Where the Road Bends by Rachel Fordham | Book Review

If it hadn’t been for the angelic woman, Norah King, Quincy would have died.

The woman saved him, not only from his misfortune, but from himself. She speaks of hope for a bright future. She says he can move on from his brutal past, but is she right?

He would love to claim Norah as his own and discover the riches of hope she speaks of, but it cannot be. Her future has already been arranged with another man. As difficult as it is, he knows leaving her is for the best.

Will he ever be able to move past their farewell, and create a better life for himself–the kind Norah speaks of?

Why You Should Read Where the Road Bends by Rachel Fordham

I plan on reviewing other genres, but until then, I simply can’t shake my love for romance novels.

A good romance novel makes me hold my breath for the first kiss, dream about the character’s futures, and wonder where the road they walk will lead. This book checked all the boxes!

Rachel Fordham has crafted a story of heartbreak and hope. Honestly, I didn’t expect it to pack such a powerful punch.

It dives into all the nitty-gritty, without going overboard, and resurfaces with a beautiful transformation.

It speaks about how to overcome the darkness of our pasts and embrace the hope of a good future. It illustrates how a family is not always created by blood, but through love and support.

Despite every hardship that is thrown at these admirable characters, they stand strong and fight against the darkness.

Genre: Christian historical romance

Keywords: Hardship + overcoming the past + fight the good fight + speaking up + family and friends + forgiveness + making amends + hope for the future

Status: Standalone, but a character from Yours Truly, Thomas is briefly heard from.

P.O.V: Third person.

Page count of paperback: 310

Content Warnings:

  • Blood and wounds are mentioned a few times. Nothing too detailed though.
  • The consumption of alcoholic beverages is mentioned on several occasions and drunk characters are seen throughout the book. It is looked down upon.
  • Gambling is mentioned several times. It is looked down upon.
  • Characters use profanity several times, but no words are written out. One character, in particular, struggles to contain vile words on a few occasions. (He is trying to do better.)
  • The fear of the wedding night (referring to intimacy, but not directly stated) is brought up twice.
  • A man goes into a saloon and orders an alcoholic beverage, but he doesn’t drink it.
  • A man goes upstairs in a saloon and knocks on several doors. From behind one door, a man tells him to go away followed by a woman’s giggle.
  • Forehead, cheek, and lip kisses are shared between a man and woman. Two lip kisses are detailed; one with the description of warmth filling the body, and in the other, the man’s hand works its way through the woman’s hair and his lips “move against hers with sweet desire”.
  • A woman finds a man’s touch intoxicating.
  • The feelings and emotions of falling in love.
  • A woman looks forward to the wedding night.
  • Two men are shot during the duration of the book.

Trigger Warnings:

Saloons, tainted women, and the such are mentioned frequently throughout this book. They are crucial to the plotline, so if heavy attention to such matters triggers you, I would advise against this book.

Keep in mind that the story of a woman losing her virginity (not detailed, don’t worry) in the upper rooms of a saloon is revealed throughout the book.

What Are You Waiting For?

If this looks like a book you would enjoy, what are you waiting for? Go buy it! You can purchase it from Amazon, Books-a-Million, and anywhere else you can find books. Perhaps you can even find it at your local library!

Between the thrilling banter and the love built through the most difficult hardships, this book is sure to win your heart! I know it definitely won mine.

Have you read Where the Road Bends by Rachel Fordham? What did you think of it? Is it to die for, or is it lacking something? Let me know in the comments!

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