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I THINK, yes this is me thinking,.. 🙂 that I would happily read a Rachel Fordham book again. A romance that isn’t just a romance. Awkardness, sweetness in character, determination to make things right, a mystery, friendship, and then finally romance. This A Lady in Attendance. A romance that didn’t have me snorting in derision at expected, and super quick falling in love. But one that focuses on history and friendship and what it looks like in action.
A Lady in Attendance was published by Revell a division of Baker Publishing Group. Running at 352 pages, written back in the history of the late 1800’s. Learning about how women were treated in reformatory, and societal treatment of those women when they were released. Rachel Fordham walks us through the pain of mistakes, of working through redemption, and the hopelessness of feeling like lost cause. Reviewed on behalf of Nuts about Books. It’s billed as an historical Christian romance but I didn’t find the faith played a big part (if at all really) in the lives of the characters.
The details for A Lady in Attendance
Each chapter opens with a decorative pencil line and a basic chapter heading. Hazel is the main character, with a roommate, an employer, a lawyer and family rounding out the cast.
The text is large and easily readable. I found the language uncomplicated and suitable for most anyone to read. It feels like a cozy, sit down and read in the course of an afternoon book. I did read it over a weekend camping, sandwiched between family activities. Well developed characters with a need to solve a mystery kept me fairly glued to the pages. The bumbling of Hazel’s beau made me smile and occasionally want to kick him in the pants.
Firmly appreciating seeing history first-hand. I never realized how having office receptionists and doctor’s aides came into being. I rather enjoyed seeing the dentist’s growing awareness of just how much he needed this help in his office. Surprising though, to see all that Hazel was required to do. This would not be the norm nowadays!
Should you read it?
If you like light, historical romance that isn’t all sappy and helps you learn details of the past….. A Lady in Attendance will meet your needs.
Curl up on a Sunday afternoon and enjoy a bit of mystery, with a touch of history, and a turn to love. You won’t regret it one bit! You’ll laugh and sigh, and find yourself with hope renewed. 🙂