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Summer of Promise (Westward Winds Book #1): A Novel [Kindle Edition]

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.


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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 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.

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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 839 KB
  • Print Length: 418 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0800734599
  • Publisher: Revell; Original edition (January 1, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005PQUXAG
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bibliophile Support Group Review February 3, 2012
Format:Paperback
Summer of Promise is an inspirational historical romance by Amanda Cabot.

It's June 1885 and Abigail Harding is concerned about her sister, Charlotte. Charlotte's letters have grown increasingly downhearted and Abigail is sure there's something wrong - though Charlotte never mentions anything. Not that she would.

Since Abigail has the summer off from the girl's school she teaches at in her beloved Vermont, she decides to travel to Fort Laramie, Wyoming where her sister lives with her enlisted husband to spend some time with her and get to the bottom of whatever's going on.

On the monotonous travel by stagecoach to the fort, their stagecoach is attacked by armed robbers - which is how Abigail meets Lieutenant Ethan Bowles, a fellow passenger. He quite easily diffuses the situation with a well-placed bullet and back to traveling they go.

Despite being rattled by the incident, Abigail is even more disturbed when she reaches her sister and finds her thinner and in ill health. She knows she made the right decision visiting.

Yet Abigail knows she won't stay forever - Vermont is her home, and she plans to marry a fellow teacher when she returns - though nothing has been set in stone yet. But as the summer continues she begins to see the beauty of Wyoming, with the help of Lieutenant Bowles who quickly becomes a good friend.

She begins to wonder... will she return to Vermont? Or is her heart finding a home elsewhere?

That might sound a tad cheesy, but stay with me here. :)

Summer of Promise is actually a very good novel - especially for an inspirational historical romance fan.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great beginning to a new series! February 4, 2012
Format:Paperback
Well I want to begin with good news and bad news. The good news is that I loved, loved, loved this book and the bad news is I have to wait over a year for book 2 in the series. This is Amanda Cabot's newest book and is the beginning of the Westward Winds series. Every since I finished reading her first series, Texas Dreams I was ready to read more from her, this book did not disappoint at all and I am so blessed to have stumbled across this great author. Summer of Promise was so much fun to read it was full of twists, suspense, romance and adventure. This book kept me turning the pages and when I thought I had found a place to stop something exciting would happen. I loved Abigail the way she grew to love Wyoming, not just the people but the land. If I was in her shoes I think I would have responded the same way. Abigail is a kind and loving person that truly put others first in her life and also kept the story alive. This is a book you just have to read, it is that good. I give this book a solid 5 stars and know that it will have a place on bookshelf for years to come. Great job Amanda Cabot!!!!

*I received this book from Revell for the purpose of this review.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Another romance with no romance October 31, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I started this book with high hopes. The writing was good, the characters were interesting, and the storyline held promise, but then it just got...long. Some Romances suffer from not enough other story to go along with the relationship story. That was certainly not the problem here. If anything there are too many storylines, some of which never resolve, and while there is certainly a lot of inner dialogue about the attraction blossoming between Ethan and Abigail, Cabot drags their story out to nearly the very last page to declare their love for each other, and then doesn't even give us a kiss. When I reached the end (and had stayed up late to do it), I said, "That's it? You've got to be kidding me!" So unsatisfying and abrupt.

This book also suffered from a few things that really get under my skin:
1) dreams that are somehow real historical revelations
2) that "feeling" that someone you care about is in terrible danger
3) a sure knowledge that someone has died because they "just knew."
4) unrealistic villains--motivations to kill a friend and officer in the army completely jump the shark
5) A villainous plan that is totally ridiculous and would implicate the villain as the instigator of the crime to any thinking person.

All in all, a very slow moving book with very little payoff.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Light romance and a little tedious! February 4, 2012
Format:Paperback
'Summer of Promise' offers an outlook on life in Wyoming in the 1880's and particularly for the families of soldiers stationed in remote areas such as Fort Laramie, many of them immigrants who joined in hope to make a better life for themselves. I can see why the author felt inspired to write a story after her trip (make that 3 trips and countless hours of Internet browsing).

Abigail and Ethan's story is a light romance you might enjoy during a long winter evening but I felt it did not flow and it was not one I would describe as a page turner.
Tales of the Old West have always fascinated me but despite having learned a thing or two from Amanda Cabot's findings, I did not think the characters to be all they could be! Leah is one character for i.e. that could have been so much more!

It seemed to be written with the very young in mind, nothing either inspiring or entertaining. I will caution animal lovers might find some of the tale upsetting. However true it might be, I found it had little reason to be added to the story personally.

If this is an example of the upcoming stories in the Westward Wind series, I found Summer of Promise monotonous and a little tedious for my taste.

I give it 3 stars!

I received this book free from BAKER/REVELL as part of their Blogger Review program. I was not asked to write a positive review and the opinions expressed are entirely my own.

I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Summer of promise
Well written story. Somewhat predictable but managed to hold interest through the end. Nice intermingling of Faith. I would give this book a four star rating
Published 2 hours ago by Daughter of joy
5.0 out of 5 stars exciting
History, facts,romance and mystery unite fora great read. Always keeping God in the plans and His plan of salvation foreost
Published 20 hours ago by Linda Bolthouse
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Didn't like the no ending
Published 1 day ago by Ralph solvold
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Well written, moves along well, just not enough romance for me. I like romance and intrigue both, with romance dominating.
Published 2 days ago by Loves To Read
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable.
Respectful characters considering the time of book. Wouldn't happen like that now. Enjoyable reading.
Published 2 days ago by P A Wilkinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Really good book!
Published 2 days ago by Vicky Bell
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I enjoyed it1
Published 3 days ago by Mary Phillips
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
loved the book
Published 4 days ago by abbie grissom
5.0 out of 5 stars Summer of Promise
Abigail left her home in Vermont to travel to Wyoming to see her sister Charlotte who had married an Army officer stationed at Fort Laramie. Abigail' s instincts were right. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Barbara J. Couch
4.0 out of 5 stars Book of Faith and Hope!
I liked Summer of Promise. Enough to check the #2 book out of my library. I thought the book taught a lot about faith and hope
something we all need more of.
Published 5 days ago by gerri atchison
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More About the Author

With both parents avid readers, it's no surprise that Amanda Cabot learned to read at an early age. From there it was only a small step to deciding to become a writer. Of course, deciding and becoming are two different things, as she soon discovered. Fortunately for the world, her first attempts at fiction, which included a play for her fifth grade class entitled "All About Thermometers," were not published, but she did meet her goal of selling a novel by her thirtieth birthday. Since then she's sold more than twenty five novels under a variety of pseudonyms. When she's not writing, Amanda enjoys sewing, cooking and - of course - reading.

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