Book Review (and a Giveaway!): Against the Wind by Amanda Cabot

Posted October 5, 2023 by meezcarrie in Amanda Cabot, Book Review, Christian, giveaway, historical, romance / 27 Comments

Against the Wind book review

Against the Wind by Amanda CabotAGAINST THE WIND by Amanda Cabot
Secrets of Sweetwater Crossing #2

GENRE: Historical/Western Romance (Christian)
RELEASE DATE: October 3, 2023
PAGES: 359

Doctor-in-training Louisa Vaughn has no intention of remaining in Sweetwater Crossing. She’s just there for a few days to help a friend. But she can’t abandon the injured man she finds at the side of the road. Until his broken leg heals, she’ll serve as the town’s doctor and midwife. She may not be fully qualified yet, but surely she’s better than nothing.

Josh Porter’s plans to win his grandfather’s challenge and fulfill his father’s final wish to gain full control of the family business hit a roadblock when he breaks his leg. But his enforced stay in Sweetwater Crossing gives him new ideas about the expansion of the company into new territory–ideas Louisa could help turn into reality.

If only the town were more accepting of Louisa’s talents! Someone is determined to convince her to abandon her dream of healing others. Can Josh help her uncover the person behind the threats before it’s too late? And is there any future for them together when neither of them plans to stay?


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After the Shadows by Amanda Cabot

One of the reasons I love reading historical fiction is being able to learn about the trailblazers – especially women – who paved the way for the freedoms our generation has. It makes me appreciate those freedoms even more, yes, but it also gives me a more thoughtful perspective on the sacrifices that made them possible, sacrifices I too easily forget otherwise. Louisa Vaughn is one of these characters, her skills as a doctor constantly brought into question simply because of her gender. The emotional toll that this harassment takes on Louisa made me so sad, particularly when the bias against Louisa has a heart-wrenching ripple effect on the community. And even though my experience with Louisa in book one made me a little hesitant about having her as a heroine in Against the Wind, I needn’t have worried. I enjoyed getting to know her beyond that less-than-stellar first impression, and I was quickly cheering her on in her quest to be taken seriously by the people of Sweetwater Crossing. (Fans of the author’s Cimarron Creek Trilogy will enjoy reading about Louisa’s mentor, too.)

Josh Porter is the perfect hero for this book, though I admittedly wanted to gently purse whomp him a couple of times. Like when he issues his opinion on love, bless him. Although, come to think of it, that was also the moment when I gleefully became fully invested in watching him fall head over heels … hence the ‘gently’ disclaimer to the purse whomping urges. I found the reason he’s in Texas to be quite fascinating and very unique for a western romance hero, and I loved watching his potential prototype take shape in Sweetwater Crossing for several reasons. I love going to tea rooms with my mom and imagining us visiting one in a small Texas town in the 1800s brought a smile to my face. I also appreciated that, just like Louisa, he dared to step outside what was expected of him and do something he was passionate about. He’s another true ‘good guy’ too – just like Craig in book one – and there’s just something to be said for a man like that.

Bottom Line: In Against the Wind, Amanda Cabot takes two misunderstood characters and sweetly gives them hope, purpose, and of course romance while entertaining readers with their story. Both Louisa and Josh are well acquainted with the self-ascribed pressure to succeed, one to fulfill his father’s dream and one to fulfill her own. Their unique individual circumstances give these two protagonists compelling layers that will keep readers personally invested in the story’s outcome, falling in love with them even as they fall in love with each other. I loved the reminder that God works all things for our good, that our struggle against the wind ultimately gives us the strength to fly. As I stated in my review for book one, the town of Sweetwater Crossing has some secrets that it’s holding onto, and I wasn’t expecting the one(s) revealed in Against the Wind. I still have my suspicions about one of the still-to-be-revealed secrets, and what I learned in this book has me thinking I’m on the right track. Can’t wait for book three!!!

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 4 stars / loved it!

KissingBook Level: 3 / may forget to breathe on occasion

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Amanda Cabot

Amanda Cabot is the bestselling author of After the Shadows, as well as several historical and contemporary romance series, including Mesquite Springs, Cimarron Creek Trilogy, Texas Crossroads, Texas Dreams, and Westward Winds. Her books have been finalists for the ACFW Carol Awards, the HOLT Medallion, and the Booksellers’ Best. She lives in Wyoming. Learn more at

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27 responses to “Book Review (and a Giveaway!): Against the Wind by Amanda Cabot

  1. Sue Parrish

    I have enjoyed all of Amanda’s books. The town of Sweetwater Crossing seems like a real place when you finish reading one of her books set there.

  2. Kim Linaburg

    Thank you for the giveaway! I would love to read this book! Amanda Cabot is a great author.

  3. Janice Moore

    I enjoyed reading After the Shadows, so after that, and this description of the book, I think I will enjoy this one, too!

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