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Publisher's Summary

Seven years ago, orphaned and alone, Em finally arrived at a new home in Iowa after riding the orphan train. But secrets from her past haunt her, and her new life in the Western wilderness is a rough one. When her guardian is shot and killed, Em, now 19, finally has the chance to search for her long-lost sister, but she won't be able to do it alone.

For Azure Springs Sheriff Caleb Reynolds, securing justice for the waifish and injured Em is just part of his job. He's determined to solve every case put before him in order to impress his parents and make a name for himself. Caleb expects to succeed. What he doesn't expect is the hold this strange young woman will have on his heart.

Debut author Rachel Fordham invites historical romance listeners back to the 1880s and the charming town of Azure Springs, Iowa, where people care deeply for one another and, sometimes, even fall in love.

©2018 Rachel Fordham (P)2018 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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Beautiful

Such a beautiful story! Loved Em's journey, the depth of character shown, the story of true love and friendship.

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Great heartfelt story

This was a wonderful story! I felt as though I was right there with the characters feeling and experiencing the same things. I couldn’t put it down.

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Great book

Excellent book, loved listing to this. Great story line keeper you on your toes. Will read it again and again!!

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More than 5 Stars!

Where do I even begin? I loved this book!!! It is filled with so much heart, hope, and all the emotions.
Em is barely alive when she found bleeding and taken to the doctor in Azure Springs. Needing a place to recover she is taken in by a loving family, with the exception of the eldest daughter, Eliza is a spoiled snob.
The most handsome sheriff, Caleb is anxious to find the bad guys and help Em as much as he can. I can't give details but they are in for a few surprises.
There are some very heartbreaking moments too. I've listened to this book at least three times and still get tears in my eyes at a certain point.
I loved seeing Em blossom into the woman she was meant to be. Many life lessons are learned by those around her and maybe even by some who read or listen to this story.
The ending tugs at my heartstrings.
The narration by Coleen Marlo brings this wonderful story to another level of emotion.
I never would have guessed this was a debut novel. I look forward to reading more and more by Rachel Fordham!

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Loved it

This book is a great story that has well- developed characters that drew me in. I listened to it while walking and found myself walking further because I wanted to hear more.

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Wonderful!

This story moved me to tears! I love the theme of true beauty. So timely and refreshing. I’ll be thinking of this for a long time.

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Refreshing

Beautifully written. This story made my emotions soar and my heart to crush and cry. I also love that the heroine wasn’t perfect in her appearance and that the male lead had to learn what beauty truly is.

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Wow

I wasn’t expecting such a fantastic story. It grabbed my attention from start to finish and caused me to lose a little sleep. The narrator was fantastic and really brought the characters to life. Highly recommend.

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Very good!

The author did a great job of dropping you in the story. As I read it I literally felt like I was there with the characters in the setting. Everything was described so well. I felt the character developments were done at a good pace, not too fast or cheesy or extreme. And I absolutely loved how God was incorporated into the story. Beautiful!

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Not for me

ok where should i start? did not like the main characters, super predictable story line could not finish the book have an hour left and im done. She's an angel but not pretty, he's every girls dream. everyone she talks to gets healing from grief and burdens and he can not decide where he stands with her. she makes him feel light and free but he has no idea where that leaves him.