Summer of Promise

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Title: Summer of Promise
Author: Amanda Cabot
Publisher: Revell
Series: Westward Winds
Pages: 416
Published: January 1, 2012

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Abigail Harding’s sister, Charlotte’s, letters have been sounding more and more melancholy and despite her assurances otherwise, Abigail fears that something is wrong with her sister. So, she hops on a train and a stagecoach and goes to visit her sister in Fort Laramie, Wyoming. What she finds isn’t what she expected. After an attempted robbery, foiled by a lieutenant on board, Abigail is convinced that Wyoming is no place for humans to live, and all she expects to happen during her visit is to be bored out of her mind.

Lieutenant Ethan Bowles is determined to remain a bachelor for the rest of his life. Then he meets Abigail Harding and is shoved into seeing her at dinner by his best friend, who happens to be her brother-in-law. As he gets to know her he starts to think about a life that involves her. If only her almost fiancé wouldn’t keep getting in the way.

Will their love grow? Will Abigail stay in Wyoming? Or will Abigail return to her almost fiancé and Vermont?
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Like my last review, I’ve never read a book by this author, however I have an unread book by her on my Kindle. So, again, I didn’t really know what to expect. Though, I was hoping for a great book just because of the cover. And I have news, the book live up to the cover!

Amanda Cabot was a fantastic author with a great idea that was executed very well. It was a refreshing difference from the same ole same ole that seems to plague historical fiction books. A girl who doesn’t like anything to do with the army or guns falls in love with a crack shot lieutenant. I also really liked what the author decided would be the reason she didn’t like guns.

This author has only written four books, but she has the skill of someone who has written many more. The attention to detail is incredible. I wasn’t left questioning anything about the oil or how it was written. I was captivated by the author’s gift of storytelling and amazing way of building realistic characters that tug on your heart strings.

The romance in this book isn’t a passionate one, but it is built off of a friendship that slowly grows into love. It’s nice to see the romance building versus having it just hit the characters and the reader out of the blue. It was a nice mixture of subtle and obvious. There’s not a whole lot of kissing or anything like that but, it’s something that, surprisingly, isn’t missed.

There’s a mixture of mystery in this book too. There’s a rash of robberies both to the stagecoaches but also to the actual fort. Ethan has to find out who is behind it. Like most mysteries I read I guess who does it. But that’s not the author’s fault, it’s just an unfortunate result of all the mystery books I love to read.

Overall, I loved this book. There’s nothing I would change. I think this book is perfect for a historical fiction reader or someone just likes a romance mixed with mystery. I give this book a four and a half out of five.

I received this complimentary book from Revell in exchange for this review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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