fordham got me in ALL the feels with this amazing story! It has taken me a few days to clear the book euphoria in order to write this review. From the very first ...

    Oh. Oh. Ohhhhh. That proposal. The death. The sweet three questions. The two sisters. Wow. Wow. Wowwwww. 5/5 stars all the beautiful way. Never have I enjoyed a review book so much. RTC. ? ????? My Review. ????? AH. What an amazing book !! Definitely my new f...

    Author Rachel Fordham?s debut novel is incredible; it will tug at your heartstrings as you?re drawn into the lives of Em and Caleb. Loss through death due to the war and sickness was common but with perseverance healing can be reached. The characters come through as true to life an...

    I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I'm not much of a fan for historical fiction but this one was hard to put down. Em's life hasn't been a all diamonds and roses. All she's known is loneliness and pain. Having been seperated from her sister on ...

    The Hope of Azure Springs is an inspirational historical tale set in a time when loss and death were frequent occurrences in families. In the midst of hardship, a hope shines bright in the form of a young woman whose inner beauty helps her and others to overcome the difficulties life h...

    Such a sweet and touching read to relax with at night! I stayed up late to get to the end and was not disappointed! I loved the deep message about inner beauty and how everyone has different types of beauty. I also appreciated how it portrayed both bad and good adoption situations. Exc...

    Rachel's book The Hope of Azure Springs is the kind of book you would want to have in your library. I can say that in the best of what I have to say here. Of all the westerns I have read, and they are many, she has come the closest (in my opinion) to being a new version of Louis L'Amou...

    This engrossing work of historical fiction will capture your interest from the very first page, and even after you finish the tale, it will leave you pondering the characters. Em is an unlikely hero. Sent west with her younger sister on the orphan train, they are taken by different peo...

    Em, our main character, woke up in Azure Springs in 1881. She had been shot and had lost a lot of blood. Her hair was filthy and unkempt with years worth of dirt on her body. There was hardly any fat on her, she seemed childlike and close to death. The local Doctor determined that the...

    Em was separated from her little sister Lucy during an orphan train adoption. It?s been seven long years and she finally escapes the skinflint who barely cared for her. She is accustomed to scratching out a living while this man is away frequently and she lives in his dilapidated fal...

    For fans of Melanie Dickerson, Regina Jennings, and Melissa Jagears. :) ...

    I absolutely loved this book from the very first, you just get absorbed into the story and feel like you're right there with Em & Caleb following along. I shed several years while reading this book, it was amazing! This is a must read, I hold it right up there with the classics. ...

    The Hope of Azure Springs by Rachel Fordham takes us back to 1881. Em Cooper has been shot and left for dead. She was lucky to be found and transported to Azure Springs, Iowa where the Howell family has taken her into their home. Sheriff Caleb Reynolds is responsible for keeping the la...

  • Amy
    Aug 04, 2018

    Wow! A fabulous debut from Rachel Fordham! Both the cover and the description had me hooked when I first saw this on Netgalley, and I'm so glad I decided to read it! It was so lovely to step into this simply-written small-town historical story with heart-melting characters, a sweet ...

    About this book: ?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, fi...

    4.5 stars I really enjoyed this story! It's refreshingly different from a lot of other historicals out there, and the characters are fresh and fun to get to know. It was nice to see Em unfold little by little as she got used to being cared for instead of being thrown on the mercy of...

    I had the honor of reading this debut novel from Revell for endorsement a few months ago, and with the release coming in about two months, I thought I?d share it here! ?As The Hope of Azure Springs unfolds, readers will find a well thought out and intricately put together love ...

    A delightful debut novel. Rachel Fordham draws a sympathetic character in Em, who grows ? and also causes growth in those who come to know her. Caleb is a wonderful hero, strong but flawed, and the romance between Caleb and Em is unique and intriguing. What sets this novel apart is t...

    The cover is gorgeous on this book and I was so excited to have a chance to read this debut author's book. The book was an emotional one, Em has had such a struggle in life. Is getting a gunshot ever a good thing? In this young woman's case it was. The back cover with the train on it p...

    I do enjoy a good historical romance and I?m always on the lookout for new titles and authors. The Hope of Azure Springs is Rachel Fordham?s debut novel and she does a superb job of piecing together this inspiring story. It was exactly the book I needed and I loved sinking into it....

    The Hope of Azure Springs is a sweet debut. The main story is about Em finding her sister Lucy. They were both children that road an Orphan Train from New York City to Iowa. Em and Lucy found families in two different towns and have been separated for seven years. Em was taken in by a ...

    With an eye-catching cover and a new author, I was so thrilled to be able to read this book. There were good reminders of getting past the struggles of the world and facing each day with a smile. Also, the light humor sprinkled throughout the pain and grief created a story that is real...

    I actually have the honor of knowing this author! We've had many a chat and she has become my favorite virtual partner in crime. Yes that was a disclaimer! I will try to go into this review with little bias, but c'mon I highly doubt that's gonna happen. It hasn't with any of my other...

    Reviewed at The Power of Words: https://bit.ly/2KWngyt Iowa, 1881 The description of The Hope of Azure Springs by debut author Rachel Fordham was appealing, so I decided to try it ? and I?m so glad I did! The beginning pages quickly pulled me in, and I was immediately drawn t...

    I think every young girl needs to read this book. Wait. Every female needs to read this book. Who doesn't suffer from some sort self image issues?! This book is beautifully written and has such Biblical truth in it. It even has a fairy tale quality to it as well. The heroine, Em looks ...

    Debut novelist, Rachel Fordham, has clearly shown in this book that she has talent. A sweet story focusing on the journey of Em who left New York as a child of 12 along with her 6 year old sister, Lucy, on a orphan train. Beautiful, adorable Lucy is quickly selected by a set of parents...

