Keli Gwyn
Recommended Read: Waiting for Spring

Are you a fan of sweet historical romances with a hint of mystery?

If so, Waiting for Spring by Amanda Cabot is a story worth checking out.

And just look at that cover. Is it beautiful, or what?

Waiting for Spring

About the Story

After the loss of her husband and the birth of her baby, Charlotte has had a long, hard year. But when a notorious robber believes she knows the location of a long-lost treasure, she flees to Cheyenne and opens a dressmaker’s shop to lie low and make a living. When wealthy cattle baron and political hopeful Barrett Landry enters the shop to visit her best customer, Charlotte feels drawn to him.

If Barrett is to be a senator of the soon-to-be state of Wyoming, he must make a sensible match, and Miriam has all the right connections. Yet he can’t shake the feeling that Charlotte holds the key to his heart and his future.

Soon the past comes to call, and Barrett’s plans crumble around him. Will Charlotte and Barrett find the courage to look love in the face? Or will their fears blot out any chance for happiness?


My Thoughts

I met Charlotte while reading Summer of Promise, the first book in Cabot’s Westward Winds series. Charlotte dealt with disappointment, disillusionment, and the death of her husband. A resourceful widow determined to make a new life for her young son, Charlotte has moved to Cheyenne and put her skills to work as a dressmaker, keeping her questionable past a secret. Enter Barrett Landry, a man of integrity being pushed into politics–as well as marriage to a woman his sponsors believe will improve his chances of being elected.

The fun begins when Barrett meets Charlotte. The two form a fast friendship. Duty-bound to marry the woman handpicked for him, Barrett fights his feelings for Charlotte. Knowing her past could destroy his chances of being elected, Charlotte denies her attraction and aides him in his plans to propose to the woman who could further his career. Despite their best efforts, circumstances push Barrett and Charlotte together as they’re forced to deal with her well-kept secret, one that tests their love and could threaten their very lives.

I enjoyed the interplay between Charlotte and Barrett, two well-intentioned, honorable people torn between doing what’s right and following their hearts. Each is willing to sacrifice happiness for the sake of the other. Charlotte exhibits strength, courage, and determination. Barrett is honest, compassionate, and principled–traits that serve him well in life but could spell his ruin in the political realm. Watching these two wrestle with the challenges they face makes for a moving read. Add the element of mystery–and a mysterious stranger–and things get even more exciting.

When I’m in the mood for a sweet story with well-crafted characters I’m sure to like, I know Amanda Cabot will deliver. That’s certainly the case with Waiting for Spring. Although meeting Charlotte in the first book of the series could add to your enjoyment, it’s not necessary to have read it in order to enjoy the second in the series.


Questions for You

Do you enjoy romances in which a character is
forced to choose between two possible partners?

Does an element of mystery add to your enjoyment?

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Valentine’s Day Surprises

Do you enjoy planning Valentine’s Day surprises for your special someone?

I do. I can’t wait until Gwynly sees what I’ve got planned for him. He’s gonna love it. At least I hope he does. But that’s a post for another time.

Gwynly had something special planned for me that I’d hoped to share in this post, but it wasn’t ready in time. Not to worry. I’ll blog about it next week. Believe me, it’s worth the wait.

Because the item wasn’t ready, I didn’t expect anything for Valentine’s Day, so I was surprised to see a pile of presents on my placemat.

I told my frugal guy he doesn’t have fork over big bucks for a fancy card, because I’d be just as happy with a note from him. When I said that, I didn’t expect something like this. . .

Valentine's Day 1

Yup. Gwynly put his calligraphy skills to work. Can you say awesome?

The fun didn’t stop there.

I moved the frame and beheld a poem propped against the bright red bag. . .

Valentine's Day 2

Who knew my fellow was a poet? I’m mightily impressed.

Valentine's Day 3

He totally mushed me out by referencing the hero in my debut novel.

And this was before I’d even opened the gift.

When I did, I saw this. . .

Valentine's Day 4

I’m not ashamed to admit it. I squealed. Loudly.

And then I caressed the beautiful teapot and cup.

Valentine's Day 5

Talk about a gift that suits me to a tea.

My logical science guy is turning into quite a romantic. Aah!


What are you doing to celebrate this Valentine’s Day?

Whatever it is, I wish you a great one.




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Book Reviewers Rock

Do you enjoy reading book reviews? I sure do.

I share the many reasons I think book reviewers rock in a guest post over at Christian Bookshelf Reviews, where blogger, avid reader, and book reviewer Melanie is celebrating her two-year Blogoversary.

Stop by to join in the fun.

Christian Bookshelf Reviews

Peruse the vibrant comment trail to see what readers look for in book reviews.

You can also enter Melanie’s drawing for a copy of my debut novel,
A Bride Opens Shop in El Dorado, California.

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