With Autumn's Return (Westward Winds Series #3) [NOOK Book]

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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. 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 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. For his part, Jason Nordling has nothing against women, ...
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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. 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 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. For his part, Jason Nordling has nothing against women, but he's promised himself that the woman he marries will be a full-time mother.

Despite their firm principles, Elizabeth and Jason find that mutual attraction--and disdain from the community--is drawing them ever closer. And when the two find themselves working to save the life and tattered reputation of a local woman, they'll have to decide how far they're willing to go to find justice--and true love.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781441236777
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/21/2014
  • Series: Westward Winds Series , #3
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 28,262
  • File size: 4 MB

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Amanda Cabot is the bestselling author of the Texas Dreams series, Christmas Roses, Summer of Promise, and Waiting for Spring. Her books have been finalists for the ACFW Carol Awards and RWA's Booksellers Best. She lives in Wyoming. Find out more at www.amandacabot.com.
Amanda Cabot is the bestselling author of the Texas Dreams series, Christmas Roses, Summer of Promise, and Waiting for Spring. Her books have been finalists for the ACFW Carol Awards and the Booksellers Best. She lives in Wyoming. Find out more at www.amandacabot.com.
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  • Posted July 7, 2014

    Nice historical with a twist of mystery. With Autumn's Return k

    Nice historical with a twist of mystery.

    With Autumn's Return kinda started out like a typical historical novel but it didn't exactly stay that way. I was totally not expecting the murder mystery near the end, it was a great who-done-it within a historical.

    Amanda Cabot has written a great story of love, friendship, and family. There is a wide variety of characters. From the adorable little girl named Rose, to a man raising his daughters on his own, a spoiled gold-digger, and a loving mother that just wants a sibling for her son. Each with their own story and foibles.

    I think one of my favorite things about the story is that, while Elizabeth knows she is called to be a doctor she still struggles with some of the things she has to give up in order to do so. Will Jason be able to see beyond his prejudices and be able to show her Elizabeth the woman?

    Another neat thing was the setting of 1880's Cheyenne, Wyoming. It was interesting since it is not often that particular city makes it into stories.

    If you love historical novels where a girl has to beat the odds and has a touch of mystery than you are in for a treat in With Autumn's Return.

    (I received a copy of this book from Revell through The Book Club Network for my honest review. All opinions are my own.)

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  • Posted May 23, 2014

    With Autumn¿s Return we are arriving in the town of Cheyenne wit

    With Autumn’s Return we are arriving in the town of Cheyenne with Elizabeth Harding who has come to set up her physician’s practice. She has chosen the town of Cheyenne for soon her sisters will be settling there as well with their new husbands. We learn about each of their stories in the previous two books, which I had not read prior but in no way did I feel lost in this story. Elizabeth has to face a lot of prejudice with being a woman doctor from most of the townsfolk and her very charming next door neighbor, lawyer Jason Nordling. There is an attraction between the two, who both fight their growing feelings thinking a romance could not work between them. However, Jason grows to see Elizabeth’s abilities as a doctor as he witnesses first hand her care of her patients. Elizabeth is a very loving doctor and cares for each of her patients when they start coming, even risking her reputation in caring for the local brothel girls. When rumors start and her reputation is under scrutiny, Jason steps in as a friend to temporarily court her. But neither of them are prepared for the fallout from the lies they told themselves and then they both must rely on each other when a murder of a prominent citizen occurs. Not only do we get to see the unfolding love story between Jason and Elizabeth, but also of Gwen (her roommate) and Harrison (her new brother-in-law’s brother). This was an engaging read. I plan on going back and meeting the first two sisters and reading their stories. I received this book from The Book Club Network, Inc. and the opinions are my own.

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  • Posted May 1, 2014

    With Autumn's Return is an exceptional book. It is Book 3 in the

    With Autumn's Return is an exceptional book. It is Book 3 in the Westward Winds Series. But is easily understood being read alone. The book revolves around Dr Elizabeth Harding. She graduated near the top of her class in the east but came to Wyoming to set up practice because her two sisters lived there. She faces discrimination of various types along the way. There is romance, murder, adventure, love, family, trust issues, weight issues and other problems that are encountered in daily life in the old west. I can't wait to read the other two books in the series.I recieved this book from the Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.

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  • Posted April 23, 2014

    Inspiring! In the late 1800s a woman was not looked upon as

    Inspiring!