    I was lucky enough to get an advance copy (ARC) of this novel. As someone who grew up watching Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman with my mom, I enjoyed reading about the Wild (Mid)West. I loved the rugged mountain man, Sully, and I loved the strong woman, Dr. Quinn. This novel is set in a somew...

    See full review at Joy of Reading (https://joyofreadingweb.wordpress.com...) This book deserves ALL the stars!! Rachel Fordham got me in ALL the feels with this amazing story! It has taken me a few days to clear the book euphoria in order to write this review. From the very first ...

    Oh. Oh. Ohhhhh. That proposal. The death. The sweet three questions. The two sisters. Wow. Wow. Wowwwww. 5/5 stars all the beautiful way. Never have I enjoyed a review book so much. RTC. ? ????? My Review. ????? AH. What an amazing book !! Definitely my new f...

    Author Rachel Fordham?s debut novel is incredible; it will tug at your heartstrings as you?re drawn into the lives of Em and Caleb. Loss through death due to the war and sickness was common but with perseverance healing can be reached. The characters come through as true to life an...

    I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I'm not much of a fan for historical fiction but this one was hard to put down. Em's life hasn't been a all diamonds and roses. All she's known is loneliness and pain. Having been seperated from her sister on ...

    The Hope of Azure Springs is an inspirational historical tale set in a time when loss and death were frequent occurrences in families. In the midst of hardship, a hope shines bright in the form of a young woman whose inner beauty helps her and others to overcome the difficulties life h...

    Such a sweet and touching read to relax with at night! I stayed up late to get to the end and was not disappointed! I loved the deep message about inner beauty and how everyone has different types of beauty. I also appreciated how it portrayed both bad and good adoption situations. Exc...

    Rachel's book The Hope of Azure Springs is the kind of book you would want to have in your library. I can say that in the best of what I have to say here. Of all the westerns I have read, and they are many, she has come the closest (in my opinion) to being a new version of Louis L'Amou...

    This engrossing work of historical fiction will capture your interest from the very first page, and even after you finish the tale, it will leave you pondering the characters. Em is an unlikely hero. Sent west with her younger sister on the orphan train, they are taken by different peo...

    Em, our main character, woke up in Azure Springs in 1881. She had been shot and had lost a lot of blood. Her hair was filthy and unkempt with years worth of dirt on her body. There was hardly any fat on her, she seemed childlike and close to death. The local Doctor determined that the...

    Em was separated from her little sister Lucy during an orphan train adoption. It?s been seven long years and she finally escapes the skinflint who barely cared for her. She is accustomed to scratching out a living while this man is away frequently and she lives in his dilapidated fal...

    For fans of Melanie Dickerson, Regina Jennings, and Melissa Jagears. :) ...

    I absolutely loved this book from the very first, you just get absorbed into the story and feel like you're right there with Em & Caleb following along. I shed several years while reading this book, it was amazing! This is a must read, I hold it right up there with the classics. ...

    The Hope of Azure Springs by Rachel Fordham takes us back to 1881. Em Cooper has been shot and left for dead. She was lucky to be found and transported to Azure Springs, Iowa where the Howell family has taken her into their home. Sheriff Caleb Reynolds is responsible for keeping the la...

    I?m never really a fan of a storyline constantly reminding us of the ?plainness? of a main character, it irritates me. Sometimes though I find it pointless to the plot. In this case, as much as I didn?t like it, I appreciated it was pivotal to much of the development that happe...

  • Perrianne
    Jun 07, 2018

    Wow! A fabulous debut from Rachel Fordham! Both the cover and the description had me hooked when I first saw this on Netgalley, and I'm so glad I decided to read it! It was so lovely to step into this simply-written small-town historical story with heart-melting characters, a sweet ...

    About this book: ?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, fi...

    4.5 stars I really enjoyed this story! It's refreshingly different from a lot of other historicals out there, and the characters are fresh and fun to get to know. It was nice to see Em unfold little by little as she got used to being cared for instead of being thrown on the mercy of...

    I had the honor of reading this debut novel from Revell for endorsement a few months ago, and with the release coming in about two months, I thought I?d share it here! ?As The Hope of Azure Springs unfolds, readers will find a well thought out and intricately put together love ...

    A delightful debut novel. Rachel Fordham draws a sympathetic character in Em, who grows ? and also causes growth in those who come to know her. Caleb is a wonderful hero, strong but flawed, and the romance between Caleb and Em is unique and intriguing. What sets this novel apart is t...

    The cover is gorgeous on this book and I was so excited to have a chance to read this debut author's book. The book was an emotional one, Em has had such a struggle in life. Is getting a gunshot ever a good thing? In this young woman's case it was. The back cover with the train on it p...

    I do enjoy a good historical romance and I?m always on the lookout for new titles and authors. The Hope of Azure Springs is Rachel Fordham?s debut novel and she does a superb job of piecing together this inspiring story. It was exactly the book I needed and I loved sinking into it....

    The Hope of Azure Springs is a sweet debut. The main story is about Em finding her sister Lucy. They were both children that road an Orphan Train from New York City to Iowa. Em and Lucy found families in two different towns and have been separated for seven years. Em was taken in by a ...

    With an eye-catching cover and a new author, I was so thrilled to be able to read this book. There were good reminders of getting past the struggles of the world and facing each day with a smile. Also, the light humor sprinkled throughout the pain and grief created a story that is real...

    I actually have the honor of knowing this author! We've had many a chat and she has become my favorite virtual partner in crime. Yes that was a disclaimer! I will try to go into this review with little bias, but c'mon I highly doubt that's gonna happen. It hasn't with any of my other...

    Reviewed at The Power of Words: https://bit.ly/2KWngyt Iowa, 1881 The description of The Hope of Azure Springs by debut author Rachel Fordham was appealing, so I decided to try it ? and I?m so glad I did! The beginning pages quickly pulled me in, and I was immediately drawn t...

