A Life Once Dreamed by Rachel Fordham

Agnes Pratt left her comfortable home in Buffalo, New York, six years ago after a shocking family secret causes her to question her future.  She is content with her new life as a schoolteacher in Penance, a rural town in the Dakota Territory.  However, she has never forgotten the man who stole her heart back in New York.  When James Harris suddenly appears in Penance as the new doctor, Agnes finds herself drawn to him again.  However, her past still haunts her and causes her to be hesitant to pursue her dream of marriage and a family with the one man she cannot forget.

This novel is a sweet and clean romantic tale, perfect for a relaxing summer evening.  I thought the story started a bit slow, but I did like reading about the development of the characters and their relationship in the book. I also enjoy female leads that become stronger and more certain of their own faith and character before pursuing a man, and I thought the author did a good job of crafting a good female protagonist. I liked the secondary characters in the book and had fun getting to know the townspeople.  I love second-chance-at-love stories, but I did find the plot a little too predictable in this particular book.  Nonetheless, the novel overall is well written and enjoyable to read.  I do recommend it to those who love historical Christian fiction!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell Publishing.  Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

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