Reviewer Conny Withay:Operating her own business in office management since 1991, Conny is an avid reader, volunteers reading the Bible to the elderly, and makes handmade jewelry. A cum laude graduate with a degree in art living in the Pacific Northwest, she is married with two sons, two daughter-in-laws, and one granddaughter.
Author: Amanda Cabot
“She had believed that being a doctor would be her whole life. Now she wasn’t so certain. Now she wondered whether there might be more to her life than simply healing others,” Amanda Cabot writes about Elizabeth in her novel, With Autumn’s Return.
Fourth and final in the Westward Winds series, this four hundred and seventeen page paperback targets mature teenagers and young adults who enjoy Christian historical romance during the late nineteen hundreds in the Wild West. With no profanity but some violence and discussions of brothels and pregnancy, it may not be apropos for naive readers. With a simple street map at the beginning of the book, there are author’s notes, a short author biography, and several pages advertising other written books at the end. This reader wishes all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence.
In this continuing tome that can be read as a stand-alone story, Dr. Elizabeth Harding has arrived in Cheyenne in the Wyoming territory now that she has finished her medical training. Dreaming to be a doctor since the age of seven, she is determined to put her patients first, accepting that she will never marry or have children.
Next to her newly acquired doctor’s office resides the young attorney, Jason Nordling, who recently was duped into believing his client did not bludgeon his wife to death, later to admit he had.
While both female and male play coy games as they find each other attractive and fascinating, most of the citizens believe there is no place for a woman doctor in their town.
When Elizabeth starts getting new patients from unusual sources, she tries to not get involved too deeply, especially when they self-medicate, overuse harmful potions, and do not trust her completely.
Meanwhile, Jason tries to patch the harm done defending a confessed killer while protecting his neighbor’s respect in the community. The two end up working together as they question what they want in life and how God works everything out for a purpose.
Although a rather lengthy read, Cabot’s ending is predicable but enjoyable due to her many characters and western scenery. Even though this final in the series has loose ends, many of the players could continue to intrigue readers in future books.
This book was furnished by The Book Club Network, Inc. in exchange for a review based on the reader’s honest opinion.