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Setting: Contemporary Idaho and Oregon
Sensuality Rating: 6

Bestselling author Catherine Anderson captivates readers with her tale of a desperate young mother, her newborn son, and the rundown drifter who rescues them one bitterly cold night. Little does Rafe Kendrick suspect that his long-frozen heart will crack wide open when he offers the warmth of his coat to a desperate runaway and her hungry baby. Maggie Stanley has little reason to trust any man, much less Rafe, the drunken cowboy she meets hitching a ride in a boxcar. But when he puts his own life in danger to protect Maggie and her baby, Jaimie, from the lowlifes sharing their railroad car, she's forced to place her battered body and equally battered heart into Rafe's hands for safekeeping. Bound together by circumstance, the two zealously guard their secrets until love permits Rafe to let go of the tragic deaths of his wife and child that sent him running from his former life as a successful rancher. And Rafe's gentle and loving care of Jaimie allows Maggie to see that here is finally a man willing and able to protect her from the harsh realities around every corner. Full of gut-wrenching emotion and plenty of human drama, Catherine Anderson's Baby Love shouldn't be missed. --Alison Trinkle

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Anderson's newest contemporary romance (after Simply Love) begins with a rescue: vagabond Rafe Kendrick prevents Maggie Stanley from being raped by boxcar bums. Saving Maggie and her baby gives Rafe's life meaning again, and he decides he'll do anything to keep them from harm's way. In order to protect Maggie from her ne'er-do-well stepfather, Lonnie, Rafe contacts his family, who hasn't heard from him since he abandoned his profitable ranch after an accident that killed his wife and children. Although she distrusts his motives, Maggie returns with Rafe to his Oregon ranch and they marry. As Maggie heals in body and spirit, their love becomes mutual. While the premise is riveting, the Cinderella-like aspects of the story are overdone, and Maggie's stepfather's drive to do evil is almost cartoonish. Rafe is not only a successful rancherAhe's got $50 million in the bank. Equally unrealistic is the premise that Rafe can stop drinking without suffering any symptoms of withdrawal. However, Anderson is a strong storyteller, and the book should appeal to fans of the genre despite its clich?s. (Oct.)
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Product Details

  • Series: The Kendrick-Coulter Series (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; Reissue edition (November 28, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380799375
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380799374
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #272,772 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Maudeen Wachsmith VINE VOICE on September 4, 2000
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Maggie is running and running scared. With her newborn infant in tow, she jumps on a freight train in order not only to get away but to hide her tracks. Naively, she believes this will be her ticket to a better life. What she doesn't expect is to find the boxcar already inhabited by several drunken transients. When two of them, traveling together, try to attack Maggie, the third comes to her rescue.
Rafe Kendrick is running, too. Running from his memories but can't escape them. After losing his wife and children in an accident for which he blames himself, he left his home, drank himself senseless, and has pretty much kept himself drunk for a couple years. But when he sees Maggie's need, he decides to help.
Maggie is very secretive about her personal life, not willing to divulge her last name, her hometown, or details about how she received the bruises covering much of her body. Rafe is afraid she's running from the law. Knowing she needs to rest and a good meal, he accompanies her to a motel in a little town in Idaho where he pawns his wedding ring to provide Maggie and her infant son with food, clothing, and shelter. When Maggie becomes too ill to care for her baby herself, Rafe knows that he has to stay sober in order to help both of them.
But when Maggie becomes so ill she needs to be taken to the hospital, secrets are revealed putting her life as well as that of her infant son, in danger. Once again Rafe comes to her rescue. Of course Rafe has a few secrets of his own, the most important being that he isn't just your ordinary downtrodden transient.
How these two wounded souls are able to heal one another is an inspiring story from one of romance fiction's most talented authors.
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What a wonderful book with great characters. I have to say this was one of my top 5 favorite books. Rafe is such a tough yet tender guy. One you would dream about. Maggie is tough in her own right coming from an abusive situation. She is running away and meets Rafe, who is also running but for different reasons. He begins to look out for her and take care of her and the baby when she falls sick. From that point on what a beautiful story to get caught up in. I would recommend this to anyone who loves a good romantic story. Some reviewers said that it's to good to be true, but I found it to be so captivating. Besides, fact is stranger than fiction and there is probably someone out there who lived a story similar to this. So READ IT!!! You won't be sorry. Block out time, it's a hard one to put down.
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As a single mother this book gave me that hope that sometimes you just need to hang on to. and as in her tradition - she introduced you to Ryan just enough to need to meet him. If you plan on reading this book you MUST get the rest. everyone is just as good as its predecesor. You think they can't get any better - and yet they do. I recommend this one first - then Ryan and Bethany - and then you get sucked into the Coulters.
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By A Customer on November 23, 1999
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This was the first Catherine Anderson book I've read. I really enjoyed it. Rafe and Maggie are totally believable as two people who have lived through too much in one lifetime. They have such a sweet relationship. I also hope Ms. Anderson will write a story about Ryan. I definitely recommend this book and will look for more Catherine Anderson books to read. This is a keeper!
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I really enjoyed reading this book. This was my first Catherine Anderson book and won't be the last. It's a story of how two strangers meet and help one another. It's a little too over the top in some ways, the dirty cowboy bum riding the trains around who happens to be a millioniare! But when I read I want to escape to places and with people who are a little over the top. That's the great part about losing yourself in a good book!! Maggie character was so clear, Anderson describes her and her background that you feel you know her and what she has been through. One of the strongest charcater I have read. Although I haven't been into the whole cowboy/romanace thing, I found this book to be surprisingly good and a fast read!! I would recommend this book highly, but it is a little too good to be true!!
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How I'd like my dark days to turn into sunny days!!!! Wishful thinking! Thank God that I can read about it - gives me some hope or something to dream about at night! I don't care that other readers reject the too-good-to-be-true story but I certainly don't want to read about somebody who cannot find that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow because my reality doesn't allow me the chance!!!! Thanks to Ms Anderson who provides a world where I can escape my nightmares! In Baby Love, the heroine struck gold but it's the reality of the life she lived that impacted me. How many women have had to endure that kind of life....and didn't survive? The hero also struck gold. How often do we get so caught up with our pain and grief that we forget others in our lives and the pain that our pain is causing them? Ms Anderson has shown us that every cloud does indeed have a silver lining.
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I love Catherine Anderson's books, especially this lengthy series with the intertwined Kendrick, Coulter and Harrigan families.

Maggie Stanley escapes a terribly abusive situation with her newborn baby, hops a freight train and immediately runs into more trouble. But also riding the train is Rafe Kendrick, running away from troubles in his own past. And he has a big protective streak for this damsel in distress.

Maggie is bound and determined to take care of herself and her baby but Rafe is even more stubborn than her and is ready to protect them both.

I loved this story, like I've loved every one of Anderson's books. At times Rafe came across as very overbearing, almost to the point of being a turnoff, but by the end of the book Maggie could hold her own against him.

If you haven't read this series, you have a huge treat in front of you. There's many books in the series and all of them are great.
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