- With Autumn's Return (Westward Winds, #3) by Amanda Cabot
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She's certain she'll have a line of patients eager for her services, but she quickly realizes that the town isn't ready to welcome a new physician, particularly a lady doctor.
With Autumn's Return (Westward Winds, #3) by Amanda Cabot
Friends tell her that people will warm up, but Elizabeth has her doubts, particularly after a confrontation with the only other doctor in town. Jason Nordling, a handsome young attorney and Elizabeth's new neighbor, seems to also dis Elizabeth Harding came to Cheyenne, Wyoming to open her medical practice with high hopes. Jason Nordling, a handsome young attorney and Elizabeth's new neighbor, seems to also disapprove of Elizabeth's chosen profession, but the more they get to know each other the more his opinion starts to change.
He does, however, know that he can't marry someone who will be a part time mother, particularly after his childhood. So, despite his attraction for Elizabeth and his ease at being around her, he's determined to not fall in love. Jason's best laid plans might be futile when a web of deceit blankets Cheyenne's wealthiest residents and threatens to entangle both him and Elizabeth. Despite the danger and the odds, they must work together to save one of Elizabeth's patients and catch a criminal, even if it means falling in love in the process. Something neither of them want.
Can Elizabeth overcome the bias in town and become a successful doctor or will people avoid her because of her gender? Can Jason fall for Elizabeth despite of her career or is he too dead set on his idea of the perfect wife and mother? Can Elizabeth and Jason work together to set a trap without falling in love or will they fall hard as fast for each other?
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Can both Jason and Elizabeth follow God's plan or will they be too caught up in their own stubbornness to follow? I loved the set up of this book and how it all came to an end. This book was definitely well written and captured me until the last page.
I greatly look forward to what other adventures Amanda Cabot sends me on and how each one will play out. The romance in this book is a slow and steady one. It's not one with a ton of kissing or anything like that but it's definitely very well written and was a favorite because of the sweetness. As the romance progresses you see Jason struggle with his idea of a perfect wife and mother and how Elizabeth isn't that and you see Elizabeth struggle with how a family wasn't in her plans. I loved the realistic look at love and I loved the fact that I got to watch it play out.
There's a bit of intrigue in this book as well, but it's a small chunk and the romance takes the limelight. However, this suspense is a critical part of the book and it gives the characters the shove they need to finally be together, not to mention it just works really well in the story.
The culprit is fairly easy to figure out but it's still a nice nail-biting suspense to complete the book. It makes the book more interesting and helps break up what could be called monotony that is an average romance. Because this is the last book in the series, some loose ends that have been there since the beginning are tied up and I'm left with a feeling of completeness that I sometimes don't get. All of my questions ended up answered and all the little side stories were completed and it made it easier to say goodbye to a series I have been reading for almost two or three years now.
It makes me look forward to the future endeavors of this author. Amanda Cabot created a hit in this one for me. Though it wasn't my all time favorite, I definitely enjoyed it and the escape I got from it. This book is my favorite of the three and can be read alone but I usually recommend that you read them in order and this is one of those times. You just don't get the same effect if you tea them out of order. I highly recommend this book and its series to any lover of historical romance. Overall, I loved this book the most out of the series but I don't think it'll make it onto my all time favorite list.
I did however absolutely adore the romance and it did make it up there. This book is perfect for anybody who like historical romance novels. I think this book is best left to the adults though the content can easily accommodate teens. I give this book a four out of five. All opinions expressed are my own.
Feb 02, Margaret Chind rated it it was amazing Recommended to Margaret by: Westward Winds has brought us love in Summer, Spring and now Autumn. While it is a bit odd to be reading about autumn in the winter months, it is an enticing romance. That book gripped me from the first scene and captivated me ever since. It starts with an absolutely gor Westward Winds has brought us love in Summer, Spring and now Autumn. It starts with an absolutely gorgeous book cover that just begs to be investigated and continues with a jump into the plot and then entertains with a bit of suspense in mystery and hint of friendship and romance and even some redemption for those which you might judge.
