This is the third and final story in Amanda Cabot's Westward Winds series. It follows the third sister, Elizabeth, as she begins her new life in the newly formed city of Cheyenne as their first female doctor. The story reintroduces the reader to familiar scenery and familiar characters, as well as many new characters. I loved the realistic feel of what it must have been like to be a female doctor in a time when the world still thought all women should be kept to their place in the home. Although this is the third in a series, it easily stands alone as its own story. But, I promise, it will leave the reader wanting to read the other two stories as this town is full of adventure and interesting stories! There is lots of romance with several of the characters and it emphasizes how critical faith was to the success of these early towns. 5 stars for Amanda Cabot and I look forward to her new contemporary series coming soon.
I received this book from bookfun.org in exchange for my honest review
With Autumn's Return is the third book of the Westward Winds series, but it was the first of Ms. Cabot's books that I have read, and I absolutely loved it. Although I had not read the first two books, I was able to get into the story without any problem and it made me curious to read the first two books.
I'm not sure we realize just how hard it was for women to break into the professional world of medicine. Perhaps we have taken for granted the path forged by the women pioneers. In a time when medicine could be practiced by any man, even without a doctorate degree or higher education, women who were educated and qualified were ignored and ridiculed for trying to practice medicine.
This book has many messages intertwined with the romance of a head strong woman doctor, Elizabeth and the attorney, Jason, who despises her and then finds himself falling in love with her. The line between love and hate is truly a thin one here. I loved the way the main character, Elizabeth, was able to combat prejudice and ignorance with truth and reason in her arguments.
Elizabeth is a smart, beautiful and extremely capable woman who is determined to follow the calling God has placed on her life. She faces ridicule and ostracism when she opens her practice, but in time, she is able to prove her ability and her devotion to medicine. Elizabeth struggles with balancing being a woman, a doctor, and the possibility of being a wife and mother someday. Does having a career mean she must forget about having a personal life?
Jason is a handsome, brilliant attorney who cannot fathom this woman doctor in his town. In spending time getting to know her, he finds his own prejudices challenged when he needs Elizabeth to save his life. He finds that people are not always truthful and the gossipmongers are willing to believe whatever they want to.
With Autumn's Return is a great book with an enticing plot, believable characters, and intriguing story. It is more than that however, it is a story illustrating the real struggles that women faced as they fought for the right to be professionals in a strictly man's world. I would highly recommend this book to readers of all ages as I believe it would be beneficial especially for young women to see the battles fought for them so many years ago.
I received this book from the Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
With Autumn Return by Amanda Cabot read like a Soap Opera. I really truly enjoy the story of Dr. Elizabeth Harding who is a female doctor in the late 1800's in Cheyenne. Her struggle to be respected as a doctor and to succeed in a world of a Man's position during the 1800's. It read like a soap opera to me. It did not only talk about Dr. Elizabeth Harding, but also of people's lives that surround the good doctor. Unhappiness, Uncertainty, the good, the bad, and what positive outcomes of each of the people's lives in the story. I received the book from The Book Club Network to review. I recommend this book!
For those of us who always want to know what happens to other characters in a previous book, you will enjoy the third book in Amanda Cabot's Westward Winds trilogy, With Autumn's Return.
The youngest of the Harding sisters, Elizabeth has reached her life's goal to become a doctor. Years spent learning how to help those who are suffering is all that she has ever wanted to do, and she has finally become Dr. Harding. This has not been an easy goal to reach, as there is much prejudice against a woman becoming a doctor.
Her sisters have urged her to move to Cheyenne where there is a need for a doctor, and so it is with a feeling of pride and apprehension that she sets up her office. Interestingly enough, there is a young lawyer right next door, but romance is not on Elizabeth's mind at this time. However_well, read to see. â˜º
I appreciated the way that other characters from previous books were brought into the story, but only in a way that made Elizabeth's story more interesting, and completed the series. You do not need to have read the first two books to completely enjoy With Autumn's Return, but you will want to! I think that With Autumn's Return is a book you will not want to miss.
With Autumn's Return: Westward Winds book 3***** by Amanda Cabot
It is finally happening! Elizabeth Harding is opening her doctor's practice in Cheyenne, Wyoming Territory. She has high hopes that it will be different here than it was in the East where women doctors were frowned on and ridiculedâ€”it is 1887 after all and times are changing. An added bonus is that both her sisters, Charlotte and Abigail, live in Cheyenne too. However, both Charlotte and Abigail are away. Charlotte had found her an office in a perfect location before her arrival. Her office is now ready and she tries to wait patently for the first, hopefully of many, patients to arrive.
There is another office on the other side of the same building occupied by a lawyer, Jason Nordling.
Jason knew of the new doctor setting up "his" practice but has yet to meet "him". Today, however his mind is occupied with the last day of his clients trial. When he does meet the new doctor he is shocked to see that the doctor is a "she" not a "he". Needless to say sparks fly when he makes a not very nice comment about women doctors. Elizabeth certainly expected more of a welcome and far different attitude than Jason gave her.
They both must get past their differences and work together when a murder occurs and Elizabeth is sure that the accused is innocent. Joining forces they find a web of deceit, danger, lies, a life in danger and many obstacles in their path. Forgiveness, trust, hope, justice, romance, love and faith are interwoven through these obstacles and certainly captures the readers attention to the last page.
~~I received a copy of this book from Bookfun Network for my review~~