    In the late 1800s a woman was not looked upon as possessing the capacity or skill to become a doctor, much less be accepted into medical school and graduating at the top of her class. In this novel Elizabeth Harding had received her medical degree and moved to Cheyenne to set up her medical practice, expecting to become a successful doctor. Unfortunately the residents discredited her skills and scoffed at her. Attorney, Jason Nordling occupied the office next door. His attitude and most recent court case unfortunately raised Elizabeth's indignation, an incident that didn't help her gain his friendship. Mingling with high society did little to bring patients to the doctor's office, and old Doc Worland offered no help, degrading and belittling her. Diphtheria threatened her friend and unborn child, and despite Dr. Worland's intercession she taught the housemaid to treat the disease. Soon thereafter Jason developed diphtheria and became her first infirmary patient. Their rocky beginnings had begun to develop into a deepened friendship, and Elizabeth refused to allow Jason to die. 




    With Autumn's Return is the third in a series called Westward Winds. I had not read the prequels to this book, but found it to be a successful standalone novel aside from a bit of confusion regarding the numerous characters. That did not take away from the story which involved numerous subplots running alongside the development of the relationship between the main characters. The setting was well delineated, revealing a picturesque representation of the landscape of Wyoming, and the numerous characters were defined in detail, a wide array of varying individuals from all walks of life. Amanda Cabot is a talented author of historical fiction and her research is evident. I enjoyed this book, and hope to read the prequels at some time in the future. 




    Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Revell and the For Readers Only program through Book Fun in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.

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  • Posted March 31, 2014

    Of the three books: Summer of Promise, Waiting for Spring, and W

    Of the three books: Summer of Promise, Waiting for Spring, and With Autumn’s Return, Amanda Cabot outdid herself with the last.
    With Autumn’s Return brought the reader again to Cheyenne, Wyoming. The main character is a doctor and Cabot shows in great detail and extreme accuracy the prejudices against women doctors.
    Exquisite detail is given to the settings and culture. The reader can almost taste the dust, feel the heat, and hear the bells and chimes of the late 1800’s. Adding to the tension is the character’s relationship with her neighboring businessman, a young attorney.
    Both will work together to save a patient and to save themselves.
    Extraordinarily wonderful, this book is a definite keeper.
    I find myself always looking forward to Amanda Cabot’s novels!

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  • Posted March 30, 2014

    With Autumn¿s Return is the third book in Amanda Cabot¿s ¿Westwa

    With Autumn’s Return is the third book in Amanda Cabot’s ‘Westward Winds’ series. 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! This period of American history is interesting to me, and I enjoy learning about the medical knowledge learned throughout With Autumn’s Return.
    Wyoming is one of the more progressive states in the union with regards to privileges extended to women in 1887 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? Help ladies of any social class in Cheyenne receive better quality care and have an active, growing practice by “autumn’s return”?
    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.
    I highly recommend this novel for teens and adults of any age who have an interest in this period of American history including women’s history, mystery, and unexpected romance. 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.
    I received a copy of this book through the “For Readers Only” group at The Book Club Network, in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.

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  • Posted March 27, 2014

    With Autumn¿s Return is the third book of the Westward Winds ser

    With Autumn’s Return is the third book of the Westward Winds series, but it was the first of Ms. Cabot’s books that I have read, and I absolutely loved it. Although I had not read the first two books, I was able to get into the story without any problem and it made me curious to read the first two books.
    I’m not sure we realize just how hard it was for women to break into the professional world of medicine. Perhaps we have taken for granted the path forged by the women pioneers. In a time when medicine could be practiced by any man, even without a doctorate degree or higher education, women who were educated and qualified were ignored and ridiculed for trying to practice medicine.
    This book has many messages intertwined with the romance of a head strong woman doctor, Elizabeth and the attorney, Jason, who despises her and then finds himself falling in love with her. The line between love and hate is truly a thin one here. I loved the way the main character, Elizabeth, was able to combat prejudice and ignorance with truth and reason in her arguments.
    Elizabeth is a smart, beautiful and extremely capable woman who is determined to follow the calling God has placed on her life. She faces ridicule and ostracism when she opens her practice, but in time, she is able to prove her ability and her devotion to medicine. Elizabeth struggles with balancing being a woman, a doctor, and the possibility of being a wife and mother someday. Does having a career mean she must forget about having a personal life?
    Jason is a handsome, brilliant attorney who cannot fathom this woman doctor in his town. In spending time getting to know her, he finds his own prejudices challenged when he needs Elizabeth to save his life. He finds that people are not always truthful and the gossipmongers are willing to believe whatever they want to.
    With Autumn’s Return is a great book with an enticing plot, believable characters, and intriguing story. It is more than that however, it is a story illustrating the real struggles that women faced as they fought for the right to be professionals in a strictly man’s world. I would highly recommend this book to readers of all ages as I believe it would be beneficial especially for young women to see the battles fought for them so many years ago.
    I received this book from the Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.

