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Come the Spring (Clayborne Series #5)

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by Julie Garwood

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Julie Garwood triumphed with her phenomenal For the Roses and her #1 New York Times bestselling trio of novels, One Pink Rose, One White Rose and One Red Rose. Now, she brings her irresistible and heartwarming wit to a delightful new love story featuring the unforgettable frontier family, the Claybornes of Blue Belle, Montana.



Julie Garwood triumphed with her phenomenal For the Roses and her #1 New York Times bestselling trio of novels, One Pink Rose, One White Rose and One Red Rose. Now, she brings her irresistible and heartwarming wit to a delightful new love story featuring the unforgettable frontier family, the Claybornes of Blue Belle, Montana.

Cole Clayborne had always walked a dark path and flirted with a life of crime. While his three brothers chose to settle into married life, Cole rebelliously refused to be tied down. Now, an elusive stranger draws him into a shadowy chase that will bring unexpected turns to his uncertain future -- and may determine which side of the law the restless Cole favors.

A tragic, heartbreaking loss drives U.S. Marshal Daniel Ryan on a quest for vengeance -- and leads him to a beautiful young woman, the sole witness to a terrible crime. But the lawman finds that love is the greatest trial of all as he unwittingly draws her into the line of fire. The power and drama of their blossoming passion, entwined with the surprising destiny of the wayward Cole, make Come the Spring a superbly entertaining adventure inside the heart of "a family whose love and loyalty will truly inspire" (Romantic Times).

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Romantic Times
The power and drama of their blossoming passion, entwined with the surprising destiny of the wayward Cole, make Come the Spring a superbly entertaining adventure inside the heart of a family whose love and loyalty will truly inspire.
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Romantic Times "[A] family whose love and loyalty will truly inspire."

USA Today "[A]ttracts readers like beautiful heroines attract dashing heroes"

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But for the grace of God and an untied shoelace, she would have died with the others that day. She walked into the bank at precisely two forty-five in the afternoon to close her account, deliberately leaving the task until the last possible minute because it made everything so final in her mind. There would be no going back. All of her possessions had been packed, and very soon now she woul

Sherman MacCorkle, the bank president, would lock the doors in fifteen minutes. The lobby was filled with other procrastinators like herself, yet for all the customers, there were only two tellers working the windows instead of the usual three. Emmeline MacCorkle, Sherman's daughter, was apparently still at home recovering from the influenza that had swept through the peaceful little town two weeks before.

Malcolm Watterson's line was shorter by three heads. He was a notorious gossip, though, and would surely ask her questions she wasn't prepared to answer.

Fortunately Franklin Carroll was working today, and she immediately took her place in the back of his line. He was quick, methodical, and never intruded into anyone's personal affairs. He was also a friend. She had already told him good-bye after services last Sunday, but she had the sudden inclination to do so again.

She hated waiting. Tapping her foot softly against the warped floorboards, she took her gloves off, then put them back on again. Each time she fidgeted, her purse, secured by a satin ribbon around her wrist, swung back and forth, back and forth, like a pendulum keeping perfect time to the ticktock of the clock hanging on the wall behind the tellers' windows.

The man in front of her took a step forward, but she stayed where she was, hoping to put some distance between them so that she wouldn't have to smell the sour sweat mixed with the pungent odor of fried sausage emanating from his filthy clothes.

The man to her left in Malcolm's line smiled at her, letting her see the two missing teeth in the center of his grin. To discourage conversation, she gave him a quick nod and turned her gaze upward to the water stains on the ceiling.

It was dank, musty, and horribly hot. She could feel the perspiration gathering at the nape of her neck and tugged on the collar of her starched blouse. Giving Franklin a sympathetic glance, she wondered how any of the employees could work all day in such a dark, gloomy, stifling tomb. She turned to the right and stared longingly at the three closed windows. Sunlight streaked through the finger-smudged glass, casting jagged splotches on the worn floorboards, and fragments of dust particles hung suspended in the stagnant air. If she had to wait much longer, she would incite Sherman MacCorkle's anger by marching over to the windows and throwing all of them open. She gave up the idea as soon as it entered her mind because the president would only close them again and give her a stern lecture about bank security. Besides, she would lose her place in line.

