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With Autumn's Return by Amanda Cabot: Book Review by Loraine Nunley

Synopsis from back of book:

When Elizabeth Harding arrives in Cheyenne to open her medical practice, she is confident that the future is as bright as the warm Wyoming sun. Certain she’ll have a line of patients eager for her services, she soon discovers the town may not welcome a new physician — especially a lady doctor. Even Jason Nordling, the handsome young attorney next door, seems to disapprove of her chosen profession.

When a web of deceit among Cheyenne’s wealthiest residents threatens to catch Elizabeth and Jason in its snare, they must risk working together to save one of Elizabeth’s patients — even if it means falling in love.

My review:

One of the things I found intriguing about this story was that Elizabeth is a doctor. Not only is she setting up a new practice in a new town, but she must battle discrimination in a profession that is largely dominated by men. As she becomes friends with Jason, she also begins to question her assumption that her profession excludes her from having love and a family of her own. I thought that the author explored that in a pleasing way.

Elizabeth is a strong woman, which is understandable considering her chosen profession. I particularly enjoyed her high morals and ethics coupled with her compassion. Her experiences and her upbringing made her fairly non-judgmental.

When we first meet Jason, he is dealing with the outcome of a tough court case which causes him to question himself. I liked that he was an honorable man and that he was humble. Like Elizabeth, he was a mixture of compassion and high ethical standards.

What I enjoyed most about this book:

How Elizabeth dealt with the discrimination over her gender and how she wasn’t afraid to stand up for herself.

What I didn’t like about this book:

That I didn’t get to find out what happened to Phoebe.

My rating: 4 1/2 out of 5 stars

Would I recommend this book to others? Yes. I have really enjoyed this author’s portrayal of historical Wyoming and the strong women characters. This is the third and final book in this series. It is a standalone story.

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

Amanda Cabot, author website

Loraine Nunley

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