A Life Once Dreamed.

Six years ago, Agnes Pratt left behind the man she loved. Now Miss Aggie to her beloved students, she’s created a new life in Penance, far from the pain of her loss. But when the very man she’s trying to forget becomes the new doctor in town, Agnes is forced to face the desire of her heart and the secret that could prevent her from ever having it.

Isn’t that cover gorgeous?

My Thoughts:

This was my first time reading a Rachel Fordham book, but if all of her novels are like this one, readers are certainly in for a treat. She has a special way of making a small town come to life. Penance is a close-knit community, the kind you’d find in a Hallmark movie or the friendliest corners of our own small towns, and that bond comes across the page well.

Each character of Penance was very real and dear to me, but I especially loved Hannah. I loved her gentle spirit and constant friendship to Agnes. One of my favorite quotes in the book comes from Hannah: “Sometimes two friends are close enough that even when one is too confused to talk, the other still manages to listen.” And I loved Mayor Clinton and his matchmaking ways!

I was intrigued by James and Agnes, by their story and what could possibly keep them apart. Fordham handled their tension well, giving readers just enough to stay invested in their relationship while not promising a certain end.

Every once in a while, you just need a sweet and tender read to settle on your heart. A Life Once Dreamed is such a read. It’s available now, so go get your copy!

A huge thanks to Revell and Rachel Fordham for a complimentary copy of this book. All expressed opinions belong to me.

Purchase: Amazon | Christianbook | Barnes & Noble |Baker Book House

Book Boyfriend:

Guys, we’re doing it again! We’re going off the rails and declaring TWO wonderful book boyfriends in this read. James Harris takes the crown from the beginning with his steady heart and his drive to fight for what he wants. But Sam is his own breed of all of the right things and I also love him.


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