Elizabeth moves to Cheyenne, Wyoming fresh from medical school back East. She remembers the harsh words and scepticism she received from her classmates and others while in medical school, but things in Wyoming are supposed to be different. Here women were allowed to vote, sit on juries and there were even woman bailiffs! Unfortunately becoming accepted as a full fledged doctor by the citizens of Cheyenne is harder than she had anticipated.
Jason Nordling is the attorney whose office is next door to Elizabeth's doctor's office. He is one of her biggest sceptics in the beginning but quickly comes around. He figures that a woman's place is at homes, and when he marries he wants someone who will be devoted to the care and keeping of their children. Definitely not someone whose first priority is to their patients.
Elizabeth and Jason go from arguing to halfway in love in the blink of an eye and all of a sudden all of his concerns about her practicing medicine and the impact it will have on their lives just seems to disappear. The rest of the story is in my mind somewhat odd and disjointed . . . and very unlikely. The writing is not as polished as I would have expected, having read and enjoyed a couple of her other books. I wouldn't know it was written by the same author.
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I loved this book from the beginning. The characters were real and invited me into their lives and one by one, I became invested in the outcome of their story. Elizabeth, the tough as nails doctor, soon becomes Elizabeth, the vulnerable woman. We watch her grow into her own as she suffers trials and tribulations that go along with being a woman doctor and starting a practice in Cheyenne, Wyoming.
***I received this book from the author/publisher for the purpose of review. The above is my honest opinion.***
With Autumn's Return is book #3 in the Westward Winds trilogy. I have not had the opportunity to read the first two books in this series and was able to still enjoy this one. I feel like if you read the other two you would have a little more details to some of the characters, however it is not necessary to enjoy the book.
With Autumn's Return is about Elizabeth Harding and her journey in finding that being a female doctor in a 'not so small' town is not what she expected. She is constantly feeling as if she is defending herself as a woman doctor. When she meets Jason Nordling, the attorney next door, sparks fly. He has to struggle with some bad decisions, his past, and the fact that a woman doctor is capturing his thoughts. They are not at all what the other expected.
This book is full of good dialogue, quick wit, mystery, love and much more. I enjoyed that we are following Elizabeth and Jason, however there are others in the book who fall in love and have problems of their own.
I enjoyed the book and look forward to reading more by Amanda Cabot.
I received this book from The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.
As you know from past book reviews, I enjoy Christian historical fiction. With Autumn's Return by Amanda Cabot is one of those books. I wanted to read it because I have read the first two books in the Westward Winds series (Book 1 and Book 2). This book was about Elizabeth Harding, the youngest sister in the Harding family.
Elizabeth Harding is a female doctor in Cheyenne, Wyoming during the 1800â€²s. I appreciated her fortitude to do what she felt called to do despite the disapproval of many. Women doctors were not popular or accepted easily in that time in history. Dr. Harding's fortitude is something I could use a good dose of on my bad days! Ha! I also related to her struggle as a working woman and her fears and concerns over having a family with her chosen profession. She had working mom guilt before she was even a mother, but I think many of us must struggle with this when we choose to work or are forced to because of circumstances out of our control.
Dr. Harding showed godly character when she chose to treat the ladies of one of the local brothels. She treated them with respect and dignity despite their profession. I think this is something lacking in today's Christianity. As Christians or followers of Christ, we are called to love, yet there's still so much hatred in the world against those who may be different from us and that's not just outside the church it is within it as well.
I enjoyed the friendship between her and Jason. I think friendship should be the basis of any romantic interest and like it when it's portrayed in that light.
The book wasn't all a bed of roses. Mystery, murder and deceit were woven into the plot to spice up the book and make it more than just a romance novel. Don't get me wrong it was not a mystery novel but it definitely those elements made it more than just another boring romance.
Was the book predictable? Admittedly, yes. Was it interesting? I'd have to say so since I like reading about that time period. Was it one of my favorite books to read? No, not really, but I enjoyed it and give it a thumbs up.
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With Autumn's Return by Amanda Cabot is a captivating book about a young woman doctor fresh out of medical school, opening up her practice in Cheyenne, Wyoming, in the late 1800's. Elizabeth Harding is confident that the people in the town will welcome a new doctor. However, things don't turn out as planned as she learns that prejudices against women doctors doesn't just exist in the east.
She is quite patient, though, and eventually wins over many in the town. She is even able to win over her neighbor, Jason Nordling, who was so rude upon her arriving in town.
Then they both work as a team to discover the truth behind a murder. Amanda always thought that choosing the profession of a doctor would mean no man would ever want to marry her. As her practice grows as she becomes more busy does she have time to love? Can she perhaps have both? Or does she need to face the reality of the profession she has chosen?
This was an engaging read that I thoroughly enjoyed. I loved the historical setting, and the peek inside the changing of practicing medicine during this time period. Elizabeth is an easy character to like, and she is surrounded by some loveable and totally unloveable characters. There is a little girl named Rose that stole my heart! The book has history, romance, intrigue, and mystery all woven together in a wonderful read. This is the third in a series, however it stands alone as a great read. I haven't read the other two in the series, but I plan on fixing that, and soon! This was an enjoyable read, and I definitely recommend it. This is the first time I've read a book by Amanda Cabot; I'm looking forward to reading more!
I was given this book through The Book Club a Network for my honest opinion which I have given.