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The Hope of Azure Springs by Rachel Fordham

The Hope of Azure Springs, by Rachel FordhamThe people of Azure Springs, Iowa find a young lady dying from a gunshot wound, and they save her life. Sheriff Caleb Reynolds tries to get to the bottom of Em’s story, but she knows little and she’s reluctant to share what she does know. Seven years before, Em and had come to Iowa on an orphan train and been taken in by a recluse who neglected her, and she’s desperate to find the little sister who was adopted in another town. At first, Caleb doesn’t think much of Em, who is thin and plain and odd. But as they work together to find the men who shot her and killed the recluse – and are committing other crimes – a friendship develops that surprises them both.

The Hope of Azure Springs is a delightful debut novel. Rachel Fordham draws a sympathetic character in Em, who grows – and also causes growth in those who come to know her. Caleb is a wonderful hero, strong but flawed, and the romance between Caleb and Em is unique and intriguing. What sets this novel apart is the refreshing message – what is true beauty and how do we perceive it? I highly recommend this novel and look forward to more from this author!

197 responses to “The Hope of Azure Springs by Rachel Fordham”

  1. Tracy S says:

    I love reading stories where the heroine is not strikingly beautiful because the hero has to really get to know his heroine’s heart for love to blossom. The extra attention to character development in order to create an attraction which must be built on more than appearances that will ultimately evolve into a relationship is my favorite type of read.

    • Rachel Fordham says:

      I enjoyed writing Em and showcasing her. The message of true beauty meant a lot to me.

  2. This book sounds amazing!! Thank you for sharing about it and thank you for the opportunity to win it!!!

  3. This sounds like a story I’d really enjoy, thank you for the chance to win a copy of the book. I don’t think I’ve read any of Rachel’s books so I’m looking forward to reading a new author as well.

    wfnren at aol dot com

    • Rachel Fordham says:

      This is my first book! I have others scheduled with Revell that I’m equally excited for.

      • Jessica says:

        I have been hearing so much about your book! Congratulations, first book and more to come, how exciting!!

  4. Betti Mace says:

    This book sounds like a fabulous debut novel! Thanks so much for the chance to win a copy 🙂

  5. Lori Smanski says:

    a pretty cover. this sounds like a great book. i really do love to read stories where the heroine is plain and soft and comes to life and becomes beautiful in her own right because of learning to become wholly who she is.

  6. Joyce Davis says:

    Looks like a really good book and Sara’s recommendation will sell many copies. I own all of Sara’s books and have enjoyed each one.

  7. Heather Leiby says:

    The write up for this debut novel sounds right up my alley! I love all of Sarah’s books, anything she recommends is on the top of my reading list.

  8. Lindsi says:

    I love historical fiction! This sounds like a beautiful story. Thank you both for hosting this giveaway!

  9. Violetta Davis says:

    This sounds like a wonderful story. I love historical fiction and would love to read it. Thanks

  10. Lisa Hudson says:

    This book sounds very interesting! The cover is gorgeous and draws you into the story! Thank you for the opportunity to read this exciting debut novel by Rachel Fordham!

  11. Susanne says:

    Sounds like a great story!

  12. MS Barb says:

    I love the cover, and the story line is intriguing! Thanks for an opportunity to win!

  13. Barb says:

    This sounds like an interesting story. The history of the orphan trains is compelling.

  14. Bethany Warner says:

    I am very interested in this book. I love reading and would like to read this story. Sounds like fun and adventure.

  15. Shonda Fischer says:

    Would love to win this book so much! Thank you for this chance to win!

  16. Kathy West says:

    Sounds interesting! I would love to read it.

  17. Charlena says:

    Sounds like such a charming and intriguing story!

  18. Jennifer Hibdon says:

    This sounds like a wonderful read!!! If there is a little sister, does that mean this is book one of a series? I hope so! Thanx for the giveaway!!!

    • Rachel Fordham says:

      Technically my summer 2019 release is stand alone but the characters from This book are very much a part of it!!!

  19. Elisabeth Tessone says:

    What a captivating plot! I’m adding to my TBR list, and thank you for hosting this giveaway. Congrats to Rachel on her debut novel!

  20. Jennifer K says:

    I have heard so many great things about this book. It sounds interesting…

  21. Trula Greer says:

    Been looking and wishing for this book! A win would be fabulous!

  22. Nicole Cook says:

    I would love to win a copy! I hated to return my copy to the library. It was such a great book!

    • Rachel Fordham says:

      Returning a book I enjoyed is the worst! It’s like parting with a good friend!

