Monday, August 10, 2020

A Life Once Dreamed

A Life Once Dreamed by [Rachel Fordham]

I love Rachel Fordham's books. Her stories are historical fiction, but she is such a gifted writer, that you are just drawn into the lives of her characters.

Agnes Pratt, so in love with James Harris, is delighted when he proposes. But she is derailed with a secret that changes everything. She leaves Buffalo and finds a position as a teacher in the Dakota territories. Leaves James with questions that he grabbles with. For six years.

In the 1800's there were things that were never acceptable in polite society. So Aggie finds a fulfilling life in Penence, where she teaches school, has made new friends, and is an upstanding influence in the community.

Dr. James Harris sees an advertisement and applies for the position as the Doctor in Penance.  When he arrives in Penance, Aggie is surprised.  How did he find her half way across the country after all these years. James has questions. Why did Aggie leave without saying goodby.  Half way through the book we learn what Aggie's secret is, and it makes sense why she would sacrifice her true love.

Delightful story. One of love, sacrifice, forgiveness and acceptance. I seriously loved everything about this book.

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.


Jocelyn is Canadian Needle Nana said...

I've been meaning to say don't give up on the gardening. Sometimes those tomato plants just don't work out, nothing to do with your skills. And I hope your teeth are okay. I was reading how as we get older we shouldn't have any mats or rugs in our house. Some retirement homes ban them. There is the famous story of the gent who climbed Mt Everest twice and slipped on a hall mat in his apartment and died from hitting his head!
But reading is a great hobby and you find books with enjoyable plots.