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Praise for Catherine Anderson

“Heartwarming, gently sensual...satisfying.”—Library Journal

“Pure reading magic.”—Booklist

“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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Catherine Anderson loves dogs, cats, horses, cows, chickens, and nearly every other critter on earth.  Her most guilty pleasure when she isn't writing is to chat with her followers on Facebook.  Her fan page is one of the most happening places on the net, with a daily place for you to post and share pics up front and center.  Ever visited a fan page, and all you can do is reply to an author's chosen feature of the day?  Well, Catherine believes in community, and she wants her readers to not only have fun, but also to become lifelong friends.  And she always, ALWAYS replies, unless something catastrophic occurs.  She doesn't want her fan page to be all about her and her books!  Heaps of tried and true recipes!  Funny jokes.  Hilarious quotes.  It's a happening place with fairly frequent contests as well.  Please come and join in at

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 413 pages
  • Publisher: Signet Books (February 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451236033
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451236036
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 1.1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #724,441 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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CATHERINE ANDERSON is a bestselling American romance novelist. Anderson has written over 35 epic, bestselling books. She resides in the pristine woodlands of Oregon, was married to her high school sweetheart, and has authored many award-winning historical and contemporary romances. Many of her books have been voted on by readers as notable on's Listopia. Throughout her career, her works have made numerous bestseller lists, such as the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, Ingram, Waldenbooks, and Barnes and Noble. She has received nominations for the Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Awards, as well as being a Rita Award finalist, and was given a Career Achievement Award by Romantic Times for Contemporary Romance. Catherine greatly enjoys interacting with her followers on Facebook. Join in all the fun at

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By The_Book_Queen on February 6, 2012
Format: Paperback
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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?
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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Mellanie C. on February 26, 2012
Format: Paperback
I'm normally a Catherine Anderson fan; in fact, she's one of the few authors for whom I'll pay full retail. That being said, her latest paperback is full of problems that made it impossible for me to get lost in the story.

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.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Julie A. Pope on March 7, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I am a huge Catherine Anderson fan and most all of her books are on my keeper shelf but this one fell way short in lots of ways.

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 «ample» 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.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on January 31, 2012
Format: Paperback
In 1891 Brianna O'Keefe heads west young woman accompanied by her ward, her young niece. Brianna obtains work on a Colorado ranch. To keep the cowboys away, Brianna says she is married to a Denver gold miner David Paxton and raising their child.

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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