  23. Robin in NC says:

    This really sounds like my kind of book! I simply love the cover! Congratulations on your debute novel Rachel! I have a feeling that this is just the first of many. Thanks for sharing with us.

  24. Kailey Bechtel says:

    I’ve heard so many good things about this book! I can’t wait to read it! Historical fiction is my favorite! Thank you for the giveaway!

  25. Patty says:

    I am committed to reading more new to me authors this year. As this is Rachel’s first book I think she would definitely fit that catagory! Plus I love historical fiction=)

  26. Lucy Reynolds says:

    I have this book on my wish list. Thank you for the chance. Blessings

  27. Kelly says:

    The cover is very pretty (I know, don’t judge a book by it’s cover and all that,… but still, I can’t help it, I do, haha). I like when characters are real and relatable. This sounds like a great book! Thanks for the giveaway!

    • Rachel Fordham says:

      I am guilty of judging a book by its cover too! I was so happy with this one when I saw it.

  28. Connie Hendryx says:

    Sounds like a great book!

  29. I’ve read and reviewed The Hope of Azure Springs. I give it 5 stars. Great new author, would love to have a print copy for my keeper shelf.

  30. Joan Arning says:

    Love the cover!

  31. Caryn Hoang says:

    Any time I see the words “orphan train”, I am hooked. Add in a touch of mystery and a sweet romance, and I can’t wait to read this book. Congratulations to Rachel on her debut novel!

  32. Rachel Garot says:

    I read The Orphan Train so when I read that The Hope of Azure Springs was based on an orphan it captured my interest. I look forward to reading the book after I win it!!

  33. Arletta says:

    Happy to hear there’s a book out there where the MC isn’t “perfect” looking and more realistic. Thanks for the review.

  34. Shirley Chapel says:

    This book sounds like a good read. Is it a stand alone or part of a series. Thank you for this generous giveaway.

  35. Joni says:

    Sounds interesting. Thanks for the opportunity.

  36. Kenzie says:

    Looks like a good read! I love historical fiction!

  37. Charis L. Zdrojewski says:

    Heard many good things about this book!

  38. Erika Luther says:

    It sounds like a great book

  39. Jessica says:

    OMG, what a great opportunity!! I have been hearing so much about your book! Congrats on great rating on your debut novel non the less! ?

  40. Heather Boise says:

    This books sounds really good. It sounds like a fun adventure. I love discovering new to me authors of historical fiction.

  41. Lynne M Feuerstein says:

    Thanks for this giveaway,Sarah and Rachel! Congrats ,too Rachel on this new release!! Sounds like a great story!

  42. Raechel says:

    I have heard nothing but praise for this book! It sounds excellent, and I definitely want to read it <3
    Thanks for this giveaway!!

  43. Oh, an Iowa story and a new author! Wonderful!

  44. Bonnie Oswald says:

    What a breath of fresh air…… the Lady is “thin, plain & odd”. Sounds like a captivating story that will Not be forgotten after reading it! Hope to win this new, refreshing novel!
    Thanks,

  45. Marilyn says:

    I would love to win this book. Thank you for your contest.

  46. wilma says:

    sounds like a winner

  47. Lisa Harness says:

    The synopsis truly draws me in. Thank you for rhe opportunity.

  48. Jill Oosterhof says:

    Now This Book Looks Very Interesting And One I Want To Read. I’ve Moved And All My Books Are Packed Away Somewhere In Storage So I’m Running Out Of Books To Read. I’d Love To Win As I Love Historical Romance Books. I Live In A Tiny Town Where There Is No Library And Have To Go Almost 35 Miles To A Bigger Town To Shop. Thanks Again As I Love Your Books. I Love My Bookmarks Too.

  49. A very compelling story line–would love to read! Best Wishes!

  50. lisa phillips says:

    love the cover and it sounds like a great read

  51. Lila Diller says:

    I just commented in a FB group that I’m getting tired of every hero being hunky and every heroine possessing irresistible beauty. That’s not real life. I want characters I can relate to (and being beautiful is definitely not relatable to me–or the vast majority of people). That’s why I made the heroine of my book not pretty and insecure and the hero chunky. I can’t wait to read this book, too! Thanks for the opportunity!!

  52. Faith Creech says:

    This book sounds so good. Thanks for the chance to win!

  53. Kelly Heslip says:

    I love this time period! Also love the names you used…I have twins named Caleb and Emmy!

  54. Tammie Edington Shaw says:

    Thank you for this opportunity. What a beautiful book.

  55. gael says:

    I really look forward to reading this book. Thank you for the chance to win it.

