As the second installment of Amanda Cabot’s Westward Winds trilogy, “Waiting For Spring” lived up to my expectations. Thus far I have read all of Cabot’s novels and with each one my determination not to miss out on anything she writes just increases. Even though “Waiting for Spring” is the second of a trilogy, it can be enjoyed without having read “Summer of Promise”; however, I would recommend reading them both.
Although not quite as action-packed as “Summer of Promise”, “Waiting for Spring” had its own subtle suspense that grew as the story progressed and was finally resolved during a threatening incident near the end. I enjoyed the way the author manipulated the development of two separate romances and kept the two female characters (especially Charlotte) confused about how things would turn out.
“Waiting for Spring” is a story about trying to meet other people’s expectations rather than being true to yourself and the plans God has for you. It is also about making the best of difficult circumstances by caring for others despite your own lack. I particularly liked Barret’s integrity and compassionate nature, Charlotte’s willingness to sacrifice for her child and her friends, and Miriam’s determination to grab true love rather than a marriage for appearance’s sake.
As you can probably discern, I loved “Waiting for Spring” and I cannot wait for the final book in the Westward Winds trilogy. Anyone who enjoys historical western romance should find this and all of Amanda Cabot’s books to be keepers.
This book was provided for review by
Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Amanda Cabot explores themes of love, courage and sacrifice in the second book of the Westward Winds series. With an authentic backdrop of 1880s Wyoming, Cabot creates characters whose struggle to forge a life in the old West ultimatelywin your heart.
After the loss of her husband and the birth of her baby, Charlotte has had a long, hard year. But when a notorious robber believes she knows the location of a long-lost treasure, she flees to Cheyenne and opens a dressmaker’s shop to lie low and make a living. When wealthy cattle baron and political hopeful Barrett Landry enters the shop to visit her best customer Miriam, Charlotte feels drawn to him.
If Barrett is to be a senator of the soon-to-be state of Wyoming, he must make a sensible match, and Miriam has all the right connections. Yet he can’t shake the feeling that Charlotte holds the key to his heart and his future.
Soon the past comes to call, and Barrett’s plans crumble around him. Will Charlotte and Barrett find the courage to look love in the face? Or will their fears blot out any chance for happiness?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Amanda Cabot is an accomplished author under various pen names and a popular speaker. The author of Paper Roses, Scattered Petals, Tomorrow’s Garden, and Summer of Promise, 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.
Endorsements for Amanda Cabot and Waiting for Spring:
“One thing I know to expect when I open an Amanda Cabot novel is heart. She creates characters that tug at my heartstrings, storylines that make my heart smile, and a spiritual lesson that does my heart good. Her stories are like the first sweet scents of spring—pure pleasure.”—Kim Vogel Sawyer, bestselling author of My Heart Remembers
“From the first page I found myself rooting for the young widow, Charlotte, who’s trying to forge a life for herself in Cheyenne while also caring for a disabled son. My heart beat with worry as trouble from the past found her. And it pattered with hope as sweet Charlotte caught the eye of handsome Barrett. Amanda Cabot offers a delightful read, and as I turned the pages I was swept away with a story of love, courage, and sacrifice. Recommended!”—Tricia Goyer, bestselling author of 32 books, including Beyond Hope’s Valley