Summer of Promise
by Amanda Cabot
I downloaded the free Kindle version of this book and I'm so glad I did! It sat on my 'bookshelf' for at least two months but as soon as a started reading, I wished I had read it sooner! Here are some of my thoughts on it...
Abigail Harding is a young schoolteacher who leaves her comfortable home in Vermont to travel west to Wyoming for what is supposed to be a short visit with her sister. She is disappointed in the region so many people called 'beautiful' but she found boring. She can't call it boring after the attempted robbery made on her stagecoach. But thanks to Lieutenant Ethan Bowles, the only person hurt is the deserter turned thief.
Arriving at Fort Laramie the place Abigail's sister Charlotte and her husband Jeffrey. Abigail discovers that Ethan is acquainted with them. While Charlotte is thrilled to have Abigail there, Jeffrey couldn't be any less excited. Jeffrey is not at all fond of Abigail. Unless you consider "pickle-faced" a term of endearment.
Abigail came to Wyoming because she knew God was calling her there, but it doesn't mean she likes it.
Ethan joined the Army to follow in his fathers footsteps, and to spite his grandfather. Who as a wealthy man raised Ethan when his parents died. Telling him that his father was wicked and didn't love Ethan or his mother.
While Abigail is walking Charlotte's puppy (now called 'Puddles') she meets Leah by the river. Leah is a prostitute. Leah discourages Abigail's friendship because of how her reputation would be marred. Abigail will not be dissuaded. She takes Leah on as her 'project' determining to help her change her lifestyle.
When the stagecoach robberies continue. Ethan and Abigail find themselves deeply involved in restoring justice.
I am hard pressed to find anything I didn't like about this book!
A book where the world is portrayed as perfect and good would not be realistic. However you don't have to go into explicit detail to show that people are sinners. The book had some examples of human flaws and the reality of our fallen nature. But there was nothing at all offensive about it, I found the book to be realistic and clean.
What I Loved:
Abigail is an admirable heroine. She is brave, courageous, and she earnestly seeks God's will in everything she does.
Abigail is determined to help someone whom other women stuck up their nose at. Showing great compassion.
After a run in with a rattle snake Ethan discovers that Abigail is terrified of guns due to a childhood experience. He teaches Abigail how to shoot so that she can defend herself. What's more romantic than gunpowder?
There are a lot of scriptural truths shared in this book. Through words and in the lives of the characters. One of the most prominent is that God sometimes calls us to go places, and do things that we don't want to do. But God has an awesome plan! And even if we don't like it at first, God can help us grow to love it