Summer of Promise (Westward Winds Series #1)

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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 ...
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Overview

"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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780800734596
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/1/2012
  • Series: Westward Winds Series , #1
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 450,347
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Amanda Cabot is an accomplished author under various pen names and a popular speaker. The author of Paper Roses, Scattered Petals, and Tomorrow's Garden, she is also a charter member of Romance Writers of America, the cofounder of its New Jersey chapter, a member of the ACFW, and an avid traveler. She lives in Wyoming.
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  • Posted January 24, 2012

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    A Delightful Blend of Romance and Mystery

    When I pick up an Amanda Cabot novel, I know I’m in for a treat. Such was definitely the case with Summer of Promise. From the opening scene to the final page, I spent an enjoyable time with Cabot’s well-crafted characters. Impulsive Abigail Harding has a heart as big as Wyoming and wants to help everyone with whom she comes in contact. Due to a difficult childhood, stoic Lieutenant Ethan Bowles believes he’s incapable of loving someone or being loved. The interactions between Abigail and Ethan as their friendship deepens into something more than either thought possible—or prudent—are a pleasure to behold. The secondary characters are engaging, too, and add to the story. I love the historical detail Cabot is so adept at adding. She did a great job bringing Fort Laramie to life. I could picture the unique beauty of the area along with Abigail, who deems it “boring” at first but has a change of heart. The mystery woven through the story was fun to unravel. Every time I was sure I knew whodunit, Cabot would reveal another intriguing fact, and I’d find myself wavering. While she provided a satisfying and sigh-worthy ending, she left some threads hanging, leaving me eager for the second book in her Westward Winds trilogy.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 27, 2011

    Great book to read

    I really enjoyed reading Summer of Promise for both the historical value and the romance. Sometimes longer books have sections that drag but Abigail's journey was full of interesting twist and turns. I enjoyed every detail.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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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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  • Posted January 19, 2012

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    Compelling Read

    Amanda Cabot writes compelling novels. This one is no exception. Her characters are strong, including Abigail Harding who is traveling from Vermont to Fort Laramie, Wyoming; her sister Charlotte who needs Abigail; soldiers at the Fort; and Leah, a “lady of the night,” whom Abigail befriends. At summer’s end will Abigail return to Vermont as planned, or will the rugged Wyoming land and a certain soldier convince her to stay? Cabot’s story is fast moving with enough suspense to keep readers turning pages.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 10, 2012

    A must read

    This book has history, mystery, and suspense all rolled into one. Written so well and with such detail, I could picture each scene. Amanda Cabot has hooked me - I can't wait for the next book!
    After loaning this book to a friend, she said this is the best book I have loaned her thus far.

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2014

    Summer of Promise

    This is a wonderful book! It's not just your usual romance.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2014

    This book was good

    This book was good...it dragged by at times but I liked it.
    It needed a little more Christian stuff though...it didn't have much of it.
    I recommend this for everybody. :)

    Great book overall. Enjoyed it very much!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2014

    Ok

    Seemed to drag at times and when I read a christian novel I truly expect more if not scripture at least more time talking about all the wonders that are our Lord.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2014

    Good not great.

    Good book, not best I ever read, wish the end had been different.
    I was hoping for something a little more romantic and dramatic
    For the end. Also hoping for a better outcome for sister.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2014

    Excellent story.

    This story is filled with romance, humor, adventure, mystery, forgiveness, and love. A fun story to read. I highly recommend it.

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  • Posted January 6, 2014

    Cabot delivers adventure, romance, intrigue! Amanda Cabot is a

    Cabot delivers adventure, romance, intrigue!

    Amanda Cabot is a name I watch for in historical Christian fiction. Her stories never fail to captivate the imagination. You
    can taste the dust of the west as you ride the stagecoach with Abigail and Ethan. You can sense the loneliness of the officers' wives at the fort and the need to fill the time with sewing projects, parties, and the occasional dance. Mostly, Cabot brings to life the many different characters inhabiting the fort and the driving forces behind their actions. Why can't Mrs. Dunn be located? How does she play into the robberies, if at all? What really motivates Charlotte, Jeffrey, Ethan, and Abigail? What is the right way to treat a "soiled dove?" The book ends with one harrowing mystery solved, but left a few loose ends to be picked up in the next book. Here I come, Amazon!

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  • Posted July 11, 2013

    Abigail Harding is a schoolteacher living a predictable but comf

    Abigail Harding is a schoolteacher living a predictable but comfortable life in Vermont. When she travels to Fort Laramie in Wyoming Territory to visit her ailing sister, who is married to an officer at the fort, she instantly dislikes everything about the fort and the treeless countryside around it. She has no interest in men in uniform and their guns, and for her, Wyoming is “boring.”
    But stagecoach robbers, army deserters, strange goings-on at the hog ranch where “soiled doves” work, and the attentions of two officers at the fort (and her growing attraction to one of them) force her to admit that Wyoming is anything but boring.
    I loved Summer of Promise. It’s a sweet historical romance with a touch of suspense, which makes it a page turner. Abigail is an independent but also vulnerable character, and I rooted for her from the beginning. The descriptions of Wyoming Territory--windy plains, endless blue sky--were so good I felt I was there. I can’t wait to read the second book in this series to find out what happens to the characters I fell in love with.

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  • Posted March 24, 2013

    I just finished this book and thought it was great. It was the

    I just finished this book and thought it was great. It was the first I'd read by Amanda Cabot. I will definately be reading more of her books. I also loved the my mystery. She had me guessing whodunit. The best part was the antics of the puppy "Puddles." He totally made the story much cuter. Kudos and I hope to see more books in this series.

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  • Posted February 15, 2013

    This is my favorite book, so far, by Amanda Cabot. She had a lin

    This is my favorite book, so far, by Amanda Cabot. She had a line of mystery going in this volume that kept me guessing to the very end. I am looking forward to the next in the series to learn more about Charlotte.

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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2012

    I thought this was a wonderful Christian book, without any preac

    I thought this was a wonderful Christian book, without any preaching.
    It kept me reading until the end

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2012

    Boring

    Could not get interested in this. The heroine was too high and mighty for her own good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2012

    Don't waste your time

    The book was dragging and getting nowhere, so I jumped to the end to see if it was worth it. The answer was NO! Very abrupt ending leaves you frustrated. Glad it was free!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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