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  • Posted March 22, 2014

    With Autumn Return by Amanda Cabot read like a Soap Opera. I rea

    With Autumn Return by Amanda Cabot read like a Soap Opera. I really truly enjoy the story of Dr. Elizabeth Harding who is a female doctor in the late 1800's in Cheyenne. Her struggle to be respected as a doctor and to succeed in a world of a Man's position during the 1800's. It read like a soap opera to me. It did not only talk about Dr. Elizabeth Harding, but also of people's lives that surround the good doctor. Unhappiness, Uncertainty, the good, the bad, and what positive outcomes of each of the people's lives in the story. I received the book from The Book Club Network to review. I recommend this book! I cannot wait to see if there is a sequel to this story of the people of Cheyenne.

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  • Posted March 20, 2014

    With Autumn's Return: Westward Winds book 3***** by Amanda Cabot

    With Autumn's Return: Westward Winds book 3***** by Amanda Cabot

    It is finally happening! Elizabeth Harding is opening her doctor's practice in Cheyenne, Wyoming Territory. She has high hopes that it will be different here than it was in the East where women doctors were frowned on and ridiculed—it is 1887 after all and times are changing. An added bonus is that both her sisters, Charlotte and Abigail, live in Cheyenne too. However, both Charlotte and Abigail are away. Charlotte had found her an office in a perfect location before her arrival. Her office is now ready and she tries to wait patently for the first, hopefully of many, patients to arrive.

    There is another office on the other side of the same building occupied by a lawyer, Jason Nordling.
    Jason knew of the new doctor setting up “his” practice but has yet to meet “him”. Today, however his mind is occupied with the last day of his clients trial. When he does meet the new doctor he is shocked to see that the doctor is a “she” not a “he”. Needless to say sparks fly when he makes a not very nice comment about women doctors. Elizabeth certainly expected more of a welcome and far different attitude than Jason gave her.

    They both must get past their differences and work together when a murder occurs and Elizabeth is sure that the accused is innocent. Joining forces they find a web of deceit, danger, lies, a life in danger and many obstacles in their path. Forgiveness, trust, hope, justice, romance, love and faith are interwoven through these obstacles and certainly captures the readers attention to the last page.

    ~~I received a copy of this book from Bookfun Network for my review~~

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  • Posted March 12, 2014

    In the world of today, where women and minority ethnic cultures

    In the world of today, where women and minority ethnic cultures are not only encouraged but often required, by quotas, to work in male dominated careers, it is hard to fathom the trials that someone like Elizabeth had when she attempted to break into the world of doctors. Amanda does a superb job of enlightening us to the hardships that those pioneers went through to bring us the advantages we have in North America, and a few other countries. Although some parents might still have unreasonable expectations of what type of work their children should pursue, by and large, most of us are free to choose for ourselves, and reading this novel made me more thankful at how far we have come in this regard. You have not read the first two in the series, Summer of Promise and Waiting for Spring, you will want to go back to those to find out more about the colorful and memorable characters. This novel can stand on its own.
    The characters are complex, and the subplots many, but this only makes for delightful reading. I really enjoyed this, and look forward to more of Amanda's novels.
    I received this novel free from Fred at The Book Club Network and Revell Publishers in exchange for an honest review. A positive critique was not required. The opinions are my own.

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  • Posted March 11, 2014

    I loved this book from the beginning. The characters were real a

    I loved this book from the beginning. The characters were real and invited me into their lives and one by one, I became invested in the outcome of their story. Elizabeth, the tough as nails doctor, soon becomes Elizabeth, the vulnerable woman. We watch her grow into her own as she suffers trials and tribulations that go along with being a woman doctor and starting a practice in Cheyenne, Wyoming.




