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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.