What began so beautifully in For the Roses and continued with The Claybourne Brides comes to a delightful conclusion in COME THE SPRING as Julie Garwood brings us to Cole Claybourne and the elusive Daniel Ryan.

Cole, the rebellious brother, faces a life changing decision when he encounters U.S. Marshall Daniel Ryan, the man who stole his compass from Mama Rose.

Marshall Ryan has kept the compass to lure Cole. He needs Cole's help to capture a notorious band of bank robbers. Daniel believes there was a witness to their last robbery and he means to find her and then the killers.

Cole is reluctant but hes soon caught up in Daniel's investigation. They discover that one of three women in the town was in the bank that day. Once they find Grace, Jessica and Rebecca they must guard them from the gang's wrath.

Both Cole and Daniel discover that protecting the women leaves their hearts unguarded. As they get closer to unmasking the leader of the gang (and a court trial youll never forget), they find the love and peace they need.

This Claybourne reunion is pure Julie Garwood, a combination of humor and sensuality. Mystery and humanity blend perfectly together. You'll shed a tear and find it hard to say farewell to a family you have come to love. Thank you, Ms. Garwood, for Mama Rose and her children. SWEET (Oct., 353 pp., $7.99)

Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin