Summer of Promise by Amanda Cabot
Book blurb from goodreads.com : “Though she had planned to spend the summer in Vermont with her sweetheart, Abigail Harding cannot dismiss her concerns over her older sister. Charlotte's letters have been uncharacteristically melancholy, and her claims that nothing is wrong ring false, so Abigail heads West to Wyoming. The endless prairie seems monotonous, but when her stagecoach is attacked, Wyoming promises to be anything but boring. Luckily, the heroics of another passenger, Lieutenant Ethan Bowles, save the day.
When circumstances—and perhaps a bit of matchmaking—put Abigail and Ethan together, there's certainly attraction. But Abigail is planning to marry another man and return to life in Vermont as soon as she is finished attending to her sister. And Ethan loves his life in the Army and the wilds of Wyoming. When summer ends, will Abigail go back East? Or will she fall in love with this rugged land herself?
Book 1 of the new Westward Winds series, Summer of Promise is a tale of following your heart to unexpected places. Readers will enjoy Amanda Cabot's passionate characters and vibrant setting in the beautiful high prairie.”
Why I like this cover: Admit it. It’s really pretty. That girl (I guess her name is Abigail) has such an interesting expression! I think she knows something humorous. Or at the very least, happy. And her hair… *happy sigh*So dark, and all swept up, yet still with some curls left down. It’s a beautiful style, and I’d love to see it from other angles. J Those dark brown eyes are beautiful too. Gold earrings, with big pearls in them go perfectly with that pearl necklace. I was so lucky as to get a high-quality picture that I can zoom in quite close on, so I’m noticing these details! For example: it’s not just a pretty red dress she’s wearing. It’s got little rosettes all over the bodice and down the back of the skirt. The rosettes (which are maybe made of tulle?) are all connected by ribbons. There are also little red buttons going down the front. Her gloves are soooo elegant! All the lace up by the wrists is very pretty. I’m glad they left the front of the dress just plain red, no rosettes. That’s just perfect. Wow, that’s quite the house in the background, don’t you think? It’s not really a very pretty house, but it looks large and comfortable. And that man. He’s just standing there, with his back to us. I don’t think he’s wearing gloves, but he’s got a white stripe down the side of his blue pants. Maybe he’s military? Going by the summary, I’d guess he’s Ethan, and then, yes, he’d be military.