    ***I received this book from the author/publisher for the purpose of review. The above is my honest opinion.***

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  • Posted March 10, 2014

    With Autumn's Return is book #3 in the Westward Winds trilogy. I

    With Autumn's Return is book #3 in the Westward Winds trilogy. I have not had the opportunity to read the first two books in this series and was able to still enjoy this one. I feel like if you read the other two you would have a little more details to some of the characters, however it is not necessary to enjoy the book.
    With Autumn's Return is about Elizabeth Harding and her journey in finding that being a female doctor in a 'not so small' town is not what she expected. She is constantly feeling as if she is defending herself as a woman doctor. When she meets Jason Nordling, the attorney next door, sparks fly. He has to struggle with some bad decisions, his past, and the fact that a woman doctor is capturing his thoughts. They are not at all what the other expected.
    This book is full of good dialogue, quick wit, mystery, love and much more. I enjoyed that we are following Elizabeth and Jason, however there are others in the book who fall in love and have problems of their own.
    I enjoyed the book and look forward to reading more by Amanda Cabot.

    I received this book from The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.

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  • Posted March 6, 2014

    With Autumn¿s Return, Amanda Cabot¿s last book in the Westward W

    With Autumn’s Return, Amanda Cabot’s last book in the Westward Winds Series is a story that puts the reader in the middle of the lives of several characters as they face life-changing situations. It pulls people from the first two books of this series, yet focuses around Elizabeth Harding, the young doctor seeking to become an established woman physician in Cheyenne, Wyoming in the late 1880’s. Interwoven into this story of determination, faith, and love is adventure, bias, mystery, and even deceit. Mrs. Cabot’s writing style makes the characters dear to the reader’s heart as friends to remember long after the book is finished.

    I received this book for free from BookClubNetwork in exchange for my honest review.

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  • Posted March 4, 2014

    With Autumn's Return by Amanda Cabot is a captivating book about

    With Autumn's Return by Amanda Cabot is a captivating book about a young woman doctor fresh out of medical school, opening up her practice in Cheyenne, Wyoming, in the late 1800's. Elizabeth Harding is confident that the people in the town will welcome a new doctor. However, things don't turn out as planned as she learns that prejudices against women doctors doesn't just exist in the east.
    She is quite patient, though, and eventually wins over many in the town. She is even able to win over her neighbor, Jason Nordling, who was so rude upon her arriving in town.
    Then they both work as a team to discover the truth behind a murder. Amanda always thought that choosing the profession of a doctor would mean no man would ever want to marry her. As her practice grows as she becomes more busy does she have time to love? Can she perhaps have both? Or does she need to face the reality of the profession she has chosen?
    This was an engaging read that I thoroughly enjoyed. I loved the historical setting, and the peek inside the changing of practicing medicine during this time period. Elizabeth is an easy character to like, and she is surrounded by some loveable and totally unloveable characters. There is a little girl named Rose that stole my heart! The book has history, romance, intrigue, and mystery all woven together in a wonderful read. This is the third in a series, however it stands alone as a great read. I haven't read the other two in the series, but I plan on fixing that, and soon! This was an enjoyable read, and I definitely recommend it. This is the first time I've read a book by Amanda Cabot; I'm looking forward to reading more!
    I was given this book through The Book Club a Network for my honest opinion which I have given.

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  • Posted February 8, 2014

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    Amanda Cabot in her new book, ¿With Autumn¿s Return¿ Book Three

    Amanda Cabot in her new book, “With Autumn’s Return” Book Three in the Westward Winds series published by Revell takes us into the life of Elizabeth Harding.




    From the Back Cover:   She’s planning on instant success.  She didn’t plan on love.




    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. 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 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. For his part, Jason Nordling has nothing against women, but he’s promised himself that the woman he marries will be a full-time mother.




    Despite their firm principles, Elizabeth and Jason find that mutual attraction–and disdain from the community–is drawing them ever closer. And when the two find themselves working to save the life and tattered reputation of a local woman, they’ll have to decide how far they’re willing to go to find justice–and true love.




    The medical and legal professions are all skillfully woven together in ”With Autumn’s Return”. 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.  Ms. 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.




