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Summer of Promise (Westward Winds #1)

3.89  ·  Rating Details ·  2,504 Ratings  ·  206 Reviews
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 her ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published January 1st 2012 by Revell
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Gabriela Paige
Aug 29, 2015 Gabriela Paige rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really really loved this book. I've hardly read anything like it. It was so wonderful. If I read it in two days, that has got to mean something good, right?!

Summer of Promise is the story of Abigail Harding. Though wanting to spend her summer in Vermont with her soon to be fiancé. She feels called to go visit her sister who lives in Fort Laramie, Wyoming. Her sister says everything is fine in her letters, but Abigail feels like something is wrong. On her way, her stagecoach is attacked which p
SUMMARY: 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,
Jul 12, 2015 Olga rated it liked it
Once again a story with so much potential...
It started off really good, then it even got better, but...what kind of ending was that?
Stupid and dissapointing, that's what it was.

I knew Jeffrey was behind those robberies, but killing him was unnecessary and unrealistic.
Charlotte 's reaction did not fit the description of her character throughout the book...and just...what kind of ending was that???
Though...I loved the dog, Puddles. The best character in this book.
Keli Gwyn
Jan 10, 2012 Keli Gwyn rated it it was amazing
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. Th
*New to me author*

This was an enjoyable story with a mystery to be solved. Would have given the book 4 stars if I didn't guess who the insider was from the beginning. The author did a good job of trying to confuse the reader with hints here and there, but I had my suspicions from the start and was not surprised when the person was revealed.

I enjoyed Abigail's character a lot. How she interacted with Ethan and her sister Charlotte and what she did to improve there moods. Also how she acknowledge
I didn't love this book but I didn't hate it either. It's weird because, it had some content that I didn't particularly care for and yet, the subjects and writing was done in such a way that it wasn't uncomfortable to read about like most books of this nature.

Abigail's character was intriguing. I was hooked at the beginning of the book during the stage robbery. At first I expected it to be cliché and ordinary and I was rolling my eyes at yet another assumed tale of the delicate flower feinting i
Kym McNabney
Dec 27, 2011 Kym McNabney rated it liked it
A love of historical romances originally drew me to SUMMER OF PROMISE by AMANDA CABOT. Discovering it took place in Wyoming was the sealed the deal. As I began to read and realized it was set at Fort Laramie, I quickly flipped back to the front cover. Sure enough the building was the exact one I had taken pictures of on a trip to Fort Laramie, Wyoming a few years back.

In reading the authors notes, she too visited Fort Laramie and was quickly inspired to write a story. Having been there I couldn’
I don't go into a description of the book too much for two reasons: the "blurb" should tell you that and other reviews cover the subject more often than not. Anyone familiar with my reviews knows the way I do them....if not familiar, it's quite easy to figure out.

Actual rating: 4 3/4+ stars

Storyline/plot: 5 stars...... The author has started this series with a bit of a twist in the storyline. I was interested from the beginning. We read many stories where families go west, few where a single la
Feb 04, 2012 Brenda rated it it was amazing
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 passeng
Jan 02, 2012 Faye rated it really liked it

My Review: Take a trip to wonderful, windy, Wyoming!

Abigail Harding makes the long journey to Fort Laramie to visit her sister, Charlotte, the wife of an officer. But things are not always how they seem, the fort is plagued with deserters and thefts, and Abigail finds herself gazing into the eyes of a certain Lieutenant

Ethan Bowles.

Well written and well researched, I found Summer of Promise to show a wonderful representative of Wyoming, Prairie Dog holes and all! I loved how Ms. Cabot perfectl
Jun 05, 2015 Debbie rated it it was amazing
Summer of Promise is a Christian historical romance set in 1885 in Wyoming. It's the first in a series but can be read as a stand alone novel. The author vividly described the area and what fort life was like at this time without slowing the pacing. There's a mystery throughout about who is involved in the stage coach robberies. We're told enough to guess at the unknowns, but it's realistic that Ethan doesn't immediately suspect certain characters. We have more information than he does.

