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Summer of Promise (Westward Winds Book #1): A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Amanda Cabot
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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.

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"Summer of Promise is an engrossing story of love and adventure on the Wyoming frontier that is sure to capture your heart! Get ready for a charming tale of life on an Army post woven into an engaging, fast-paced, heartwarming read!"--Kathleen Morgan, author, A Heart Divided and A Love Forbidden

Though she had planned to spend the summer in Vermont, 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 Fort Laramie, Wyoming. When her stagecoach is attacked, Wyoming promises to be anything but boring. Luckily, the heroics of another passenger, Lieutenant Ethan Bowles, save the day.

Abigail plans to marry when she returns to Vermont, just as soon as she attends to her sister. As the summer passes, she finds herself drawn to this rugged land and to a certain soldier determined to persuade her to stay. When summer ends, will she go back East, or will she find her heart's true home?


Amanda Cabot is a popular speaker and the author of Paper Roses, Scattered Petals, and Tomorrow's Garden as well as a number of novels under various pen names. She's an avid traveler who finds inspiration for new stories in her travels and enjoys sharing new parts of the country with her readers. A former Easterner, she now lives in Wyoming.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 839 KB
  • Print Length: 418 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0800734599
  • Publisher: Revell; Original edition (Jan. 1 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005PQUXAG
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4.0 out of 5 stars Summer that brought fulfilment. Oct. 10 2013
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Amanda truly wrote her story in a way that could draw her readers right into the story. It was certainly enjoyable. Surely Abigail will make the right decision . Which man will she choose? I still wonder what happened to Charlotte? Amanda left me wanting more...
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bibliophile Support Group Review Feb. 3 2012
By Connie & Angie L - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Summer of Promise is an inspirational historical romance by Amanda Cabot.

It's June 1885 and Abigail Harding is concerned about her sister, Charlotte. Charlotte's letters have grown increasingly downhearted and Abigail is sure there's something wrong - though Charlotte never mentions anything. Not that she would.

Since Abigail has the summer off from the girl's school she teaches at in her beloved Vermont, she decides to travel to Fort Laramie, Wyoming where her sister lives with her enlisted husband to spend some time with her and get to the bottom of whatever's going on.

On the monotonous travel by stagecoach to the fort, their stagecoach is attacked by armed robbers - which is how Abigail meets Lieutenant Ethan Bowles, a fellow passenger. He quite easily diffuses the situation with a well-placed bullet and back to traveling they go.

Despite being rattled by the incident, Abigail is even more disturbed when she reaches her sister and finds her thinner and in ill health. She knows she made the right decision visiting.

Yet Abigail knows she won't stay forever - Vermont is her home, and she plans to marry a fellow teacher when she returns - though nothing has been set in stone yet. But as the summer continues she begins to see the beauty of Wyoming, with the help of Lieutenant Bowles who quickly becomes a good friend.

She begins to wonder... will she return to Vermont? Or is her heart finding a home elsewhere?

That might sound a tad cheesy, but stay with me here. :)

Summer of Promise is actually a very good novel - especially for an inspirational historical romance fan. It has a lovely, visual Wyoming landscape and a likable, independent heroine in Abigail who is dealing with an unhappy, worrisomely pregnant sister and her not-so-welcoming, possibly secretive husband, giving lots of good family drama which is both interesting and tender.

Ethan, as our male lead, also has a good chunk of character development and investment potential. The subplot dealing with his profession of finding the numerous deserters and traitors is actually quite absorbing and twisty, creating a novel long mystery that I enjoyed.

Though I wasn't head over heels with Summer of Promise, I was pleasantly and gently swept away by the time period detail and burgeoning feelings between the leads. The biggest moment for me, though, was when Ethan had his epiphany about God (no details here!) and all the circumstances surrounding it. It was truly touching and emotionally beautiful - gave me chills!

I did correctly guess who the sought-after traitor amongst them was quite a bit earlier than the characters, but that only bothered me mildly. The outcome did end up being surprising, despite my seeing clues all along. It ended up being a great reveal. I only wish the end of the book hadn't felt so hasty and rushed. Of course, that's just how it felt to me.

Summer of Promise was easy to read, fast-paced, and very charming - though I'm not jumping up and down over it personally, I am definitely interested in continuing with the series (of which it looks like there'll be two more books) as I did have fun reading it and found it to have many merits.

Don't know if this is necessarily a novel for non-fans of the genre though. From my point of view, I'd recommend it to all y'all who are already interested in some good historical romance with a Christian heroine.

