Where the Road Bends by Rachel Fordham – Book Review

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Where the Road Bends by Rachel Fordham – Book Review

Where the Road Bends

by Rachel Fordham


Published by Fleming H. Revell Company
Publication Date June 1, 2022
Genres: Christian Fiction, Historical Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: Iowa Gilded Age – US – 1875 – 1900
Written for: Adults
Pages: 323

Synopsis:

As Norah King surveys her family land in Iowa in 1880, she is acutely aware that it is all she has left, and she will do everything in her power to save it--even if that means marrying a man she hardly knows. Days before her wedding, Norah discovers an injured man on her property. Her sense of duty compels her to take him in and nurse him back to health. Little does she realize just how much this act of kindness will complicate her life and threaten the future she's planned.

Norah's care does more than aid Quincy Barnes's recovery--it awakens his heart to possibilities. Penniless and homeless, he knows the most honorable thing he can do is head on down the road and leave Norah to marry her intended. But walking away from the first person to believe in him proves much harder than he imagined.

Rachel Fordham invites you to experience the strength and beauty of love forged in the crucible of hardship in this heartwarming story.

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


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This shouldn’t surprise my longtime readers – I’m completely enamored with Rachel Fordham’s writing!

Where the Road Bends is such a lovely and heartwarming story. It is beautifully written, wrapping me in the comfort of its hopeful message.

It has such a clever beginning – when Norah found Quincy beaten and left for dead in her field. I loved the witty banter between them when she rescued him, quite literally, from the vultures! The author masterfully used this rescue from the birds as a recurring motif between them, which was both humorous and sweet.

Norah’s hope and faith were such an inspiration to Quincy. He not only turned his life around, but he also sought to help others whenever he could.

The situation Norah found herself in was – unexpected. I hadn’t expected it, and Quincy certainly hadn’t either. The author did such a great job of making her circumstances clear without compromising the clean nature of the story. Her journey from shame to hope and forgiveness was inspirational. I loved its crescendo at the baseball game!!

I enjoyed the secondary characters as well. Nels was a super addition. That ragamuffin quickly captured my heart with his streetwise manners and tender heart.

Where the Road Bends is a wonderful story of hope and redemption. I recommend it to readers who enjoy historical Christian 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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2 responses to “Where the Road Bends by Rachel Fordham – Book Review

  1. Great review. I look forward to reading this one as well. I have only read one of her books but have several I need to catch up on 🙂

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