by Catherine Anderson

January 2006
ISBN: 0-451-21710-1
Reviewer Graphic Button Signet Books
Mass Market Paperback

Long time fans of Catherine Andersonís masterpieces might have argued over which story she should write next. Many wanted to know what happened to Ace Keeganís siblings while an equal number of us just crave more of those wonderful Coulters. Let me just say Andersonís newest venture will please all her fans as this talented storyteller not only pulls it all together but opens up the door for many more connecting stories.

When Tucker Coulter goes digging through his parentís attic in search of his birth certificate, he finds the wrong trunk. Inside are an ancient wedding gown and a diary. As Tucker begins to read he is transported to the late 1800ís and into the life of Rachel Hollister.

Beautiful Rachel lived through a nightmare that left her family dead. In the five years that have passed Rachel has become a complete recluse living in one room of her family home and never venturing outside.

When Rachelís ranch foreman is shot, he makes it to the neighboring ranch where he asks Joseph Paxton to protect Rachel. Joseph has heard the stories about the crazy Hollister woman but has no idea how far Rachel has gone to escape the world.

As determined as Rachel is to exist in the lonely world sheís created, Joseph is just as determined to move in and save her life.

In typical Anderson fashion what develops between this broken woman and the confirmed bachelor will melt readerís hearts. Youíll find at times that youíll be unable to continue to read as the tears flow freely from your eyes. Readers not entirely pulled in by the tender romance will enjoy trying to find out who the Hollister killer was and why he still wants Rachel dead.

Once again Andersonís book earns a place of honor on my keeper shelf.

Reviewed in December 2005 by Shelby.

Read more reviews of Catherine Anderson books.Click Here