Bright Eyes (Kendrick-Coulter-Harringan Series #5)

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Things keep getting brighter for fans...

The New York Times bestselling author of Blue Skies is back with a brand-new love story!

The novels of Catherine Anderson have been praised as "richly emotional [and] deeply satisfying" (Booklist). Now, in Anderson's latest Coulter family story, serious-minded Zeke Coulter's life begins to sizzle when he finally meets his match...

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Overview

Things keep getting brighter for fans...

The New York Times bestselling author of Blue Skies is back with a brand-new love story!

The novels of Catherine Anderson have been praised as "richly emotional [and] deeply satisfying" (Booklist). Now, in Anderson's latest Coulter family story, serious-minded Zeke Coulter's life begins to sizzle when he finally meets his match...

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Editorial Reviews

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"Emotionally involving, family-centered, and relationship oriented."—Library Journal

"Not only does Catherine Anderson push the envelope, she seals, stamps, and sends it to the reader with love."—Affaire de Coeur

Publishers Weekly
Former rodeo star Zeke Coulter falls head-over-spurs in love with a talented single mom in Anderson's latest Coulter Family romance (following Blue Skies). The story starts out when Zeke discovers that his house has been vandalized. He chases Chad, the 11-year-old culprit, to a farmhouse where he spies the comely backside of his new neighbor, Natalie Patterson. Natalie, however, is Chad's mother, and the two get off on the wrong foot when Zeke insists that Chad work off the damage over the summer. An impoverished singer and songwriter, Natalie has more on her plate than just a difficult preteen; she also has a four-year-old daughter and a supper club that's on the verge of bankruptcy. Nevertheless, she and her kids pitch in to help Zeke repair his damaged house. Inevitably, love blossoms between the two, but their happily-ever-after seems less than assured when Natalie is accused of murdering her philandering ex-husband, a villain pulled straight from central casting. The bedroom scenes between the two strong-willed, slightly mistrusting protagonists are sweetly titillating, and Anderson's portrayal of Natalie's uncannily smart daughter is winning. Though conventional in plot and sketchy in setting, this is still a rewarding read. Agent, Steve Axelrod. (June 1) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451212160
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/1/2004
  • Series: Kendrick-Coulter-Harringan Series, #5
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 253,547
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 1.12 (d)

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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Table of Contents

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Interviews & Essays

A Letter from Catherine Anderson

Dear Readers:

First of all, I want to thank Heart to Heart for giving me this opportunity to tell my readers about the fourth book in my Coulter family series, which began with Phantom Waltz (Bethany and Ryan's story) and continued with Sweet Nothings (Molly and Jake's story) and Blue Skies (Carly and Hank's story). Now, in Bright Eyes, I tell Zeke Coulter's story.

In the Coulter family, Zeke is often teased about being far too serious about everything. Zeke sees nothing wrong with being cautious. He seldom does anything without thinking it over first. If it doesn't seem to be a wise choice or decision, he runs in the other direction, which brings us to his success in remaining a bachelor. Zeke likes women, and he has, on rare occasion, enjoyed long-term intimate relationships with women who understood and accepted that he was offering nothing more, but he doesn't feel that he's cut out to marry and have a family. As the second-oldest child in a family of six kids, Zeke likes living alone in a big house where he can always enjoy silence and seclusion. He likes having three bathrooms at his disposal and never having to stand outside the door while a female primps for nearly an hour. He likes being able to save his money, making expenditures only when he feels it's wise. In Zeke's estimation, he'd have to be crazy to mess up the life he has worked so hard for by getting married.

Sound reasonable? Possibly. But life seldom unfolds in reasonable ways for any of us, and Zeke is no exception. One afternoon when he gets home from a long day at his ranch-supply store, Zeke sees a boy skulking away from the house. Zeke goes to investigate and discovers that his home and backyard have been vandalized. Furious, Zeke crosses a field to the farmhouse next door, hoping to collar the preteen perpetrator, but instead he comes upon the kid's beautiful mother, Natalie, who is an intriguing blend of sexy temptress and wholesome farm girl.

