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Evan Hartmann is a man with a heart of gold. He helps people in need, regardless of their station in life. He helps a prostitute that his brother frequented, before his death a year earlier, to purchase passage home from Sawtooth, Idaho back East to start a new life. Lena also helps the ex-prostitute, Vicki, to purchase clothes for her baby because Vicki is not welcome in the general stores of Sawtooth. In Evan, Lena meets a kindred spirit. Lena moved from Chicago to Sawtooth, Idaho as a mail-order bride, but her husband-to-be sadly died the week before Lena arrived in Sawtooth. With the help of two friends, Jenny and Bart, Lena moves into the boarding house that her husband-to-be owned and operated. Everyone tells Lena that she should leave Sawtooth before the deadly winter kills her boarding house business and kills her along with it. Then there is her husband-to-be’s sister back East, who wants to just sell the boarding house for scrap lumber and close it for good. Will Lena succeed in making a go of her “inherited” business? Will she win the heart of Evan Hartmann, the cowboy who wants to start his own ranch?
Comes the Winter (Sawtooth Range Book 3) by Samantha St. Claire is a gripping novel about a perhaps overly determined young woman, Lena Sommer, and a cowboy that she meets, Evan Hartmann, whose name is a true description of his character. I enjoyed every minute of reading Comes the Winter by Samantha St. Claire. There is tension and suspense throughout, and the reader is never sure until the end how it is going to turn out. Evan Hartmann must work his way home through a horrific snowstorm, which made me wonder if he would make it through or not. This story has a surprise ending which will delight fans of romance/adventure novels who have read too many scripted endings. This is a terrific read, a great novel!