Review: Waiting for Spring
Back Cover Copy:
A new identity may protect her family—but can it protect her heart?
After the loss of her husband and the birth of her baby, Charlotte has had a long, hard year. But she can find no rest from the ghosts of the past and flees to Cheyenne to put the pieces of her life back together.
Wealthy cattle baron and political hopeful Barrett Landry must make a sensible match if he is to be elected senator of the soon-to-be-state of Wyoming. He needs someone with connections. Someone without a past. Yet he can’t shake the feeling that Charlotte holds the key to his heart and his future.
Will Charlotte and Barrett find the courage to look love in the face? Or will their fears blot out any chance for happiness?
If you’ve visited this blog for a while you’ll know I have reviewed multiple works by some authors. There’s a simple reason for that. I like the way they write. Ms. Cabot is one of those authors.
The reader first meets Charlotte Harding Crowley in Summer of Promise, book one of the Westward Winds series. In that novel, she is the sister of the heroine and is living at Ft. Laramie, the pregnant wife of an Army lieutenant. For those who haven’t read the first book, I won’t divulge what happens, but you’ll find my review here. Though it’s not absolutely essential, I would advise reading Summer of Promise to have a better understanding from page one of why Charlotte chose to go into hiding in Cheyenne.
The citizens of her new town address her as Madame Charlotte or Charlotte Harding, a dressmaker for the privileged in Cheyenne society. Few know of her young son and his disability, which is the way Charlotte wants it. She must protect them both against the possibility of being found by an evil man known as the baron. Even if he thinks she possesses something she doesn’t, trying to convince him he’s wrong could prove deadly.
Barrett Landry, the third son of a successful storekeeper back east, sets out to prove his worth to his brothers. It works. Now the owner of a large and prosperous ranch, Barrett has been enlisted to run for the Senate to represent Wyoming when it becomes a state. There’s only one problem. He needs a wife to appeal to women voters and prove he’s a settled family man.
Barrett struggles against his attraction to Madame Charlotte in order to propose to the woman best suited to advance his political career. Charlotte tries to keep her relationship with the cattleman from becoming more than friendship or she risks her identity being revealed. The baron wants the wealth he believes the Widow Crowley can bring him—if only he can find her. It’s a game of hide and seek.
Amanda Cabot’s Waiting for Spring produced a pleasurable sigh. The characters are well-drawn and appealing, the romance satisfying, the tension high, and the plot goes down as smooth as the hot cocoa loved by Charlotte’s son. If you enjoyed Summer of Promise, you’ll love Waiting for Spring. If you haven’t read the first book, what are you waiting for?
Have you read any of Amanda Cabot’s novels? Do you have a favorite?
Disclosure of Material Connection: This story came to me free from Revell with the hope that I would mention it on this blog. There was no requirement for me to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed above are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trail Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.