The last thing Natalie wants is another man in her life, especially not a tall, dark, authoritative cowboy who thinks he knows better than she how children should be raised. Zeke Coulter is determined that her son Chad will make restitution for the property damages by working off the debt. Natalie is equally determined that it won't happen. Chad isn't handling his parents' divorce very well, and the boy's confusion and hurt have been compounded by Natalie's ex-husband's irresponsible abandonment of his children. Natalie isn't about to let her angry neighbor complicate matters even further by working Chad like a dog for over three weeks. Only what choice does she have? She can't afford to pay for the damages out of pocket, her ex-husband doesn't return her calls for help, and Zeke Coulter is threatening to involve the police if he doesn't receive recompense.

So it is that Zeke commits himself to the task of teaching Chad Patterson a lesson. But in the end, it is Chad who teaches Zeke a few things, and Zeke soon experiences paternal feelings toward the boy, finds himself being wrapped around the little finger of a four-year-old dynamo with big brown eyes named Rosie, and falling Stetson-over-boot heels in love with Natalie Patterson, who is unequivocally and forever determined to remain single.

The couple's deepening affection for each other is complicated when Robert Patterson, Natalie's ex-husband, is murdered, and Natalie becomes the primary suspect. Who had reason to wish Robert harm? The list of possible suspects is nearly as long as Zeke's arm. However, Natalie's zany family members and two precocious kids keep the element of suspense from taking center stage. Bright Eyes is primarily a wonderful love story, and I hope all of you, my faithful readers, will enjoy every word.

I would like to take this chance to tell my readers how very important they are to me. Without each and every one of you, I wouldn't have the luxury of doing what I love best, which is to create and write romances to entertain you.

Happy reading, my friends!

Catherine Anderson

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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2004

    WISH IT COULD BE MORE THAN 5 STARS

    I haven't had a Catherine Anderson book that I didn't like, so I was anticipating a great read when I stopped and picked Bright Eyes up at the bookstore. I was not disappointed - in fact I was so entertained by the story line as well as the secondary characters that I found myself laughing out loud. Bright Eyes is fun - full of tender romance - heated passion - and lead characters who have depth and character. Catherine Anderson has written a beautiful story about love that comes when you least expect it and manages to overcome major and minor obstacles. She makes us all believe in the magic of the heart. Bright Eyes is a definite keeper!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 19, 2012

    Loved the characters. Loved the story. On occasion, the dialogue

    Loved the characters. Loved the story. On occasion, the dialogue was a bit stilted, and I grew tired of the quaint, folksy turn of phrase. Maybe that's how people talk in rural Oregon, but I have my doubts that it's practically the only way they communicate.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2004

    ANOTHER COULTER HIT!!

    Every time I read a Catherine Anderson book I think it is the 'best'. Then I read another new story and think it was the 'best'. Catherine Anderson cannot write fast enough for me. This story is a continuation of the wonderful Coulter family. She has so much depth to her characters. You can laugh and cry in all of her books. I fell in love with little Rosie in this book. The story is awesome and you absolutely cannot go wrong with this book. My only disappointment was that it ended too soon.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2012

    Hunting Grounds

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  • Posted May 8, 2012

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    Good romance novel

    I look forward to every Catherine Anderson novel that comes out. And I am never disappointed. She creates wonderful characters and stories with every book, and "Bright Eyes" is no exception. You will fall in love and laugh out loud!

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  • Posted October 3, 2011

    Fantastic love story and mystery in one!!!

    A wonderful story with great characters.

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  • Posted June 5, 2009

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    aMaZiNg JuSt AmAziNg

    i wish i had words how to disrcibe how i feel after reading this book;;;;;;;;;;;; Zeke is such a darling i adore him n Natalie is also an adorable character love the emotions the suspence the plot everything about it ............ great book to read acuall ALL OF CATHERINE ANDERSON book ppl should read amazing i cant seem to find words to discribe this book

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  • Posted May 19, 2009

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    Catherine Anderson captured it all with this Coulter story.

    Zeke and Natalie's story was filled with passion and love. Natalie's crazy, zany, sassy family was so opposite of Zeke's quiet strength. And,I just fell in love with Rosie! What a great character. I know when she grows up I'll be reading her story. This book made me laugh and smile constantly. It is worth reading many times. 5 stars across the board from me!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2008

    A reviewer

    Catherine Anderson captured everything with this book. Zeke and Natalie's passion and love were perfectly balanced by her kooky, sassy family and Zeke's quiet strength. And, Rosie! What a great character. I can't wait for her to grow up and get her own story!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2005

    I loved it!

