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Summer of Promise (Westward Winds Series #1)

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  • Posted February 6, 2012

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    Summer of Promise by Amanda Cabot

    Amanda Cabot brings readers the first book in the new Westward Winds, Christian historical fiction series. In Summer of Promise the author has a way of bringing the setting alive with rich period detail and compelling characters. Her laid back writing style is sure to delight fans and intrigue new readers. Cabot weaves suspense and mystery effortlessly with romance and history to create a novel that will be hard to put down and even harder to forget. Amanda Cabot's Texas Dreams series made me a fan of her work. But the debut novel in her new series made an even bigger impression on me. I have been a reader of Christian fiction, especially historicals for a long time and often have issues with how inspirational authors tend to repeat or rehash the same old story lines. This was certainly not the case with Summer of Promise. Though some of the ideas were essentially typical Christian fiction themes, Cabot breathes new life into them with amazing characters. Abagail is a real gem. She is gracious and refined, yet able to appreciate the ruggedness of Wyoming and the people who called it home. Abagail left Vermont to visit her sister in Wyoming but never imagined she would develop such a love for the country and for one particular Fort Laramie soldier. I always enjoy a book where the hero or heroine finds themselves longing for something they didn't even know was possible before they met that special someone. They think they have it all figured out, but Abagail quickly finds that she had no idea what love and marriage was all about until she met Ethan. They were a fantastic couple. Ethan is what every woman wants in a hero. He's handsome and strong. He has ambition and drive in his career and he's loyal, and understands what sacrifice is all about. But he isn't perfect and I think that's what makes his character so compelling. His childhood left a lot of scars that he has tried to gloss over and forget about, but when he finds himself face to face with the woman of his dreams he isn't quite sure what to do with her and I liked that. He was a great hero. One of the things that really stood out to me in this novel was the use of setting. Cabot obviously knew her way around Wyoming and more importantly Fort Laramie. I could see the amazing amount of research that had to go into making the landscape and the terrain come alive. Cabot is extremely descriptive and readers won't be able to help feeling the wind on their cheeks and the dust in their throats. The images are just that vivid. The mystery mixes well with the history in this novel and readers are treated to suspense and romance. Cabot introduces a lot of twists and turns to keep the reader off balance. Just when you think you got it figured out... the bottom drops out and Cabot leads you somewhere else. I loved the way she adeptly worked the reader and brought them to the right place at the right time to figure it all out. The Christian side of things was subtle but not completely in the background. Both lead characters had to come to terms with what they thought God wanted for their lives. It was easy to see that Cabot's intention was to show the reader that a Christian life, isn't boring or hum drum. Change is the spice of life and figuring out where you fit into that change is an amazing journey. Cabot gives readers an intriguing first book. She doesn't answer every question. It isn't tied up in a neat package, which gives a lot of interest for book two.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2014

    EXCELLENT READING

    This novel was really good! I enjoyed every page. Was not expecting the ending which was also good.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 4, 2012

    A great historical romance

    Having been in Wyoming, I understood the heroine¿s first assessment of the land as boring, and knew she would come to know the subtle beauty of the land. I appreciated the obvious research which enriched the descriptions of Ft Laramie. The dangers of the country and the obstacles the terrain put in our heroes¿ search for outlaws and the heroine¿s brush with a dangerous creature brought the story more life, as it enriched the characterization. Characterization, not only of the main characters, but a wide cast of characters kept me involved. The plot was carefully revealed, with twists and turns to keep me second-guessing my suppositions. I enjoy Amanda Cabot¿s handling of the romantic aspects of the story. Too often, authors dwell on the physical attributes of the hero and heroine as the road to love. Abigail and Ethan take walks together, talk, tease, and learn to trust each other in the way true love grows.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 2, 2012

    Heartfelt and amusing.

    Sometimes life throws you a curve ball and you have a choice - ignore it and hope for a ball or swing and hope for a hit. Summer of Promise by Amanda Cabot is a prime example. Writers write for the pleasure of writing, but each one has the hope that their manuscript is "good enough" to be a hit. This one is. I enjoyed reading about Abigail's impulsiveness, Ethan's growing feelings and frustrations, Oliver's crushes, and Puddles' antics. Ms. Cabot's writing took me to the Wyoming frontier with her descriptions of the heat, dust, and mud. Take away from this book: a safe and predictable life is boring. Change is the spice of life.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 29, 2014

    Highly Recommended

    I enjoyed this book very much

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2012

    Very likeable characters

    Good read as book #1 in the series of 3. I look forward to book #2 in 2013. Likeable characters and a mystery that ended differently than I thought. I like that when falling in love Abigail allowed God to work. A good read!

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  • Posted June 21, 2012

    summer promise

    I haven't finish it yet,but it's been really interesting. I love books when they are historical and trilogy. I would recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2012

    Very good book.

    I like Amanda Cabot's books. They are easy to read and she tells great stories. I would recommend this book to anyone.

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  • Posted June 18, 2012

    Nice book

    It was a romance but it also had a bit of mystery to it as well. Did I guess the "who done it"? Yes, but it was still an enjoyable book. Its nice to not be emabarassed by what I read. Thanks, Amanda Cabot.

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  • Posted June 18, 2012

    Great book!

    I enjoyed reading this book due to the face it was a western romance novel. I would read other books by this author. This book would be great for book club discussions.

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  • Posted June 12, 2012

    I have really enjoyed this book, Abigial felt something was wron

    I have really enjoyed this book, Abigial felt something was wrong with her sister Charlotte who had married a soldier and left the civilized state of Vermont with it's rolling green hills to the flat, sandy soil of Wyoming. On the trip out, Abigial's stage is involved with a tempted robbery. From here she finds things go from bad to worse until a handsome soldier named Ethan steps into the picture. Wait, she is all but engaged to a childhood friend she grew up with. You won't be bored. I really enjoyed the discriptive book., I felt like I was in Wyoming. You will find romance, mystery and family life that makes this a good read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2012

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    A good book with a great ending and 284 pages.

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  • Posted January 15, 2012

    A sweet story set in the Old West

    Summer of Promise, by Amanda Cabot, was a truly enjoyable read. The characters, Abigail and Ethan, were well developed and seemed real, and the old Wyoming setting was enchanting. I enjoyed watching the relationship between Abigail and Ethan develop as they came to understand God's plan for them both. Anyone who looks forward to a tender story of love would enjoy this book. I highly recommend it.

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  • Posted January 6, 2012

    A Good Read

    I'm a historical romance fan and Amanda Cabot's SUMMER OF PROMISE is a good one with a strong element of suspense. A young woman, engaged to a fellow teacher, travels from Vermont to Wyoming to visit her sister. On the way, this city gal gets a taste of the wild west when robbers attack the stage coach and a handsome Ft. Laramie officer who saves the day... from there, it’s a wild ride with lots of twists and turns as outlaws keep robbing the stage, guns disappear from the fort, and Abigail tries to decide if she should follow her heart or her head. I had to find out, so I kept sneaking away to read when I should have been doing other things during the holidays. It’s a good read, I think you'll like it, too.

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