    I think every young girl needs to read this book. Wait. Every female needs to read this book. Who doesn't suffer from some sort self image issues?! This book is beautifully written and has such Biblical truth in it. It even has a fairy tale quality to it as well. The heroine, Em looks ...

    Debut novelist, Rachel Fordham, has clearly shown in this book that she has talent. A sweet story focusing on the journey of Em who left New York as a child of 12 along with her 6 year old sister, Lucy, on a orphan train. Beautiful, adorable Lucy is quickly selected by a set of parents...

    I was lucky enough to get an advance copy (ARC) of this novel. As someone who grew up watching Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman with my mom, I enjoyed reading about the Wild (Mid)West. I loved the rugged mountain man, Sully, and I loved the strong woman, Dr. Quinn. This novel is set in a somew...

    See full review at Joy of Reading (https://joyofreadingweb.wordpress.com...) This book deserves ALL the stars!! Rachel Fordham got me in ALL the feels with this amazing story! It has taken me a few days to clear the book euphoria in order to write this review. From the very first ...

    Oh. Oh. Ohhhhh. That proposal. The death. The sweet three questions. The two sisters. Wow. Wow. Wowwwww. 5/5 stars all the beautiful way. Never have I enjoyed a review book so much. RTC. ? ????? My Review. ????? AH. What an amazing book !! Definitely my new f...

    Author Rachel Fordham?s debut novel is incredible; it will tug at your heartstrings as you?re drawn into the lives of Em and Caleb. Loss through death due to the war and sickness was common but with perseverance healing can be reached. The characters come through as true to life an...

    I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I'm not much of a fan for historical fiction but this one was hard to put down. Em's life hasn't been a all diamonds and roses. All she's known is loneliness and pain. Having been seperated from her sister on ...

    The Hope of Azure Springs is an inspirational historical tale set in a time when loss and death were frequent occurrences in families. In the midst of hardship, a hope shines bright in the form of a young woman whose inner beauty helps her and others to overcome the difficulties life h...

    Such a sweet and touching read to relax with at night! I stayed up late to get to the end and was not disappointed! I loved the deep message about inner beauty and how everyone has different types of beauty. I also appreciated how it portrayed both bad and good adoption situations. Exc...

    Rachel's book The Hope of Azure Springs is the kind of book you would want to have in your library. I can say that in the best of what I have to say here. Of all the westerns I have read, and they are many, she has come the closest (in my opinion) to being a new version of Louis L'Amou...

    This engrossing work of historical fiction will capture your interest from the very first page, and even after you finish the tale, it will leave you pondering the characters. Em is an unlikely hero. Sent west with her younger sister on the orphan train, they are taken by different peo...

    Em, our main character, woke up in Azure Springs in 1881. She had been shot and had lost a lot of blood. Her hair was filthy and unkempt with years worth of dirt on her body. There was hardly any fat on her, she seemed childlike and close to death. The local Doctor determined that the...

    Em was separated from her little sister Lucy during an orphan train adoption. It?s been seven long years and she finally escapes the skinflint who barely cared for her. She is accustomed to scratching out a living while this man is away frequently and she lives in his dilapidated fal...

  • Dana Michael
    Jun 30, 2018

    Wow! A fabulous debut from Rachel Fordham! Both the cover and the description had me hooked when I first saw this on Netgalley, and I'm so glad I decided to read it! It was so lovely to step into this simply-written small-town historical story with heart-melting characters, a sweet ...

    About this book: ?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, fi...

    4.5 stars I really enjoyed this story! It's refreshingly different from a lot of other historicals out there, and the characters are fresh and fun to get to know. It was nice to see Em unfold little by little as she got used to being cared for instead of being thrown on the mercy of...

    I had the honor of reading this debut novel from Revell for endorsement a few months ago, and with the release coming in about two months, I thought I?d share it here! ?As The Hope of Azure Springs unfolds, readers will find a well thought out and intricately put together love ...

    A delightful debut novel. Rachel Fordham draws a sympathetic character in Em, who grows ? and also causes growth in those who come to know her. Caleb is a wonderful hero, strong but flawed, and the romance between Caleb and Em is unique and intriguing. What sets this novel apart is t...

    The cover is gorgeous on this book and I was so excited to have a chance to read this debut author's book. The book was an emotional one, Em has had such a struggle in life. Is getting a gunshot ever a good thing? In this young woman's case it was. The back cover with the train on it p...

    I do enjoy a good historical romance and I?m always on the lookout for new titles and authors. The Hope of Azure Springs is Rachel Fordham?s debut novel and she does a superb job of piecing together this inspiring story. It was exactly the book I needed and I loved sinking into it....

    The Hope of Azure Springs is a sweet debut. The main story is about Em finding her sister Lucy. They were both children that road an Orphan Train from New York City to Iowa. Em and Lucy found families in two different towns and have been separated for seven years. Em was taken in by a ...

    With an eye-catching cover and a new author, I was so thrilled to be able to read this book. There were good reminders of getting past the struggles of the world and facing each day with a smile. Also, the light humor sprinkled throughout the pain and grief created a story that is real...

    I actually have the honor of knowing this author! We've had many a chat and she has become my favorite virtual partner in crime. Yes that was a disclaimer! I will try to go into this review with little bias, but c'mon I highly doubt that's gonna happen. It hasn't with any of my other...

    Reviewed at The Power of Words: https://bit.ly/2KWngyt Iowa, 1881 The description of The Hope of Azure Springs by debut author Rachel Fordham was appealing, so I decided to try it ? and I?m so glad I did! The beginning pages quickly pulled me in, and I was immediately drawn t...

    I think every young girl needs to read this book. Wait. Every female needs to read this book. Who doesn't suffer from some sort self image issues?! This book is beautifully written and has such Biblical truth in it. It even has a fairy tale quality to it as well. The heroine, Em looks ...

