A Lady in Attendance
by Rachel Fordham
Ada, Mi.—Rachel Fordham’s historical novels have received high praise for their warm and engaging story lines filled with romance, adventure, and happy endings. In A Lady in Attendance, Fordham beautifully blends these same great features in a novel about overcoming obstacles in the past to make room for a better future.
After spending the last five years in a New York state reformatory, Hazel is desperate to begin life anew, but she knows that a tarnished name could ruin her chances. She accepts a job as Doctor Gilbert Watts’ lady in attendance but does so under an alias so she can hide her shameful past.
Dr. Watts has come to enjoy the pleasant chatter of his new dental assistant, but he senses her sadness and wonders if there is more to her story than she’s shared with him. As their friendship deepens, Hazel must grapple with her desire to trust him.
Can Dr. Watts and Hazel’s friends help expunge her record? And can Hazel possibly find hope and love along the way?
A Lady in Attendance is another good read by Rachel Fordham. It was interesting to be taken back in time to the late nineteenth century New York. I found the story to be inspiring with the life lessons of hope, power of forgiveness and redeeming oneself. I loved watching how Hazel grow throughout the story. She has a lot of bravery and courage. Her interactions with Gilbert were so sweet. I wanted to continue to read on to find out what would happen next. There a few scenes that slowed down a little, but once I got past those, I did not want to put it down. What a wonderful tale.
A Lady in Attendance will be getting four and a half stars from me. I believe readers who love clean historical romance will no doubt enjoy this one.
I received a paperback copy of A Lady in Attendance from the publisher. This review is one hundred percent my own honest opinion.