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Subject: Catherine Anderson??
Date Posted: 9/18/2008 4:04 PM ET
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I've seen her mentioned on this board before. I've never read anything by her before so when i spotted a book at a rummage sale for 25 cents i decided to give her a try. The book i bought was " Cherish"  and so far i am really enjoying it. I just had one question though: Is she considered Christian fiction/romance? I only ask because this particular storyline has the herione talking about god and religion and i wanted to know if that is the norm in her storylines or did i possibly just pick up a book where she touches on those subjects?

Date Posted: 9/18/2008 4:37 PM ET
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Nope. It's just the paticular book you've picked up. As far as I know all her books are western, both contemporary and historical, but they aren't religious. Cherish is actually a favorite of mine.

Date Posted: 9/18/2008 4:39 PM ET
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I don't think she is considered a christian writer but I think there may have been at least one other book that had some religious overtones about it. Can't remember what it was though.

Date Posted: 9/18/2008 4:49 PM ET
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I know there were people who were disappointed with her latest release because there were parts that were a bit "preachy"  but I have read several other books by her and didn't find them to be overly religious or "preachy". There was one, Seventh Heaven, where the heroine and her family were Catholic and had very strong beliefs about birth control but there wasn't a lot of religious discussion. 


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Date Posted: 9/18/2008 6:25 PM ET
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I've read two of hers (including Cherish) and I think she is just writing with the beliefs of the times.  In the past, people were a lot more religious than they are these days.

Date Posted: 9/18/2008 6:26 PM ET
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I've read 2 books by her and didn't find either of them to be that way.  Of course they were older books so maybe she has started writing Christian books. The 2 I read were Keegan's Lady and Commanche Moon.  I really enjoyed both of them.

Date Posted: 9/18/2008 7:10 PM ET
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I have read many of her books.  She happens to be a favorite author of mine.  And while I would not say her books are Christian fiction, they definitely have some background of faith.  Many of her main characters have strong religious beliefs and while the story does not revolve around religion or the church (any church) she does not avoid the topic either.  Her H and h are usually strong people that stand up for their beliefs and live by their moral codes.  HTH

Date Posted: 9/18/2008 8:38 PM ET
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I thought hers fell in the 'sweet' category... seems like someone recommended some of hers in that thead a while back and for the scarred heroes/heroines...I have some in my TBR from book bazaar deals but haven't gotten around to reading any yet.

Date Posted: 9/18/2008 8:55 PM ET
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No, she's not Christian, but like everyone said, she's got undertones of faith and God. I loved Cherish a lot, despite some of the...scenes with the bad guys. But I have that book as one of my favorites. Loved the ending too! I was like, yea, you go girl!!


Which one was her latest? Was that Sun Kissed? I know she was branching off onto the family who married the last Kendrick brother... Harrigan? Something like that. I liked the book because it completed the Kendrick/Coulter series, but it definitely went into religion a little more than I would've liked to see in a book not labeled as a Christian romance. While I have no idea if this is true, nor have I visited her website to check, I thought it might have something to do with the fact that the book was postponed in publication because her husband had a severe heart attack and she was having to rely a lot on God and her faith to pull her through the tough times. Don't know if this is true, but she finally completed the book after her husband was out of danger.



Date Posted: 9/19/2008 12:42 AM ET
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Natalie, her latest was Morning Light and it continues on with the Harrigan family from Sun Kissed. There was a thread on the Romantic Times message boards back when it was released. People were posting about being disappointed in the book, feeling like they were being preached to and wondering if she was moving on to writing Christian romance. I really enjoy Catherine Anderson's books and have some on my keeper shelf but I wasn't crazy about Morning Light and part of the reason was that it felt like she was doing a little preaching.

Date Posted: 9/19/2008 9:32 AM ET
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I must say, over half way thru the book "Cherish" now, and am really enjoying it. She's got some humorous moments injected into the storyline and  sometimes i find myself laughing out loud at something the hero or herione has said. Like the line" I'm so hungry i could eat the south end of a north bound mule". 

Date Posted: 9/19/2008 2:37 PM ET
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She's one of my favorites too.  I agree that faith/religion is almost always an undertone in her books, but it's not knock you over the head, and her characters aren't perfectly virtuous or anything.


Date Posted: 9/19/2008 10:51 PM ET
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Huh.  I've only read one by her, and I don't remember it seeming religious at all.  It's been a few years though, so maybe I'm forgetting a few things.   It was Annie's Song -- very sweet and I really liked it.  :)  I think that's one of her older ones.