  • Deanne Patterson
    Jul 10, 2018

    Wow! A fabulous debut from Rachel Fordham! Both the cover and the description had me hooked when I first saw this on Netgalley, and I'm so glad I decided to read it! It was so lovely to step into this simply-written small-town historical story with heart-melting characters, a sweet ...

    About this book: ?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, fi...

    4.5 stars I really enjoyed this story! It's refreshingly different from a lot of other historicals out there, and the characters are fresh and fun to get to know. It was nice to see Em unfold little by little as she got used to being cared for instead of being thrown on the mercy of...

    I had the honor of reading this debut novel from Revell for endorsement a few months ago, and with the release coming in about two months, I thought I?d share it here! ?As The Hope of Azure Springs unfolds, readers will find a well thought out and intricately put together love ...

    A delightful debut novel. Rachel Fordham draws a sympathetic character in Em, who grows ? and also causes growth in those who come to know her. Caleb is a wonderful hero, strong but flawed, and the romance between Caleb and Em is unique and intriguing. What sets this novel apart is t...

    The cover is gorgeous on this book and I was so excited to have a chance to read this debut author's book. The book was an emotional one, Em has had such a struggle in life. Is getting a gunshot ever a good thing? In this young woman's case it was. The back cover with the train on it p...

  • Joy
    Jul 18, 2018

    Wow! A fabulous debut from Rachel Fordham! Both the cover and the description had me hooked when I first saw this on Netgalley, and I'm so glad I decided to read it! It was so lovely to step into this simply-written small-town historical story with heart-melting characters, a sweet ...

    About this book: ?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, fi...

    4.5 stars I really enjoyed this story! It's refreshingly different from a lot of other historicals out there, and the characters are fresh and fun to get to know. It was nice to see Em unfold little by little as she got used to being cared for instead of being thrown on the mercy of...

    I had the honor of reading this debut novel from Revell for endorsement a few months ago, and with the release coming in about two months, I thought I?d share it here! ?As The Hope of Azure Springs unfolds, readers will find a well thought out and intricately put together love ...

    A delightful debut novel. Rachel Fordham draws a sympathetic character in Em, who grows ? and also causes growth in those who come to know her. Caleb is a wonderful hero, strong but flawed, and the romance between Caleb and Em is unique and intriguing. What sets this novel apart is t...

    The cover is gorgeous on this book and I was so excited to have a chance to read this debut author's book. The book was an emotional one, Em has had such a struggle in life. Is getting a gunshot ever a good thing? In this young woman's case it was. The back cover with the train on it p...

    I do enjoy a good historical romance and I?m always on the lookout for new titles and authors. The Hope of Azure Springs is Rachel Fordham?s debut novel and she does a superb job of piecing together this inspiring story. It was exactly the book I needed and I loved sinking into it....

    The Hope of Azure Springs is a sweet debut. The main story is about Em finding her sister Lucy. They were both children that road an Orphan Train from New York City to Iowa. Em and Lucy found families in two different towns and have been separated for seven years. Em was taken in by a ...

    With an eye-catching cover and a new author, I was so thrilled to be able to read this book. There were good reminders of getting past the struggles of the world and facing each day with a smile. Also, the light humor sprinkled throughout the pain and grief created a story that is real...

    I actually have the honor of knowing this author! We've had many a chat and she has become my favorite virtual partner in crime. Yes that was a disclaimer! I will try to go into this review with little bias, but c'mon I highly doubt that's gonna happen. It hasn't with any of my other...

    Reviewed at The Power of Words: https://bit.ly/2KWngyt Iowa, 1881 The description of The Hope of Azure Springs by debut author Rachel Fordham was appealing, so I decided to try it ? and I?m so glad I did! The beginning pages quickly pulled me in, and I was immediately drawn t...

    I think every young girl needs to read this book. Wait. Every female needs to read this book. Who doesn't suffer from some sort self image issues?! This book is beautifully written and has such Biblical truth in it. It even has a fairy tale quality to it as well. The heroine, Em looks ...

    Debut novelist, Rachel Fordham, has clearly shown in this book that she has talent. A sweet story focusing on the journey of Em who left New York as a child of 12 along with her 6 year old sister, Lucy, on a orphan train. Beautiful, adorable Lucy is quickly selected by a set of parents...

    I was lucky enough to get an advance copy (ARC) of this novel. As someone who grew up watching Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman with my mom, I enjoyed reading about the Wild (Mid)West. I loved the rugged mountain man, Sully, and I loved the strong woman, Dr. Quinn. This novel is set in a somew...

    See full review at Joy of Reading (https://joyofreadingweb.wordpress.com...) This book deserves ALL the stars!! Rachel Fordham got me in ALL the feels with this amazing story! It has taken me a few days to clear the book euphoria in order to write this review. From the very first ...

    Oh. Oh. Ohhhhh. That proposal. The death. The sweet three questions. The two sisters. Wow. Wow. Wowwwww. 5/5 stars all the beautiful way. Never have I enjoyed a review book so much. RTC. ? ????? My Review. ????? AH. What an amazing book !! Definitely my new f...

    Author Rachel Fordham?s debut novel is incredible; it will tug at your heartstrings as you?re drawn into the lives of Em and Caleb. Loss through death due to the war and sickness was common but with perseverance healing can be reached. The characters come through as true to life an...

    I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I'm not much of a fan for historical fiction but this one was hard to put down. Em's life hasn't been a all diamonds and roses. All she's known is loneliness and pain. Having been seperated from her sister on ...

  • Sarah Monzon
    Aug 21, 2018

    Wow! A fabulous debut from Rachel Fordham! Both the cover and the description had me hooked when I first saw this on Netgalley, and I'm so glad I decided to read it! It was so lovely to step into this simply-written small-town historical story with heart-melting characters, a sweet ...

    About this book: ?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, fi...

    4.5 stars I really enjoyed this story! It's refreshingly different from a lot of other historicals out there, and the characters are fresh and fun to get to know. It was nice to see Em unfold little by little as she got used to being cared for instead of being thrown on the mercy of...