  56. Mecca Reeves says:

    Looks like a book I would love. Thanks for chance to win! Fingers crossed:)

  57. Kathy Schnitz says:

    Sounds interesting, and love the cover. Thanks for the chance.

  58. Tina Korsmoe says:

    Thank you for the opportunity to win this book! It definitely sounds interesting! Love the cover too!

  59. Cindy McCarty says:

    This sounds like a lovely story. Thank you for the chance to win.

  60. Emily Yager says:

    This sound like a beautiful story. Thanks for the giveaway.

  61. Melanie Backus says:

    Sounds amazing!

  62. This sounds interesting! I’ve never heard of this book before, but I’m always interested in good stories and this sounds good.

  63. leah says:

    This book looks so amazing! Anything that Sarah recommends is sure to be good. Can’t wait to read!

  64. Judy Grogan says:

    Sounds great

  65. Tina Dotson says:

    Sounds like a great book; love the cover! Thanks for the chance.

  66. Sharon Sparks says:

    My kind of story line. I’ve been looking forward to reading this novel since I first heard about it. And a beautiful cover too.

  67. Anne L. Rightler says:

    Sounds like a great story. I enjoy historical fiction and it is always fun to find a new author. New as in debut but also new to me. Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy of the book. Here’s hoping!

  68. Linda Palmer says:

    I’d love to win this book. A genre I enjoy the most is historical fiction. Your cover is eye catching and the book’s description sounds like a book I’d enjoy very much.

  69. Gretchen says:

    Looks like a great read. It’s on my TBR list so in case I don’t win (but fingers crossed 😉 ) I can follow up on reading it. 🙂 Thanks for the opportunity!

  70. Ralina says:

    This story sounds fascinating! I always enjoy your recommendations, Sarah!

  71. Kim Nogier says:

    Thanks for the chance to win this book. Your cover is very appealing.

  72. Julie Wood says:

    I’ve heard so much about this book and it sounds awesome. It’s already in my TBR pile! Thanks for the giveaway!

  73. Vicki Wurgler says:

    I love the cover and the book does sound like a great read thanks

  74. Maryann says:

    I love meeting new authors and the story line intrigues me. I would love to read this book.

  75. Sonja says:

    This book looks great. Beautiful cover and description. Would love to read it.

  76. Jan S says:

    I really enjoy this type of book! Thank you for this opportunity! God bless you for your generosity!

  77. Lacey says:

    I agree with other comments about the heroine’s beauty. Its nice to read about women that look like everyone else, I think that makes them more relatable.

  78. Rachel Fordham says:

    I had hoped to reply to every comment but we are headed to a place with limited internet.

    Thank you everyone for your interest in The Hope of Azure Springs! Thank you for your kind words. As a debut novelist they truly touch my heart. Thank you Sarah for featuring my book and more importantly for putting such amazing books out for everyone to enjoy- you inspire me!

    Happy Reading!!!

    Rachel

  79. Linda Horin says:

    What a novel idea…a heroine that isn’t stunningly beautiful! Makes it seem more like real life to me. I would love to read this book, as I always like to try out new authors.

  80. CutePolarBear says:

    I would love to enter. Thanks for the giveaway!

    CutePolarBear

  81. Bonnie Wheeler says:

    Sounds like a book I would love to read. Blessings on your debut novel.
    Bonnie

  82. Cindy says:

    I love historical fiction!! Beautiful cover. Looks like it’ll be a great book!

  83. Marta Ratliff says:

    I would love a chance to win your book. I`m exploring new authors whenever I can. Now I have discovered some of the new authors are now my favorites. I would never have thought about branching out before!!!

  84. Sassafras says:

    I would like to enter! It sounds like an interesting novel. 🙂
    ~Sassafras

  85. Debra Patton says:

    I love strong but flawed heroes. It makes the character much more realistic and interesting.

  86. Melissa Alexander says:

    Love to read!!! Another good book is always a good surprise!!

  87. Betty says:

    Would love to have a chance to win this book. I love historical Christian fiction.

  88. Melissa M. says:

    Sounds good! I love that the main character is plain. We need more plain Jane type of stories. 🙂

  89. Nancy says:

    Sounds like a good read.

  90. Elizabeth Lickliter says:

    This sounds so cool! I love orphan train novels!

  91. Mandy Bentley says:

    This book is on my wishlist. I have heard nothing but rave reviews and can’t wait to read it! It would be awesome to win!

  92. Sarah Snider says:

    I’ve had my eye on this book for a while now, and I would love to win a copy! Thank you so much for the giveaway!

