“A Life Once Dreamed” by Rachel Fordham
My rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
About the Book:
Six years ago, a shocking secret sent Agnes Pratt running in search of a new start. She found it in Penance, a rugged town of miners and lumberjacks in the Dakota Territory, where she became Miss Aggie, respected schoolteacher and confirmed old maid. But the past has a way of catching up with people.
When childhood friend and former sweetheart James Harris accepts a position as the town doctor, Aggie’s pleasantly predictable days suddenly become anything but. James wants to know why Agnes left behind the life they had dreamed of creating for themselves–but he is the one person who can never know.
In the shadows of the Black Hills, can a healing light be shed on the past? Or will the secret Agnes can’t seem to outrun destroy her chance at happiness?
Fan-favorite Rachel Fordham brings to life the dusty streets of an 1880s frontier town in this story that affirms where you come from matters far less than where you’re going.
What a sweet and touching story! This was my first book to read by Rachel Fordham but I’ve loved following her on social media, and seeing her heart for children pour over into her work is so touching.
A Life Once Dreamed is beautifully written, and the characters so beloved. I loved getting to know each one of them. Agnes and James’ history played out through the pages at a great pace, and I really enjoyed seeing the whole story unfold. When I was in my teens, I read a book called “Hattie Big Sky” about 4 or 5 times. A Life Once Dreamed gave me feelings of that book, which honestly bonded me to it all the more. While they’re not super similar stories, they reminded me of each other, and since HBS has always been such a beloved book in my younger years, finding this one felt like such a treat.
There were a couple parts that had me tearing up. It was just all so well-done, and beautiful. I loved Sam! Like, wow. What an amazing character. I definitely hope he is getting his own story! :)
All in all, a very lovely book, and I am now even more eager to catch up on the author’s previous works!
This book was provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group (Revell), through Interviews & Reviews.