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.

Written by Sharon Wilharm

Sharon Wilharm is a female filmmaker, blogger, and speaker with over a decade of industry experience. She and her husband, Fred, just released SUMMER OF '67, their seventh feature film. Their movies have screened in theaters, festivals, and churches around the globe as well as multiple television networks. They've accumulated dozens of festival accolades including many Best of Fest awards and 4 ICVM Crown Awards. Sharon is passionate about visual storytelling, branding, and marketing and would love to speak at your upcoming event.

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