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Catherine Anderson lives in the Oregon mountains with her husband and her Rottweilers, Sam and Sassy, who seem convinced that they are teacup poodles and that obedience training is for people. Catherine spends leisure time with her family and friends, including her sons and daughter-in-law, often discussing intriguing story twists for her books. Such talks can draw curious stares if they happen to take place in a restaurant and involve plotting the demise of a fictitious villain.

An award-winning author of twenty published works, Catherine is currently working on her next full-length romance for Onyx.

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Product Details

  • Series: Harrigan Family
  • Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Signet; Original edition (January 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451232410
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451232410
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 1.2 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #471,564 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By kiki on January 31, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Catherine Anderson has been on my "Automatically Buy" list since I read my first book by her(It was "My Sunshine"). I couldn't wait to get my hands on Here To Stay, and I went and bought it the day it came out. I wish I hadn't. This is by far the worst book I've ever read by Catherine Anderson. 100 pages into the book, the hero and heroine had only had about 2 or 3 scenes together. Mandy was one of the most annoying heroines I have ever encountered. I love strong heroines who are quiet and laid back, but Mandy was simply a doormat. Catherine Anderson is notorious for her tortured heroines, but because we were never able to really see into Mandy, its VERY hard to sympathize with her. There's just something... missing from the story. The magic that makes Catherine Anderson a master at what she does is missing. I would not recommend this book. It was so boring, I couldn't even finish it. If you have to read it, pick it up from the library or buy it at a used book sale.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl Stout TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 31, 2011
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Catherine Anderson is one of my favorite contemporary authors. She is one of the few authors whose books I buy as soon as they are published - all of them. Some are better than others, though, and "Here to Stay", while being very good, wasn't at the top of my list of favorites. Don't get me wrong - it was certainly well worth reading but I found myself comparing it to some of her earlier works that really knocked my socks off, such as My Sunshine, Blue Skies, or Phantom Waltz. Anderson incorporates characters with physical disabilities into a lot of her books and does it well, allowing them full, healthy lives DESPITE any handicaps they might have.

Luke in "Here to Stay" was blinded in an accident when very young and is not a very sympathetic character for a good portion of the book. His sister, Mandy, who is his caretaker is also a huge enabler. So there are parts of the book where I just wanted to slap one or the other of them.

I enjoyed the character of Zach, the rancher who is now raising mini guide horses and especially fell in love with Rosebud, the little horse-in-training. There were some scenes that stretched my sense of belief (I am not sure how credible it actually would be to have these mini horses doing guide work, especially in an urban setting; or the scenes with the "killer" stallion turned into a teddybear - maybe I just don't know enough to be well informed) but this is fiction and I enjoyed the book and would recommend it to romance readers or those who love animals.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Pamela B. Hermano on January 29, 2011
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I wouldn't categorize this book with Catherine Anderson's best. However, it kept me interested and I finished it in just two sittings. I can't say that about a lot of the books coming out these days. My only criticism is that although overall it is a sweet love story, the animals in the story took too much of the attention away from the actual main characters. The good thing though was that the presence of the animals at least helped progress the story further. The author is definitely an animal lover and it shows in all of her books, but unfortunately she just didn't get the right balance in this book. I was looking for something more along the lines of her earlier works like Baby Love, Phantom Waltz, My Sunshine (Coulter Family) and Seventh Heaven. In those books, animals were still present in the overall plot, but not overwhelmingly. I mean, at the halfway point of Here To Stay, I knew more about the animals than I did either of the main characters. I cared more for Rosebud and Tornado as well as the heroine's brother, Luke than I did the two (supposedly) main characters. But don't get me wrong, overall I still recommend the book, and Catherine Anderson is still on my autobuy list of authors, I guess her Harrigan series just isn't impressing me as much as her Coulter/Keegan series.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Lisa A. Austin on February 5, 2011
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I have mixed feelings about Catherine Anderson's love of "tortured" heroines. In some cases, these heroine's difficult pasts make the stories more complex and interesting. But there is such a thing as going over the top. The heroine of the story, Mandy, had such a tortured past after awhile I found myself just rolling my eyes. An abusive father. A missing mother. A brother blinded in a freak home-canning accident . . . Good grief. After a while, all her issues made me feel completely disconnected from her. I started feeling like the hero Zach would have to be a saint to put up with all her issues - fear of alcohol, fear of marriage, guilt over brother, guilt over mother, fear of sex, bizarrely co-dependent relationship with brother - the list goes on and on. Some of her irrational behavior made me wince and feel major sympathy for the hero. I would not recommend this book. It was slow-going and made you like the animals in the story better than the humans - not a good quality in a romance novel.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Read-N-Travel on May 31, 2011
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I am a Catherine Anderson lover. I've loved the majority of her books (only 2 I really don't re-read),some more so than others. Each book has something to offer me even if the story or characters annoy me. This book only had one thing to offer me: Information. It definitely should not be titled a romance when there is no romance really going on. The heroine is played up way to much and the hero not enough. I felt that they were both weak and didn't have a lot going on that was worth writing about. And for some reason i didn't get the impression that the Harrigans were all about looking good in front of the world in any of the other books. If I were to have read this first I wouldn't want to have read about the other brother's just because of there entrance into the story.

If you want a book that gives you tons of information on mini horses and how they are trying to be used as guide horses and more information on training and raising a horse. Then this book will help point you in the direction. If you looking for a romance like Jake and Molly or Bethany and Ryan then i'd skip this one and wait and hopefully C.A. will wise up and actually write some GOOD OL' romance that we all know she can.

P.S. The only part in this book that I liked was the heroine's brother. That story was the only one I actually cared to know more about.
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