by Catherine Anderson

January 2005
ISBN: 0-451-21380-7
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Mass Market Paperback

Catherine Anderson’s newest book in the Coulter series takes us into the life of Isaiah Coulter. Isaiah and his brother Zeke hardly have a moment to eat much less have a social life as they jointly own and operate the town’s veterinary clinic.

His mother Mary is determined to see her last two single sons married off and as happy as all her other children. So she takes matters into her own hands when she mentions to Isaiah that her neighbor’s granddaughter would be perfect as a kennel assistant. What she doesn’t tell him is that she also thinks Laura would make a wonderful future daughter-in-law.

Laura Townsend’s life has changed drastically in the last five years. It seems like only yesterday that she was a confident, intelligent woman with a college degree and a great job. Now five years later, a swimming accident has left her barely able to carry on conversations and she’s been reduced to cleaning houses and walking dogs for a living. When her grandmother tells her about a job at the clinic working with dogs and cats, she is thrilled. Laura loves animals and is unable to have a pet in the apartment she rents so what could be better than spending her time helping them and getting paid for it.

If Isaiah had any reservations about hiring Laura, they quickly dissolved once they finally meet. Laura starts work the very next day and soon is the talk of the clinic as her bubbling personality and strong work ethics make things easier for everyone who comes in contact with her. Isaiah is finding it harder and harder to remember his policy about not dating employees.

As Isaiah and Laura begin spending more and more time together it becomes obvious that neither one can fight the growing attraction between them. Meanwhile, it seems that someone has it in for Laura as sinister things start happening at the clinic and all fingers point to her.

Without giving anything else away, the rest of this book will move rather quickly as Isaiah and Laura work to discover the identity of the real villain. Of course, in the meantime they are falling deeper and deeper in love much to the delight of this reader.

In my humble opinion, Catherine Anderson doesn’t know how to write a bad book and her newest book is no exception. I counted down the days until I got it in hand. Then I sat down and read it in a matter of hours. Should I start counting again?

Reviewed in January 2005 by Shelby.

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