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 thoughts: A story is a story, is a story,…… Well, that is often the case. A novel is simply a story told to entertain and wile away a bit of time while one relaxes. Personally, I prefer stories or novels that educate and enlighten along the way as well as entertain. With Autumn’s Return is a sweet, entertaining story about the Wyoming Territory, specifically progressive Cheyenne, during the 1880s. When newly graduated Elizabeth leaves medical school and sets up her practice in Cheyenne, she expects to have patients lining up to see her. Not so. Frankly, the wild West is just not ready for a woman doctor.
Her office is situated next door to an attorney, Jason Nordling, who just won a case for a murderer who he really thought was innocent but who declared his guilt at the conclusion of his trial. Now Jason is highly suspect in the town.
A capable woman doctor and a suspect lawyer next door to one another. However, they don’t behave as caring, loving neighbors. He has no use for a woman doctor – just as the other folks in town don’t.
The story of With Autumn's Return is one of acceptance, trust, and a sweet romance. And there is a ripe subplot that addresses the plight of women being accepted as having a role in society other than that of wife, mother, housekeeper.
This is book three in a series and is not dependent on the first two. There is reference to, but not dependence on the two previous books.
About the author: Amanda Cabot is the bestselling author of the Texas Dreams series, as well as Christmas Roses, Summer of Promise, and Waiting for Spring. Her books have been finalists for the ACFW Carol Awards and the Booksellers Best. She lives in Wyoming. Find out more at www.amandacabot.com.
DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy of With Autumn’s Return from Revell a division of Baker Publishing in exchange for my honest review. Opinions expressed are solely my own. No compensation was received for this review.