Waiting for Spring is a matchmakers dream to read! When I got my hands on this one, squeals were heard, yet that is often the case with a new novel from Amanda Cabot. When she started with her first series Texas Dreams she hit the ground running and has provided only riveting romantic reads for me every since including her most recent Christmas novella in Christmas Roses. Every time including in Waiting for Spring, the book grips me from the very first scene and keeps me captivated.
Coming in, I knew I would like it being from Amanda, but I was even so excellently surprised. In Summer of Promise I was not in love with the character of Charlotte even though I of course love the name! From the very first as the various characters are described and brought into the story each one could be the romantic interest or the way things go and Amanda describes character personalities so well in the way they seem to think and act that really has a reader invested in what will happen to each person. In this book, even the sideline characters bring a great interest into the curiosity of how it will all turn out.
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Amanda Cabot is an author that goes straight to the keeper shelf. Pretty much you know when she is releasing a new book it is definitely worth every minute of the read. Perhaps it is the hook from my childhood of a female doctor, or perhaps it is just that Elizabeth and Jason are so perfect for each other once they learn a little about themselves and what they really want versus what they were trained to believe earlier in life.
No matter what brought me here, this is an amazing read start to finish. I received this product free for the purpose of reviewing it. I received no other compensation for this review.
With Autumn's Return
The opinions expressed in this review are my personal, honest opinions. Your experience may vary. Please read my full disclosure policy for more details. 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 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! 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.
Thank you to Revell Publishing Blog Tour, I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review. Feb 02, Abbie Riddle rated it it was amazing. She was the daughter of a gentle preacher. Raised in a family based on faith and nourished with love a gentle child became of woman with a sweet spirit and a gift of healing.
She was the youngest of three daughter's and set on making a difference in the world through being a doctor in a time when a woman's place was thought only to be in the home. She new it would be difficult but was convinced that this was God's calling on her life and therefor she set out to the new territory of Wyoming to ma She was the daughter of a gentle preacher.
She new it would be difficult but was convinced that this was God's calling on her life and therefor she set out to the new territory of Wyoming to make Cheyenne - the capitol city her home. Hoping that the new progressive city would be free from the prejudice of women doctors and enjoying the thought of being close to her two older sisters who already made the dusty city their home.
He was the son of a widowed preacher that he called "The Reverend". Raised by a hard-handed housekeeper who had little time for loving and nourishing a young boy. Although his father loved him dearly he did not know how to express his love to his son and so the boy was neglected and left to grow in God's grace with out the help of a nurturing family environment.
He set out for a career in law - finding a wife and beginning a family the last thing on his mind. He was the older brother of three boys accustomed to the upper society. Brought to the territory by a brother who had lost his fortune ranching and was beginning over with the sister of the lady doctor as a shop keeper. A booming voice and intimidating stance his heart was gentle and sweet. Not expecting to fall in love with the land and a woman he came to run his brother's store and over see it's expansion while his brother and sister in-law were back east for a visit.
She was an army widow - the mother of a small child. Plump and pleasant, ordinary and plain - she felt she was a wall-flower that went unnoticed except for her talent for cooking. Love had left her a widow, being naive she had married again to find abuse, and now widowed she does not feel that she deserves love again.
Tender in heart she longs for true love and a father for her sweet child. These four are thrown together - their stories are interwoven into a tapestry of beauty. None expected that God's plan would involve healing and truth for each of them and for the workings of true love. Four people brought together by one couple find themselves embarking on a journey that will forever change them. Each will come face to face with God's grace and come to understand His thoughts about who they really are.
Walls will tumble down, the truth will be made clear and freedom will ensue. True love will triumph and bring healing to those who need it most. Amanda Cabot has yet again written a book that will draw the reader in. Tender, sweet, and well written the reader will be endeared to each character and will not want to put the book down.
Then when the last page is turned and the story has come to an end the reader will long to find themselves longing to know the rest of the story - to know what happens after that last page. Me - I found myself wishing I had read the 2 books prior to this one. So I guess I will be making a trip to my local bookstore to pick them up. Thanks to Revell for this free copy in exchange for my honest review.
