Review: With Autumn’s Return

Elizabeth Harding arrives in Cheyenne, Wyoming, to establish her medical practice thanks to the wooing of her two older sisters who extolled the beauty of the land. She’s certain she’ll have a line of patients eager for her expertise and gentle bedside manner. However, she soon discovers the town and its older doctor may not welcome a new physician. Even more frustrating, the handsome young attorney next door may not be ready for the idea of a woman doctor. For his part, Jason Nordling has nothing against women, but he’s promised himself that the woman he marries will be a full-time mother.

Despite their firm principles, Elizabeth and Jason find that mutual attraction–and disdain from the community–is drawing them ever closer. And when the two find themselves working to save the life and tattered reputation of a local woman, they’ll have to decide how far they’re willing to go to find justice–and true love.



As with the first two books, Ms. Cabot does an excellent job of transporting us back in time to the late 1800s and not-as-wild-as-it-used-to-be-but-not-quite-civilized Wyoming.

Elizabeth is a doctor, having completed all of her schooling, proving time and again that she was just as good – and probably better – than the men in her school. Now that she’s hung out her shingle, she hopes to have patients. Not too many at first, of course, but enough to pay her rent. When it comes right down to it, though, she knows doing the right thing is more important than what the gossipy types think. There’s no time for a beau.

Jason is a moderately successful lawyer. He’s paying his bills, though he’s certainly not rich. After a difficult case, he feels his reputation needs to be salvaged. He likes Elizabeth but doesn’t think she’ll be successful – and she certainly isn’t what he wants in the woman he’ll eventually marry and be the mother of his children.

So the attraction they both feel gets put on the back burner until…

Well, that’s where picking up the book comes in ;).

Overall rating: 8.25 out of 10 stars

Thanks to the author and the publisher for a copy in exchange for my review.