Waiting for Spring, Westward Winds Series #2
Wyoming teritory women's story
Waiting for Spring, book 2 in Amanda CabotÃ¢ÂÂs Westward Winds series, can compellingly stand alone, but it does continue the story of Charlotte Harding Crowley. Widowed Madame Charlotte, a talented clothing designer and seamstress has opened a shop in Cheyenne, where she lives with her toddler son, David. She tries to keep her past hidden as well as hoping to remain hidden from Ã¢ÂÂthe baron,Ã¢ÂÂ who seems to think she knows where an outlawÃ¢ÂÂs stash might be.
One thing Charlotte has trouble hiding are her growing feelings for wealthy cattleman Barrett Landry, who appears to be courting one of her best customers and friends, Miriam Taggert. Pressured by his friends to enter the senate race in the soon-rising state of Wyoming, Barrett appears convinced the influential newspaper ownerÃ¢ÂÂs daughter would be his best choice for a wife. But does his heart affirm the decision?
Horrible winter weather, water issues, cattle catastrophes, and financial struggles add to the drama, as well as the threat posed by the ruthless madman, the baron. All the major characters discover new insights as they face these trials. Charlotte comes to understand: Ã¢ÂÂHow wrong she had been! Asking for help was a sign of weakness, or so she had thought. Ã¢ÂÂ¦ She had been wrong. So very wrong. She had been so blind that she hadnÃ¢ÂÂt realized that by struggling to do everything herself, she was depriving others of the opportunity to be needed.Ã¢ÂÂ (page 317)
The first book in the series, Summer of Promise, is another great read, and the third book, With AutumnÃ¢ÂÂs Return, will be coming out in January 2014.
November 18, 2013
I highly recommend the first two books in the Westward Wind Series by Amanda Cabot . I took the time to read book #1-Summer Of Promise before reading book #2 Waiting For Spring. I am so glad I did because Charlotte's story starts in the first book and continues in book #2 as she is given a second chance at love. If you enjoy historic Christian romance and suspense you will love both of these books which I give 5 stars each.
The covers on these book are really beautiful and made me want to just right in and read. There is something to be said for a book with a pretty cover.
I received this book from Net Galley, Baker Publishing, Revell for my honest review. I was not paid in any way for my review.
September 25, 2013
Charlotte starts over in Cheyenne, and runs a small dress shop. Charlotte is hiding from the infamous Barron, who believes that she is in possession of stolen goods. Barrett has decided to run for a public office, once Wyoming becomes a state, but in order to promote his image as a family man he needs a wife.
Can Charlotte keep her son, and her heart, safe?
Amanda Cabot has written a wonderfully engaging tale, full of mystery, romance, and many plot twists, that keep the pages turning! I was so happy to read Charlotte's story after reading the first book in the series, though this novel can be completely stand alone.
Ms. Cabot does an excellent job of representing a young Wyoming, before statehood. And I love Ms. Cabot writes about the wonderful state where she resides, and I could tell that she put some time into the research to make sure the facts were accurate.
Overall, and excellent read that I thoroughly enjoyed. The characters were well developed and interacted naturally and realistically. A book that I highly recommend!
Ã¢ÂÂAvailable January 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.Ã¢ÂÂ
I received this book from the publisher in return for an honest review. Thank you!
May 6, 2013
A Sweet Romance Sure to Please
I met Charlotte while reading Summer of Promise, the first book in Cabot's Westward Winds series. Charlotte dealt with disappointment, disillusionment, and the death of her husband. A resourceful widow determined to make a new life for her young son, Charlotte has moved to Cheyenne and put her skills to work as a dressmaker, keeping her questionable past a secret. Enter Barrett Landry, a man of integrity being pushed into politics--as well as marriage to a woman his sponsors believe will improve his chances of being elected.
The fun begins when Barrett meets Charlotte. The two form a fast friendship. Duty-bound to marry the woman handpicked for him, Barrett fights his feelings for Charlotte. Knowing her past could destroy his chances of being elected, Charlotte denies her attraction and aides him in his plans to propose to the woman who could further his career. Despite their best efforts, circumstances push Barrett and Charlotte together as they're forced to deal with her well-kept secret, one that tests their love and could threaten their very lives.
I enjoyed the interplay between Charlotte and Barrett, two well-intentioned, honorable people torn between doing what's right and following their hearts. Each is willing to sacrifice happiness for the sake of the other. Charlotte exhibits strength, courage, and determination. Barrett is honest, compassionate, and principled--traits that serve him well in life but could spell his ruin in the political realm. Watching these two wrestle with the challenges they face makes for a moving read. Add the element of mystery--and a mysterious stranger--and things get even more exciting.
When I'm in the mood for a sweet story with well-crafted characters I'm sure to like, I know Amanda Cabot will deliver. That's certainly the case with Waiting for Spring. Although meeting Charlotte in the first book of the series could add to your enjoyment, it's not necessary to have read it in order to enjoy the second in the series.
February 19, 2013