A Life Once Dreamed (Fordham)

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Agnes Pratt fled her childhood home and the man she loved after realizing that her life wasn’t what she had always thought it to be. She has made a new life for herself as a schoolteacher in the Dakota Territory, and thinks she has made peace with her past … until part of her past shows up demanding to know why she walked away!

I really enjoyed this story, which dealt with a topic that most people today don’t give a second thought to — illegitimate children. I think many times we forget that there was a time in history when this “status” was held against the child. I think reader’s of Christian historical fiction, especially stories that take place out west, will really enjoy this book!

This title will soon be on the shelves at your Chippewa River District Library!

Title: A Life Once Dreamed
Author: Fordham, Rachel
Genre: Christian Historical Fiction
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Release Date: August 4, 2020
Format: Trade Paperback, eBook
Pages: 336

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Six years ago, a shocking secret sent Agnes Pratt running in search of a new start. She found it in Penance, a rugged town of miners and lumberjacks in the Dakota Territory, where she became Miss Aggie, respected schoolteacher and confirmed old maid. But the past has a way of catching up with people.

When childhood friend and former sweetheart James Harris accepts a position as the town doctor, Aggie's pleasantly predictable days suddenly become anything but. James wants to know why Agnes left behind the life they had dreamed of creating for themselves--but he is the one person who can never know.

In the shadows of the Black Hills, can a healing light be shed on the past? Or will the secret Agnes can't seem to outrun destroy her chance at happiness?

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