Hello, Sunshines, I am, delighted to be today’s stop on the blog tour for; A Lady in Attendance by Rachel Fordham. I love the look of this book, it sounds amazing and I can’t wait to share it with you all. Plus, I have an exclusive guest post; Writing Romance that Readers Get – which is pretty darn good. Firstly, thank you to Amy at Historical Fiction Virtual Blog Tours for the invite.
About the Book
A Lady in Attendance by Rachel Fordham.
Publication 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.
“A Lady in Attendance draws you in from the first page and leaves you captivated until the oh-so-romantic conclusion. A poignant and beautifully written story of faith, forgiveness, and the healing power of love.”–Mimi Matthews, USA Today bestselling author
Writing Romance that Reader’s Get by Rachel Fordman.
Not long ago I read a book that came highly recommended to me. I dove right in, expecting a sigh-worthy romance, but that’s not what I found. The book was instant love, relied too heavily on physical sparks and lacked the moments in a romance that I loved best.
I stepped back and thought about this book and I had an epiphany. I didn’t connect with these characters because all though I enjoy physical touch, it is not my top love language. For me to find a romance believable I needed to see time spent together and them serving each other. Those are the moments that always get me behind a couple.
I started thinking about the books that resonated the most with me. I discovered a pattern. I loved seeing portrayals of couples who spoke the same love languages as me. Look at your shelves, find your favorite books and see if the romance in those books hits your love languages?
I took it a step further and thought about some of the most popular books, the ones that stand the test of time and are widely read. Pride and Prejudice and Beauty and the Beast for example. The audience for these books is varied and large. Why is that?
I believe it’s because of good writing (of course) and also because these books hit a lot of love languages making it more believable for a wider audience. Readers who love gift giving will have their hearts melt when the beast gives her the library. Readers who love service will admire the way Belle so patiently works to tame the beast. Readers who love physical touch will swoon when the beasts hands come around Belles waist and they begin to dance. Time and words of affirmation are there as there as well.
There is something for all readers in these books. Since realizing the connection between love languages and readers, I have made sure to have my characters show love in a variety of ways. I have loved getting messages from readers telling me the different scenes that they connected with.
When you read A Lady in Attendance be sure to look for the ways Gilbert and Hazel show love to each other. And if you get a chance, send me a message letting me know your favorite parts!
About the Author
Rachel Fordham has long been fascinated by all things historical or in the words of her children “old stuff”. Often the historical trivia she discovers is woven into her children’s bedtime tales. Despite her love for good stories she didn’t attempt writing a novel until her husband challenged her to do so (and now she’s so glad he did). Since that time she’s often been found typing or researching while her youngest child naps or frantically writing plot twists while she waits in the school pick-up line.
In addition to her passion for storytelling she enjoys reading, being outdoors and seeing new places. Rachel lives with her husband and children on an island in Washington state.
Blog Tour Schedule
Monday, October 11
Guest Post at Novels Alive
Tuesday, October 12
Review at Historical Fiction with Spirit
Wednesday, October 13
Excerpt at I’m Into Books
Friday, October 15
Excerpt at What Is That Book About
Saturday, October 16
Review at Reading Is My SuperPower
Monday, October 18
Review at Novels Alive
Tuesday, October 19
Excerpt at Heidi Reads
Thursday, October 21
Interview at The Book Club Network
Friday, October 22
Review at Ms. Darcy Reads
Monday, October 25
Review at Jorie Loves a Story
Tuesday, October 26
Excerpt at Reading is My Remedy
Wednesday, October 27
Guest Post at Chicks, Rogues, and Scandals
Thursday, October 28
Review at McCombs on Main
Friday, October 29
Excerpt at The Tea Queen
Monday, November 1
Review at Bookoholiccafe
Wednesday, November 3
Excerpt at Bookworlder
Friday, November 5
Review at Passages to the Past
Enter to win a copy of A Lady in Attendance by Rachel Fordham!
The giveaway is open to the US only and ends on November 5th. You must be 18 or older to enter.
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