Jan 30, Lisa Johnson rated it really liked it. This story is also set in Cheyenne, Wyoming in the late s. Elizabeth Harding is the focus of this story. Her two sisters, Abigail and Charlotte, were the subjects of the first two books in the series. Elizabeth Harding has moved to Cheyenne to be near her two sisters.
She has graduated from medical school and Title: She has graduated from medical school and decided to set up her practice in Cheyenne. The only problem is she has no patients. She had thought the city progressive as they gave women the right to vote for one thing. As Elizabeth finally gains her first patient, she continues to face prejudice in her career. Her office is next door to the local attorney, Jason Nordling, who is a handsome bachelor. Is this really what God has in store for her future?
Maybe she should go back East and set up her practice there. She really felt this is where God had called her. Jason Nordling has just successfully defended his first client in a criminal case and should be riding high. However, as soon as the innocent verdict is read, his client admits his guilt. Soon Jason gets to know Elizabeth better and their friendship develops, but neither thinks it will lead to anything permanent.
Elizabeth knows with her profession it would take a special man to marry her and she has come to expect that will never happen. As they continue to work together through various crises, their admiration for one another grows. I enjoyed this story and was glad that Gwen and Harrison from the second book in the series had their own story brought to a happy ending of their own.
I also liked the character of Elizabeth. She had faced a lot of challenges and she was not someone who gave up easily. This story seemed to have more going on than book two in the series. This was a great way to wind up the series. My rating is 4 stars. I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book. The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility. Other reviews can be read at http: Also follow me on Twitter lcjohnson, FaceBook at https: Jan 29, Debbie Lester rated it it was amazing.
It has enough Western imagery and heartfelt emotion to draw the reader in quickly and keep them flipping those pages. Cabot's knack for characterization and keen sense of integrating faith into her books is one of the things that keeps her readers returning with each new book she writes. First let me say that I have not read the first two books in this series, though I have read several others by this author. It always amazes me how subtle and intuitive she is with writing about issues of faith. She weaves the ideas she has and the beliefs she follows into every aspect of the book, so that it becomes a part of the story and not just added to get the title of Christian or Inspirational fiction.
Cabot knows how to allow her characters to show their faith in their daily lives as we should and that makes all the difference. I loved the heroine in this one for several reasons. Elizabeth is the final Harding sister and she is certainly a go-getter.
She knows what she wants and how to get it. She is a female doctor, which was kind of unheard of at the time. It reminded me of Jane Seymour's television show, Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman in some ways, which was a good thing, since I loved that show. She was determined to do everything she could for her patients even in the face of adversity, gossip and overall disdain of her abilities.
I liked her tenacity and grasp of what was important. I liked Jason as well, as a new attorney he was having a bit of self-doubt. He wasn't sure he could hack it in this cut throat business, but in the end he was able to find his inner strength and show that he had the stuff to make it. I liked the way his relationship with Elizabeth grew as they both faced their fears and worked to become accepted and valued in the community.
There was actually a murder in this book, several secondary characters that were well written and helped move the plot along, more than one tender romance and plenty of wonderful characters. There was quite a bit going on, but it all seemed to flow seamlessly and gave me more than one reason to smile. What I didn't like: Not much to report here.
This is probably one of my favorites by Cabot, so I can't offer any insights on how it would have been better. With Autumn's Return is the final novel in the series but can easily be read as a stand alone. The characters are engaging and full of life and the research into the time period is flawless. Pick it up, you'll be glad you did! Feb 01, Narita rated it it was amazing. One of my favorite things about historical novels is that although they are fiction they are entertaining ways to view life in the past. Elizabeth Harding had already braved her way through medical school to become a doctor; definitely not an acceptable career choice for women of that time.
She shows even more grit and courage by choosing to join her older siste One of my favorite things about historical novels is that although they are fiction they are entertaining ways to view life in the past. She shows even more grit and courage by choosing to join her older sisters and their families in Cheyenne, Wyoming in and set up her first medical practice. Having already weathered the opposition and jeers of her fellow male students, she is undaunted at the task before her and full of hope and expectation. Next to her new clinic is a young lawyer named Jason Nordling, also trying to establish his business.