    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell Publishers.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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  • Posted February 7, 2014

    With Autumn¿s Return was a very detailed and thought out book. I

    With Autumn’s Return was a very detailed and thought out book. I enjoyed reading more about Gwen and seeing her fall in love with Harrison. I loved that I finally got to hear more about Elizabeth. Since the beginning of the Westward Winds series I have longed to read about Elizabeth and her early life of doctoring in the early days of women doctors. Elizabeth and Jason were very believable characters which I liked getting to know. 
    There were downfalls to this book, in my opinion anyway. This was not one of Amanda Cabot’s best books. I was very disappointed in her idea to put all the society scandal within the book and centering on a bordello. Even though there were prayers and going to church within the book, there was not very much praying. Prayers went up occasionally and Elizabeth felt she was following God’s will. But when I read Christian fiction I expect more of way of Scriptures and more center on prayer…again that is just my opinion. 




    This book did not keep my attention as some of her other books have in the past. Some of her descriptions of Wyoming and the sky were too much. Sometimes the descriptions were drawn out and I would skim over them because it was something that was already mentioned in the beginning or on another page. Some of her phraseology was used WAY to much! The mystery in it was wonderful! However, it was predictable. 




    I am anxious to see what this author has for us in way of contemporary fiction in the coming fall. 




    Again, I enjoy Amanda Cabot’s writing, but this book I was just a little disappointed in as a reader.  

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  • Posted February 5, 2014

    When Dr. Elizabeth Harding goes west to Wyoming, she¿s certain s

    When Dr. Elizabeth Harding goes west to Wyoming, she’s certain she’ll have more patients than she can handle. But she soon realizes that the prejudice toward female doctors is just the same as it is back east. 
    Attorney Jason Nordling thinks women belong at home. The pretty doctor next door catches his attention, but he’d never take a second look at a woman who preferred a career over a family.
     
    When one of Elizabeth’s patients is suspected of committing a heinous crime, she and Jason must work together to prove her innocence. Will Jason recognize what a jewel Elizabeth is before he loses her? 

     With Autumn’s Return is a heart-warming story of a woman determined to make a difference. Jason is a hurting hero with wounds inflicted on him as a child. Readers will love both characters and how they clash and mesh throughout the story. There is also a sweet secondary romance that readers will also enjoy. As usual, Amanda Cabot does a wonderful job of vividly portraying the Old West town and its townsfolk. This sweet romance, with some intrigue and delicious sparks between hero and heroine, finishes off Cabot’s Westward Winds series with a satisfying read. 

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  • Posted February 3, 2014

    This was a good book.  Elizabeth moves to Cheyenne to be closer

    This was a good book.  Elizabeth moves to Cheyenne to be closer to her two sisters.  She is a doctor and sets up practice there, expecting the 'progressive' city to be welcoming.  It isn't and she doesn't have a single patient.  In fact, the older doctor in town is badmouthing her and with her two sisters traveling, she is discouraged.  Jason is an attorney who just happens to be next door.  He is a bachelor with set ideas on what he wants in his woman.  They may both change their minds as they get closer.
    With this being the third book in the series, it was nice to be back for a visit.  Elizabeth was certainly a fun character.  She was stubborn and feisty, but also sensitive and great bedside manner.  I liked how a woman doctor was shocking and even offensive to some (as we now find it a normality).  It is interesting to see how far we have come.  I also was amused by Jason's preconceived ideas about the woman he would marry....and how Elizabeth didn't fit that mold at all!  
    I rate this a 4/5.  Nice conclusion to this series.  




    Thank you to the publisher for the review copy of this book.  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.

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  • Posted February 2, 2014

    One of my favorite things about historical novels is that althou

    One of my favorite things about historical novels is that although they are fiction they are entertaining ways to view life in the past.  The growing territories of the 1800’s were sometimes challenging places to live and only for the strong of heart, especially for women.  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 sisters and their families in Cheyenne, Wyoming in 1887 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.  This doesn’t deter Elizabeth’s goals at all.   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.  
    Elizabeth’s courage not only to follow her dream but also to do what is right despite the opinions of others was inspiring.  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.  Their relationship was a reminder that we should never say “never” and need to leave the door open for God’s plans. 
    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. Cabot’s books.
    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

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  • Posted January 29, 2014

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    The third and final book in the Westward Winds trilogy by Amanda

    The third and final book in the Westward Winds trilogy by Amanda Cabot entitled With Autumn's Return is set in the late 1800's Cheyenne, Wyoming. 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. A great example of Christian/Inspirational writing at it's best!

    What I liked:

    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. It's already good.

    Bottom Line:

    If you enjoy good Christian/Inspirational fiction you can't go wrong with an Amanda Cabot novel. 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!

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