It was finally her turn. Hurrying forward, she stumbled and bumped her head against the glass of the teller's window. Her shoe had come off. She shoved her foot back inside and felt the tongue coil under her toes. Behind the tellers, dour-faced Sherman MacCorkle's door was open. He heard the commotion and looked up at her from his desk behind a glass partition. She gave him a weak smile before turning her attention to Franklin.

"My shoelace came untied," she said in an attempt to explain her clumsiness.

He nodded sympathetically. "Are you all ready to leave?"

"Just about," she whispered so that Malcolm, the busybody, wouldn't poke his nose into the conversation. He was already leaning toward Frank, and she knew he was itching to hear the particulars.

"I'll miss you," Franklin blurted out.

The confession brought a blush that stained his neck and cheeks. Franklin's shyness was an endearing quality, and when the tall, deathly thin man swallowed, his oversized Adam's apple bobbed noticeably. He was at least twenty years her senior, yet he acted like a young boy whenever he was near her.

"I'm going to miss you too, Franklin."

"Are you going to close your account now?"

She nodded as she pushed the folded papers through the arched, fist-sized opening. "I hope everything's in order."

He busied himself with the paperwork, checking signatures and numbers, and then opened his cash drawer and began to count out the money.

"Four hundred and two dollars is an awful lot of money to be carrying around."

"Yes, I know it is," she agreed. "I'll keep a close eye on it. Don't worry."

She removed her gloves while he stacked the bills, and when he pushed the money through the opening, she stuffed it into her cloth purse and pulled the strings tight.

Franklin cast his employer a furtive glance before leaning forward and pressing his forehead against the glass. "Church won't be the same without you sitting in the pew in front of Mother and me. I wish you weren't leaving. Mother would eventually warm up to you. I'm sure of it."

She reached through the opening and impulsively squeezed his hand. "In the short while that I have lived here, you have become such a good friend. I won't ever forget your kindness to me."

"Will you write?"

"Yes, of course I will."

"Send your letters to the bank so Mother won't see them."

She smiled. "Yes, I'll do that."

A discreet cough told her she'd lingered too long. She picked up her gloves and purse and turned around, searching for a spot out of the traffic where she could retie her shoelace. There was an empty desk in the alcove beyond the swinging gate that separated the customers from the employees. Lemont Morganstaff usually sat there, but like Emmeline MacCorkle, he too was still recovering from the epidemic.

She dragged her foot so she wouldn't step out of her shoe again as she made her way across the lobby to the decrepit, scarred desk in front of the windows. Franklin had confided that MacCorkle had purchased all the furniture thirdhand from a printer's shop. His thrifty nature had obviously compelled him to overlook the ink stains blotting the wood and the protruding splinters lying in wait for an uncautious finger.

It was sinful the way MacCorkle treated his employees. She knew for a fact that he didn't pay any of his loyal staff a fair wage, because poor Franklin lived a very modest life and could barely afford to keep his mother in the medicinal tonic she seemed to thrive on.

She had a notion to go into MacCorkle's brand-spanking-new office, with its shiny mahogany desk and matching file cabinets, and tell him what a cheapskate he was in hopes of shaming him into doing something about the deplorable conditions he forced his staff to endure, and she surely would have done just that if it hadn't been for the possibility that MacCorkle would think Franklin had put her up to it. The president knew they were friends. No, she didn't dare say a word, and so she settled on giving MacCorkle a look of pure disgust instead.

Copyright© 1997 by Julie Garwood

Meet the Author

Julie Garwood is the author of numerous New York Times bestsellers, including Fire and Ice, Shadow Music, Shadow Dance, Murder List, Killjoy, Mercy, Heartbreaker, Ransom, and Come the Spring. There are more than thirty-six million copies of her books in print.