At first they get off on the wrong foot due to his prejudice against female doctors. Time and circumstances soften both of them and a friendship is forged that quickly turns into romance, surprising them both. Suspense, murder and many surprises enter into the sweet love story. Living in the 21st century we forget how restrictive and sometimes hard the lives of women were, little alone one that was choosing to blaze a new path.
There were many life lessons to be learned from the characters. She chooses to treat a madam of a bordello and her women without caring what others would say. Although she did not agree with their occupation, she did care about them as people. She was not afraid to stand for what was right or for those who were being wronged. In her I also saw how easy it is to jump to conclusions about people and their motives before knowing the full truth of the matter.
I have to give her credit that she recognized her weakness in this area. Elizabeth and Jason had what they believed to be concrete plans about their future, who they would marry and if they would marry. Gwen, her friend and lady she roomed had a problem that still goes on today but in a greater way; body image and self-worth.
I appreciated the way the author proved that this is not the key to being loved and admired by another. I have not read the other two books of this series and I feel this could be a stand-alone read. The story was well written and a real page turner. I look forward to reading more of Ms. I received this book free from Baker Publishing. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own Jan 26, Victor Gentile rated it it was amazing. From the Back Cover: Despite their firm principles, Elizabeth and Jason find that mutual attraction—and disdain from the community—is drawing them ever closer.
This time the focus is on Elizabeth as she attempts to become the first woman doctor in Cheyenne. Jason is the lawyer and he has definite feelings about the place of a woman stemming from his childhood. Now the two have to work together against all sorts of obstacles to save a life and find the truth. On top of all of this there is the romance. This book will keep you guessing and turning pages leaving chores unattended and it is so worth it.
Cabot is an excellent writer and makes all her characters believable and you care deeply for them as she deftly unfolds the plot before us. I am sorry to see this series come to an end but I am sure Ms. Cabot has new adventures awaiting us in her next series. If you would like to listen to interviews with other authors and professionals please go to www.
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Elizabeth Harding warmed me while I had the chill of a winter's virus on board. Harding is a strong young woman who f Award winning author Amanda Cabot has another hit with her latest novel, With Autumn Returns. Harding is a strong young woman who faced many obstacles at medical school where her fellow students and professors, all men, expected her to fail. She heard repeatedly that a woman's place was in the home and the most she could hope for in a medical career was a position as midwife. Nobody would want to be treated by a lady doctor.
The year is in the Wyoming Territory and the city of Cheyenne. When Elizabeth stepped down from the train she felt this was where she was meant to be; a modern city full of possibilities. Her sister had found the perfect building for her practice, ordered all the equipment and furniture according to Elizabeth's specifications. She would simply need to hang out her sign that she was open for business. The office next to her belonged to handsome attorney Jason Nordling. Their attraction to each other got off on the wrong foot when he pointed out that nobody would want to see a lady doctor, most of all him!
The town did not welcome her as Jason predicted and she became fodder for gossip and mistrust. She found herself spending most of her time alone waiting for patients until she is contacted for monthly care for twelve women from the town's bordello. When diphtheria threatens to take some of the townspeople, she uses her medical training and modern methods unheard of in Cheyenne to treat her patients. Dr Wortling, the town's other doctor uses patent medicines and leeches on his patients in addition to harsh lectures on the evils of Elizabeth's methods.
Jason and Elizabeth form an unlikely partnership that I hoped would turn to love.
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She, who would remain a doctor and he who wanted only a full time wife and mother seemed at polar opposites. Instead a friendship begins and he soon learns of her skills and knowledge as a doctor. She learns what a good attorney with integrity and loyalty. The author reels you into the story but keeps your attention with believable characters who face issues just as valid today as in We have come far in our world with the acceptance of women as doctors who possess the gift of healing.
Take a trip back to the old west and visit a time of adventure with people who forged ahead under difficult circumstances to accomplish so much for the future. Mar 30, Jeanie rated it it was amazing Shelves: As I have not read the first two novels, I can definitely vouch that this can stand alone easily.
