About the Book
Book: Where the Road Bends
Author: Rachel Fordham
Genre: Historical Romance, Inspirational
Release Date: June 7, 2022
As Norah King surveys her family land in Iowa in 1880, she is acutely aware that it is all she has left, and she will do everything in her power to save it–even if that means marrying a man she hardly knows. Days before her wedding, Norah discovers an injured man on her property. Her sense of duty compels her to take him in and nurse him back to health. Little does she realize just how much this act of kindness will complicate her life and threaten the future she’s planned.
Norah’s care does more than aid Quincy Barnes’s recovery–it awakens his heart to possibilities. Penniless and homeless, he knows the most honorable thing he can do is head on down the road and leave Norah to marry her intended. But walking away from the first person to believe in him proves much harder than he imagined.
Rachel Fordham invites you to experience the strength and beauty of love forged in the crucible of hardship in this heartwarming story.
Where the Road Bends by Rachel Fordham is another really great read. I thoroughly enjoyed my time with this story and with these characters. The pacing is a tad on the slow side for me, but I didn’t mind. I felt like I could take my time with this story and really get to know all the characters. I enjoyed the setting very much. Longfield sounds like such a cozy, inviting place. I like how the citizens of Longfield band together and have each other’s backs. If only we were all so lucky to live in a community that cares for one another like they do in Longfield. I found the conflicts very engaging and admit to reading late into the night because I just had to know how characters were going to deal with all life threw at them. One of my favorite aspects to this story is how well Fordham utilizes tension. I was stressed over Percy and I was stressed for Norah. I also kept yelling at Quincy to just tell Norah his secret: “Come on man, get it over with. Spit it out!” I like when a book captures my interest so much I’m yelling at characters. What a testament to a truly good story.
What I so enjoyed in this story is the easy give-and-take between Norah and Quincy. They have an immediate soul connection that is very deep and familiar. They can talk about anything, are honest with one another (for the most part), and are funny. In fact, I chuckled quite a bit during the first few chapters. Because of this ease with each other, their journey to love, their innate chemistry, is not hard to believe. In fact, I found the pacing of their relationship quite realistic. One of the topics Norah and Quincy discuss early on in their story is the idea of changing as an individual. Norah, ever the optimist, believes that anything is possible for Quincy. He is down on his luck when they first meet, but that doesn’t mean he has to stay down. As she so eloquently states, “…Follow where the road bends. You can have a different life.” Of course, Norah is correct, we can have a different life. We are not bound to our pasts or our mistakes. If we don’t like something, we have the power to change. And that is just what he does. Quincy sets out to make a new, better life for himself, and it is a fun journey to watch.
Where the Road Bends is another home run by Rachel Fordham. I really enjoyed my time with this book and highly recommend it. If you love well-written Historical Romances, you definitely do not want to miss out on this book.
I received a review copy of this novel in eBook form from the publisher, Revell, via NetGalley. In no way has this influenced my review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.