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Lucky Penny Paperback – January 31, 2012
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“Heartwarming, gently sensual...satisfying.”—Library Journal
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“A major voice in the romance genre.”—Publishers Weekly
“Catherine Anderson has a gift for imbuing her characters with dignity, compassion, courage, and strength that inspire readers.”—Romantic Times
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What length would you go to for the sake of family? Would you live a lie, dig out of trash cans for food, pretend to be someone you're not--all so your promise to a dying relative will be upheld? Brianna O'Keefe has done all of these things, and more, for her "daughter". And she won't give her up, no matter what!
David Paxton, a small town marshal, is surprised when he is given a bag of mail, all sent from a woman, Brianna Paxton, who claims to be his wife, and Daphne, who is supposed to be his daughter. Problem is, David's never heard of the woman, nor does he have any children. He sure as hell isn't married....unless he got extremely drunk one night during his younger years. What if Daphne really is his? How can he ignore their letters, especially should she prove to be his? He sets off to find out the truth--but nothing could have prepared him for what he'd find in Glory Ridge. Brianna, though a bit prim-and-proper, is a beauty and sweet Daphne has the Paxton looks, right down to the birthmark on the neck. So how is it that Brianna can look him in the eye and tell him he's not her father?
Brianna made a promise to her twin, Moira, when she was on her deathbed. She would raise Daphne as her own, caring for her like she would a child from her own womb. She's kept this vow all these years, and nobody else knows the truth. But when David Paxton, her made-up husband, suddenly appears at her doorstep, her life of lies is in jeopardy. Though she won't admit it to David, she can't deny the overwhelming family resemblance between Daphne and David--but Brianna knows better. He's not the father of her dead sister's child. But then how does one explain the looks?Read more ›
In 1891, Brianna O'Keefe accepts a job in Colorado working as tutor/housekeeper for a rancher who expects her to provide more personal services as well. To keep him at bay, she pretends to be married to a miner named David Paxton,who is supposedly seeking his fortune in Denver. Brianna's daughter, Daphne, is actually her niece, the product of the rape of Brianna's twin sister, Moira. Brianna's employer forces her to write a letter to her "husband" every week, begging him to come back and take care of her and their little girl. Unbeknownst to Brianna, Daphne is also writing to her "daddy." The rancher is supposedly a lecherous pig who only wants to get into Brianna's knickers, yet he keeps her in his employ for nearly six years before he remarries and no longer requires her service. Brianna is forced to get a job with the local dressmaker, but has to take other jobs as well to make ends meet.
All of this is spelled out in the first few pages of Brianna's story, a pastiche of pathos that Horatio Alger would have been hard-pressed to imagine. I can suspend disbelief with the most forgiving of readers, but this book required contortions that even my imagination couldn't make. Nothing makes sense in this story without a huge helping of "just go with it" to choke it down.Read more ›
I found myself scanning this book to try get to some connection between the hero and heroine- that connection took a good 300 pages...sigh. I'm referring to just chemistry, nothing more. The heroine keeps refering to him as sir and just never really becomes admirable to the reader in any kind of believable way. The author kept referring to her Â«ampleÂ» breasts , in a sort of lame attempt to show chemistry, it just fell really short of creating any really connection between the hero and heroine that makes for good chemistry. I'm really not referring to sex, I'm referring to a good love story that draws you in, this one just fell flat for me.
I agree with the other reviewer that there were other problems as well on the side stories, really farfetched that this guy would decide undoubtedly that this child was his because she looked like his mother...sigh...really?
I hate to say this but this book seemed like the author had a deadline to meet and she just cranked out a book. Not remotely up to par with her usual work.
In addition, I bought the paperback version of this book at Sam's for $5 and some change, the kindle edition was $7.99. Really? I can't believe it costs less to buy the actual print version.
David Paxton arrives and meets his spouse\ and daughter. However, he recognizes neither nor remembers marrying anyone, but his offspring has his family birthmark. Confused David fears he was intoxicated when he had sex with Brianna and when he abandoned the pregnant Brianna. As the two wary "married" adults fall in love, she fears her lies will destroy their special bond of a family especially hurting her niece and breaking her heart and that of their "daughter".
Lucky Penny is an entertaining historical romance starring the likable Paxton "family" in a strong Gilded Age Colorado tale. The storyline is fast-paced as Brianna struggles with rectifying fate's twist in which she wants her scam family to be real. Fans will root for her to resolve her problems as she knows she owes her beloved the truth for "There must be some misunderstanding; There must be some kind of mistake" (Genesis).
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Entertaining story with great characters. Provided several hours of fun reading with lots of interesting historical background. I enjoyed it very much.Published 4 days ago by Pam Krocak
I love Miss Anderson's books. Each novel is well written and tells a good story.
I highly recommend these books.
It's such an enjoyable , believable read. I would recommend her books to any Nora Roberts fan. I feel these people truly could have existed. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Deb Roy
Some parts seemed to have many details so almost skipped a little but didn't want to miss important facts. Still enjoyed the story.Published 3 months ago by Joan Linn
Another well written novel through time with Catherine Anderson. Unable to put down until the last page hoping and believing in the strength of love and family.Published 5 months ago by Patricia Hussey
It was a wonderful story. Loved it. Hated when I had it finished.Published 6 months ago by Peggy Grimm
This is one of my favorite Catherine Anderson books. The reader knows the truth to the story and gets to travel along with the characters learning the story and to trust each... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Katherine Chabino