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Comes the Winter

(Sawtooth Range #3)

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  146 ratings  ·  45 reviews
Alena Sommer isn’t one to run from adversity. But when the child she's been governess to dies, she boldly seeks a new life in Idaho Territory by accepting a marriage proposal from a man she’s never met. When she arrives in Sawtooth City she finds the mines are in financial trouble and the man she was to marry is dead. Determined to stay, she ignores the warnings about hars ...more
Kindle Edition, 308 pages
Published January 10th 2018 by River's End Books
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Aug 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: series, netgalley
I really enjoyed this historical romance set in 19th century America. Blame it all on Dr Quinn, Medicine Woman and Little House on the Prairie, because I love a good "heading west" story.When Lena finds her governess job in Chicago ended unexpectedly, she strikes up a deal with a boardinghouse owner in Sawtooth, they will marry, and run the business together. However, the best laid plans run awry and Lena finds herself determined to make a life for herself in this harsh mining town. Enter Evan H ...more
Aug 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
I voluntarily read and reviewed an copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Thanks to the author for providing a copy of this book via Netgalley

I really enjoyed this story. It looked like those books by Thomas Mayne Reid, old fashioned ones.

It's slow burn, clean romance.
I hated that the heroine was thinking low about herself. But, I think, on those times and in her family dinamics it was the usual.
Prepare yourself for a beautiful love story. There is no rush, there is no urgency. Like a flower, this love grows slowly and blooms when least expected.
Lena is headed out West as a mail-order bride. She is heading out to be married to a man that she has been corresponding with. This is to be her new life. However, right upon arriving in this small boomtown, she learns that he has met an untimely demise...and that she is now alone. The young girl, Jessie, another mail order bride herself, meets
Nicole Laverdure
Mar 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
A sweet love story! 4.5 stars

I really enjoyed ‘Comes the Winter’ a wonderful story, nicely written by Samantha St. Claire. I have read her two previous stories in the series, and this time, she has done it again. She captured my interest until the very end. Ms. St. Claire wrote another beautiful romance for her Sawtooth Range series. This is a classic story of a mail order bride brave enough to try to make it on her own. I really enjoyed this historical romantic suspense western. I liked the ch
Amy R.
Jul 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
The characters in this story were so fun to get to know. It is set in a place and time that was fascinating to me. I definitely found myself wanting to read one more chapter again and again to find out how they were going to work it all out.
Shanell Meek
Feb 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A story of a strong woman in rough territory!

Comes The Winter is the third book of the Sawtooth Range series. Even though it’s the third book, it can easily be a stand alone book. Though by the end of the book you’re going to want to read the rest of the series to find out more about all of the characters in the book.
Samantha St. Claire writes a beautifully in-depth and descriptive story about the strength of a woman, love and defying all odds in a time when strong women weren’t appreciated and
Irene M. Meyers
Nov 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Rich characters in a vivid landscape. The characters are intriguing and believe able. With themes woven into the tale

The characters are intriguing and believable. With themes woven into the tale. I couldn’t put it down till it was finished. And then I wanted more. I wanted to know more. Very well written. I look forward to reading more of your books.
E-Reader Addict
Sep 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
A while back I decided to make an effort to read more historical romances. It hasn’t been a genre I was previously interested in, but there’s just something about how the men treat the women in those books that I find to be inherently romantic. Unfortunately, this one didn’t do much to encourage me in my historical romance reading efforts.

Alena Sommer is in her early 30s, which practically makes her a spinster in 1886. Having spent the past eight years as a governess in Chicago, she’s now embark
I gave Comes the Winter ( Sawtooth Range, #3) 5 stars as I so enjoyed the entire story. This the first book of this series I have read. I intend to remedy that with getting the next book in the series.
Samatha St. Claire is a wonderful author who knows how to weave a story that keeps the reader
entirely invested in what will come next! I really enjoy westerns that have beautiful, and wholesome romances woven within the story.
Tony Parsons
Jan 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
ID. Territory. 10/1886, Ms. Alena “Lena” Sommer (32, mail-order bride, former governess) introduced herself to Jessica “Jessie” Leach (British).
Jessie was about to become Mrs. Long.
Bartholomew “Bart” Long (Sawtooth Mt. mine worker) was also a wagon passenger.
They were all headed to Sawtooth City.

Mr. Nash's would like for Lena to manage his boarding house.
Sawtooth City. Upon arrival Mr. Nash was not there to greet her.
Bart knew of him & informed Lena he had died.
Aspen Mts. Bart offered her a
Kathryn at Book Ink Reivews
Aug 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
A copy of this review can be found at Book Ink Reviews.

Thank you to NetGalley, Samantha St. Claire, and River's End Books for this free ARC in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed herein are my own.

I needed it to be winter, like, yesterday. And since we're still slowly trekking our way to Autumn I was incredibly pleased to be able to read St. Claire's newest Sawtooth Range novel.

