Guest Post (and a Giveaway!): Rachel Fordham & A Lady in Attendance

Posted May 31, 2021 by meezcarrie in Author Interview, Christian, giveaway, historical, Rachel Fordham, romance / 37 Comments

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!

GENRE: Inspirational Historical Romance
RELEASE DATE: June 1, 2021
PAGES: 336

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.


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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.

  1. 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.
  2. Her flute- There is something therapeutic about playing emotion into music.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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?
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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 sighworthy 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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Revell is offering a print copy of A Lady in Attendance by Rachel Fordham to three of my readers! (US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.) This giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies which can be found here. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.

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What about you? What makes you want to read A Lady in Attendance by Rachel Fordham?

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37 responses to “Guest Post (and a Giveaway!): Rachel Fordham & A Lady in Attendance

  1. Connie Scruggs

    I have never read a book where a character was at reform school. It sounds interesting. What did she do to get there 🤔

  2. Perrianne Askew

    Rachel Fordham always writes an excellent historical novel with such warmth that you really feel like you know her characters very well.

  3. Megan

    It would be fun to read a book where the hero is a dentist. I enjoy the hero/heroines having different jobs.

  4. Heidi K

    I want to read it because I love Rachel’s other books and the story sounds so interesting. I want to learn more about Hazel and Gilbert.

  5. Roxanne C.

    One of my favorite things is inspirational historical fiction, and this book sounds like a very interesting romance. I am curious about Hazel’s past, too.

    • Donna Irvin

      The take away from this interview is READ the book ASAP! I love all of Rachel Fordham’s previous three books! I read this from cover to cover in two sittings (with a healthy walk in between)
      I read an ARC of A Lady in Attendance a lovely, charming read with some mystery and suspense woven in, from the first word of the prologue to the last word of the epilogue. My reaction 😍 💯❤
      So good! l There is love, suffering a wrong, trying to right the wrong, redemption, friendship, and suspense and mystery involved! Love this book!

  6. Faith Creech

    Enjoy reading Rachel’s books. This one looks goods! Thanks for the chance to win!

  7. Dezi Allen

    I haven’t read all of Rachel’s books but the ones I have read are fantastic so I’m sure this one will be too. Plus the cover is gorgeous! And those His and Her lists were the best! Super fun way to get to know the characters.

  8. Kay Garrett

    Enjoy reading inspirational historical romances and A LADY IN ATTENDANCE sounds like a fabulous one.

    Love the cover!

    Enjoyed reading the favorite things of Hazel and Gilbert. Can’t wait for the opportunity to read their story.

  9. Elizabeth Litton

    I’m eagerly awaiting this newest book of Rachel’s. I’ll think it will be the first Christian Fiction book I’ve read that features a dentist as a main character.

  10. Hesper Fry

    Because I enjoy reading historical romance and read another book by the author (The Hope of Azure Springs) and loved it!

  11. Paty Hinojosa G

    Because I’ve read her other books and she’s one of my favorite authors! I love her characters!
    Thanks for the chance!

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