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Summer of Promise by Amanda Cabot
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Jan 04, 2012

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. Ethan was a commanding officer with a devotion to his soldiers, and underneath his tough exterior lay a gentle soul. Charlotte and Jeffrey oftentimes shared a strained relationship that suffered a painful ending. All the characters were well-written, but as a whole, it took longer than I would've liked to make a connection with them.

What I did find interesting, though, was that the story was set during the early days at Fort Laramie. Amanda wove in a handful of details about the fort that were true to the time period, such as the progress of certain factual buildings or the characteristics of the general area. It seemed odd to me that there was no mention of a church anywhere near the fort, and I can't help but think (and/or hope) that one will be introduced in a later book.

And as a dog lover to the core, I couldn't help but smile every time I read about Puddles! My husband and I briefly had a puppy in our house, and Puddles' multiple antics reminded me several times what it was like to clean up after a muddy dog, or to have them cover my face with doggie kisses. :o)

Fans of historical romance will enjoy this first book in the Westward Winds series. Personally, I'm glad to know that just like Amanda's first series, each book in this new series will center around a different heroine. It will be interesting to see how Charlotte handles the new challenges that have come her way in book 2.

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