Summer of Promise (Westward Winds Series #1)

Summer of Promise (Westward Winds Series #1)

by 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781441235947
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/01/2012
Series: Westward Winds Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 115,949
File size: 5 MB

About 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.
Amanda Cabot is the bestselling author of A Stolen Heart and A Borrowed Dream, as well as the Texas Crossroads, Texas Dreams, and Westward Winds series. Her books have been finalists for the ACFW Carol Awards and the Booksellers' Best. She lives in Wyoming. Learn more at

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Summer of Promise 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 102 reviews.
JamieA More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It had me guessing for so long who the person working from the fort. And having God show them the way gently so they wouldn't deny it. Can't wait to see what happens
KeliGwyn More than 1 year ago
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.
cindys1952 More than 1 year ago
This was a great read!! I love Amanda's books!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This novel was really good! I enjoyed every page. Was not expecting the ending which was also good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A delightful read.
ethel96 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book very much
Bobbie6 More than 1 year ago
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.
grannyj57 More than 1 year ago
Not quite finished, but so far a great read!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put this book down. I'm ready for the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good book. Hard to put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ah. Amanda Cabot just may become my New Favorite Author. This is the first of her books I've ever read and it was everything I could have hoped for. Thank-you, Ms. Cabot! Please, keep 'em coming! :D ***HIGHLY RECOMMEND***
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lovely love story with plenty of suspense and period details.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book! It's not just your usual romance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was dragged by at times but I liked it. It needed a little more Christian stuff didn't have much of it. I recommend this for everybody. :) Great book overall. Enjoyed it very much!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought this was a wonderful Christian book, without any preaching. It kept me reading until the end
Paula77 More than 1 year ago
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.
GingerS219 More than 1 year ago
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.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can’t wait to read the next one!!
ReviewsbyMolly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Amanda Cabott is a truly wonderful author. She has amazing skills to take rich, deep historical aspects and blend them beautifully with a strong, captivating plot line and characters that steal your heart. This is the start of her second series, and what an amazing start it is! With Abigail's story, we're swept away to 1885 Wyoming. Abby's on her way to visit her sister, when her stagecoach is on the verge of being robbed. Abby left her beau behind in Fort Laramie, but fellow traveler Lt. Ethan Bowles, is there to save the day. Not expecting the feelings she is for the dashingly handsome Lt. Bowles, Abigail is left with a decision to make....a summer of whirlwind adventure, or a life time of romance with a man who holds her heart? Lt. Ethan Bowles is a character I won't soon forget! He sweeps dear Abby off her feet while helping save the stagecoach they're on. Trouble is, she's already spoken for back in Vermont. With dangerous adventures rising up all around, he's determined to show Abigail a summer she won't soon forget! This is a sweet, mysterious, awesome book! God's messages ring true through Ms. Cabott's words and leaves the reader with a sense of page after closing the book. Sweet Abby and handsome Lt. Bowles are characters that become family in this 5 Book worthy story. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a clean, fun, historical novel. It's the start of a wonderful new series, and I can't wait for the release of book 2! Well done, Ms. Cabott!This review originated at Reviews By Molly in part with a blog tour.
kittycrochettwo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If your a fan of historical fiction where there is always plenty going on then your in for a real treat with "Summer Of Promise" by Amanda Cabot!This book draws the reader back in time to the summer of 1885. Abigail Harding's life was pretty well planned out, she lives in Vermont teaches school and plans to marry her beau.Letters from her sister Charlotte has her worried though so she decides to take a trip to Wyoming and spend the summer with her sister. Before she ever arrives a fellow passenger Lt. Ethan Bowles, saves her stagecoach from being robbed. Will she only spend the summer or does fate have something else in store for Abigail? This is the first book in the exciting new historical fiction series "Westward Winds." Abigail was such a wonderful character, she was a very brave ,level headed person, and from the beginning my heart wanted her and Ethan together. While many historical romances are pretty predictable, not so with this book, the author provides a few twists and turns that really held my attention. While the ending was satisfying there were a few loose ends which leaves me anxious for the next book in the series!Amanda Cabot is an author who really knows how to bring historical fiction to life, with easy to relate to characters and a story line that grabbed my attention from the first page and kept me intrigued until the final sentence!*A complimentary copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*