Yes. Is the hero Race, an uneducated half breed? Our hero Race Spencer comes across our heroine Rebecca Anne amid a sea of dead bodies. Race holds out against the outlaws who came back to finish off the lone survivor of the carnage and is overcome, but luckily his friends come to the rescue before he can save Rebecca from a fate worse than death. Right from the start, Race is almost awed by Rebecca's refinement and beauty. It's rare that you can read about such a hard, tough man, who is also incredibly sensitive and caring, and really quite intuitive when it comes to Rebecca and her needs. Race lost his mother in a brutal attack that made him unable to take advantage of any woman and Rebecca learns the value of standing on her own two feet, right besides her man. Race is an uneducated man who doesn't understand a lot of the fancy words Rebecca uses, and their frequent misunderstandings relieves the tension.
Rebecca Morgan and her family are devoted Christians, she has always been shelter from all things bad in life, but when her family is slaughter by thieves whom are after her family and the churchs money, Rebecca finds a guardian angel in the form of ex-gunslinger now cattle rancher Race Spencer who will protect her with his very life and restore her faith in God with his love.. The details of Rebeccas family being killed made me cringe, but it was needed to be told to understand the fear that overshadows Rebecca throughout the story and why she lost her faith in God. It takes the book for the reader to see the ups and very low downs Rebecca must face.
Rebecca is annoying whenever she goes into Bible Thumper mode, but since that's a huge part of the conflict, it's easy to accept.
*sigh* I love you, Catherine Anderson!! I loved his common sense logic, and the way he put things in simple terms warmed my heart. Catherine Anderson's heroines are usually tortured and need a lot of help, which the hero so wonderfully provides, but they always overcome in the end.
I loved Race and Rebecca's story--and I went through many emotions while reading it. But by some wondrous twist of fate--or perhaps by the hand of God Himself--it had been Race Spencer, a man who was, in every way, a consolation for all that had been taken from her. Race stumbles upon the scene, takes pity on Rebecca, and vows to protect her--and nearly loses his life and his herd doing so. Even though he was an uneducated man, he was smart and perceptive and worked his way into Rebecca's heart just by being his sweet self. Rebecca was just so innocent and Race was anything but, but neither had experienced love and it was wonderful seeing each realize that they were falling for the other. "Are you--sure it's--oh, my God, what--?" Fans of Catherine Anderson's writing style should love this one. (view spoiler)Race and Rebecca have some children, and in the epilogue, she mentions something that their eldest son, Zachariah, does with the local school teacher--I want to read that story!
Drawn away from his cattle drive by the sound of gunfire, Race Spencer scared the men away before they could murder Rebecca. Although Race didn't think he was good enough for the well educated pious young woman in his care, he eventually fell head over heels in love with her. Reading about life from Race's point of view was the highlight of this book. Rebecca was a tiny frightened shell of a woman for most of the book, but having gone thorough everything that she experienced when her family was killed, I can understand why she was that way. I love CA's writing style and I can't wait to read more of her books.
The way the main characters developed from the beginning to the end was what kept me glued to this book.
On his arrival the bandits -who were searching for money they knew the wagon train was transporting - abandon their search and run for the hills. The bandits knew they hadnt shot Rebecca. She was both a witness and could reveal where the money was hidden, but it appears that in the half hour before Race arrived the bandits made no effort to find her. Another inconsistency comes after Race rescues Rebecca. Rebecca is afraid of sex, so Race gives him time. Race spends a glorious night with the woman he loves, whom he has been lusting after for weeks, yet afterward he leaves her alone, without any gesture of affection for three days, thinking shell be too sore for a repeat performance. What she does feel is a terrible sense of failure and abandonment because Race isnt rushing to have more sex with her. For example, we are told that there were 13 people on Rebeccas wagon train, 7 women 6 men. Race finds 11 bodies, 6 men and 5 women, and Rebecca, who is alive. The bandits see him and his men go back to the site of the massacre to retrieve the money hidden in a wagon floor. However, Race and his men continue to believe that the bandits will want to abduct Rebecca because she can guide them to the money. Are we expected to think that either the bandits, or Race and his men are stupid? After a scene, Rebecca or Race will mull over what happened, going over their own feelings and speculating about the thoughts of the other person. The third aspect that disappointed me was lack of romantic spark between Rebecca and Race.
And if you ever - and I do mean ever - try to leave me, Im goin with you.
(1)romance author: Adeline Catherine was born and raised in Grants Pass, Oregon, USA. In 1988, she sold her first book to Harlequin Intrigue and went on to write three more before she tried her hand at a single-title historical romance. She has kept Cinnamon Ridge as her primary residence but divides her time between there and her son John's farm, where she has the support of her loved ones and can enjoy his horses, cows, and raise her own chickens. Catherine and her stateside family will celebrate Christmas on the north island with Sidney, his wife Mary, and their two sons, Liam and Jonas.