After reading only a few chapters, however, I purchased the first book in the series so I could go back and read more of this series by this remarkable author! Wyoming is one of the more progressive states in the union with regards to privileges extended to women in when Elizabeth Harding arrives in Cheyenne to be a doctor in this new frontier. Her sisters, both of whom are back east when she arrives, had already helped find an office and living quarters for her. Elizabeth had anticipated building a new patient following, but it was much slower going than planned.
She met the handsome young attorney in the office next to hers, but she and Jason Nordling had an inflammatory first meeting after he gave his opinion of lady doctors. With men like Jason in town, building a medical practice was more challenging than she thought, but Elizabeth persevered after seeing that quality health care for women was sorely lacking. When a patient is accused of murder, would Elizabeth be able to help find the real murderer on time? Would she be able to help friends survive a diphtheria breakout? Start over and develop a working relationship with Jason Nordling?
The story is thoroughly satisfying, including excellent follow-through of every challenge. Each character was developed as introduced to the novel and as their presence within grew. Details such as the weather, nature, and other physical surroundings enhanced the story with period accuracy and in helping the reader visualize each setting. It is pure delight! I am looking forward to reading the preceding novels in the series as well as other historical fiction penned by Amanda Cabot.
All opinions are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review. Mar 21, Rick rated it really liked it. So if you like to visit my page to get some insight into what men enjoy reading, hang onto your thoughts as some of these books may surprise even me. While it may be the 2nd in the series, this book can be read as a stand-alone, but I would recommend reading the first 2 in the series as some of the details may make more sense if you do that. After some pushing and prodding by her sisters, Elizabeth Harding has agreed to come to Cheyenne and open up her medical office.
Is there room in the town for two doctors? Will there be any patients that step up to her door or will she have to remove her shingle and come up with a new plan? Will there be more between her and Jason? This story is well written, has great character development and provides enough description that it makes you feel as if you have been transported back in time. I love that Elizabeth is written as a strong, independent woman, especially with this being set in the old west.
It was refreshing to see the part where Elizabeth was treating the ladies from the local brothel, it took me back to Bible and where it showed that Jesus would frequent. I guess you can see true applications of the Bible even when reading Fiction. Is this a "guy's book"? Did I enjoy it? There is a little mystery and intrigue, more thrown in to keep the story arch going than it is to fall back on as part of the main plot, though. I received this book from the Book Fun Network bookfun.
Feb 01, Grace rated it really liked it. When given the opportunity to review With Autumn's Return, I immediately placed my request. The back cover copy of With Autumn's Return instantly had me thinking of that real life story, so I thought I'd give it a try. This being the When given the opportunity to review With Autumn's Return, I immediately placed my request.
This being the first of any books I have read by Amanda Cabot, I wasn't sure what to expect. I ended up really enjoying the characters in this book. Elizabeth and Jason are clearly perfect for each other, but I often wondered if they would ever realize that fact for themselves.
They each give equally terrible first impressions that must be overcome, and they both hold deep-rooted beliefs that present a problem to their relationship. Elizabeth believes she cannot be a wife and a mother since no man would share her with the career she believes God has called her to serve in.
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Jason wants a real mother for his future children. One that will care for them and love them. So you see, they are at an impasse. Someone will have to bend if this relationship will work. I loved how Cabot ended up resolving this issue. Something I did not expect in this book was the intrigue involving several prominent members in society. This lent a suspenseful air to the book as the plot moved on, especially in the last quarter of the novel.
Overall, this was an entertaining read. At times it felt a bit slow, but I was glad I requested it. Elizabeth Harding is a tough, no nonsense broad okay, okay, she's a lady that defies the She's certain she'll have a line of patients eager for her expertise and gentle bedside manner. However, she soon discovers the town and Elizabeth Harding arrives in Cheyenne, Wyoming, to establish her medical practice thanks to the wooing of her two older sisters who extolled the beauty of the land.
However, she soon discovers the town and its older doctor may not welcome a new physician. Even more frustrating, the handsome young attorney next door may not be ready for the idea of a woman doctor.