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Recommended Read: Waiting for Spring | Keli Gwyn
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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?

Keli Gwyn


  • Thanks for another intriguing post, Keli. Yes, I do enjoy the push and pull of a character having to make difficult choices and the element of mystery is always appealing. After all, mysteries are my fav genre and I have always loved the way many romance divas use that element to keep us glued to our seats 🙂

  • Melissa Tagg says:

    Yes and yes, to both your questions! 🙂 I definitely want to read this book, but I need to read the first first. 🙂 They both sound so great!