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.
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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.
Autumn's Return is the last of the Westward Winds trilogy about the three Harding sisters and their adventures in finding love in the Wyoming Territory during the 1880s.
Each story can be considered a stand-alone, so there's no need to read them in the correct order to enjoy them.
Dr. Elizabeth Harding moves to Cheyenne, Wyoming, to open her medical practice. Jason Nordling, the attorney in the office next to hers, has problems of his own after his defense of a high-profile murderer backfires. When Jason meets Elizabeth, his attitude is the same as that of the other citizensâ€”a woman cannot be a capable doctor.
As the days pass, they grow in admiration for each other, but their contrary opinions prevents them from becoming more than casual friends.
This book captured my attention from the first page and kept me turning pages, anxious to see how everything would turn out. There's mystery and intrigue here too, along with a little of the wildness that made up the wild west. You'll enjoy the twists and turns of their romance.
Thank you to Revell for my free copy of With Autumn's Return, which I received in exchange for an honest review.
One of my favorite things about historical novels is that although they are fiction they are entertaining ways to view life in the past. The growing territories of the 1800's were sometimes challenging places to live and only for the strong of heart, especially for women. Elizabeth Harding had already braved her way through medical school to become a doctor; definitely not an acceptable career choice for women of that time.
She shows even more grit and courage by choosing to join her older sisters and their families in Cheyenne, Wyoming in 1887 and set up her first medical practice. Having already weathered the opposition and jeers of her fellow male students, she is undaunted at the task before her and full of hope and expectation. Next to her new clinic is a young lawyer named Jason Nordling, also trying to establish his business. At first they get off on the wrong foot due to his prejudice against female doctors. This doesn't deter Elizabeth's goals at all. Time and circumstances soften both of them and a friendship is forged that quickly turns into romance, surprising them both. Suspense, murder and many surprises enter into the sweet love story.
Living in the 21st century we forget how restrictive and sometimes hard the lives of women were, little alone one that was choosing to blaze a new path. There were many life lessons to be learned from the characters.
Elizabeth's courage not only to follow her dream but also to do what is right despite the opinions of others was inspiring. She chooses to treat a madam of a bordello and her women without caring what others would say. Although she did not agree with their occupation, she did care about them as people. She was not afraid to stand for what was right or for those who were being wronged.
In her I also saw how easy it is to jump to conclusions about people and their motives before knowing the full truth of the matter. I have to give her credit that she recognized her weakness in this area.
Elizabeth and Jason had what they believed to be concrete plans about their future, who they would marry and if they would marry. Their relationship was a reminder that we should never say "never" and need to leave the door open for God's plans.
Gwen, her friend and lady she roomed had a problem that still goes on today but in a greater way; body image and self-worth. I appreciated the way the author proved that this is not the key to being loved and admired by another.
I have not read the other two books of this series and I feel this could be a stand-alone read. The story was well written and a real page turner. I look forward to reading more of Ms. Cabot's books.
I received this book free from Baker Publishing. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own