An Enjoyable Read with Unexpected Twists and Turns!
February 2, 2015
Gastonia, North Carolina
E. M. Harding, M. D. is a woman? Jason Nordling, attorney-at-law, is speechless and it's never a good thing for a lawyer to be at a loss for words. Dr. Harding is not only a woman, she is an attractive one and has opened her practice on the other side of the building from Jason's law practice, in the quickly developing city of Cheyenne, Wyoming. Jason cannot imagine that the quick-tempered, sharp-tongued, independent beauty will last very long in a profession that has long been held by men, but apparently she is determined to try. Perhaps he can be a gentleman and rise to the occasion to help her maintain her reputation; after treating women at the local bordello and spending days nursing him back to health, the town gossips have threatened to scare away the few patients that Elizabeth has gained.
Elizabeth Harding has been waiting to open her own medical practice for years and Cheyenne seems to be the perfect location. Within months she will be re-united with her two sisters and their husbands after several years of separation. But will all the citizens of this growing town be as bristly as her next-door-neighbor? Elizabeth has no aspirations to be a wife and a mother; only a healer, but as she develops a more cordial acquaintance and then a growing friendship and quite possibly an attraction for Jason Nordling, all kinds of doubts and dreams begin to enter her mind.
"With Autumn's Return" is an enjoyable read with several unexpected twists and turns; all while telling a wonderful story that concludes an exceptional trilogy by Amanda Cabot!
Elizabeth Harding has arrived to set up her medical practice in the city where her two sisters live, but struggles to find acceptance since she is a woman. Will she ever build a reputable practice? In addition, Jason Nordling, the lawyer with an office next door, also appears antagonist to her career choice.
Secrets, murder, love--Elizabeth finds many challenges in her new community. She has decided she will never marry because of the demands of her medical profession, but perhaps she can be persuaded otherwise. This enthralling novel offers a fine story and an authentic study of human nature. The third book in the Westward Winds series, it can also stand alone.
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.