It’s always a delight to chat with author Rachel Fordham & today she’s here to share a His and Hers Top Five list from her new historical romance, A Lady in Attendance!
A LADY IN ATTENDANCE
GENRE: Inspirational Historical Romance
RELEASE DATE: June 1, 2021
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.
His and Hers Top Five List
by Rachel Fordham, author of A Lady in Attendance
Hazel McDowell (But that’s an alias…)- Favorite things in no particular order.
- Land with no gates…after spending five years in a New York State Reformatory she has no desire to ever be behind bars again. Can you blame her! But she still isn’t as free as she would like to be. She won’t really be free until the past stops following her wherever she goes.
- Her flute- There is something therapeutic about playing emotion into music.
- Friends- In the reformatory she learned to make friends quickly and not take them for granted. Her new roommate at the boarding house already seems a kindred spirit. And Gilbert, the dentist she took a job with, he seems to be a good man. Every day his wit and personality shines through a bit more…she isn’t ready to rule him out as a friend. Who knows, he might prove the best friend of all.
- Good food- The owner of the boarding house isn’t much of a cook but its better than what she was eating. And the food at the social, it had her mouthwatering.
- Laughter- You would not expect the quiet dentist to be witty, but that is only because you don’t know him. Hazel gets to know him better every day and he has layers to him, that set him apart from all others. If only she’d found him before everything in her past had happened…
Gilbert Watts- Favorite things in no particular order.
- Art- Dentistry is after all functional art. He didn’t always love it. This practice had been his fathers and he’d been the good son and taken it over. Now though, he finds great satisfaction in sculpting teeth and giving someone the smile, they’d been without.
- Solitude- For many years he’s valued his time to himself…but the more Hazel is around, the more he wonders if this is a favorite anymore. Or could it be that he has simply become complacent?
- Patients who do not complain- There are certain patients that when they enter the office his chest grows tight and he finds himself watching the clock and wondering when they can leave (one in particular- Alberta). All other patients, even the fearful, he finds very agreeable in comparison.
- Hazel’s humming- Hazel hasn’t been working for him for long but he already finds the sound of her humming while she works soothing.
- Apple Pie- Even a grown man has a weakness for sweet, tangy pie!
Hazel and Gilbert start off this novel in vastly different places, with different interests and even goals in life. It was a lot of fun bringing too seemingly opposites closer together.
Rachel Fordham is the author of The Hope of Azure Springs, Yours Truly, Thomas, and A Life Once Dreamed. Fans expect stories with heart, and she delivers, diving deep into the human experience and tugging at reader emotions. She loves connecting with people, traveling to new places, and daydreaming about future projects that will have sigh–worthy endings and memorable characters. She is a busy mom, raising both biological and foster children (a cause she feels passionate about). She lives with her husband and children on an island in the state of Washington.
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