Title: A Lady in Attendance
Author: Rachel Fordham
“Her sentence might always mar her record, but was there a way to escape the fear, to leave free and honestly?” Rachel Fordham writes about Hazel in her novel, A Lady in Attendance.
~ What ~
This three-hundred-and-fifty-two-page paperback targets those interested in a historical romance set in the late 1890s in New York. With no profanity or sexual content, topics of drugs, abuse, illness, and death may not be appropriate for immature readers. The ending includes ten discussion questions, a chapter of another book by the writer, author’s note, biography, and advertisements.
In this tale, twenty-five-year-old Hazel has finished serving her time at a reformatory and arduously wants to forget the pain she has caused to others and herself. When she takes a job working as an attendant for a kind and quiet dentist named Gilbert, she remains secretive, afraid to let anyone know her past. As the two work closely together, not only must she learn about forgiveness but also allow others to help her to clear her name.
~ Why ~
I enjoy novels about how people lived over a hundred years ago and their relationships. I appreciated the way the writer blended the two opposite personalities, learning to be themselves with each other as their friendship developed. The handling of forgiving oneself and those who harm was tender and thoughtful.
~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like stories about dentistry may want to avoid this read, but it approaches the vocation with gentleness and care. Others may not like there are a few stereotypical characters. I found the story rather predictable.
~ Wish ~
I was surprised that blatant lying was done to accomplish a goal. I prefer all pronouns of God capitalized for reverence. It would have been nice to incorporate God and His love as the most powerful link to forgiving one another.
~ Want ~
If you like a historical novel about finding romance after feeling hopeless, this is a light read that focuses on forgiveness.
Thanks to Revell for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.
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