As you know from past book reviews, I enjoy Christian historical fiction. With Autumn's Return by Amanda Cabot is one of those books. I wanted to read it because I have read the first two books in the Westward Winds series (Book 1 and Book 2). This book was about Elizabeth Harding, the youngest sister in the Harding family.
Elizabeth Harding is a female doctor in Cheyenne, Wyoming during the 1800â€²s. I appreciated her fortitude to do what she felt called to do despite the disapproval of many. Women doctors were not popular or accepted easily in that time in history. Dr. Harding's fortitude is something I could use a good dose of on my bad days! Ha! I also related to her struggle as a working woman and her fears and concerns over having a family with her chosen profession. She had working mom guilt before she was even a mother, but I think many of us must struggle with this when we choose to work or are forced to because of circumstances out of our control.
Dr. Harding showed godly character when she chose to treat the ladies of one of the local brothels. She treated them with respect and dignity despite their profession. I think this is something lacking in today's Christianity. As Christians or followers of Christ, we are called to love, yet there's still so much hatred in the world against those who may be different from us and that's not just outside the church it is within it as well.
I enjoyed the friendship between her and Jason. I think friendship should be the basis of any romantic interest and like it when it's portrayed in that light.
The book wasn't all a bed of roses. Mystery, murder and deceit were woven into the plot to spice up the book and make it more than just a romance novel. Don't get me wrong it was not a mystery novel but it definitely those elements made it more than just another boring romance.
Was the book predictable? Admittedly, yes. Was it interesting? I'd have to say so since I like reading about that time period. Was it one of my favorite books to read? No, not really, but I enjoyed it and give it a thumbs up.
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With Autumn's Return by Amanda Cabot is a captivating book about a young woman doctor fresh out of medical school, opening up her practice in Cheyenne, Wyoming, in the late 1800's. Elizabeth Harding is confident that the people in the town will welcome a new doctor. However, things don't turn out as planned as she learns that prejudices against women doctors doesn't just exist in the east.
She is quite patient, though, and eventually wins over many in the town. She is even able to win over her neighbor, Jason Nordling, who was so rude upon her arriving in town.
Then they both work as a team to discover the truth behind a murder. Amanda always thought that choosing the profession of a doctor would mean no man would ever want to marry her. As her practice grows as she becomes more busy does she have time to love? Can she perhaps have both? Or does she need to face the reality of the profession she has chosen?
This was an engaging read that I thoroughly enjoyed. I loved the historical setting, and the peek inside the changing of practicing medicine during this time period. Elizabeth is an easy character to like, and she is surrounded by some loveable and totally unloveable characters. There is a little girl named Rose that stole my heart! The book has history, romance, intrigue, and mystery all woven together in a wonderful read. This is the third in a series, however it stands alone as a great read. I haven't read the other two in the series, but I plan on fixing that, and soon! This was an enjoyable read, and I definitely recommend it. This is the first time I've read a book by Amanda Cabot; I'm looking forward to reading more!
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Amanda Cabot in her new book, "With Autumn's Return" Book Three in the Westward Winds series published by Revell takes us into the life of Elizabeth Harding.
From the Back Cover: She's planning on instant success. She didn't plan on love.
Elizabeth Harding arrives in Cheyenne, Wyoming, to establish her medical practice thanks to the wooing of her two older sisters who extolled the beauty of the land. She's certain she'll have a line of patients eager for her expertise and gentle bedside manner. However, she soon discovers the town and its older doctor may not welcome a new physician. Even more frustrating, the handsome young attorney next door may not be ready for the idea of a woman doctor. For his part, Jason Nordling has nothing against women, but he's promised himself that the woman he marries will be a full-time mother.
Despite their firm principles, Elizabeth and Jason find that mutual attraction-and disdain from the community-is drawing them ever closer. And when the two find themselves working to save the life and tattered reputation of a local woman, they'll have to decide how far they're willing to go to find justice-and true love.
The medical and legal professions are all skillfully woven together in "With Autumn's Return". This time the focus is on Elizabeth as she attempts to become the first woman doctor in Cheyenne. Jason is the lawyer and he has definite feelings about the place of a woman stemming from his childhood. Now the two have to work together against all sorts of obstacles to save a life and find the truth. On top of all of this there is the romance. This book will keep you guessing and turning pages leaving chores unattended and it is so worth it. Ms. Cabot is an excellent writer and makes all her characters believable and you care deeply for them as she deftly unfolds the plot before us. I am sorry to see this series come to an end but I am sure Ms. Cabot has new adventures awaiting us in her next series.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
When Dr. Elizabeth Harding goes west to Wyoming, she's certain she'll have more patients than she can handle. But she soon realizes that the prejudice toward female doctors is just the same as it is back east.
Attorney Jason Nordling thinks women belong at home. The pretty doctor next door catches his attention, but he'd never take a second look at a woman who preferred a career over a family.
When one of Elizabeth's patients is suspected of committing a heinous crime, she and Jason must work together to prove her innocence. Will Jason recognize what a jewel Elizabeth is before he loses her?
With Autumn's Return is a heart-warming story of a woman determined to make a difference. Jason is a hurting hero with wounds inflicted on him as a child. Readers will love both characters and how they clash and mesh throughout the story. There is also a sweet secondary romance that readers will also enjoy. As usual, Amanda Cabot does a wonderful job of vividly portraying the Old West town and its townsfolk. This sweet romance, with some intrigue and delicious sparks between hero and heroine, finishes off Cabot's Westward Winds series with a satisfying read.
Amanda Cabot's With Autumn's Return is book 3 in the Westward Winds series. Even with Summer of Promise and Waiting for Spring coming before it, With Autumn's Return was a joy to read as a stand alone book. If Cabot's first two books in this series, are as good as this book I am certain I will love them just as much.
Amanda Cabot has written such a gentle love story. As such, it was just the vacation my soul needed. I have to agree with Kim Vogel Sawyer, as quoted on the back cover of the book "One thing I know to expect when I open an Amanda Cabot novel is heart". This statement perfectly describes what I found and felt as I read this book.
The ease with which Elizabeth and Jason related, after their initial meeting, and the thoughtfulness they had for each other was so easy and kind. All of the dynamics; the situation at Phoebe's Bordello, the relationship between Gwen and Harrison, the expected arrival of Elizabeth's sisters, and the joint purpose that Elizabeth and Jason found, were intertwined and masterfully written by Amanda Cabot. It was easy to imagine myself as one of the residents of this town standing in the shadows just watching the story unfold.
If you like feeling that you are a part of the plot, and enjoy reading the type of book I described above, you will want to run to the bookstore and pick up With Autumn's Return as soon as you can.