Summer of Promise (Westward Winds, #1)
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Summer of Promise (Westward Winds #1)

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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
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Published January 1st 2012 by Revell
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Keli Gwyn
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...more
Kym McNabney
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’...more
Rachel
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...more
Brenda
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...more
Faye

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...more
Janine
"Summer of Promises" by Amanda Cabot is a book that had its good points and bad points. I will start off with its good points for I don't want to influence anyone against the book on my say.

My attention was grabbed right off the bat with all the action that happened in those first couple of chapters. The characters had a life of their own with how richly they were written.

The way Ethan and Abigail grew from strangers then into friends and beyond was sweet and tender. This relationship grew as a...more
Margaret
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
Patti
“Summer of Promise” is first in a series of three. Each takes a sister and relates their story. This one is Abigail’s adventure to a remote Wyoming territory. It all takes place in 1885. I like historical fiction and thought this US territory would be most interesting to learn about.

Mini-summary: As Abigail travels to visit her married sister Charlotte, the stagecoach is attacked and saved from what could be disastrous results by fellow passenger, Army Lieutenant Ethan Bowles. Yes, of course he...more
Michelle
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
Michelle
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.
Becky Lewis
Cabot delivers adventure, romance, intrigue.

Amanda Cabot is a name I watch for in historical Christian fiction. Her stories never fail to captivate the imagination. You
can taste the dust of the west as you ride the stagecoach with Abigail and Ethan. You can sense the loneliness of the officers' wives at the fort and the need to fill the time with sewing projects, parties, and the occasional dance. Mostly, Cabot brings to life the many different characters inhabiting the fort and the driving forc...more
Melissa
I purchased this book at Fort Laramie National Historic Site, where Ms. Cabot was autographing copies of the book. I was so excited to read it, and it took me almost two years (I purchased it when my twins were one...).

First off, I have to say it is obvious Ms. Cabot is truly familiar with the landscape of Wyoming from Cheyenne to Fort Laramie. The descriptions were dot on, and I could truly visualize where exactly the stage was travelling from Cheyenne to Fort Laramie.

Second, she has done an A...more
Renee
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
Ann

Abigail Harding plans a short visit to her older sister, Charlotte, in Wyoming, then Abigail will hasten back to Vermont, where she has an almost-fiancé waiting. Her sister’s protestations that all is well in her marriage don’t match up to the actions Abigail observes in the home Charlotte shares with her husband, Jeffrey, at Fort Laramie.
While Abigail walks a fine line between being a guest of her sister and husband, and therefore unable to interfere, and being worried about what’s really happ...more
ReviewsByMolly
Feb 05, 2012 ReviewsByMolly rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to ReviewsByMolly by: Revell Books
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...more
Michelle
Summer of Promise is Book 1 in the Westward Winds series, and begins in Wyoming Territory, June 1885. It is my first novel by Amanda Cabot, but it won't be my last. I've read many good things about her Texas Dreams series.

I found Summer of Promise to be an enjoyable story, with morsels of suspense, intrigue, faith, and romance. Mrs. Cabot is a very skilled writer, and is to be commended for crafting a satisfying story.

The characters and setting are well written, and I appreciate the unique histo...more
Carissa
first reviewed here: http://belovedgraceful-carissasbooksh...

Title: Summer of Promise
Author: Amanda Cabot
Series: Westward Winds
Chapters: 24
Pages: 410
Genre: Christian Historical Fiction, with a little romance
Rating: 4 ½ stars
Summer of Promise is the first book in the westward winds series. The new series by Amanda Cabot, Summer of Promise is the first book by her that I have read. Abigail Harding travels to Fort Laramie, Wyoming because she is worried about her married sister Charlotte. She thin...more
Victor Gentile
Amanda Cabot in her new book, “Summer of Promise” Book One in the Westward Winds series published by Revell takes us to Fort Laramie, Wyoming in 1885.
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 west to Fort Laramie, Wyoming. When her stagecoach is attacked, Wyoming promise...more
Laura
Title: SUMMER OF PROMISE
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...more
Christy
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...more
Sandra
The setting for this book is Fort Laramie, Wyoming, where we are given a little insight into life on a western army fort in the mid-1880's---the remoteness and hardships, as well as the social life.

"Boring" is Abigail's initial word for Wyoming. She's impulsive and a bit of a meddler, though her actions stem from a desire to help. It isn't until she develops a personal stake in her surroundings that she comes to realize what boring really means.

Ethan is driven to distance himself from his grandf...more
Tamara
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...more
Carly
I’m glad to be starting this series with the first book. I have read some of Amanda Cabot’s books before, but I have not read her previous series from start to finish. After reading Summer of Promise, I will definitely want to read this entire series. It did take me a little longer than usual to read this book because some of the story moved a little slowly for my liking, but what the story lacked in forward movement, Amanda made up for it with her characters and the beautiful setting. The setti...more
Holly Renee
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
Kaylea
Concerned about her sister, Abigail Harding acts on impulse and travels west to Fort Laramie, Wyoming, for a visit.

A stagecoach heist, strange happenings with her sister and family, and life at an Army fort await her.

Even though she plans to marry when she returns to Vermont, Abigail's life takes a variety of twists and turns as she begins to open up to Lieutenant Ethan Bowles - and explore the possibilities of remaining in Wyoming after all.

This novel, the first in the Westward Winds Trilogy, o...more
Amber Stokes
With a sprinkling of suspense and a dash of romantic tension, Summer of Promise is an enjoyable read. The story flows at a steady pace and includes some fun elements ranging from peril to a puppy. However, the peril isn't very terrifying, and the puppy's role is a bit overstated for my taste.

The stagecoach situation stands out in the summary, hinting that the book begins with a bang and takes off running. However, the unstated promise isn't quite fulfilled in my mind, as the occupants of the sta...more
Lauri
ABOUT THE BOOK:
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, saves the day.

Abigail plans to marry when she returns to V...more
Melanie
4.5 Stars - http://christianbookshelfreviews.blog...

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...more
Sabrina Guthrie
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...more
Rachael
The first of Amanda Cabot's Westward Winds trilogy focuses on the middle of three sisters - Abigail, the practical (though sometimes impulsive) sister. A teacher in a girls' school, Abigail decides to travel out west during her vacation to Fort Laramie, Wyoming, to visit her older sister, whose letters have not left Abigail satisfied as to her health and well-being. Because of Charlotte's pregnancy, Abigail puts off her return to school and her almost-fiance, and in doing so spends more time wit...more
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