“Summer of Promise” is a good example of why I both love and hate books that are part of a series. When I really enjoy a book I love that there will be one or more of the same series to follow it but I hate the wait for the next installment. I guess you might call it the soap opera effect so that the reader is eagerly left wanting more. So I guess you can tell that I really enjoyed “Summer of Promise” but don’t like that I have to wait for the next book to have all the unanswered questions revealed.

The story features Abigail Harding whose concerns about her older sister lead her to temporarily leave her well-planned life and venture to remote western Fort Laramie Wyoming to check on her sister. Her first impression of  Wyoming was underwhelming but the longer she remained, the more it grew on her. Another thing that grew on her was her friendship with Lieutenant Ethan Bowles, a man so different from the man in Vermont she planned to marry when she returned home. Although Ethan had no plans to ever become involved with any woman, he found himself irresistibly attracted to Abigail. As one might imagine, the Lord has ways of changing even the best laid plans and Ethan and Abigail are about to find that out.

“Summer of Promise” has a plot that quickly draws the reader in with its well drawn characters and vivid descriptions of both scenery and events. Plenty of action begins with a stagecoach robbery and continues with an ongoing mystery concerning deserting soldiers, disappearance of guns, and more stagecoach robberies and a murder. Clues point to more than one possible guilty person which keeps the reader guessing until the surprise ending.

I hated to close this book when I reached the end and I am afraid the wait for the next installment will be far too long for my impatience. I highly recommend “Summer of Promise” as well as any of Amanda Cabot’s previous novels. If you love historical romance, this is one author not to be missed.

Available January 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell,
a division of Baker Publishing Group.

This book was provided for review by
Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.



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, save the day.

Abigail plans to marry when she returns to Vermont, just as soon as she attends to her sister. As the summer passes, she finds herself drawn to this rugged land and to a certain soldier determined to persuade her to stay. When summer ends, will she go back East, or will she find her heart’s true home?




“Summer of Promise” is an engrossing story of love and adventure on the Wyoming frontier that is sure to capture your heart! Get ready for a cleverly concealed villain and a charming tale of life on an Army post woven into an engaging, fast-paced, heartwarming read!”–
Kathleen Morgan, author, A Heart Divided and A Love Forbidden


Amanda Cabot is an accomplished author under various pen names and a popular speaker. The author of Paper Roses, Scattered Petals, and Tomorrow’s Garden, she is also a charter member of Romance Writers of America, the cofounder of its New Jersey chapter, a member of the ACFW, and an avid traveler. She lives in Wyoming.