(Claybornes’ Brides (Rose Hill) #5)
Published:October 1st 1998 (first published 1997
Publisher: Pocket Books
My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Adam, Douglas and Travis Clayborne are each happily married, and their beloved Mama Rose is overjoyed with the wonderful ladies who have joined the family. But all the Claybornes wonder on which side of the law their restless brother Cole will land. Now, Julie Garwood brings her irresistible mix of heartwarming wit and thrilling sensuality to a memorable Clayborne reunion…and at last we meet the elusive stranger who has slipped in and out of their lives, a man who lured Cole Clayborne into a shadowy chase, and who will now bring unexpected turns to Cole’s uncertain future.
Daniel Ryan is a hard man set on vengeance, a U.S. marshal driven by tragic, heartbreaking loss from the past. His quest leads him to a beautiful young woman, the sole witness to a terrible crime — and the only person who can help him. But the lawman finds that love is perhaps the greatest risk of all as he unwittingly draws her into the line of fire. The power and drama of their blossoming passion, entwined with the spirited adventures of the Claybornes and the surprising choices of the wayward Cole, make Come the Spring as poignant as it is unforgettable.
This is one of my all time favorite historical romances. I didn’t read the full series but this didn’t affect my enjoyment at all. Julie Garwood is one of the stand out authors when it comes to historical romance. I particularly enjoy her Western historical romances. I have reread this book so many times and my enjoyment never diminishes.
This book keeps you on the edge of your seat the entire time. Cole and Daniel are tasked with guarding two possible witnesses to a bank robbery and with the thieves keen to get rid of the only person that can identify them it’s a thrilling ride. The reader only discovers who the true witness is near the conclusion of the story.
This book is well paced with a perfect blend of drama romance and intrigue. I loved every character. They are well developed with distinct personalities and who can resist a story with an adorable toddler.
*Blurb and cover image via Goodreads.