Monday, January 27, 2014

Review: With Autumn's Return by Amanda Cabot

Title: With Autumn's Return
Author: Amanda Cabot
Publisher: Revell
Pages: 406
ISBN: 978-0-8007-3461-9
Publication Date: January 21st, 2014

Synopsis:
She's planning on instant success. She didn't plan on love.

When Elizabeth Harding arrives in Cheyenne to open her medical practice, she is confident that the future is as bright as the warm Wyoming sun. Certain she'll have a line of patients eager for her services, she soon discovers the town may not welcome a new physician—especially a lady doctor. Even Jason Nordling, the handsome young attorney next door, seems to disapprove of her chosen profession.

When a web of deceit among Cheyenne's wealthiest residents threatens to catch Elizabeth and Jason in its snare, they must risk working together to save one of Elizabeth's patients—even if it means falling in love.
Review:
With Autumn's Return is the first story I have read by Amanda Cabot and after finishing this story, I look forward to reading her other titles!

The story follows Elizabeth Harding as she tries her hardest to establish herself in the town of Cheyenne, Wyoming. Her two older sisters led the way to this town, and now that Elizabeth has finished her schooling, it is her turn to to join them. However, Elizabeth has a harder time than most. Even though she has a well established family in the community, it is her profession that keeps some people back. Elizabeth just graduated with her degree in medicine and is starting her career as a doctor in Cheyenne. She has heard many great things about the territory when she was back east and couldn't wait to move away from the prejudice she experienced. The truth quickly reveals its self and Elizabeth finds that Wyoming isn't as progressive as she hoped. Instead of a practice jumping off and running, she finds that she is moving at a snails pace. People just don't want to see a woman doctor. She is told on several occasions that she is nothing but a glorified midwife and that a woman's place is in the home. Instead of backing down, Elizabeth strengths her resolve and battles on.

At her first day in her new office, Elizabeth meets her new neighbor, a very young and handsome attorney, who is currently representing a man in court for murder. It is the biggest news story in the area. However, things do not go the way Jason Nordling expects in court and the day just seems to get worse when he introduces himself to Elizabeth. Jason is a strong character. Quick to stand up for what he believes is right, but he does waiver after an incident in court. He tries to not let it bother him, but the questions he faces, he knows he will have to deal with them.

When I started to the read the story, I wondered if it would be a strong push for the women's movement. I'm happy to say that, that wasn't the case with this story. Jason and Elizabeth each face the question, I know what want, but what is it that God has called me to do? Elizabeth has felt called to be a doctor, but she has always heard, she would have to make major sacrifices for it to happen. Elizabeth is certain marriage and family are not in her future. Jason believes that a woman needs to be in the home. He had a rough childhood without his mother and he knows he doesn't want his future children to have his childhood. They each have to search for the answers. In doing so, they gain a lot of wisdom and they grow.

The writing was fantastic. It was so easy to be captured into this story. There was a bit of mystery, to go with romance and it is all set in the west. It really was a wonderful mix. The characters were well developed and dealt with a lot of real life issues that are related to in this time.

Even though this was the third in a series, it was a fantastic stand-alone novel. There was no detachment or anything disjointed to make this story hard to read out of order. I look forward to going back and reading the first two books in the Westward Winds series.

Too Read!
5 out of 5

About the Author:
Amanda Cabot is the bestselling author of the Texas Dreams series, Christmas Roses, Summer of Promise, and Waiting for Spring. Her books have been finalists for the ACFW Carol Awards and the Booksellers Best. She lives in Wyoming.
Find out more at www.amandacabot.com.






Thank you to Revell Publishing Blog Tour, I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

3 comments:

Elin said...

This book sounds interesting and a book that fits me :)Thank you for a great review and I love the cover.

Kate said...

Elin, It was a very interesting story. The cover is beautiful! Thanks for stopping by, I hope if you get to read it you will enjoy it!

Amanda Cabot said...

Kate -- Thanks so much for taking the time to read and review my book. I'm delighted that you enjoyed Elizabeth and Jason's story, and of course I smiled each time you said something about it was fantastic.