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Come the Spring 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 90 reviews.
doggis More than 1 year ago
Exciting and well written. finished it in half a day. Very enjoyable
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was pleasantly surprised with Come the Spring. At first, I wasn't sure that I would like it, but the more I read, the more engrossed I became. I thought perhaps this book would include a little of the rest of the family, but it didn't really, other than when Cole mentioned them in passing. But I think I like the way Julie Garwood wrote this book. The plot was excellent and kept me guessing through most of the book. I enjoyed the mystery and suspense and the budding relationships between Daniel and Cole, and their respective loves. I realized that the book doesn't need to contain a series of love scenes to be captivating.
sueinclayton More than 1 year ago
I am glad to see that they are converting some of her earlier books to ebooks - all of her books are keepers - I was however disappointed at the numerous print errors. The first word of the chapter in numerous chapters was misspelled. "The" for She or He is just one example. I really love the convenience, storage issue, and larger print size of ebooks but have been disappointed in the numerous errors I have found - the purchased price of ebooks has gone up and is the same or slightly less than the paperback or hardback issues. I feel that the publishers are not paying sufficient attention to the quality of their product. I had planned to convert all my Garwood books to ebooks because I love her stories and they are KEEPERS. I would hate for anyone reading one of her stories for the first time to let the numerous errors keep them from buying any of her other books. Her earlier historical romance novels are some of the best I have ever read. Her characters are original and very well developed. Her female charcters in this book are not typical of the era - strong and independent. Also, I loved Rose Hill - the first book - enjoyed reading Cole's story since he was my favorite in the prior book.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Garwood is one of the few authors that I love to reread and this book is no exception. I love getting the extra stories on the brothers since we got so close to the family in the main book. I recommend all of her historicals.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the first time I read this author and wouldn't recommend it for serious readers. This is what I call a fluff book with very little story line. Women are always gorgeous, men are always stubborn just change the names and probably could read all the books. Not the best read for me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book kept me spellbounded. I purchased this book on vaction in az.At the days end i simply could not wait to start reading again.Cole and the rest of the charecters were so charming and intersting.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It would be hard to choose a favorite brother but Clay won me in For the Roses when he took the 'monster' out and shot him.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the beginning story of four brothers and their finding of a baby girl and their future in the West. Its a great love story and the beginning of a series of books about their lives. This is a must read that only Julie Garwood can wright. It's a five star book.
MNW71 More than 1 year ago
Julie Garwood is a good fast read, I've been reading her novels since I was a teen. They are interesting enough to keep you engrossed on a rainy day, help you survive a plane trip or if you're stuck in bed. Unfortunately, her novels follow the same formula so I don't recommend reading them one after the other unless you vary between present day and historical. She does have detailed sex scenes but they are not vulgar, she's old school so she sticks with "throbbing manhood" and other milder descriptions. This book is good, Come the Spring has more of a mystery to it than many of her historical novels and more than one couple which is interesting. So you bounce between several locations and 2 couples struggling with love, duty, the past and lust. Garwood is an excellent writer in this genre and I cant say that I've read one of her novels that failed to keep me interested. Her books based on present day have more detailed character descriptions. Her novels are about romance and falling in love not sex.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Come the Spring in my opinion is the coolest book!! I love For The Roses though. I think that Come the Spring Great,and For The Roses can never be beat if you understand the value of family like I do because I have not had the best luck with them until I moved in with my new family. Well Chow!!!
Anonymous 4 months ago
i have read their stories sooo many times!!!!! I love Julie Garwood! She is my favorite historical writer. Pleeeaaasssee start writing historicals again!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You can't go wrong with Garwood's historical romances and she has certainly outdone herself with this one. Not to give the story away but this one is about Cole who I fell in love with in "For the Roses". I could not put the book down and like Garwood's other historicals I will be reading it again. She is just the besr at what she does.
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LIBookloverCM More than 1 year ago
Loved it! Wrapped up the Clayborne story line.
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bmamca36 More than 1 year ago
I read For the Roses and I absolutely loved it. I wasn't disappointed at all by Come the Spring. It is a continuing saga of the Clayborne family. This book centers on Cole Clayborne the gunslinger son. It was a powerful story I would definitely recommend it.
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Gizmo1208 More than 1 year ago
Not one of Julie Garwood's better books. Got half way and just couldn't keep interested.