*Available January 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

*I received a copy of Summer of Promise from the Baker Publishing Group. Their generosity in no way influenced, nor sought to influence, my opinion of the novel.

*To read more reviews from the Bibliophile Support Group or comment on them, simply click on my Amazon profile and find a link there. I'd love you to check out my blog, where I post new reviews every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great beginning to a new series! Feb. 4 2012
By Booklover2905 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Well I want to begin with good news and bad news. The good news is that I loved, loved, loved this book and the bad news is I have to wait over a year for book 2 in the series. This is Amanda Cabot's newest book and is the beginning of the Westward Winds series. Every since I finished reading her first series, Texas Dreams I was ready to read more from her, this book did not disappoint at all and I am so blessed to have stumbled across this great author. Summer of Promise was so much fun to read it was full of twists, suspense, romance and adventure. This book kept me turning the pages and when I thought I had found a place to stop something exciting would happen. I loved Abigail the way she grew to love Wyoming, not just the people but the land. If I was in her shoes I think I would have responded the same way. Abigail is a kind and loving person that truly put others first in her life and also kept the story alive. This is a book you just have to read, it is that good. I give this book a solid 5 stars and know that it will have a place on bookshelf for years to come. Great job Amanda Cabot!!!!

*I received this book from Revell for the purpose of this review.
14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Another romance with no romance Oct. 31 2013
By Ekaterin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I started this book with high hopes. The writing was good, the characters were interesting, and the storyline held promise, but then it just got...long. Some Romances suffer from not enough other story to go along with the relationship story. That was certainly not the problem here. If anything there are too many storylines, some of which never resolve, and while there is certainly a lot of inner dialogue about the attraction blossoming between Ethan and Abigail, Cabot drags their story out to nearly the very last page to declare their love for each other, and then doesn't even give us a kiss. When I reached the end (and had stayed up late to do it), I said, "That's it? You've got to be kidding me!" So unsatisfying and abrupt.

This book also suffered from a few things that really get under my skin:
1) dreams that are somehow real historical revelations
2) that "feeling" that someone you care about is in terrible danger
3) a sure knowledge that someone has died because they "just knew."
4) unrealistic villains--motivations to kill a friend and officer in the army completely jump the shark
5) A villainous plan that is totally ridiculous and would implicate the villain as the instigator of the crime to any thinking person.

All in all, a very slow moving book with very little payoff.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Light romance and a little tedious! Feb. 4 2012
By Noelle the Dreamer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
'Summer of Promise' offers an outlook on life in Wyoming in the 1880's and particularly for the families of soldiers stationed in remote areas such as Fort Laramie, many of them immigrants who joined in hope to make a better life for themselves. I can see why the author felt inspired to write a story after her trip (make that 3 trips and countless hours of Internet browsing).

Abigail and Ethan's story is a light romance you might enjoy during a long winter evening but I felt it did not flow and it was not one I would describe as a page turner.
Tales of the Old West have always fascinated me but despite having learned a thing or two from Amanda Cabot's findings, I did not think the characters to be all they could be! Leah is one character for i.e. that could have been so much more!

It seemed to be written with the very young in mind, nothing either inspiring or entertaining. I will caution animal lovers might find some of the tale upsetting. However true it might be, I found it had little reason to be added to the story personally.

If this is an example of the upcoming stories in the Westward Wind series, I found Summer of Promise monotonous and a little tedious for my taste.

I give it 3 stars!

I received this book free from BAKER/REVELL as part of their Blogger Review program. I was not asked to write a positive review and the opinions expressed are entirely my own.

I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Setting...Love Fort Laramie Jan. 27 2014
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I purchased this book at Fort Laramie National Historic Site, where Ms. Cabot was autographing copies of the book. I was so excited to read it, and it took me almost two years (I purchased it when my twins were one...).

First off, I have to say it is obvious Ms. Cabot is truly familiar with the landscape of Wyoming from Cheyenne to Fort Laramie. The descriptions were dot on, and I could truly visualize where exactly the stage was travelling from Cheyenne to Fort Laramie.

Second, she has done an AMAZING job of recreating Fort Laramie in this book. Having been to the Fort many many times, I could see the buildings that I have walked through and I could see the buildings that are partially standing (or long gone) in all their glory. I could see the 4th of July celebration in the parade grounds like I was actually standing there. VERY WELL DONE!

The characters were ok. The story line was ok. I've mentioned in several other reviews that the plot was the same in several books...this is another one that fit that criteria.

Great book though, and worth the read.
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