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Book: A Lady in Attendance

Author: Rachel Fordham

Genre: Christian Historical Fiction

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.


Book Excerpt

The door was open, but with her back to him, he couldn’t see the extent of her injuries. When he heard her sniffle, he stepped closer to the open door. An ache deep in his chest grew with each painful sound. “Are you all right?”

“Several of the blisters began bleeding again when I took off my boots. There are more than I’d thought.”

The office felt warm and sticky, where only moments before it had been comfortable. He wiped his forehead before asking, “May I help you? In my training, we learned more than just teeth. I can handle a wound.”

“If you are certain it crosses no line,” she said in a voice much weaker than normal.

Two swift steps later he was beside her, where he dared a glance at her small feet. They were half the size of his own and covered in bloody blisters rather than smooth skin. Anger boiled through his veins, but he didn’t know who or what to direct it toward. He only knew he wished he had the power to ease her burden and fight off whatever brought this about. He gritted his teeth and reminded himself he did not know enough to judge who was at fault—if anyone at all.


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About the Author

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.