Today’s guest is Amanda Cabot. She’s here to share about her new book, With Autumn’s Return.
From the time that she was seven, Amanda Cabot dreamed of becoming a published author, but it was only when she set herself the goal of selling a book by her thirtieth birthday that the dream came true. A former director of Information Technology, Amanda has written everything from technical books and articles for IT professionals to mysteries for teenagers and romances for all ages. She’s delighted to now be a fulltime writer of Christian historical romances. Her Texas Dreams trilogy received critical acclaim; Christmas Roses was a CBA bestseller; and a number of her books have been finalists for national awards, including ACFW’s Carol award.
Here’s a little about the book:
She’s planning on instant success. What she didn’t plan on was love.
When Elizabeth Harding arrives in Cheyenne to open a 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 female one. 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.
Now we’ll hear from Amanda!
When Sherri invited me to blog about my new book, With Autumn’s Return, I wasn’t sure what I’d write. Then, as I was going through one of the boxes in the attic, I found a yellowed envelope. As soon as I opened it, I knew I had to share it with you. You see, it was a letter Elizabeth Harding wrote to her sister and apparently never finished or mailed. Why should you care? It’s Elizabeth’s story that I tell in With Autumn’s Return, and this letter will give you an insight into her personality.
January 3, 1887
I did it again. I lost my temper. I can picture you shaking your head, but the truth is, no matter how many times you and Mama advised me to hold my tongue, you know that’s the thing I find the hardest to do.
You’d think I’d be used to it by now, but today for the first time, it wasn’t one of my fellow students who demanded to know why I believed I should be a doctor. It was our professor. Even worse, the way he phrased the question felt like an attack, and that left me speechless. For an instant. Then I told him exactly what I believed – that I have every right to be in his class and that I’ll be at least as good a doctor as my colleagues, if only because I care more for my patients than they do.
You can imagine how everyone reacted. There were jeers and laughs, and Professor Blakeslee stared at me as if I’d suddenly sprouted a second head. I know I probably should have kept quiet, but I couldn’t, not when he threatened the thing I want most in life.
I’m not a born mother the way you are. I’m not a talented teacher like Abigail. I’m not cut out to be a minister’s wife like Mama. As dearly as I love you all, when I was a child I felt as if I was lost in your shadows. And then everything changed.
Do you remember the wounded bird and the dog with the broken leg? I couldn’t save the bird, but the day that dog walked again, I was happier than I could remember. That was when I knew that healing people was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I was only eight years old, but from that day on I’ve known that was what I was meant to do. I know it’s God’s plan for me, and that why I hate it when people question me, when they think that just because I’m a woman I can’t be a doctor.
Fortunately, it will be different in Cheyenne. I know it.
But is it different? The handsome attorney whose office is next door to Elizabeth’s isn’t so sure about women doctors, and the town’s most established physician knows beyond the shadow of a doubt that women have no right even trying to practice medicine. What is Elizabeth to do?
I hope you’re intrigued. And if you’re curious about her sisters, Abigail and Charlotte, they have their own stories. Abigail’s is Summer of Promise, which is followed by Charlotte’s chance at happiness, Waiting for Spring. Happy reading!