Kat's Law

Sweet Historical Western Romance

Romance - Historical
158 Pages
Reviewed on 07/07/2016
Buy on Amazon

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Review Exchange Program, which is open to all authors and is completely free. Simply put, you agree to provide an honest review an author's book in exchange for the author doing the same for you. What sites your reviews are posted on (B&N, Amazon, etc.) and whether you send digital (eBook, PDF, Word, etc.) or hard copies of your books to each other for review is up to you. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email, and be sure to describe your book or include a link to your Readers' Favorite review page or Amazon page.

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Donation Program, which was created to help nonprofit and charitable organizations (schools, libraries, convalescent homes, soldier donation programs, etc.) by providing them with free books and to help authors garner more exposure for their work. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email. Be sure to tell the author who you are, what organization you are with, how many books you need, how they will be used, and the number of reviews, if any, you would be able to provide.

Author Biography

Samantha St. Claire is the pen name for an author of historical fiction for middle grade and young adults. The Sawtooth Range is her first venture into romantic historical fiction. She began her career as a writing instructor, guiding children and young adults in creative expression. In more recent years, she's taught children to express themselves in the visual arts. The two passions have found an outlet in her writing style which has been described as lyrical.
Dividing her time between her homes in Idaho and the Olympic Peninsula she travels the old Oregon Trail collecting stories and inspiration along the way.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Deborah Stone for Readers' Favorite

Kat's Law by Samantha St. Claire is an 1888 western romance and much more. Katherine has become a doctor during a time when women doctors are not well received. Dr. Katherine Meriwether, Kat, returns home to Snowberry in the Idaho Territory before starting her new career at a modern hospital. Nathaniel Meriwether, Kat's father, is the only doctor in Snowberry, but he is hoping that this will change. Kat plans to assist him while she is home, but she has bigger plans. When Kat arrives, she discovers that a lot of changes have taken place in her peaceful little town and they are not for the better. The gold and silver mining in the nearby mountains have brought in strangers and more violence, which is keeping her father busy. One stranger to the area is Jonathan Winthrop, a somewhat mysterious ex-Texas Ranger who is looking for a quiet place to sort out the events that precipitated his sudden retirement. Kat and Jonathan become friends and neither wants it to progress any further than that.

As events unfold in Snowberry, Kat's sense of justice is ignited and she takes dangerous risks to protect those she loves and the town she wants to preserve - which involve standing up to the self appointed sheriff. Kat's Law takes you from achievement to romance to self awareness and justice - all on a thoroughly enjoyable ride. Kat has decisions to make that will affect those she cares about. Jonathan has to learn to let go of the past in order to embrace the future. If they can both make the right choices, they may have a future together ... if they can survive the local law.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Samantha St. Claire's style of writing is captivating. She lures you in with vivid word imagery and takes you on a journey with a well written sequence of events that make this book very difficult to put down. Samantha St. Claire's language and storytelling skills combine to give us a very enjoyable, sometimes emotional adventure to another time and place. Samantha's characters are real and flawed. It is impossible not to cheer for the good guys and boo the bad. This story is endearing, inspiring, encouraging and dangerous, and there is also a bit of romance to round it out nicely. This is somewhat like a grown up version of Little House on the Prairie meets a refined Annie Oakley. Samantha's main character, Kat, is a determined young woman who knows what she wants and is more than capable of getting it. Jonathan is a skilled and capable man in bondage to the events of the past. Whether they end up together or not is secondary as they help each other to achieve their potential in Snowberry. A well well written novel, well worth your time to read.

Francine Zane

The heroine of Kat's Law by Samantha St. Claire is the first book of the Sawtooth Range Series. Dr. Kat Meriwether returns home after finishing medical school to find her Idaho-based hometown much changed and under the rule of a self-appointed lawman, who is less interested in protecting and serving than he is in greed and power. Jonathan Winthrop is an ex-Texas Ranger running from his nightmares. They seem like an unlikely pair, but together they may be the only chance their town has of survival.

In beautiful strokes, Samantha St. Claire draws the reader into Kat's Law by painting breathtaking views and dynamic characters with interesting pasts, realistic hopes, and dreams for the future. Her vision of a progressive woman such as Kat flourishing during a time when women were still corseted and expected to take second place to a man adds an extra layer of harsh reality to an engaging story filled with intrigue, adventure, and homespun small town life.

While I enjoyed reading Kat's Law, I found some of the writing lacked flow and pulled me out of the story; however, the appeal of Kat's 'tomboy all grown up' and refined personality, and Jonathan's good looks and quiet manner, more than made up for it. I recommend Kat's Law to readers who enjoy western fiction with a very light touch of romance mixed into a sweet story of home, community, and historical nostalgia. St. Claire has created a very worthy work of fiction.

Emily-Jane Hills Orford

A female doctor in the Idaho Territory in the late 1800s was a rarity and certainly not something easily accepted by the population. But Kat, recently returned from studying medicine, was well known in her community of Snowberry. Her father was the town doctor and they were both very much respected. The town was growing, though, and there were more medical requirements than one doctor could handle, so having his daughter home, fully trained as a doctor, was a blessing in so many ways.

Kat had returned to a town that was very different from the one she had left years earlier. Mining had increased and the town was growing. There was a new sheriff in town, a law force not previously deemed necessary. But crime had increased with the arrival of the new sheriff and things were becoming increasingly more dangerous, especially for a father-daughter medical team that was witness to the types of injuries incurred from armed robberies and gunfights. Jonathon was new to town, too. He was escaping his own nightmares, failed missions during his work as a Texas Ranger. He thought he had left that all behind, but the lawlessness of Snowberry and the attraction of a young lady doctor now placing herself in harm’s way was enough to pull him out of his self-inflicted retirement.

Samantha St. Claire’s novella, Kat’s Law, is a dynamic and powerful story pitting the powers of good and evil in a nineteenth-century western town. A classic tale of greed for power and riches versus the good of the everyday hardworking person and the elegant hero riding forward on his steadfast, trusty steed is firmly presented in the story’s plot. Description and narrative provide a compelling and realistic scenario, and the plot is definitely driven with lots of action and drama right to the end. A good read.