  93. Kathy King says:

    My reading goal this year was to read only new authors to me. Miss Rachel will fit perfectly in reaching my goals. I enjoy Christian historical fiction (a little bit of history). I would be delighted to be introduced to Rachel.

  94. jcp says:

    The book sounds fantastic!

  95. Judi Imperato says:

    This book sounds like it will be a great read. I love reading historical fiction. Thank you for the opportunity to win it.

  96. Connie Lee says:

    I would love to read this book, sounds so good! Thank you for the giveaway!

  97. Elisabeth Lutz says:

    Would love to be introduced to, and read, another author. This book sounds so interesting.

  98. Connie Saunders says:

    Physical beauty is so over-rated, A person may be physically beautiful when they are young but age usually has a way of changing that. Inner beauty only gets better!
    I have read so many good things about this book. Thank you for sharing it!

  99. Eva Dingwall says:

    This sounds like a book with a heroine I could relate to and enjoy watching develop the inner beauty of her sweet and quie spirit. I look forward to reading this book!!

  100. Beth Smith says:

    This book sounds wonderful! Another author for me to get hooked on! I will be purchasing it if I do not win the give-away. 🙂

  101. Donna Debo says:

    This book sounds like a good read

  102. Shelia Hall says:

    sounds like a great book.

  103. Renee Jackson says:

    This looks like a great read! I can’t wait to read it. Thank you, Sarah and Rachel for this opportunity!

  104. kim hansen says:

    She sounds like a sweet person.

  105. Cheryl H. says:

    I love that it showcases inner beauty. And love the cover art!

  106. Jeannie M. says:

    Historical fiction is my favorite genre!

  107. Beth wood says:

    I have read so many wonderful comments about this book and I love to read new authors. Thanks for the opportunity to win this. Blessings

  108. Julie B says:

    You’ve peaked my interest. Now I want to read the book. Thanks for a chance to win.

  109. Marty Moore says:

    Thank you for this opportunity. I would love to win this book. Good luck to all!

  110. Debora Wilder says:

    This sounds like a fabulous book! Congratulations on your debut novel Rachel! Thank you for the chance to win a copy of it.

  111. Rebekah Miller says:

    This book is going on my List of Books to Read! I love the message of true beauty within and the plot overall sounds very intriguing! Thanks for the chance to win and I’m super excited to read this!

  112. Audrey Murphy says:

    Nice to find another Author. Best wishes for your success with your debut book and many others.

  113. Lisa D says:

    I would love reading a book by a new author!

  114. Linda Romer says:

    I’ve heard a lot The hope of Azure Springs By Rachel Fordham and would love to read it. Thanks for the chance.

  115. Cathy says:

    Usually it is the hero nearly dying of a gunshot wound, in the more typical historical! Enjoyed Sarah’s presentation of your new book.

  116. Linda McFarland says:

    Love the cover, the title, and the story-line sounds intriguing! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  117. Beth Heydn says:

    Looks and sounds like a great book! I grew up in Iowa so it is especially intriguing due to memories I have! ?

  118. Nancy Luebke says:

    This sounds intriguing. Thanks for this opportunity.

  119. Amy C says:

    Looks like a wonderful book! Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

  120. Kathleen Burnop says:

    Would really like to read this book. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

  121. Winnie Thomas says:

    Let’s hope this is my lucky day to win this book. I’ve heard great things about it. I love the cover and the premise. Sounds like a wonderful read! Thanks for the chance to win.

  122. Faith Potts says:

    This book looks amazing!

  123. Stephanie H. says:

    I love reading stories like this one about love and hope. Thanks for the chance of winning a fantastic book in this giveaway!

  124. Abby Breuklander says:

    I’ve heard so many wonderful things about this one, can’t wait to read it!!

  125. Andrea B. Brooks says:

    The cover of this book catches my attention and I would love to get my hands on it to read. The title sounds wonderful.

  126. Beth Wood says:

    I’ve read so many good reviews of this book and I’m excited to find a new author to love. Looking forward very much to reading it.

  127. LindaB says:

    This book sounds very interesting. I would love to read it.

  128. Jane Squires says:

    Would love to win. Please enter me

  129. Nina Sivula says:

    I love the description of Em as plain and odd that is what catches my eye about this book. She sounds like an interesting heroine.

  130. Tina Rice says:

    Congratulations on your debut novel, Rachel!

    I love reading Christian historical stories and this book sounds intriguing.
    Thanks so much for the chance to win a copy ?
    Blessings, Tina

  131. MS Barb says:

    This books sounds very fascinating! I really like the cover-it caught my attention! 🙂

  132. Caryl Kane says:

    I love historical fiction! This one sounds AMAZING!

