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Summer of Promise by Amanda Cabot: Book Review by Loraine Nunley

Synopsis from author’s website:

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 Fort Laramie, 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?

My review:

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.

Abigail was often viewed as impulsive, which she considered a flaw, but I didn’t think she was impulsive. I felt that she was decisive. She would see a need and then try to meet it. It was an endearing quality.

Ethan was a good match for Abigail. I found him to be a strong, principled man. His care for his soldiers was similar to Abigail caring for her family and friends.

What I enjoyed most about this book:

I would have to say that it is a tossup between Puddles the dog and the mystery that was weaved throughout the book.

What I didn’t like about this book:

I did find myself getting a little impatient to solve the mystery a few chapters before the end.

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Would I recommend this book to others? Yes. Both the characters and the mystery were good. This is the first book of the series and I am looking forward to reading the others. Hopefully Puddles will make another appearance!

Where can I learn more about this author and their books?

Amanda Cabot, author website

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-Loraine Nunley

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