Always in My Heart

Always in My Heart

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by Catherine Anderson
     
 

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Two years ago, Ellie Grant would have fallen apart at any reminder of her ex-husband, Tucker. But now she doesn't bat an eye when "their song" comes on the radio. She's unfazed by the thought of Tucker's perky new girlfriend. Ellie Grant is over him. And things are better for Tucker as well. The single life agrees with him. And certainly they've both done

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Two years ago, Ellie Grant would have fallen apart at any reminder of her ex-husband, Tucker. But now she doesn't bat an eye when "their song" comes on the radio. She's unfazed by the thought of Tucker's perky new girlfriend. Ellie Grant is over him. And things are better for Tucker as well. The single life agrees with him. And certainly they've both done a good job of being civil to each other, for their sons' sake.

But the kids aren't buying it. Zach and Kody are convinced that, deep down, their parents are still meant to be together. Up to their elbows in scheming and dreaming, the brothers hatch a plan: They'll run away from home into the Oregon wilderness and stay there until their parents agree to get back together. Surely Ellie and Tucker will come to the rescue—and to their senses.

Let the games begin and the sparks fly...

Editorial Reviews

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"Superbly written."—Booklist

"A major voice in the romance genre."—Publishers Weekly

"One of the finest writers of romance. Her stories make you believe in the power of love."—Debbie Macomber

Publishers Weekly
Anderson's newest contemporary romance (after Sweet Nothings) is a maudlin, predictable story that could have been told in half the time it takes here. After their third son dies in a motorcycle accident, Ellie and Tucker Grant drive each other away. Now their surviving sons, Zach and Kody, have run away to an Oregon wilderness area in a last-ditch effort to reunite their grieving parents, who foolishly decide to track them instead of calling in assistance. Ellie and Tucker's reunion is mildly complicated by the presence of new dates (though both are so unpalatable, it's impossible to see why they were attracted to them in the first place); the real obstacle to their relationship, however, is the guilt and recriminations that hang between them. As the situation grows more dire, the author begins inserting clumsy references to God, but parents ultimately find children in a climax that borrows liberally from both Lassie and MacGyver. Throughout the book, Anderson struggles to sustain some kind of tension between her protagonists by frequently dragging their conversation back to the tragedy, but her efforts only end up making Ellie and Tucker seem hateful. With charmless characters, awkward prose and enough guilt to send even the reader into therapy, this derivative effort fails to live up to Anderson's previous books. (Aug. 6) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
Ellie and Tucker Grant have adjusted nicely to their divorce and are enjoying their separate lives. Or so they say. Their two teenage sons, however, think that their parents are still in love, and they decide to do something about it. But their plan to force a reconciliation by running away to the Baxter Wilderness Area in Oregon has unintended results, and although everything does eventually work out, it doesn't happen easily. Emotionally involving, family-centered, and relationship oriented, this story is a rewarding read and should strike a chord with parents, divorced or not. Anderson (Sweet Nothings) is a noted author of heartwarming, historical romances; this is one of her recent contemporaries. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451206664
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/28/2002
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
546,342
Product dimensions:
4.35(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.35(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
"Superbly written."—Booklist

"A major voice in the romance genre."—Publishers Weekly

"One of the finest writers of romance. Her stories make you believe in the power of love."—Debbie Macomber

Meet the Author

Catherine Anderson lives in the Oregon mountains with her husband and her Rottweilers, Sam and Sassy, who seem convinced that they are teacup poodles and that obedience training is for people. Catherine spends leisure time with her family and friends, including her sons and daughter-in-law, often discussing intriguing story twists for her books. Such talks can draw curious stares if they happen to take place in a restaurant and involve plotting the demise of a fictitious villain.

An award-winning author of twenty published works, Catherine is currently working on her next full-length romance for Onyx.

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Always in My Heart 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
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I have been a long-time fan of Catherine Anderson's, this book is in my all time top 3! I cried, I laughed, I literally could not put it down. Very enjoyable book!
MaLadyReadsalot More than 1 year ago
You just can't go wrong with a Catherine Anderson read. WARNING: Before reading, be sure your Nook is fully charged! Trust me, you won't put your Nook down until you've read the last page!!!
cjca More than 1 year ago
loved this book. it's a keeper.
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Hated to put this book down. It is a must read for those that believe in love and those that hope for that eternal love.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Out of the 6 books from the serious I'd put this one at number 4 out of 6. I loved the attraction and chemistry between Ellie and Tucker. I still do not quite understand why they split instead of working things out but oh well. The MOST confusion part of this serious is I never know when this book took place. It was the third one written in this serious but through out the other books their kids and they are never mentioned together. They have been together forever but what happened between then. This book had to have taken place after 'My Sunshine,' because in the very end it mentions how Tucker is still single. Something happened in between because in that book Tucker is 34 and his a few years older in this one. The only part I DON'T understand is why their 2 kids never visited grandma and grandpa after their parents split. I DO recommend people to read this and tell me what happened or what I missed. Also recommending the rest of the Coulter/Kendrick series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Not as impressed as I usually am by her books. It's a miracle I finished it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My first Catherine Anderson book -- I wasn't sure at first if this was going to be an annoying story of a couple of kids trying to get their own way, but as soon as the obnoxious and not so well suited Liz and Marvin exited the scene, I was totally rooting for Tucker and Ellie to get back on track! I found myself crying for them and urging them to find their way home to each other. It was so nice how Anderson gave such vulnerability to the hurting boys. This family did belong together and the hurdles they went through for each other out of pure love proved it. Death does touch all of us in different ways and Anderson brilliantly showed that to the reader. Mentioning God's Will for us just made the story even more touching and drove everything right home. I'm heading back to the store this week to get more Catherine Anderson!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the second book I have read of hers and I loved it. I couldn't put it down! This story is about two people who have gone through so much and are tring to go on with there lives until there sons run away and won't come back until there back together. I found myself staying up till 1:30 in the morning still reading because I wanted to know what was going to happen next. I highly recomend people to read this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is an absolute treasure. Catherine Anderson does it again with engaging dialouge and compelling characters. It is a story about two people finding each other again after heartbreak and misunderstandings after 3 years of seperation after their oldest Sammy dies in a motorcycle accident. The story is emotional, tender and at times very humorous. An absolute delight!