Book Review, Historical

Book Review – A Lady in Attendance

A Lady in Attendance

by Rachel Fordham

About the book

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?

Rachel Fordham pens a tender tale of a soft-spoken man, a hardened woman, and the friends that stand by them as they work toward a common purpose–to expunge the record of someone society deemed beyond saving–and perhaps find love along the way.

My Thoughts

The unique storyline of this one caught my attention!
How many historical fiction novels have you read about a heroine that spent time in a reformatory?
Well, I sure haven’t read many!
This gal is a sweet one, and I loved reading about and getting to know her.
Hazel has to start a new life in a strange town. It’s the only way she can think about going on with life and a semblance of normal.
She takes a job as a dentist’s assistant (which was very rare back in the day) to the quiet but handsome Dr. Gilbert.
This is a sweet story with romance and a hint of mystery mixed in.
If you enjoy historical novels, be sure and read this one soon!

Disclaimer: I receive complimentary books from various sources, including, publishers, publicists, authors, and/or NetGalley. I am not required to write a positive review, and have not received any compensation. The opinions shared here are my own entirely.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

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