A Lady in Attendance by Rachel Fordham – Book Review

Posted June 22, 2021 by Phyllis Helton in Book Reviews /

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A Lady in Attendance by Rachel Fordham – Book Review

A Lady in Attendance

by Rachel Fordham

Published by Revell
Publication Date June 1, 2021
Genres: Christian Fiction, Historical Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: New York Progressive Era – US – 1890s – 1920s
Main Character Ages: 25-34
Written for: Adults
Pages: 351


Five years in a New York state reformatory have left a blemish on Hazel's real name. So when she takes a job as Doctor Gilbert Watts's lady in attendance in 1898, she does so under an alias. In the presence of her quiet and pious employer, Hazel finds more than an income. She finds a friend and a hope that if she can set her tarnished past in order, she might have a future after all.

As Gilbert becomes accustomed to the pleasant chatter of his new dental assistant, he can't help but sense something secretive about her. Perhaps there is more to this woman than meets the eye. Can the questions that loom between them ever be answered? Or will the deeds of days gone by forever rob the future of its possibilities?

I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.

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In all the historical fiction I’ve read, I don’t recall ever reading about a hero who is a dentist or a Lady in Attendance. What a refreshing treat this was!

A Lady in Attendance is now my fourth story by Rachel Fordham and she is on my shortlist of authors to watch for. I love the depth of emotion she conveys and the beautiful depictions of her characters. And the historical tidbits I learn as I read are fascinating. I was not at all disappointed!

Captivated from the very start, I was dying to know why Hazel was in the reformatory. It was evident that she had a humble and correctable attitude. The author slowly revealed her secrets, which drove me crazy and yet was completely appropriate. When I learned about her dilemma, my heart ached for her. I understood her pain and fear well.

Gilbert was adorable with his quiet ways and insecurities. I appreciated how honest he was about his feelings at Hazel’s revelation and yet how he didn’t make any rash decisions based on that reaction.

There was a mystery wrapped up in the pages of this lovely story with a hint of danger. But it was mostly about forgiveness and changed lives.

I highly recommend A Lady in Attendance for all readers who enjoy Christian historical fiction.

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About Rachel Fordham

Rachel Fordham started writing when her children began begging her for stories at night. She’d pull a book from the shelf, but they’d insist she make one up. Finally she put her love of good stories with her love of writing and she hasn’t stopped since. She lives with her husband and children on an island in the state of Washington.


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