    I had the honor of reading this debut novel from Revell for endorsement a few months ago, and with the release coming in about two months, I thought I?d share it here! ?As The Hope of Azure Springs unfolds, readers will find a well thought out and intricately put together love ...

    A delightful debut novel. Rachel Fordham draws a sympathetic character in Em, who grows ? and also causes growth in those who come to know her. Caleb is a wonderful hero, strong but flawed, and the romance between Caleb and Em is unique and intriguing. What sets this novel apart is t...

    The cover is gorgeous on this book and I was so excited to have a chance to read this debut author's book. The book was an emotional one, Em has had such a struggle in life. Is getting a gunshot ever a good thing? In this young woman's case it was. The back cover with the train on it p...

    I do enjoy a good historical romance and I?m always on the lookout for new titles and authors. The Hope of Azure Springs is Rachel Fordham?s debut novel and she does a superb job of piecing together this inspiring story. It was exactly the book I needed and I loved sinking into it....

    The Hope of Azure Springs is a sweet debut. The main story is about Em finding her sister Lucy. They were both children that road an Orphan Train from New York City to Iowa. Em and Lucy found families in two different towns and have been separated for seven years. Em was taken in by a ...

    With an eye-catching cover and a new author, I was so thrilled to be able to read this book. There were good reminders of getting past the struggles of the world and facing each day with a smile. Also, the light humor sprinkled throughout the pain and grief created a story that is real...

    I actually have the honor of knowing this author! We've had many a chat and she has become my favorite virtual partner in crime. Yes that was a disclaimer! I will try to go into this review with little bias, but c'mon I highly doubt that's gonna happen. It hasn't with any of my other...

    Reviewed at The Power of Words: https://bit.ly/2KWngyt Iowa, 1881 The description of The Hope of Azure Springs by debut author Rachel Fordham was appealing, so I decided to try it ? and I?m so glad I did! The beginning pages quickly pulled me in, and I was immediately drawn t...

    I think every young girl needs to read this book. Wait. Every female needs to read this book. Who doesn't suffer from some sort self image issues?! This book is beautifully written and has such Biblical truth in it. It even has a fairy tale quality to it as well. The heroine, Em looks ...

    Debut novelist, Rachel Fordham, has clearly shown in this book that she has talent. A sweet story focusing on the journey of Em who left New York as a child of 12 along with her 6 year old sister, Lucy, on a orphan train. Beautiful, adorable Lucy is quickly selected by a set of parents...

    I was lucky enough to get an advance copy (ARC) of this novel. As someone who grew up watching Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman with my mom, I enjoyed reading about the Wild (Mid)West. I loved the rugged mountain man, Sully, and I loved the strong woman, Dr. Quinn. This novel is set in a somew...

    See full review at Joy of Reading (https://joyofreadingweb.wordpress.com...) This book deserves ALL the stars!! Rachel Fordham got me in ALL the feels with this amazing story! It has taken me a few days to clear the book euphoria in order to write this review. From the very first ...

    Oh. Oh. Ohhhhh. That proposal. The death. The sweet three questions. The two sisters. Wow. Wow. Wowwwww. 5/5 stars all the beautiful way. Never have I enjoyed a review book so much. RTC. ? ????? My Review. ????? AH. What an amazing book !! Definitely my new f...

    Author Rachel Fordham?s debut novel is incredible; it will tug at your heartstrings as you?re drawn into the lives of Em and Caleb. Loss through death due to the war and sickness was common but with perseverance healing can be reached. The characters come through as true to life an...

    I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I'm not much of a fan for historical fiction but this one was hard to put down. Em's life hasn't been a all diamonds and roses. All she's known is loneliness and pain. Having been seperated from her sister on ...

    The Hope of Azure Springs is an inspirational historical tale set in a time when loss and death were frequent occurrences in families. In the midst of hardship, a hope shines bright in the form of a young woman whose inner beauty helps her and others to overcome the difficulties life h...

    Such a sweet and touching read to relax with at night! I stayed up late to get to the end and was not disappointed! I loved the deep message about inner beauty and how everyone has different types of beauty. I also appreciated how it portrayed both bad and good adoption situations. Exc...

    Rachel's book The Hope of Azure Springs is the kind of book you would want to have in your library. I can say that in the best of what I have to say here. Of all the westerns I have read, and they are many, she has come the closest (in my opinion) to being a new version of Louis L'Amou...

    This engrossing work of historical fiction will capture your interest from the very first page, and even after you finish the tale, it will leave you pondering the characters. Em is an unlikely hero. Sent west with her younger sister on the orphan train, they are taken by different peo...

    Em, our main character, woke up in Azure Springs in 1881. She had been shot and had lost a lot of blood. Her hair was filthy and unkempt with years worth of dirt on her body. There was hardly any fat on her, she seemed childlike and close to death. The local Doctor determined that the...

    Em was separated from her little sister Lucy during an orphan train adoption. It?s been seven long years and she finally escapes the skinflint who barely cared for her. She is accustomed to scratching out a living while this man is away frequently and she lives in his dilapidated fal...

    For fans of Melanie Dickerson, Regina Jennings, and Melissa Jagears. :) ...

  • Olivia
    Jun 07, 2018

    Wow! A fabulous debut from Rachel Fordham! Both the cover and the description had me hooked when I first saw this on Netgalley, and I'm so glad I decided to read it! It was so lovely to step into this simply-written small-town historical story with heart-melting characters, a sweet ...

    About this book: ?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, fi...

    4.5 stars I really enjoyed this story! It's refreshingly different from a lot of other historicals out there, and the characters are fresh and fun to get to know. It was nice to see Em unfold little by little as she got used to being cared for instead of being thrown on the mercy of...

