Sometimes life throws you a curve ball and you have a choice – ignore it and hope for a ball or swing and hope for a hit. Summer of Promise by Amanda Cabot is a prime example. Writers write for the pleasure of writing, but each one has the hope that their manuscript is “good enough” to be a hit. This one is. I enjoyed reading about Abigail’s impulsiveness, Ethan’s growing feelings and frustrations, Oliver’s crushes, and Puddles’ antics. Ms. Cabot’s writing took me to the Wyoming frontier with her descriptions of the heat, dust, and mud.
Take away from this book: a safe and predictable life is boring. Change is the spice of life.
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 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?
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