Wow, and wow again! This author is fabulous. With the high cost of books these days, I never buy books brand new - except for ones by this author. Then I rush to the bookstore as soon as they're released. Not once has this author let me down. Every single one of her books have been keepers.
This book was just wonderful. I devoured it in a weekend. I just couldn't put it down. This author has once again made wonderful characters that jump immediately into your heart and stay there. They were both loveable. He had his rough spots, but was basically a good guy--none of that domineering male garbage that you find so often in romance novels today. And while she was a woman imprisoned by fear, she was still a strong, couragous person, not a little mouse that you want to smack some sense into. (And, contrary to what most authors do with sheltered heroines, this one did not turn into a slut!) Not many authors could handle the issue of agoraphobia so well, but this one did it without being too preachy or silly.
By Gemma Laszlo "bookworm" (Alberta, Canada)
A man finds a diary of his ancestors in a dusty attic and delves into their story: in 1889 Rachel Hollister has secluded herself away from the world after her family is brutallly murdered. Fearful of contact with the outside world with no one to help her, she has no choice but to accept the help of a man who tries to help her overcome her fears, one small step at a time, and by trying to find the murderer of her family. Good story. Entertaining.
This book is a fantastic end to the story that began with Keegan's Lady. I enjoyed this book and was pleased that it had such an awesome ending. This was the first series by Anderson that I've read but I will be reading more by her. I highly recommend this series.
This was a great book, kept your intrest til the very end, couldn't put it down. The year is 1889 and Racheal hasn't set foot outside her home in five years. Ever since a savangage attack left her family dead, she's cordoned herself off from the outside world, afraid to let anyone on her doorstep, and suddenly she has no choice but to let a handsome rancher invade her well guarded excistence.
Things build from there from fear to love to a miracle. It is greatly written love story of all times.
I loved this book!! At first I thought it was a strange setup with Racheal locking herself up in her home for 5 years. But, the story sucked me right in and I had a hard time putting it down. Catherine Anderson is a GREAT author....I love every book I've read by her so far.
A Coulter family romance. Rachel Hollister has been barricaded in her kitchen for five years, ever since her family was murdered. Now she's in danger again. Joseph Paxton, a neighbor, made a reluctant promise to guard her until the threat has passed.
Another typical Catherine Anderson book with the herione having some sort of handicap -- whether physical or mental. In this one she has agoraphobia. I enjoy her books but sometimes they do get a little too sweet and predictable. But it's enjoyable if you like her other books.
Racheal and Joseph have a natural bonding once he breaks down her past nightmares of her childhood.
Joseph brings many miracles into Racheal's life. They had a unique kind of love you don't
see in this time of our lives.
Catherine Anderson writes like a dream, and Summer Breeze is no exception. This novel will have you laughing and crying from beginning to end, especially at the end-no doubt about it. The two main characters Joseph and rachel shared the kind of love that is only a myth in this century.
I recommend anything by this author. This book is definitely a keeper, which is why it pains me to let it go.
Light-hearted, yet poignant, romantic novel in the Coulter family series that presents the power of love through the perspective of a confirmed bachelor who volunteers to protect an agoraphobic heiress. Despite her debilitating phobia and naivete, Rachel Hollister's stubborness, beauty and apparent need for protection from an unknown assailant draw Joseph Paxton into a kitchen-sized world of unexpected love and sacrifice.
Beautifully written with amusing, yet remarkable characters. Especially enjoyed the story as told from the man's perspective.
Wonderful book. Catherine Anderson always knows how to grip your heart with her stories. This one is no different. I look forward to Tucker's story. This is linked to some previous titles, but can definetly stand alone.
another good book by Catherine Anderson. I always look for hers in the
store. This is a book in the Coulter series; actually another older branch of the family. Emotionally involving, family-centered, and relationship oriented, her portrayal of her characters ( two and four legged alike) make you feel every emotion. A good read.
Most of Andersons' books are contemporary romance books; however, this book is historical - set in the 1800's. Anderson addresses some sort of medical condition in her books. In this book it is agoraphobia. If found this books' mystery, romance and insight into agoraphobia interesting and riveting.
It is about a woman that will not come out of her house because of fear. Something tragic took her entire family one day and she hasn't been able to get over it. It was the best one yet of hers that i have read. Carol
This was the first book that I seriously could NOT put down and I was so caught up in the story that I finished it at 3:15am! What a wonderful storyline and not your "typical" romance novel - I wanted to find out what happened at the end so bad that I just flew through the book. Plus it was set back in time - the 1880's and I just love history. But you couldn't tell it was set back in that time based on what the characters did and what they talked about, same ol' stuff as today. One of the best books I've read yet! Love this author!
The year is 1889, and Rachel Hollister hasn't set foot outside her house in five years. Ever since a savage attack left her family dead, she's cordoned herself off from the outside world, afraid to let anyone into her home-or into her heart. But now trouble has appeared on her doorstep-and suddenly she has no choice but to let a handsome rancher enter her well-guarded existence.
From the back of the book: The year is 1889, and Rachel Hollister hasn't set foot outside her house in five years. Ever since a savage attack left her family dead, she's cordoned herself off from the outside world, afraid to let anyone into her home--or into her heart. But now trouble has appeared on her doorstep--and suddenly she has no choice but to let a handsome rancher invade her well-guarded existence....
Confirmed bachelor Joseph Paxton grudgingly offers to take up temporary residence at the Hollister ranch--even though it's obvious Rachel doesn't want his protection. But once he catches a glimpse of his beautiful young ward and her remarkable spirit, he'll do anything to break through the dark spell that's walled off her heart. It may take a miracle, but he's determined to make her see the refuge he's offering in his embrace--and the splendor that exists beyond her front door. Otherwise he'll just have to build a safe haven big enough for both of them....
Rachel survived the massacre that claimed her entire family on a picnic five years ago. But although she physically recovered from the bullet to her head, she is severely agoraphobic and lives barricaded in the kitchen. When Darby, her ranch hand, is shot in the back while out riding fence near where the murderer struck, he extracts a promise from neighbor Joseph Paxton (Ace's half brother in Keegan's Lady, 1996) to guard Rachel from the still-unidentified killer. When Rachel does not respond to his knock, Joseph breaks into the house through a bedroom window. He is greeted with a double-barreled shotgun blast, but remains determined to honor his promise, and in the process discovers how much Rachel has to offer. Anderson's latest historical romance adds a compelling new chapter to the Coulter/Keegan/Paxton family history, revisiting old friends and developing new ones as the townspeople of No Name, Colorado, band together to bring Miss Rachel some sunshine.