  133. Terrie Coleman says:

    Sounds like an interesting and heartwarming book. Thanks for the chance to win. Blessings.

  134. Tiffany Sly says:

    Well, you have a catchy title and a really nice cover. I’d say you’re already head of the game! Seriously though, it sounds Like an interesting read. I like the you’ve kept the characters real…so much easier to relate.

  135. Carol Schmoker says:

    Sounds like a really good read. Thanks for the chance to win.

  136. Una Ireland says:

    I would love to read this.

  137. Alicia says:

    That sounds like an intriguing plot line, and I will enjoying learning about the orphan trains, too!

  138. Martha T. says:

    I would like to win this book!It sounds interesting and is set in my state-Iowa!

  139. Cynthia Waters says:

    I love historical Christian fiction! As a reader, I always enjoy discovering new talents in writers and expanding my reading. Recently discovering Sarah Sundin, I am now a fan of hers. Hoping for your success in this endeavor of writing. There can never be too many books.

  140. Helen M. Jones says:

    I love historical books and read many Christian fiction. I have most of the books by Sarah Sundin and have passed them on. I even left a couple at the VA hospital at their trading library. Would love to read this book.

  141. bn100 says:

    looks interesting

  142. Pam Graber says:

    A new-to-me author, with a historical romance? I’m IN! Would love to win this.

  143. Lori Goldstein says:

    Historical fiction is one type of book I enjoy and this one sounds like something I’d want to read.

  144. Nellie says:

    Wow! What an interesting book description. I have enjoyed reading historical novels. Hope to get a free copy of this one!

  145. Nellie says:

    Wow! What an interesting book description. I have enjoyed reading historical novels. Hope to get a free copy of this one! I love books..,

  146. Nellie says:

    Wow! What an interesting book description. I have enjoyed reading historical novels. I love books…

  147. Patricia Barraclough says:

    This sounds like a good first book for a writer. She combines several elements found in historical western stories and seems to blend them well. Best of all, it is a book I will be able t share with my daughter.

  148. Roma Davidson says:

    Sounds like a very fascinating book.

  149. Christine says:

    Would love to win your book, but if I don’t, it’s going on my “To Read” list. I always love Sarah’s recommendations! Blessings to you…

  150. Jackie Lehman says:

    The cover is beautiful and combined with the synopsis makes me want to read it! Definitely going on my List!

  151. Nyla Kay Wilkerson says:

    The cover is beautiful and story sounds captivating. Praying for your success.

  152. Kathy Murdock says:

    Looking forward to reading your debut novel! It sounds like an interesting story line. Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

  153. Suzanne Sellner says:

    Rachel, your debut novel sounds amazing! I love novels where the characters resemble real people–flawed and ordinary in many ways but developing into the people God designed them to be. I’m eager to read The Hope of Azure Springs; the title even sounds refreshing!

  154. CHRIS A GRAY says:

    Sounds like a great book! Always on the lookout for another good author.

  155. Linda Preiss says:

    What a fun story! I love finding new authors!! Can’t wait to read it, even if I don’t win it!!

  156. Gail Hollingsworth says:

    Sounds like an interesting and fun read. Instead of “Calgon take me away” (if you’re old enough to remember this) “The Hope of Azure Springs take me away!” Thanks for the chance to win it!

  157. Nancy Stokely says:

    Looks like a good read.

  158. Jeannie Otterness says:

    This sounds like a very down-to-earth story! I think we all need to realize that not everyone in this world is “beautiful” and “handsome”, but that those characteristics should come from within. I will certainly love to read this book! Thank you for the opportunity to possibly win it!!

  159. I enjoy historical fiction. I like finding new authors. I am adding to my “have to read author list.”

  160. Janet Estridge says:

    Our Church Library readers will be lining up to read this book, if I win.
    Thanks for entering me in your giveaway.

  161. Yaritza says:

    Wonderful cover! Looks like a wonderful story.

  162. Rebecca Booth says:

    What sets this novel apart is the refreshing message – what is true beauty and how do we perceive it? This sentence hit me in the heart and I sure do want to read this book!

  163. Barbara Hamby says:

    Wow so many entries already…….but going to try anyway lol…..Sounds like a book i would really love to read…..Thanks for giving us the chance to win.

  164. Vivian Furbay says:

    Hope this isn’t too late for the giveaway!

  165. Rose Blackard says:

    Sounds like a great book, and you are a new to me author. Thanks for the chance to get to read your book.

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