    I really enjoyed this book. It's been along time since I've read a book that made me laugh. Can't wait to read more of her books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2005

    I love this book

    I love this book i would read it over and over again if only to find out what went on in the rest of there lives. The romantic scenes gave me goose bumps everytime.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2004

    Love it

    I love this story is a beutiful hearth warming story, like all her others stories, you will fall in love with the characters

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2004

    I WOULD PASS ON THIS ONE

    I have read better stories. I liked the hero but I don't understand that he never had a relationship with a woman until this story, and he was over 30 years old. Then, he jumped into the relationship extremely fast, this did not follow his previous history. Also, the heroine made mistakes in the book that made her look stupid and weak. This is my first Catherine Andersen book. Not sure I will read another. I have read alot of contemporary romances, my favorite, this one made me tired and frustrated.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2004

    A Great Romance - Top Notch

    This was my second Catherine Anderson story and it was great. I fell in love with the characters and had a hard time putting the book down. I love Zeke and am looking forward to reading about the other brothers love stories. I will certainly look for more of her stories. I loved the gander, what a hoot.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2004

    Zeke is the best!

    The Coulter brothers all are princes among men - patient, loving, supportive and sexy - but Zeke is my favorite. A great story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2004

    Fabulous story

    I really enjoyed this book. I love the Coulter series. Each one is better than the last.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2004

    Wonderful and touching

    A must read. I'm new to Catherine's books but have loved every single one of them. This book is the latest in her Coulter series. Even if you don't read the other books, this one is wonderful. The series goes: Baby Love, Phantom Waltz, Sweet Nothings, Blue Skies, Bright Eyes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2004

    Got to love those Coulter men!!

    Catherine does it again...what a family those Coulters are!! Her writing just keeps you truning the page to see what will pop up next!! And so many stories within a story and such gifted people. Zeke's understanding of not only Natalie's young troubled son, but the way he goes about pushing Natalie to go after her dream without pushing is just a real gift. Then Catherine adds in a darling little girl and a 'killer gander'. This story will have you laughing out loud on one page and crying on the next. Catherine comes through again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2004

    Very good...

    There are good ways and not so good ways to meet your neighbors. Among the not so good is having to confront the mother of a young vandal about her son's misdeeds, only to have an argument and get chased off by an attack goose. Despite the inauspicious beginning, Zeke Coulter, a brother of other Anderson heroes, finds himself admiring Natalie Patterson. Not only is she beautiful, her own opinion notwithstanding, and hard headed as he himself is, but has an inner strength and the voice of an angel. Her children, even the vandal, also win Zeke's heart. His entry into their lives could not have come at a better time either. Natalie's ex has finally p.o'd someone one too many times, and winds up dead, with the best suspect being Natalie. Fortunately, Zeke has strong shoulders for her to lean on; and no one messes with the Coulter family and gets away with it. ........................ **** Bright Eyes has a bit more tension than some of Ms Anderson's books, but is still heartwarming and real. The pages ripple with gentle humor and love. I hope the Coulter clan has a few more siblings to meet in future novels. ****

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2004

    heartwarming romance

    In Crystal Falls, ranch supply store owner Zeke Coulter turns livid when he sees the damage to his house. When he notices a boy running towards his neighbor¿s house Zeke follows only to have his brain malfunction as he sees the most beautiful woman he has ever seen. He informs Natalie that her eleven year old son Chad vandalized his property. An angry Chad says so what just ask dad to pay. Natalie knows that Robert is too busy with his latest bimbo to worry that his son is falling apart. She informs Zeke she cannot pay him at this time. He says Chad can help repair the damage.......................................... Zeke shows a sullen Chad how to use a saw and praises the lad for doing a fine job making Chad feel good as he is used to his father telling him he is clumsy. That night, Natalie¿s other child four year old Rosie cuts a deal with Zeke that allows Rosie and Natalie to help Chad pay off his debts. Over the next few days, Zeke falls in love with Natalie and her two children, but know he must go slow as the mom and the son have major relationship problems that become compounded when Natalie will face murder charges............................... BRIGHT EYES is an engaging relational romantic suspense that readers will enjoy because of the intriguing interactions between the cast including Chester the gander and the strong attraction between the two lead protagonists. Though Chad overcomes his anger too easily and Robert is too self-indulged, fans will appreciate this fine contemporary even if the lead couple needs to stop chasing fast mice in her bedroom.......................... Harriet Klausner

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