    I had the honor of reading this debut novel from Revell for endorsement a few months ago, and with the release coming in about two months, I thought I?d share it here! ?As The Hope of Azure Springs unfolds, readers will find a well thought out and intricately put together love ...

    A delightful debut novel. Rachel Fordham draws a sympathetic character in Em, who grows ? and also causes growth in those who come to know her. Caleb is a wonderful hero, strong but flawed, and the romance between Caleb and Em is unique and intriguing. What sets this novel apart is t...

    The cover is gorgeous on this book and I was so excited to have a chance to read this debut author's book. The book was an emotional one, Em has had such a struggle in life. Is getting a gunshot ever a good thing? In this young woman's case it was. The back cover with the train on it p...

    I do enjoy a good historical romance and I?m always on the lookout for new titles and authors. The Hope of Azure Springs is Rachel Fordham?s debut novel and she does a superb job of piecing together this inspiring story. It was exactly the book I needed and I loved sinking into it....

    The Hope of Azure Springs is a sweet debut. The main story is about Em finding her sister Lucy. They were both children that road an Orphan Train from New York City to Iowa. Em and Lucy found families in two different towns and have been separated for seven years. Em was taken in by a ...

    With an eye-catching cover and a new author, I was so thrilled to be able to read this book. There were good reminders of getting past the struggles of the world and facing each day with a smile. Also, the light humor sprinkled throughout the pain and grief created a story that is real...

  • Alysha (For The Love of Christian Fiction)
    Jul 09, 2018

    Wow! A fabulous debut from Rachel Fordham! Both the cover and the description had me hooked when I first saw this on Netgalley, and I'm so glad I decided to read it! It was so lovely to step into this simply-written small-town historical story with heart-melting characters, a sweet ...

    About this book: ?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, fi...

    4.5 stars I really enjoyed this story! It's refreshingly different from a lot of other historicals out there, and the characters are fresh and fun to get to know. It was nice to see Em unfold little by little as she got used to being cared for instead of being thrown on the mercy of...

    I had the honor of reading this debut novel from Revell for endorsement a few months ago, and with the release coming in about two months, I thought I?d share it here! ?As The Hope of Azure Springs unfolds, readers will find a well thought out and intricately put together love ...

    A delightful debut novel. Rachel Fordham draws a sympathetic character in Em, who grows ? and also causes growth in those who come to know her. Caleb is a wonderful hero, strong but flawed, and the romance between Caleb and Em is unique and intriguing. What sets this novel apart is t...

    The cover is gorgeous on this book and I was so excited to have a chance to read this debut author's book. The book was an emotional one, Em has had such a struggle in life. Is getting a gunshot ever a good thing? In this young woman's case it was. The back cover with the train on it p...

    I do enjoy a good historical romance and I?m always on the lookout for new titles and authors. The Hope of Azure Springs is Rachel Fordham?s debut novel and she does a superb job of piecing together this inspiring story. It was exactly the book I needed and I loved sinking into it....

    The Hope of Azure Springs is a sweet debut. The main story is about Em finding her sister Lucy. They were both children that road an Orphan Train from New York City to Iowa. Em and Lucy found families in two different towns and have been separated for seven years. Em was taken in by a ...

    With an eye-catching cover and a new author, I was so thrilled to be able to read this book. There were good reminders of getting past the struggles of the world and facing each day with a smile. Also, the light humor sprinkled throughout the pain and grief created a story that is real...

    I actually have the honor of knowing this author! We've had many a chat and she has become my favorite virtual partner in crime. Yes that was a disclaimer! I will try to go into this review with little bias, but c'mon I highly doubt that's gonna happen. It hasn't with any of my other...

  • Sarah Grace Grzy
    Jul 21, 2018

    Wow! A fabulous debut from Rachel Fordham! Both the cover and the description had me hooked when I first saw this on Netgalley, and I'm so glad I decided to read it! It was so lovely to step into this simply-written small-town historical story with heart-melting characters, a sweet ...

  • Vicky Sluiter
    Jun 15, 2018

    Wow! A fabulous debut from Rachel Fordham! Both the cover and the description had me hooked when I first saw this on Netgalley, and I'm so glad I decided to read it! It was so lovely to step into this simply-written small-town historical story with heart-melting characters, a sweet ...

    About this book: ?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, fi...

    4.5 stars I really enjoyed this story! It's refreshingly different from a lot of other historicals out there, and the characters are fresh and fun to get to know. It was nice to see Em unfold little by little as she got used to being cared for instead of being thrown on the mercy of...

    I had the honor of reading this debut novel from Revell for endorsement a few months ago, and with the release coming in about two months, I thought I?d share it here! ?As The Hope of Azure Springs unfolds, readers will find a well thought out and intricately put together love ...

    A delightful debut novel. Rachel Fordham draws a sympathetic character in Em, who grows ? and also causes growth in those who come to know her. Caleb is a wonderful hero, strong but flawed, and the romance between Caleb and Em is unique and intriguing. What sets this novel apart is t...

    The cover is gorgeous on this book and I was so excited to have a chance to read this debut author's book. The book was an emotional one, Em has had such a struggle in life. Is getting a gunshot ever a good thing? In this young woman's case it was. The back cover with the train on it p...

    I do enjoy a good historical romance and I?m always on the lookout for new titles and authors. The Hope of Azure Springs is Rachel Fordham?s debut novel and she does a superb job of piecing together this inspiring story. It was exactly the book I needed and I loved sinking into it....

    The Hope of Azure Springs is a sweet debut. The main story is about Em finding her sister Lucy. They were both children that road an Orphan Train from New York City to Iowa. Em and Lucy found families in two different towns and have been separated for seven years. Em was taken in by a ...

    With an eye-catching cover and a new author, I was so thrilled to be able to read this book. There were good reminders of getting past the struggles of the world and facing each day with a smile. Also, the light humor sprinkled throughout the pain and grief created a story that is real...

