Title: With Autumn’s Return (Westward Winds #3)
Author: Amanda Cabot
This novel completes the Westward Winds Trilogy that began with Summer of Promise. This story is also set in Cheyenne, Wyoming in the late 1880s. Elizabeth Harding is the focus of this story. Her two sisters, Abigail and Charlotte, were the subjects of the first two books in the series.
Elizabeth Harding has moved to Cheyenne to be near her two sisters. She has graduated from medical school and decided to set up her practice in Cheyenne. The only problem is she has no patients. Old Doc Worland has been bad-mouthing her and Elizabeth thinks that maybe Cheyenne isn’t ready for a female doctor. She had thought the city progressive as they gave women the right to vote for one thing. As Elizabeth finally gains her first patient, she continues to face prejudice in her career. Her office is next door to the local attorney, Jason Nordling, who is a handsome bachelor. Does he share most of the city’s prejudice too? Elizabeth could really use a friend as her sisters are both traveling and won’t be home for months. Is this really what God has in store for her future? Maybe she should go back East and set up her practice there. She really felt this is where God had called her. Was she wrong?
Jason Nordling has just successfully defended his first client in a criminal case and should be riding high. However, as soon as the innocent verdict is read, his client admits his guilt. Jason can’t understand how he could have been so deceived. He walks home and stops to meet the new doctor in town, but isn’t ready to face the fact that the new doctor is a woman. Soon Jason gets to know Elizabeth better and their friendship develops, but neither thinks it will lead to anything permanent. Elizabeth knows with her profession it would take a special man to marry her and she has come to expect that will never happen. Jason has a pre-formed idea about what kind of wife he wants and it isn’t Elizabeth. As they continue to work together through various crises, their admiration for one another grows.
I enjoyed this story and was glad that Gwen and Harrison (from the second book in the series) had their own story brought to a happy ending of their own. I also liked the character of Elizabeth. She was feisty and wouldn’t back down from anyone. She had faced a lot of challenges and she was not someone who gave up easily. This story seemed to have more going on than book two in the series. This was a great way to wind up the series.
My rating is 4 stars.
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