With Autumn's Return kinda started out like a typical historical novel but it didn't exactly stay that way. I was totally not expecting the murder mystery near the end, it was a great who-done-it within a historical.
Amanda Cabot has written a great story of love, friendship, and family. There is a wide variety of characters. From the adorable little girl named Rose, to a man raising his daughters on his own, a spoiled gold-digger, and a loving mother that just wants a sibling for her son. Each with their own story and foibles.
I think one of my favorite things about the story is that, while Elizabeth knows she is called to be a doctor she still struggles with some of the things she has to give up in order to do so. Will Jason be able to see beyond his prejudices and be able to show her Elizabeth the woman?
Another neat thing was the setting of 1880's Cheyenne, Wyoming. It was interesting since it is not often that particular city makes it into stories.
If you love historical novels where a girl has to beat the odds and has a touch of mystery than you are in for a treat in With Autumn's Return.
(I received a copy of this book from Revell through The Book Club Network for my honest review. All opinions are my own.)
With Autumn's Return we are arriving in the town of Cheyenne with Elizabeth Harding who has come to set up her physician's practice. She has chosen the town of Cheyenne for soon her sisters will be settling there as well with their new husbands. We learn about each of their stories in the previous two books, which I had not read prior but in no way did I feel lost in this story. Elizabeth has to face a lot of prejudice with being a woman doctor from most of the townsfolk and her very charming next door neighbor, lawyer Jason Nordling. There is an attraction between the two, who both fight their growing feelings thinking a romance could not work between them. However, Jason grows to see Elizabeth's abilities as a doctor as he witnesses first hand her care of her patients. Elizabeth is a very loving doctor and cares for each of her patients when they start coming, even risking her reputation in caring for the local brothel girls. When rumors start and her reputation is under scrutiny, Jason steps in as a friend to temporarily court her. But neither of them are prepared for the fallout from the lies they told themselves and then they both must rely on each other when a murder of a prominent citizen occurs. Not only do we get to see the unfolding love story between Jason and Elizabeth, but also of Gwen (her roommate) and Harrison (her new brother-in-law's brother). This was an engaging read. I plan on going back and meeting the first two sisters and reading their stories. I received this book from The Book Club Network, Inc. and the opinions are my own.
With Autumn's Return is an exceptional book. It is Book 3 in the Westward Winds Series. But is easily understood being read alone. The book revolves around Dr Elizabeth Harding. She graduated near the top of her class in the east but came to Wyoming to set up practice because her two sisters lived there. She faces discrimination of various types along the way. There is romance, murder, adventure, love, family, trust issues, weight issues and other problems that are encountered in daily life in the old west. I can't wait to read the other two books in the series.
I recieved this book from the Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
In the late 1800s a woman was not looked upon as possessing the capacity or skill to become a doctor, much less be accepted into medical school and graduating at the top of her class. In this novel Elizabeth Harding had received her medical degree and moved to Cheyenne to set up her medical practice, expecting to become a successful doctor. Unfortunately the residents discredited her skills and scoffed at her. Attorney, Jason Nordling occupied the office next door. His attitude and most recent court case unfortunately raised Elizabeth's indignation, an incident that didn't help her gain his friendship. Mingling with high society did little to bring patients to the doctor's office, and old Doc Worland offered no help, degrading and belittling her. Diphtheria threatened her friend and unborn child, and despite Dr. Worland's intercession she taught the housemaid to treat the disease. Soon thereafter Jason developed diphtheria and became her first infirmary patient. Their rocky beginnings had begun to develop into a deepened friendship, and Elizabeth refused to allow Jason to die.
With Autumn's Return is the third in a series called Westward Winds. I had not read the prequels to this book, but found it to be a successful standalone novel aside from a bit of confusion regarding the numerous characters. That did not take away from the story which involved numerous subplots running alongside the development of the relationship between the main characters. The setting was well delineated, revealing a picturesque representation of the landscape of Wyoming, and the numerous characters were defined in detail, a wide array of varying individuals from all walks of life. Amanda Cabot is a talented author of historical fiction and her research is evident. I enjoyed this book, and hope to read the prequels at some time in the future.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Revell and the For Readers Only program through Book Fun in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
Book 3 in the Westward Winds Series but can be read as a stand alone.
Dr. Harding arrives in Cheyenne full of hope as she sets up her medical practice. She expects to be so busy and it will be wonderful. She has made it despite being a woman. Will it be as exciting as she thinks? There is already one male doctor in Cheyenne but she hopes they can be friends.
Jason Nordling, a young attorney, seems to be like the residents of the town regarding a female doctor.
Jason's office is above Dr. Harding's office. On the first encounter with Dr. Harding, Jason has just won his court case and his client was free. So was he in a good mood or not when he meets her? Why or why not?
Since he seems to disapprove of a female doctor, will they ever become friends? People in Cheyenne begin to throw them together in a romantic way but will it work?
Prejudice against the female doctor increases when Dr. Harding begins helping the women in a brothel. Is this good or bad for her reputation?
The book is well-written and has both romance and intrigue. The characters are well-developed and you begin to care for them. Will good or evil win the battle in Cheyenne?
I received this book to review by bookFun.org for my honest opinion. CBD has a great price for this book.