Come Winter by Clare Gutierrez

A slowly developing saga that follows the heroine over several years as she learns to navigate the world as her life progresses.  Clare Gutierrez has built a wonderful sweeping story that is nuanced and detailed as we follow the life of Caterina.  Daughter of an Italian mother with her own healing gifts of her own and Lord Tabor, a professional soldier in service to the King of England.

Come Winter

After a prologue that doesn’t truly play into the story arc, we are treated to the development of Caterina.  She is difficult not to like, she’s learned battle tactics from her travels with her father, and healing from her mother: both have helped to make her into a strong and determined character, she isn’t easily bowed or prone to the ‘oh poor pitiful me’ moments.

At first, she is using only knowledge she had learned when young, as the story progresses and she survives new adventures and chapters, suffers losses and finds love and treason as the story winds from England and Scotland to Italy and multiple ‘fashions’ in politics, including the rise of Protestantism, we are following Caterina through every moment.  Illness, death, devastation from war and political machinations all come into play in the length of the story.

Not exactly action-packed or fast paced, this story develops over time, following one woman’s journey through turbulent time.  With moments that allow readers to stop and think as they absorb the emotions, information and changes that occur during the story.

Come Winter by Clare Gutierrez

Title: Come Winter
Author: Clare Gutierrez
Genre: Historical Romance, Historical Fiction
Published by: River Grove Books
ISBN: 1632990156
Published on: 19 February 2015
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Pages: 408
Rated: four-stars
Heat: One FlameOne Flame

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Such is the paradox of Lady Caterina Tabor, an extraordinary young girl who, en route to England, finds herself captured and at the mercy of a stern and powerful lord. Forced to work as a common kitchen maid in the dank halls of Dermoth Castle, Caty dreams of her past as a free and autonomous maiden with a bright future in the English courts—did fate have other plans?

This early trial is but the first in a litany of shocking tribulations; imprisoned, abused, accused of sorcery, and kidnapped, Caty’s life is for so long anything but charmed—but you can’t keep a soaring heart shackled. As we follow this misunderstood maiden’s journey through both the unexpected, electrifying joys of new love and the pain of mind-boggling adversity, we become eyewitnesses to the astonishing way she not only transforms herself but also enchants, inspires, and invigorates those around her.

Spanning decades of castle life, treacherous journeys, bloody battles, and heartache, Come Winter is a sweeping yet personal tale of a brave woman who at once embodies and transcends the prescribed, and oftentimes oppressive, roles her society demands. Let Clare Gutierrez (author of Dancing with the Boss) curate your voyage back to the Scottish highlands of ages past—a time and place in which simply staying alive constituted a noble adventure, and becoming a patron of the oppressed and the impoverished could make you a hallowed queen.

A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

About Clare Gutierrez

Like some of her characters, Clare Gutierrez grew up on a cattle ranch in rural Colorado, and she was one of four children. A registered nurse, she now lives in the Rio Grande Valley of southern Texas. Together with her husband, a medical doctor, they host first-class photographers the world over at Santa Clara Ranch—a 300-acre wildlife sanctuary for native species, some of which are found nowhere else on earth.


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