The chara
Not sure what to say about this one but I kept thinking I'd like it more. I finally got to page 200 and chapter 12 and I just didn't care to finish the book, so I decided to move on. I tried because I hate to give up on a book half way through, but honestly, it moved too slowly and I was bored, so I started skimming. That's not a good thing. So while the writing was fine, this plot and characters just didn't grab me, so I gave up on it. I didn't hate it. I simply didn't care enough to keep readi ...more
Loraine Nunley
Feb 01, 2013 Loraine Nunley rated it really liked it
Shelves: on-kindle
I enjoyed getting to know Abigail and Ethan. There is much to like about this book. From the impulsive and generous Abigail, who manages to tug at the heartstrings of dedicated and strong Ethan, to Puddles the dog that seems to steal the show whenever he is in a scene. There is romance and mystery. Who is at the heart of all of the robberies? Who can be trusted? It made for an interesting read.
Feb 26, 2013 Michelle rated it it was ok
I felt this book was kind of a slow read. It was pretty predictable and the resolution was a bit abrupt. I liked the main characters and thought there was good chemistry there, but I was disappointed that there was no magical kiss. I waited and waited for it...and then the book ended. I can't help but feel kind of gyped.
May 19, 2012 Aerykah rated it really liked it
This is my first book by Amanda Cabot. It was really good and has me looking forward to more books by this author.
The reason I gave this book 4 stars instead of 5 is that I had figured out who the "bad guy" was less than half way through. Even though the author seems to try to get the reader to suspect 2 or 3 others, my suspicions never wavered. In the end, I wasn't surprised at all.
Mar 05, 2017 Susan rated it really liked it
It was like a Harlequin Romance novel set in Wyoming with faith added in. I loved it. Abigail Harding is a kind, loving person that ends up in Wyoming( from Vermont) because she wants to help her sister. She ends up helping several people, learning about herself, and finding love.
A heartwarming tale. There are apparently three Harding sisters and each one got her own book. I look forward to reading the next two. Happy reading! :)
Feb 22, 2017 kattie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Summer of Promise

I loved this story, I though it was well written. I recommend everyone to read this book. I look forward to reading more of her books.. 2/24/17
Aug 20, 2014 Jeffrey rated it really liked it
This is the first volume in the Western Winds trilogy that is set at Fort Laramie in the 1880's.

Miss Abigail Harding travels from her lush Vermont home to the wild, untamed Wyoming territory to visit her pregnant older sister Charlotte. On the way her stage coach is held up by outlaws but no harm comes to any of the occupants because a certain Lieutenant Ethan Bowles foils the robbers. Intrigued, Abigail wonders who the handsome cavalry officer really is.

The author paints the scenery, weather,
Caron Pescatore
May 11, 2015 Caron Pescatore rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I really enjoyed this book. It's very obvious that Ms. Cabot is a very talented author; I truly enjoyed her writing style and she has a marvelous flair for storytelling. As wonderful as the story was; however, IMO it was a little too slow. Abigail and Ethan meet on the last lap of Abigail's journey from Vermont to Wyoming to visit her older sister Charlotte. Charlotte is married to an Army officer, and it turns out that Ethan is a friend and fellow officer of Abigail's brother in law. Because of
Holly Renee
Jan 02, 2012 Holly Renee rated it really liked it
Abigail Harding's life is set in motion. She lives in Vermont, loves it there, and plans to marry a wonderful man. When her sister's correspondence shows signs of deep distress and melancholy, Abigail decides to visit her--at Fort Laramie, located in the wilds of Wyoming territory. When she arrives in the territory, she can't help but notice the land is boring, lacking in greenery, and it looks like desolation. Once Abigail attends to her sister, she plans to head to right back to Vermont. Her s ...more
Tamara Tilley
Jan 21, 2012 Tamara Tilley rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
SUMMER OF PROMISE is the first installment in the Westward Winds series by Amanda Cabot. I was introduced to Ms. Cabot’s writing when I read TOMORROW’S GARDEN. I was not disappointed with SUMMER OF PROMISE

Abigail Harding has read and re-read her sister, Charlotte’s letters and gets the distinct feeling something isn’t right. So, she leaves her native Vermont to travel to Fort Laramie, Wyoming, to visit Charlotte and see for herself what is amiss. Setting out on a cross-country trip, Abigail surv
Jul 18, 2011 Renee rated it liked it
Out of concern for her eldest sister, Abigail Harding leaves a comfortable life and ventures across the country to Fort Laramie, Wyoming. Along the way she encounters danger but is rescued by a fellow stage passenger. Lieutenant Ethan Bowles. Believing that the only good thing at the fort is her sister Charlotte and a precocious pup named Puddles she's anxious to return home to her cozy job and soon to be fiance. Little does she know that the frontier is more than it seems and the people at the ...more
Lynne Young
Oct 24, 2011 Lynne Young rated it it was amazing
A great beginning to another wonderful series by Amanda Cabot! I first became a fan of Ms. Cabot's when I read her Texas Dreams series so I knew I would enjoy this series just as much. This first book in the Westward Winds series leaves you wishing there wasn't a year to wait for the next one!

Abigail Harding has decided to spend the summer with her married sister in Wyoming but a woman travelling alone from Vermont can encounter many difficulties in 1885. Not the least of which is the difficulty
Sabrina Guthrie
Jun 21, 2012 Sabrina Guthrie rated it it was amazing
Summer of Promise
Author: Amanda Cabot
Reviewed by: Sabrina
Rating: *****

This was my first book by Amanda Cabot and I can tell you up front that it will not be my last!

