About the Book
A Lady in Attendance: 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.
“A Lady in Attendance draws you in from the first page and leaves you captivated until the oh-so-romantic conclusion. A poignant and beautifully written story of faith, forgiveness, and the healing power of love.”–Mimi Matthews, USA Today bestselling author
My Thoughts on A Lady in Attendance
A Lady in Attendance by Rachel Fordham was a truly heartwarming story that gave me all the feels. In addition, it was filled with suspense, mystery, and some interesting plot twists. I loved Rachel Fordham’s attention to detail and the neat history of dental hygiene (quite fascinating really!). Everything was pieced together in a natural flow that had me continuing to turn pages way past my bedtime (the readers’ life, right?).
Overall, I LOVED Gilbert and Hazel. They were a good match and did embody the words heartwarming and faith filled. Rachel Fordham did a great job of giving them believable strengths and weaknesses that were easy to relate to. Plus, I thought the themes of forgiveness and hope were very well layered in the characters lives.
Very sweet story and I will be on the lookout for the next book Rachel Fordham writes. 4 out of 5 stars.
*I volunteered to read this book in return for my honest feedback. The thoughts and opinions expressed within are my own.
About Rachel Fordham
Rachel Fordham has long been fascinated by all things historical or in the words of her children “old stuff”. Often the historical trivia she discovers is woven into her children’s bedtime tales. Despite her love for good stories she didn’t attempt writing a novel until her husband challenged her to do so (and now she’s so glad he did). Since that time she’s often been found typing or researching while her youngest child naps or frantically writing plot twists while she waits in the school pick-up line. In addition to her passion for storytelling she enjoys reading, being outdoors and seeing new places. Rachel lives with her husband and children on an island in Washington state.
Learn more about current projects at rachelfordham.com