Review: A Life Once Dreamed by Rachel Fordham

A Life Once DreamedA Life Once Dreamed was a beautiful and uplifting second chance love story that I enjoyed from the first page to the last! It was the first book that I have read by this author and I am looking forward to reading her other novels.

Aggie and James were characters that I couldn’t help but love. There were secrets and hurt between them, and I felt especially sorry for James as he struggled to find out from Aggie the reason that she left him and their dreams of marriage six years earlier.

I loved that there were so many interesting secondary characters in this book. The author did a great job of creating a town populated with people I came to care for, such as Hannah and her family, Sam, and baby Fred. A few of Aggie’s students brought humor to the pages with their questions about all kinds of things! This story was a delight to read from start to finish.

(5 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.


A Life Once DreamedSix 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?

Fan-favorite Rachel Fordham brings to life the dusty streets of an 1880s frontier town in this story that affirms where you come from matters far less than where you’re going.

Purchase your own copy here.


Rachel Fordham

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.

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About Brittany

As a homeschooling mom and avid reader, I get great joy through reading and reviewing books. I focus my reading and my reviews on Christian fiction, primarily Christian romantic fiction. I also review sweet, clean fiction. I hope you will find my reviews helpful in your decisions on what books to read.
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2 Responses to Review: A Life Once Dreamed by Rachel Fordham

  1. carylkane says:

    Excellent review, Britt!

  2. Rachel Fordham says:

    Thanks for reading! And reviewing.

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