The story centers around Fort Laramie, Wyoming in 1885. Abigail Harding receives letters from her sister in Vermont and due to the uneasiness she feels by the mood her sister sets, she decides to travel to Fort Laramie to make sure her sister is ok. Before she even arrives at the Fort, her stagecoach is hijacked by bandits and they
Jan 04, 2012 Christy rated it really liked it
Ever since I devoured every single book in Amanda Cabot's Texas Dreams series, I have been eagerly awaiting the start of her newest series set in the West. Her characters have a way of finding a place in my heart, and I find myself thinking about them days, weeks, and months since our acquaintance.

Summer of Promise, while a great start to a new series, didn't quite resonate with me the way Amanda's previous books have. Abigail seemed a bit uppity to me at first, yet slowly and surely won me over
Jul 12, 2011 Melanie rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-books
4.5 Stars -

Abigale Harding thought she knew where her life was going - she'd live in Vermont, continue working as a schoolmarm, and marry Woodrow Morgan. But will spending a summer with her sister at Fort Laramie, Wyoming change her plans?

After having no success at finding the pocket of deserters in Cheyenne, Lieutenant Ethan Bowles is heading back to Fort Laramie a day sooner than planned. It turns out to be a great decision because he saves the stagecoa
Jan 24, 2012 Laura rated it it was amazing
Author: Amanda Cabot
Publisher: Revell
January 2012
ISBN: 978-0-8007-3459-6
Genre: Inspirational/historical romance

Amanda Harding left her job in Vermont, anxious about her sister Charlotte who married a soldier and relocated to the Wyoming territory. Charlotte’s letters have sounded increasingly melancholy and yet she claims nothing is wrong. Amanda decides to head west to see for herself.

Amanda’s first impression of Wyoming is that it’s boring. Nothing but a clear blue sk
Jul 31, 2012 Meg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Summer of Promise is the first of three books by Amanda Cabot based in Wyoming, "Westward Winds." In this first installment, Abigail Harding has traveled to the Wyoming territory on the intuition that something is not right with her older sister, Charlotte. On her journey, the stagecoach gets held up by bandits -- but the day is saved by an Army Lieutenant who was traveling on the same coach.

Abigail plans to only stay for a couple of months during her summer break from teaching at a girls' acad
Margaret Chind
Jul 11, 2011 Margaret Chind rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Margaret by: Donna Hausler
I enjoyed author Amanda Cabot's first series Texas Dreams and I have anxiously been awaiting to read her new series Westward Winds starting with Summer of Promise. This book gripped me from the first scene and captivated me ever since. It starts with an absolutely gorgeous book cover that just begs to be investigated and continues with a jump into the plot and then entertains with a bit of suspense in mystery and hint of friendship and romance and even some redemption for those which you might j ...more
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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 were not published, but she did meet her goal of selling a novel by her thirtieth birthday. ...more
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“Her words echoed through her head as she entered her room. Ask God. She had been doing that. Or had she? Abigail stared at the floor. Had she really asked, or had she merely told God what she wanted and then waited for his approval of her plans? She feared she had done the latter. Perhaps that was why she hadn’t received an answer. Slowly, she sank to her knees and bowed her head in prayer. Father in heaven, I’m sorry. I trust you. I know you have plans for me, and they’re better than my plans. Show me your plan. There were no answers, nothing but the feeling of peace that filled her heart. That was enough for now. The answers would come.” 2 likes
“Abigail looked up. Though night was falling, they were close enough to one of the street lamps that Abigail could see the question in Ethan’s eyes. He was still waiting for her to confirm that she liked his suggestion. “It’s the perfect answer. I love the idea, and I’m sure Charlotte will too. How can I possibly thank you?” Ethan tilted his head to one side as a mischievous smile curved his lips. “How about another kiss?” 15 A kiss?” Abigail’s eyes widened with something that might have been shock. How stupid could a man be? Ethan could have kicked himself for the words that had come from his mouth, seemingly of their own volition. Abigail was obviously appalled by the idea of another kiss. Justifiably so. Now that he thought about it, he was appalled. Of course she wouldn’t want to kiss him, especially since the kiss he’d envisioned had been far different from the gentle buss on the cheek she’d given him when he agreed to rescue Puddles. The only excuse Ethan could find for suggesting such a ridiculous thing was that his brain must have taken a leave of absence. That was no excuse at all, especially since his foolishness had upset Abigail. What he needed to do was find a way to ease her discomfort. “It was a joke, Abigail,” he said, hoping she’d accept the implied apology. “I was teasing.” “Oh.” Her expression changed. Surely it wasn’t disappointment that he saw reflected from her eyes. It couldn’t be, for he knew she hadn’t wanted to kiss him. As if to prove that, the furrows between her eyes vanished as she said, “A joke. Of course. I understand.” The awkward moment was past. There was no reason to dwell on it, no reason to even remember how silly he’d been to propose a kiss. And yet that night when Ethan dreamed, it was of a woman kissing him, a woman with Abigail’s hazel eyes and a smile that could light the evening sky.” 0 likes
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