    I actually have the honor of knowing this author! We've had many a chat and she has become my favorite virtual partner in crime. Yes that was a disclaimer! I will try to go into this review with little bias, but c'mon I highly doubt that's gonna happen. It hasn't with any of my other...

    Reviewed at The Power of Words: https://bit.ly/2KWngyt Iowa, 1881 The description of The Hope of Azure Springs by debut author Rachel Fordham was appealing, so I decided to try it ? and I?m so glad I did! The beginning pages quickly pulled me in, and I was immediately drawn t...

    I think every young girl needs to read this book. Wait. Every female needs to read this book. Who doesn't suffer from some sort self image issues?! This book is beautifully written and has such Biblical truth in it. It even has a fairy tale quality to it as well. The heroine, Em looks ...

    Debut novelist, Rachel Fordham, has clearly shown in this book that she has talent. A sweet story focusing on the journey of Em who left New York as a child of 12 along with her 6 year old sister, Lucy, on a orphan train. Beautiful, adorable Lucy is quickly selected by a set of parents...

    I was lucky enough to get an advance copy (ARC) of this novel. As someone who grew up watching Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman with my mom, I enjoyed reading about the Wild (Mid)West. I loved the rugged mountain man, Sully, and I loved the strong woman, Dr. Quinn. This novel is set in a somew...

    See full review at Joy of Reading (https://joyofreadingweb.wordpress.com...) This book deserves ALL the stars!! Rachel Fordham got me in ALL the feels with this amazing story! It has taken me a few days to clear the book euphoria in order to write this review. From the very first ...

    Oh. Oh. Ohhhhh. That proposal. The death. The sweet three questions. The two sisters. Wow. Wow. Wowwwww. 5/5 stars all the beautiful way. Never have I enjoyed a review book so much. RTC. ? ????? My Review. ????? AH. What an amazing book !! Definitely my new f...

    Author Rachel Fordham?s debut novel is incredible; it will tug at your heartstrings as you?re drawn into the lives of Em and Caleb. Loss through death due to the war and sickness was common but with perseverance healing can be reached. The characters come through as true to life an...

  • Brandy Jo Rymer
    Jul 08, 2018

    Wow! A fabulous debut from Rachel Fordham! Both the cover and the description had me hooked when I first saw this on Netgalley, and I'm so glad I decided to read it! It was so lovely to step into this simply-written small-town historical story with heart-melting characters, a sweet ...

    About this book: ?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, fi...

    4.5 stars I really enjoyed this story! It's refreshingly different from a lot of other historicals out there, and the characters are fresh and fun to get to know. It was nice to see Em unfold little by little as she got used to being cared for instead of being thrown on the mercy of...

    I had the honor of reading this debut novel from Revell for endorsement a few months ago, and with the release coming in about two months, I thought I?d share it here! ?As The Hope of Azure Springs unfolds, readers will find a well thought out and intricately put together love ...

    A delightful debut novel. Rachel Fordham draws a sympathetic character in Em, who grows ? and also causes growth in those who come to know her. Caleb is a wonderful hero, strong but flawed, and the romance between Caleb and Em is unique and intriguing. What sets this novel apart is t...

    The cover is gorgeous on this book and I was so excited to have a chance to read this debut author's book. The book was an emotional one, Em has had such a struggle in life. Is getting a gunshot ever a good thing? In this young woman's case it was. The back cover with the train on it p...

    I do enjoy a good historical romance and I?m always on the lookout for new titles and authors. The Hope of Azure Springs is Rachel Fordham?s debut novel and she does a superb job of piecing together this inspiring story. It was exactly the book I needed and I loved sinking into it....

    The Hope of Azure Springs is a sweet debut. The main story is about Em finding her sister Lucy. They were both children that road an Orphan Train from New York City to Iowa. Em and Lucy found families in two different towns and have been separated for seven years. Em was taken in by a ...

    With an eye-catching cover and a new author, I was so thrilled to be able to read this book. There were good reminders of getting past the struggles of the world and facing each day with a smile. Also, the light humor sprinkled throughout the pain and grief created a story that is real...

    I actually have the honor of knowing this author! We've had many a chat and she has become my favorite virtual partner in crime. Yes that was a disclaimer! I will try to go into this review with little bias, but c'mon I highly doubt that's gonna happen. It hasn't with any of my other...

    Reviewed at The Power of Words: https://bit.ly/2KWngyt Iowa, 1881 The description of The Hope of Azure Springs by debut author Rachel Fordham was appealing, so I decided to try it ? and I?m so glad I did! The beginning pages quickly pulled me in, and I was immediately drawn t...

    I think every young girl needs to read this book. Wait. Every female needs to read this book. Who doesn't suffer from some sort self image issues?! This book is beautifully written and has such Biblical truth in it. It even has a fairy tale quality to it as well. The heroine, Em looks ...

    Debut novelist, Rachel Fordham, has clearly shown in this book that she has talent. A sweet story focusing on the journey of Em who left New York as a child of 12 along with her 6 year old sister, Lucy, on a orphan train. Beautiful, adorable Lucy is quickly selected by a set of parents...

    I was lucky enough to get an advance copy (ARC) of this novel. As someone who grew up watching Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman with my mom, I enjoyed reading about the Wild (Mid)West. I loved the rugged mountain man, Sully, and I loved the strong woman, Dr. Quinn. This novel is set in a somew...

    See full review at Joy of Reading (https://joyofreadingweb.wordpress.com...) This book deserves ALL the stars!! Rachel Fordham got me in ALL the feels with this amazing story! It has taken me a few days to clear the book euphoria in order to write this review. From the very first ...

    Oh. Oh. Ohhhhh. That proposal. The death. The sweet three questions. The two sisters. Wow. Wow. Wowwwww. 5/5 stars all the beautiful way. Never have I enjoyed a review book so much. RTC. ? ????? My Review. ????? AH. What an amazing book !! Definitely my new f...

