Romance, History and Mystery.... those three elements of a fine story come together in this single novel: With Autumn's Return.
Chapter one itself grabbed my attention. It was a murder trial, which sweeps us right into the world of legal counsel and courtrooms, and there we meet the defense attorney Jason Nordling.
Meanwhile, in this same town of Cheyenne, Elizabeth Harding has just hung out her shingle.
Elizabeth is a lady doctor who puts her skills to use serving anyone in need. She has a specific desire to aid the disadvantaged women whom "decent folk" habitually overlook.
In a town where reputation is everything, and loss of respectable clientele is the price she will pay, this is quite a stand to take.
Elizabeth's convictions and the way she lived them out make her an excellent role model.
With Autumn's Return could easily be given to a girl in high school, so that she could make the worthwhile acquaintance of Dr. Harding.
My Favorite Thing About This Book was the serious issues and questions that came about through the story. There are some important things to think about here.
Through Jason we explore justice and the law, and how those two sometimes contradict each other.
Also from Jason, we see how deep a cultural mindset can run even when it's wrong.
He was a force of opposition for Elizabeth when she decided to treat "indecent" patients.
Jason reminded me that even the best of us can find ourselves floating with the culture when we really need to swim against the current.
And from Doctor Harding herself, I was reminded that the heart of healing has always been the same, no matter what century.
Thank you Revell for my copy of With Autumn's Return.
With both parents avid readers, it's no surprise that Amanda Cabot learned to read at an early age. From there it was only a small step to deciding to become a writer. Of course, deciding and becoming are two different things, as she soon discovered. Fortunately for the world, her first attempts at fiction were not published, but she did meet her goal of selling a novel by her thirtieth birthday. Since then she’s sold more than thirty novels under a variety of pseudonyms. When she’s not writing, Amanda enjoys sewing, cooking and – of course – reading.