Review & Giveaway: A Lady in Attendance by Rachel Fordham

A Lady in Attendance by Rachel Fordham

Publication Date: June 1, 2021

Genre: Historical Fiction/Christian/Romance

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

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Oh my stars, this has to be one of the sweetest romances I've ever read! I was excited to read this book, especially after seeing all of the great reviews posted during the tour, and I can safely say that it is magnificent!

Hazel is newly released from a House of Refuge after being mistakenly convicted of burglary. She is from a good home this event leaves a stain on her reputation and her family has asked her not to return home as it would hurt her sister's chances at finding husbands. Desperately she changes her name and hides her past and begins looking for a job and a place to live. She applies to be a lady in attendance, a fairly new career for young women of the time, to a Dentist and luckily he gives her a chance. Gilbert, or Dr. Watts, is a reputable man with a quiet nature and is quite content with his solitary life. That is until Hazel begins working for him. Despite his warnings that this would be a strictly business arrangement, their connection can't be overlooked by either of them. Gilbert knows she is hiding something from her past but it will take some time before she talks to him about it. They then work together to help clear her name so that she can be reunited with her family.

I absolutely adored this read! The chemistry between Hazel and Gilbert is off the charts and I swear every time they had a scene together there would be a huge smile on my face. They are just too cute for words! I also loved Ina, Hazel's friend and roommate.

If you enjoy slow-burn sweet romances you definitely need to pick up A Lady in Attendance! It's just so, so, so good! Now excuse me while I race off to buy Fordham's previous books!

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.

Learn more about current projects at You can also follow Rachel on Facebook, Instagram, BookBub, and Goodreads.

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

Thursday, October 14
Review at Library of Clean Reads
Review at Michelle the PA Loves to Read

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

Wednesday, October 20
Review at A Chick Who Reads
Excerpt at Books and Benches
Review at Robin Loves Reading

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

Tuesday, November 2
Interview at Jorie Loves a Story
Excerpt at Lisa Everyday Reads

Wednesday, November 3
Excerpt at Bookworlder

Friday, November 5
Review at Passages to the Past


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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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