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Monday, January 30, 2012

Summer of Promise...Review

About the book:
Though she had planned to spend the summer in Vermont with her sweetheart, Abigail Harding cannot dismiss her concerns over her older sister. Charlotte's letters have been uncharacteristically melancholy, and her claims that nothing is wrong ring false, so Abigail heads West to Wyoming. The endless prairie seems monotonous, but when her stagecoach is attacked, Wyoming promises to be anything but boring. Luckily, the heroics of another passenger, Lieutenant Ethan Bowles, save the day.

When circumstances—and perhaps a bit of matchmaking—put Abigail and Ethan together, there's certainly attraction. But Abigail is planning to marry another man and return to life in Vermont as soon as she is finished attending to her sister. And Ethan loves his life in the Army and the wilds of Wyoming. When summer ends, will Abigail go back East? Or will she fall in love with this rugged land herself?

Book 1 of the new Westward Winds series, Summer of Promise is a tale of following your heart to unexpected places. Readers will enjoy Amanda Cabot's passionate characters and vibrant setting in the beautiful high prairie.

I love stories about strong women and Summer of Promise delivers a charming one.  Abigail plans on marrying a fellow teacher, but before her wedding, she travels to Wyoming to spend the summer with her sister Charlotte who is married and expecting her first child.  The journey out west is an adventure itself with a robbery attack on her coach.  A young soldier traveling on the same coach saves the day and once at Fort Laramie, Abigail finds herself often in the company of Ethan Bowles.  She doesn't love the army life nor the rugged Wyoming countryside, but as she is drawn to Ethan, she wonders if she can ever go back to Vermont.

Abigail must find out why her sister's life isn't as charmed as she once thought and as stagecoaches continue to be robbed and equipment goes missing from the fort, Ethan must not only discover who at the fort is the traitor, but what Abigail Harding will do with his heart. This is a delightful, compelling story with a strong heroine and an element of intrigue and one I thoroughly enjoyed.

I haven't read Amanda Cabot before, but I'm so glad to know that this is the first in a series.  I look forward to more.

Available January 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. Thanks to Donna Hausler of the Baker Publishing Group for the opportunity to review this book.  You can learn more about Amanda Cabot here.  You can purchase your own copy here.


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4/5 Stars

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