The Hope of Azure Springs by Rachel Fordham – and Book Giveaway!

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!

Book Giveaway

Rachel Fordham has graciously offered to give away a copy of The Hope of Azure Springs! To enter the drawing, please leave a comment below. US mailing addresses only, please. Giveaway ends Thursday, August 23, 2018 at 11 pm Pacific Time. I’ll post the winner here on this blog on Friday, August 24, 2018 and will email the winner.

197 Responses to “The Hope of Azure Springs by Rachel Fordham – and Book Giveaway!”

  1. Tracy S

    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

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

  2. Wendy Newcomb

    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

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

      • Jessica

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

  3. Betti Mace

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

    • Rachel Fordham

      Being a debut novelist is a scary thing. I’m thankful for the warm reception.

  4. Lori Smanski

    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.

  5. Joyce Davis

    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.

  6. Heather Leiby

    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.

    • Rachel Fordham

      Sarah’s books are fantastic! That prologue in her latest…Amazing!!!

  7. Lindsi

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

  8. Violetta Davis

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

    • Rachel fordham

      Historical fiction is the best! I thing like exploring another time and place.

  9. Lisa Hudson

    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!

    • Rachel Fordham

      I think the cover represents the books so well! Revell did a fantastic job.

  10. MS Barb

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

  11. Barb

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

    • Rachel fordham

      I agree! I’m always drawn to foster or adoption stories.

  12. Bethany Warner

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

    • Rachel Fordham

      My oldest said he was surprised there was so much adventure in it!

  13. Shonda Fischer

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

  14. Kathy West

    Sounds interesting! I would love to read it.

  15. Charlena

    Sounds like such a charming and intriguing story!

  16. Jennifer Hibdon

    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

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

  17. Elisabeth Tessone

    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!

    • Rachel Fordham

      Thank you. i appreciate your kind words!

  18. Jennifer K

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

    • Rachel fordham

      I’m so glad that good things are being said!

  19. Trula Greer

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

  20. Nicole Cook

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

    • Rachel Fordham

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

  21. Robin in NC

    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.

  22. Kailey Bechtel

    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!

  23. Patty

    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=)

  24. Lucy Reynolds

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

  25. Kelly

    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

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

  26. Susan Grondin

    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.

    • Rachel Fordham

      Thank you for leaving a review! It means so much to us authors.

  27. Caryn Hoang

    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!

  28. Rachel Garot

    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!!

  29. Arletta

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

  30. Shirley Chapel

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

  31. Kenzie

    Looks like a good read! I love historical fiction!

  32. Charis L. Zdrojewski

    Heard many good things about this book!

  33. Jessica

    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! ?

  34. Heather Boise

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

  35. Lynne M Feuerstein

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

  36. Raechel

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

  37. Bonnie Oswald

    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!

  38. Marilyn

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

  39. Lisa Harness

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

  40. Jill Oosterhof

    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.

  41. lisa phillips

    love the cover and it sounds like a great read

  42. Lila Diller

    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!!

  43. Faith Creech

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

  44. Kelly Heslip

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

  45. Tammie Edington Shaw

    Thank you for this opportunity. What a beautiful book.

  46. gael

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

  47. Mecca Reeves

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

  48. Kathy Schnitz

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

  49. Tina Korsmoe

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

  50. Cindy McCarty

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

  51. Rebekah Morris

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

  52. leah

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

  53. Sharon Sparks

    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.

  54. Anne L. Rightler

    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!

  55. Linda Palmer

    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.

  56. Gretchen

    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!

  57. Ralina

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

  58. Kim Nogier

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

  59. Julie Wood

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

  60. Vicki Wurgler

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

  61. Maryann

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

  62. Sonja

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

  63. Jan S

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

  64. Lacey

    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.

  65. Rachel Fordham

    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!!!


  66. Linda Horin

    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.

  67. CutePolarBear

    I would love to enter. Thanks for the giveaway!


  68. Bonnie Wheeler

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

  69. Cindy

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

  70. Marta Ratliff

    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!!!

  71. Debra Patton

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

  72. Melissa Alexander

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

  73. Betty

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

  74. Melissa M.

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

  75. Elizabeth Lickliter

    This sounds so cool! I love orphan train novels!

  76. Mandy Bentley

    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!

  77. Sarah Snider

    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!

  78. Kathy King

    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.

  79. Judi Imperato

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

  80. Connie Lee

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

  81. Elisabeth Lutz

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

  82. Connie Saunders

    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!

  83. Eva Dingwall

    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!!

  84. Beth Smith

    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. 🙂

  85. Renee Jackson

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

  86. Cheryl H.

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

  87. Beth wood

    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

  88. Julie B

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

  89. Marty Moore

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

  90. Debora Wilder

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

  91. Rebekah Miller

    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!

  92. Audrey Murphy

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

  93. Linda Romer

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

  94. Cathy

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

  95. Linda McFarland

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

  96. Beth Heydn

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

  97. Amy C

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

  98. Kathleen Burnop

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

  99. Winnie Thomas

    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.

  100. Stephanie H.

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

  101. Abby Breuklander

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

  102. Andrea B. Brooks

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

  103. Beth Wood

    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.

  104. LindaB

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

  105. Nina Sivula

    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.

  106. Tina Rice

    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

  107. MS Barb

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

  108. Caryl Kane

    I love historical fiction! This one sounds AMAZING!

  109. Terrie Coleman

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

  110. Tiffany Sly

    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.

  111. Carol Schmoker

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

  112. Alicia

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

  113. Martha T.

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

  114. Cynthia Waters

    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.

  115. Helen M. Jones

    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.

  116. Pam Graber

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

  117. Lori Goldstein

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

  118. Nellie

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

  119. Nellie

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

  120. Nellie

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

  121. Patricia Barraclough

    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.

  122. Christine

    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…

  123. Jackie Lehman

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

  124. Nyla Kay Wilkerson

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

  125. Kathy Murdock

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

  126. Suzanne Sellner

    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!


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

  128. Linda Preiss

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

  129. Gail Hollingsworth

    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!

  130. Jeannie Otterness

    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!!

  131. Loretta Moore

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

  132. Janet Estridge

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

  133. Yaritza

    Wonderful cover! Looks like a wonderful story.

  134. Rebecca Booth

    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!

  135. Barbara Hamby

    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.

  136. Vivian Furbay

    Hope this isn’t too late for the giveaway!

  137. Rose Blackard

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