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Beyond Ivy Walls



Reminiscent of Beauty and the Beast, a recluse and a young woman discover that the scars of life are no match against an act of love.

Iowa, 1903. All of Monticello believes Otis Taylor has been away fostering his musical genius. But the truth is that his father exiled him long ago, rejecting Otis's appearance and the scars that came with it. Now that he is the last living Taylor, Otis has covertly returned to settle his family's affairs and rid himself of his past for good. However, he soon discovers that he may not have been the only discarded Taylor and begins a tireless search for his missing niece.

At twenty-three years old, Sadie West left her family farm and found employment at the Hoag feather duster factory. It isn't a romantic job, but she's hardly had a glimmer of romance since her beau went off to college, leaving her with no promise of a future together. Desperate to save money and help her family make ends meet, she trespasses and finds shelter in an abandoned building--and is thrown in the path of the town's mysterious bachelor.

Otis's wounds are deep, but as Sadie's friendship with him grows, she begins to fall for the man beneath the mask. The mystery of his long-lost niece, however, is more complex than either could have imagined, and Sadie may be the key to Otis Taylor finally finding his way home.


“Reading Beyond Ivy Walls, I was immersed in the hustle and bustle of Monticello in the early 1900’s and the smells and noises of the factory.  But what about the outside world and the lives of the girls working there?  Set against this backdrop, Fordham weaves a masterful tale of romance, innuendos, love found and love lost.  Intrigue and mysterious twists in this historical fiction will take you back to life in a simpler time … or was it?”

—Jan M. Hoag,
second great-granddaughter of
Hoag Duster Company founder
William Elam Hoag

“I am a longtime fan of Rachel Fordham, having read all of her books, and anxiously awaiting the latest! I love Rachel’s easy-reading and mysteriously written novels, always ending with a profound message. What a joy and honor to read an early draft of Beyond Ivy Walls. I couldn’t stop reading this delightful story that reminded me of “Beauty and the Beast,” and the value of inner characteristics over outer appearance. It is a testimony of true sacrificial love, from the beginning to the end of this special book. The setting in Monticello, Iowa, my own personal birthplace, touched my heart. The story of my great-grandfather Elmer Hoag’s Feather Duster Factory was brought back to life. Thank you, Rachel!”

—Cathy Hershberger, great-grand daughter of Elmer and Estella Hoag

"This was my favorite book by this author!! The story drew me in from the beginning and I could barely do anything else but read this book!"

—Goodreads review


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Rachel Fordham is the author of Where the Road Bends, A Lady in Attendance, A Life Once DreamedThe Hope of Azure Springs, and Yours Truly, Thomas. Fans expect stories with heart and she delivers, diving deep into the human experience and tugging at reader emotions. She loves connecting with people, traveling to new places, and daydreaming about future projects that will have sigh-worthy endings and memorable characters. She is a busy mom, raising both biological and foster children (a cause she feels passionate about). She lives with her husband and children on an island in the state of Washington.

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Instagram: @rachel_fordham
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