In the midst of all our movie release craziness, it’s so relaxing to be able to take a break and read a good book. The Hope of Azure Springs by Rachel Fordham was a great choice.

I always enjoy books set in the late 1800’s. At first glance, this one looks like a western romance, which it is, but it’s got its own style. While the setting is very much Old West, the writing and characters have a timeless feel.

A theme of the story is fairy tales. The heroine, Em, loves to tell fairy tales. We later learn the significance these stories had in her past, but what’s really special is the way her fairy tales play out in real life. It took me most of the book to realize that The Hope of Azure Springs is in fact a beautiful fairy tale set in the midwest in the 1880’s. How cool is that?

For me, the sign of a really good story is one that sticks with you. Days after putting the book down, I found myself thinking about the characters and wondering what happened to them. I couldn’t seem to get the characters out of my mind. That’s good storytelling!

Like all fairy tales, The Hope of Azure Springs can be pretty dark and grim at times, but the light that shines through at the end, makes it a very satisfying emotional journey.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for posting an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

About the Author Sharon Wilharm

Christian women’s speaker, Sharon Wilharm, is a ministry leader, podcast host, and female filmmaker whose stories have impacted audiences around the globe. An accomplished storyteller, Sharon draws the audience in with humor, engages them with stories, then ties everything together to bring to light spiritual truths. Her heart’s desire is to encourage women in their walk with the Lord, showing them how to find God’s will for their life through prayer and scripture. “God is the Master Storyteller,” says Sharon. “I love helping women see how God is always at work behind the scenes laying the foundation for the glorious future He has in store for us.” Sharon is a firm believer in the power of prayer and has many stories to share of God working in miraculous ways in her own life as well as those around her. She’s passionate about teaching women how to pray and loves engaging with women in personal prayer. Wherever she goes, she finds herself surrounded by women in need of prayer, and she considers it an honor to pray with women whether they’re friends, family, or complete strangers. Sharon has enjoyed a lifelong fascination with women of the Bible and loves applying the biblical stories to modern situations. She teaches a Women Through the Bible study at her church, applying the S.O.A.P. method of scripture study. She especially enjoys delving into lesser known women and discovering encouraging truths for women of today. She recently launched a new podcast where she works her way through the Bible sharing the stories of All God’s Women.

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