The Hope of Azure Springs by Rachel Fordham
Seven years ago, orphaned and alone, Em finally arrived at a new home in Iowa after riding the orphan train. But secrets from her past haunt her, and her new life in the Western wilderness is a rough one. When her guardian is shot and killed, Em, now nineteen, finally has the chance to search for her long-lost sister, but she won’t be able to do it alone.
For Azure Springs Sheriff Caleb Reynolds, securing justice for the waifish and injured Em is just part of his job. He’s determined to solve every case put before him in order to impress his parents and make a name for himself. Caleb expects to succeed. What he doesn’t expect is the hold this strange young woman will have on his heart.
Debut author Rachel Fordham invites historical romance readers to the charming town of Azure Springs, Iowa, where the people care deeply for one another and, sometimes, even fall in love.
This is a charming and sweet story. It starts off with a bang and plenty of action. We first meet Em when she is in the middle of trouble. And then she finally comes to a safe place. To people who show her kindness.
Em is a plain girl. She’s always known that. But there’s so much more to her than that. She’s got grit. And determination. And spunk. And life. And…well, read the book, and get to know her for yourself!
There is a bit of mystery involved here. There is some romance. And there’s lots of historical loveliness. Small-town, homey, 1800s charm.
This book is a delightful read, and once you start, you won’t want to stop until you turn the last page.
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