A twist on the Mail Order Bride romance, what happens when the bride travels to the destination only
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh my God! That was one heck of a book. Now that I composed myself I think I can honestly review this book now. This book this extremely well-crafted. It has a good flow and is easy to read. What a wonderful story. I so enjoyed this trip to the past. It was so well-written and thought out as well as a great read.
This is Lena and Evan's story. Lena is a mail order bride and is heading to her new life in sawtooth. But when she arrives she finds her betrothed has passed away. Lena being one, she is
Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Comes The Winter, a novel by Samantha St. Claire, opens in a boom town in Idaho Territory in 1886. Lena Sommer has traveled west to become the mail order bride of a man who owns a boarding house. Upon arrival she learns the man she was to marry has died. Facing an unknown future, she decides to stay and offers to run the boarding house until a permanent decision about the property can be made. Amongst the residents of the boarding house is the perplexing Evan Hartmann, who is far from welcoming ...more
Aug 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Frontier romances are among my favorite books to read. Comes the Winter by Samantha St. Claire is no exception. I thoroughly enjoyed this story. Lena travels west to the mountains by stagecoach, on her way to become a mail-order bride. She and her friend Jessie are both nervous to meet their prospective husbands. Jessie quickly is smitten with her future husband, but Lena receives a shock. She isn't going to be a bride after all, and she's got the challenge of trying to run a boarding house on h ...more
Marie Bourgery
Aug 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Alena Sommer felt lost and alone when the child that she was governess to for eight years died in a carriage accident in Chicago. She decides to accept a marriage of convenience from Mr. Nash, who owns a boarding house in Sawtooth City only to find that he was killed in accident. Despite warnings of a harsh winter and that the mine is drying up and people are leaving the town, she stays on to run the boarding house until Nash’s sister gets back to the solicitor with how to deal with it. Lena is ...more
Irene S
Oct 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Naive former governess, Lena comes to Sawtooth with plans to get married and run a boarding house. Three years after Evan lost his brother, Evan warns Lena that she isn’t prepared for the winter in the mountains. Lena is a strong woman, who creates a family at the rooming house. As people start leaving Sawtooth, Lena clings to her dreams. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through Netgallery. This is my honest and voluntarily given review. This is a wonderful story about the ...more
Penny Ellgass
Aug 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Lena comes as a mail order bride and business partner. When she arrives she finds the man she was to marry is dead. She takes over running his boarding house, trying to buy it from his sister who inherited it.
Evan has lived at the boarding house for awhile. He works at the mine and mines a claim, that he founded with his brother who died last winter.
This story weaves a tapestry of the lives in the boarding house and the town. A picture of boom towns in the west. Your attention will be grabbed an
Janet Graham
Aug 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Romance in a Frontier Boom Town
This is a sweet and clean frontier romance. This book is third in the series and stands alone with no issue. The story takes place in an Idaho gold rush town in the 1880's. The story is historically correct and a pleasure to read. The plot is realistic and riveting. The characters are so real, they could have been my relatives. I want to go read the first 2 books of the series and more of this author's work. I received this book for free and this is my honest revie
Aug 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is an interesting and dramatic story about life, love and survival. Evan is kind, caring, sweet, generous and strong. Lena is bold, determined, kind and caring. Lena arrives in town ready to put the past behind her and start fresh. She is disappointed when life takes away her plans, but she's stubborn, and becomes determined to stay and build a life. The supporting characters are an integral part of the storyline, which makes this more of an epic drama than a romance novel. but it's a great ...more
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
She went to the place where her husband to be was but when she got there she found he had died.She was not going back home. She was going to keep his lodge going. He wants her gone in one way but another he wants her to stay. the winters are dangerous. Will she stay? Will they form a relationship? See if they will

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Dec 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Really cute historical fiction romance set in a small miner's town and set in 19th century America.
What a lovely book. It was sometimes complex, other times easy but all the time enjoyable. So many issues in this one: tragedy, romance, roles of women and men...
It was the third book in the Sawtooth Range series but honestly I didn't even notice until the end because it read well as a standalone.
I never got bored and would recommend.
Jul 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book written in such a way that you feel like you are there looking at the SawTooth Mountains. I loved how she worked the drama, heartache and happiness together in this book. If you haven't read the other 2 books, you won't be lost in this one. It is a stand alone book. I was gave this book as a gift and this review is my honest opinion.
Aug 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great historical read! Lena heads to Idaho territory to marry a man she has never met, when she arrives she learned that he was killed. With Winter coming should she go back to Chicago or stay. This is a fast-paced read with lots of suspense and drama and great characters. The romance is sweet and the story entertaining.
Savvy Little Book Club  Yvonne M.
Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-2018
I received a ARC of this book from NetGalley/Publisher for an honest review.
loved this book! It was very well written and painted a beautiful picture of the Boomtown and the Idaho wilderness. The love between Evan and Lena is beautiful. Historical Fiction is my favorite and this book did not disappoint.
Aug 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wow, what a great read. It was well thought out and well written. It pulls you in and keeps your interest through the whole thing. The storyline and the characters, Evan and Lena are great. Now if the can only figure it out and see they are meant to be together. I received this from booksprout and voluntarily left my review.
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a wonderfully heartwarming story. Love and all of its trials are fully on display here. Life, and love for that matter, were not easy back in the day. This book not only showcases that well, it also showcases just how much love does conquer all. I voluntarily read and reviewed this book in exchange for a free copy.
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this romantic story. The author did a beautiful job with character development and transporting readers back in time to a more primitive world and harsher weather conditions. The story had me captivated from the first chapter and all the way to the final page. I loved the storyline and the conclusion left me feeling content and satisfied.
Aug 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Comes the winter is a very good historical romance. I enjoyed the plot, characters and setting. I recommend to fans of historical romance. My thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for. This is my unbiased review.
Tammy Rolle
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Standing up to the mountain

New is determined to make her way in Sawtooth. Evan is as determined to fight the feelings he he for this stubborn woman. This the take of their stand against the mountain their coming together at last.
Judy Tucker
Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Interesting story with strong characters facing struggles to survive difficult winters in the mountains. Lots of problems they faced. Finding their way to love.. You'll find yourself feeling the dispare and cold facts of life. You'll read yp the end to see how they come together.
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