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Gunslinger turned rancher, Race Spencer has little knowledge of chaste women. But he's forced to learn when he rescues Rebecca Morgan, the soul survivor of a church group attacked by a band of outlaws anxious to steal the church's money. When Race interrupts their assault before the money is found, a gun battle ensues. Now Race must keep Rebecca safe from the outlaws who are eager to get their hands on the money no matter what the cost. This rough-hewn hero and beautiful heroine's life experiences are light years apart: innocent Rebecca, sheltered from the world by her religion, and cynical Race, who grew up in a world of prejudice and violence, with his physical size and swift gun as his only protection. But they miraculously find a common ground and learn to love each other, making Cherish an emotional read. Don't miss it. --Lois Faye Dyer

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When Race Spencer turned to ranching, he swore his gunslinging days were over, but an extremely brutal attack on a religious group's wagon train, leaving only one survivor?lovely, naive Rebecca Morgan?makes him realize that his deadly skills may once again be needed. The age-old conflict of the "good, innocent woman" vs. the "bad, dangerous man" takes on new dimension in Anderson's talented hands as she weaves an intense story of two emotionally damaged characters and their struggle to find themselves and each other through the healing power of love. Typical of Anderson's other works, Cherish realistically depicts the lawless violence and hardships of the period, making the romance all the sweeter. Anderson (Forever After, LJ 2/15/98) is a respected, award-winning writer, primarily of historical romances. She lives in Sutherlin,
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; Reissue edition (November 25, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380799367
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380799367
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #535,393 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Catherine Anderson writes romances that are so powerful and finely nuanced that they transcend their genre (not that I'm knocking romances!), and this book is no exception. It is the story of Rebecca Morgan, a member of devout religious sect that firmly believes in non-violence and is traveling across the wilderness to settle in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Along the way they are attacked by a band of outlaws that brutal murder and rape all of the sect except Rebecca. She is rescued by Race Spencer, a poorly educated former gunslinger. The two could not be more different. She is very educated and refined whereas Race grew up in the worst sort of circumstances and has never had an opportunity to go to school or enjoy any other civilized amenities. Nevertheless, he is obviously very wise in the ways of the world and incredibly compassionate. He is immediately attracted to Rebecca but recognizes not only that they are from completely different worlds but also that Rebecca has grown unhealthly dependent upon him after her recent trama.
In any other book Race's mangled English would have driven me crazy, but Anderson does such a fine job of portraying Race's very practical common sense and understanding that it wasn't a distraction. In fact, I could appreciate the humor in Race and Rebecca's frequent misunderstandings. Rebecca's emotional fragility and irrational fears could be frustrating, but they are so realistic that they ring true. This is an unusual story, but one that most readers will really enjoy.
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I was entranced from page one and I felt the murder-rape scene was mentioned only enough to portray what happened without going into long gory details. I fell in love with Race when he was talking to Rebecca and explaining to her why she had no reason to fear him. The way he allowed her to lean on him when she needed, yet gradually taught her to stand on her own was masterfully written. Even though some of the subject matter is disturbing, Ms. Anderson uses enough humor that the book itself is far from disturbing. I cried a time or two when I was reading this, but I laughed almost constantly. Also, I will never read Keats again without thinking of Rebecca! Thank you, Ms. Anderson. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
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I found Cherish to be a bit slower than the author's other books, and a bit more violent. There was always an impending sense of doom. Nevertheless, I fell in love with Race, who was a hero with sharp edges. He shows Rebecca patience when she needs it, and seems to know when to push her when she appears to be falling apart. I especially liked the love scene between them. I almost laughed out loud when the heroine talks about Keats and Race's "manly business."
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This story is very well written and had me captivated from start to finish. Terrible things happen to good people and faiths are tested. However, out of a tragedy something good emmerges (Race and Rebbecca, who are are one of those couples you just love to cheer for). Race manages with patience and kindness to overcome some of Rebecca's fears. I especially like the scene where Race finally makes love to Rebbecca. It was handled with just the right mix of humor, passion and love.
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For me, this book was just too depressing. This poor heroine went from one catastrophic experience to another. And the author didn't even give her time in between to get some kind of mental balance in order to move forward with her life. If even half these things had happened to a real person, she would have been a raving lunatic.

Ms Anderson used very graphic language to describe the carnage associated with the death of everyone on the wagon train. She allowed her heroine to witness not just the deaths of all her family, friends, and neighbors but to also witness the brutal rape of the women, including her mother. This accounting actually made me queasy just reading it. After Race had managed to pull off an incredible miracle in rescuing Rebecca, Ms Anderson then had the bad guys find her again and try to rape and kidnap her. It was just one awful situation after another. The descriptions seemed to go on forever, in the most graphic detail possible. It weighed me down with a huge feeling of gloom and doom. And then to have Rebecca not only consent to have sex with Race, but to enjoy it - well, that was just too much for me to understand. It had only been a month since she had witnessed the rape and murder of each and every woman on that wagon train!! Totally unbelievable.

Also, I understand that Race was an uneducated man. I understand that he did not feel that Rebecca could ever love him because she was so much "above" him but, goodness gracious, I got tired of the ungrammatical manner of his speech. Yes, it reflected his upbringing but it certainly did get hard to read after the first 100 pages. Perhaps if I had been enjoying the story I could have been more charitable but I was not liking any of it.
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Cherish by Catherine Anderson is not your typical Western romance. The heroine, Rebecca is a sheltered young woman whose life as she knows it over when her wagon train traveling to Santa Fe from Pennsylvania, is viciously(and I do mean viciously)attacked by a band of outlaws. Rebecca is the only survivor and the terrible carnage she has witnessed has left her in shock and terrified. Race is a lonesome cowboy and former gunslinger who is heading back to his ranch with his cattle, when he hears gunshots and arrives on the scene to find Rebecca huddled over the brutalized and dead body of her mother. Race knows he cannot leave her alone, but isn't sure how to help her. Having no choice, he takes the fragile but beautiful girl with him as he heads to his ranch. But the same men who attacked her caravan aren't giving up and Race finds himself and his men struggling to keep Rebecca alive and to make it back home with the large sum of money Rebecca is responsible for.

A lot of this story centers around the differences between these two main characters, how they learn to relate to each other and how they help each other to grow and change. Race can't read or write, Rebecca is well schooled, he is strong and basically fearless and Rebecca is afraid of just about everything and as Race begins to fall in love with her, it becomes his job to help her overcome her intense fears even though danger is all around them. It was interesting to watch the two try and understand how the other thinks and to learn the necessity of compromise if they have any hope of a life together.

Poor Rebecca goes through so much, you're exhausted for her by the end, but Race is a strong, handsome and patient hero willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for love.
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