    Author Rachel Fordham?s debut novel is incredible; it will tug at your heartstrings as you?re drawn into the lives of Em and Caleb. Loss through death due to the war and sickness was common but with perseverance healing can be reached. The characters come through as true to life an...

    I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I'm not much of a fan for historical fiction but this one was hard to put down. Em's life hasn't been a all diamonds and roses. All she's known is loneliness and pain. Having been seperated from her sister on ...

    The Hope of Azure Springs is an inspirational historical tale set in a time when loss and death were frequent occurrences in families. In the midst of hardship, a hope shines bright in the form of a young woman whose inner beauty helps her and others to overcome the difficulties life h...

    Such a sweet and touching read to relax with at night! I stayed up late to get to the end and was not disappointed! I loved the deep message about inner beauty and how everyone has different types of beauty. I also appreciated how it portrayed both bad and good adoption situations. Exc...

    Rachel's book The Hope of Azure Springs is the kind of book you would want to have in your library. I can say that in the best of what I have to say here. Of all the westerns I have read, and they are many, she has come the closest (in my opinion) to being a new version of Louis L'Amou...

    This engrossing work of historical fiction will capture your interest from the very first page, and even after you finish the tale, it will leave you pondering the characters. Em is an unlikely hero. Sent west with her younger sister on the orphan train, they are taken by different peo...

    Em, our main character, woke up in Azure Springs in 1881. She had been shot and had lost a lot of blood. Her hair was filthy and unkempt with years worth of dirt on her body. There was hardly any fat on her, she seemed childlike and close to death. The local Doctor determined that the...

    Em was separated from her little sister Lucy during an orphan train adoption. It?s been seven long years and she finally escapes the skinflint who barely cared for her. She is accustomed to scratching out a living while this man is away frequently and she lives in his dilapidated fal...

    For fans of Melanie Dickerson, Regina Jennings, and Melissa Jagears. :) ...

    I absolutely loved this book from the very first, you just get absorbed into the story and feel like you're right there with Em & Caleb following along. I shed several years while reading this book, it was amazing! This is a must read, I hold it right up there with the classics. ...

  • Victoria
    Aug 03, 2018

    Wow! A fabulous debut from Rachel Fordham! Both the cover and the description had me hooked when I first saw this on Netgalley, and I'm so glad I decided to read it! It was so lovely to step into this simply-written small-town historical story with heart-melting characters, a sweet ...

    About this book: ?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, fi...

    4.5 stars I really enjoyed this story! It's refreshingly different from a lot of other historicals out there, and the characters are fresh and fun to get to know. It was nice to see Em unfold little by little as she got used to being cared for instead of being thrown on the mercy of...

    I had the honor of reading this debut novel from Revell for endorsement a few months ago, and with the release coming in about two months, I thought I?d share it here! ?As The Hope of Azure Springs unfolds, readers will find a well thought out and intricately put together love ...

    A delightful debut novel. Rachel Fordham draws a sympathetic character in Em, who grows ? and also causes growth in those who come to know her. Caleb is a wonderful hero, strong but flawed, and the romance between Caleb and Em is unique and intriguing. What sets this novel apart is t...

    The cover is gorgeous on this book and I was so excited to have a chance to read this debut author's book. The book was an emotional one, Em has had such a struggle in life. Is getting a gunshot ever a good thing? In this young woman's case it was. The back cover with the train on it p...

    I do enjoy a good historical romance and I?m always on the lookout for new titles and authors. The Hope of Azure Springs is Rachel Fordham?s debut novel and she does a superb job of piecing together this inspiring story. It was exactly the book I needed and I loved sinking into it....

    The Hope of Azure Springs is a sweet debut. The main story is about Em finding her sister Lucy. They were both children that road an Orphan Train from New York City to Iowa. Em and Lucy found families in two different towns and have been separated for seven years. Em was taken in by a ...

    With an eye-catching cover and a new author, I was so thrilled to be able to read this book. There were good reminders of getting past the struggles of the world and facing each day with a smile. Also, the light humor sprinkled throughout the pain and grief created a story that is real...

    I actually have the honor of knowing this author! We've had many a chat and she has become my favorite virtual partner in crime. Yes that was a disclaimer! I will try to go into this review with little bias, but c'mon I highly doubt that's gonna happen. It hasn't with any of my other...

    Reviewed at The Power of Words: https://bit.ly/2KWngyt Iowa, 1881 The description of The Hope of Azure Springs by debut author Rachel Fordham was appealing, so I decided to try it ? and I?m so glad I did! The beginning pages quickly pulled me in, and I was immediately drawn t...

    I think every young girl needs to read this book. Wait. Every female needs to read this book. Who doesn't suffer from some sort self image issues?! This book is beautifully written and has such Biblical truth in it. It even has a fairy tale quality to it as well. The heroine, Em looks ...

    Debut novelist, Rachel Fordham, has clearly shown in this book that she has talent. A sweet story focusing on the journey of Em who left New York as a child of 12 along with her 6 year old sister, Lucy, on a orphan train. Beautiful, adorable Lucy is quickly selected by a set of parents...

    I was lucky enough to get an advance copy (ARC) of this novel. As someone who grew up watching Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman with my mom, I enjoyed reading about the Wild (Mid)West. I loved the rugged mountain man, Sully, and I loved the strong woman, Dr. Quinn. This novel is set in a somew...

    See full review at Joy of Reading (https://joyofreadingweb.wordpress.com...) This book deserves ALL the stars!! Rachel Fordham got me in ALL the feels with this amazing story! It has taken me a few days to clear the book euphoria in order to write this review. From the very first ...

    Oh. Oh. Ohhhhh. That proposal. The death. The sweet three questions. The two sisters. Wow. Wow. Wowwwww. 5/5 stars all the beautiful way. Never have I enjoyed a review book so much. RTC. ? ????? My Review. ????? AH. What an amazing book !! Definitely my new f...