Monday, June 13, 2022

The Hope of Azure Springs

Title: The Hope of Azure Springs

Author: Rachel Fordham

Genre: Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Romance

Publisher: Revell

Source: Own

My review:

 Rachel Fordham has a unique writing voice. 

The Hope of Azure Springs is about love, hope, self-discovery, and resilience. It has my emotions all over the place. It is simply beautiful and is still tugging on my heartstrings.

While I like the cover, I think the back cover would have been a better depiction of the story.  It is rare to come across a story that discusses the Orphan Trains, and I love the way Fordham used it in her story. I would love to know more about them and will be doing some research on them.

Em is a lovable, broken character who has been dealt one tough blow after another. I did not like Caleb when he was first introduced. I thought he was a cad and way too harsh with Em. However, after getting to know him better, I liked his character.  

Several characters experience personal growth, enhancing the overall story. The Hope of Azure Springs will linger in my mind for quite a while. Em, even longer. This is a must-read for fans of historical fiction.




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.


  1. Thank you for sharing my friend. I hope you’re well. Regine

    1. Thanks Regine, I am doing well and hope you are as well :)

  2. I've had this book on my TBR list forever! It's that whole orphan train connection that made me want to read it. I'm glad to know you liked it so much. I'll have to move it up higher on my list. :)

    1. Lark, it has been on my list for over a year and I am glad I finally made time for it!! It was really good, I am sure you will enjoy it as well!

  3. Great review! My review of the same book is here:

  4. Thanks Michelle, I will check it out :)

  5. Great review - this was my intro to the author and since then I'm a fan! Still working on her backlist.