Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Summer of Promise

Summer of Promise

by Amanda Cabot

From the back cover:

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 to Fort Laramie, Wyoming. When her stagecoach is attacked, Wyoming promises to be anything but boring. Luckily, the heroics of another passenger, 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?

This book had my interest in the beginning, even with the standard stagecoach hold-up scene - what kind of western romance would this book be without a scene like that? I found myself interested in the budding relationship between Abigail and Ethan, and wondered what was going on with Jeffrey, Abigail's sister Charlotte's husband. But I have to admit that the book seemed to drag in the middle. I don't think there was ever really a time where I was glued to the action in the book so much that I couldn't put the book down. But I would still give this book a 4, because somehow anything less wouldn't seem to do the story justice. Cabot did craft an interesting storyline - but I do wish that it had been wrapped up quicker. 

All that to say, the things I enjoyed about the book were Ethan's and Abigail's characters, and the funny antics with Charlotte's puppy, Puddles. If you enjoy western romances, you would probably like this book.

This book is now available at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

About the author:

Amanda Cabot is a popular speaker and the author of Paper Roses, Scattered Petals, and Tomorrows 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. 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell Books. 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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