She’s planning on instant success. She didn’t plan on love.
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.
Sometimes, it’s hard to think about a time when women couldn’t do things that we take for granted. They couldn’t vote, they often couldn’t go places unescorted, and they were limited if they wanted a career. A woman was supposed to marry well and raise a family. She certainly wasn’t expected to become a doctor. The reasons – mostly created by men – varied from women weren’t smart enough to it wasn’t seemly for a woman to treat a man. In With Autumn’s Return, Elizabeth Harding is ready to challenge those ideas. After proving to her fellow medical students that she was smart enough to study with them, she now has to persuade the Cheyenne townspeople that she’s capable enough to treat them. They’re used to old Doctor Worland, with his quack medicines and leeches, a man who learned his trade on the fields of the Civil War. Her neighbor, lawyer Jason Nordling, is quick to warn her of probable failure. But he’s just experienced the biggest failure of his fledgling career and his reputation has taken a beating.
With Autumn’s Return is the third in Cabot’s Westward Winds series. While there are references to events in the previous titles, it’s not essential to have read them first. I was able to enjoy With Autumn’s Return without having read either of them. There are characters you will either love or hate, and some that will grow on you. I found myself surprisingly sympathetic toward one gentleman. The main drama was both expected and surprising. I knew something was going to happen concerning a couple of the characters, but I couldn’t predict what that something would be. It was also interesting to read that some medical issues aren’t exclusive to the present day. Abortion is discussed and there is a side story of a woman with low self-esteem going taking extreme measures because she fears the man she likes isn’t attracted to her physical self. There were a couple of situations which I felt weren’t fully resolved by the end, but you can’t have everything. This is definitely a book I had difficulty putting down and I now want to read the earlier books, which focus on Elizabeth’s older sisters.
Thank you to Revell for my free copy of With Autumn’s Return, which I received in exchange for an honest review.
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Publisher: Revell (A division of Baker Publishing)
Publication Date: 21 January 2014
Page Count: 416