Book Review

SUMMER OF PROMISE
by Amanda Cabot

Genre: Inspirational, Historical Romance

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In Cabot’s Westward Winds series starter, readers will enjoy reading through the story’s twists and turns. The characters are an interesting bunch; some of them are quirky, some are serious, but all have a story to share. With each book, Cabot writes something new and fresh.

Abigail Harding has headed to Wyoming to check up on her sister before returning to Vermont to marry the man she has loved for a long time. Then her stagecoach is held up. Lieutenant Ethan Bowles is on the stagecoach and prevents anyone from being hurt. He knows that Abigail is not the Army type of woman and he is content with his life as a single, Army-for-life person. but things have a habit of changing for unsuspecting people. Ethan and Abigail spend time with each other and there is attraction on both sides, but both are set in their future plans — or are they? (REVELL, Jan., 416 pp., $14.99)

Reviewed By: Patsy Glans

Publisher: REVELL

Published: January 2012

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4.5 Stars

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A Delightful Blend of Romance and Mystery

Submitted by Keli Gwyn on January 24, 2012 - 2:41pm.

A Delightful Blend of Romance and Mystery

When I pick up an Amanda Cabot novel, I know I’m in for a treat. Such was definitely the case with Summer of Promise. From the opening scene to the final page, I spent an enjoyable time with Cabot’s well-crafted characters. Impulsive Abigail Harding has a heart as big as Wyoming and wants to help everyone with whom she comes in contact. Due to a difficult childhood, stoic Lieutenant Ethan Bowles believes he’s incapable of loving someone or being loved. The interactions between Abigail and Ethan as their friendship deepens into something more than either thought possible—or prudent—are a pleasure to behold. The secondary characters are engaging, too.

I love the historical detail Cabot is so adept at adding. She did a great job bringing Fort Laramie to life. I could picture the unique beauty of the area along with Abigail, who deems it “boring” at first but experiences a change of heart.

The mystery woven through the story was fun to unravel. Every time I was sure I knew whodunit, Cabot would reveal another intriguing fact, and I’d find myself wavering. While she provided a satisfying and sigh-worthy ending, she left some threads hanging, leaving me eager for the second book in her Westward Winds trilogy.