Here to Stay

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Mandy Pajeck had a tough childhood. Now 28, she feels responsible for the accident that took her younger brother's sight. But his complete reliance on her care is making them both miserable. When she meets handsome Zach Harrigan and his mini guide horse, she thinks she's found the ticket to her brother's happiness-and maybe her own.

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Overview

Mandy Pajeck had a tough childhood. Now 28, she feels responsible for the accident that took her younger brother's sight. But his complete reliance on her care is making them both miserable. When she meets handsome Zach Harrigan and his mini guide horse, she thinks she's found the ticket to her brother's happiness-and maybe her own.

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Long the family hellion, successful horse trainer Zack Harrigan rethinks his life after yet another barroom brawl—this time defending a blind man from a bully—and takes a hard look at training miniature horses as service guides. His work with the miniature Rosebud attracts the attention of Mandy Pajeck, who is desperate to find a service animal for her blind and difficult 19-year-old brother. While Zach has serious doubts about letting Rosebud work with Mandy's belligerent, spoiled sibling, he has no doubts about her. Her way with horses is magical and so is her way into his heart. But Mandy has no plans to marry—anyone. VERDICT Long noted for her remarkable ability to incorporate into her fiction with seamless sensitivity serious social issues and physical disabilities, Anderson has done it again, beautifully, penning another heartwarming classic overflowing with family, ranch life detail, humor, and love. A touching addition to the "Harrigan Family" series. Anderson (Early Dawn) lives in central Oregon.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451232410
  • Publisher: Signet
  • Publication date: 1/25/2011
  • Series: Kendrick-Coulter-Harringan Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 297,487
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.30 (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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  • Posted December 27, 2010

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    engaging Harrigan contemporary romance

    At Bronco Bart's watering hole in Crystal Falls, Oregon, Zach Harrigan surveys the females who all look identical with breast implants and bleached hair as if a virus struck. A ruckus occurs when a cowboy tries to pick up a thin brunette who is with a blind man. The cowboy trips up the blind person. Zach calls the man a moron, so the brute punches him in the face; Zach kicks back. The cops arrest Zach who thinks of a magazine article about training tiny horses though if he decides to do so he will have to do it quietly to avoid ridicule from his older brothers.

    Two years later, Zach has trained Rosebud the miniature horse to serves as guide for the blind. Twenty-eight year old Mandy Pajeck wants Rosebud to help her nineteen year old blind brother Luke. Zach agrees if Luke and Rosebud come together as a team. Instead Luke is petulant and only his attraction to the teen's sister has kept Zach from pulling the plug. Zach begins to learn the childhood traumas that shape the relationship between the siblings, he knows he loves Mandy, but she has vowed to never marry.

    Here to Stay is an engaging Harrigan contemporary romance (see Star Bright) starring a former hellion and a woman loaded with phobias from her childhood. The support cast is powerful especially Luke and Rosebud, but also Zach's extended family. A cold case investigation into what happened to the siblings' mom years ago adds tension, but the freshness comes from training guide horses (even with Rosebud pooping in the pharmacy) as Catherine Anderson provides a profound look at training including the link between the steed and the person. This is a special work by a talented author.

    Harriet Klausner

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 3, 2011

    HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!

    Catherine Anderson has done it again! I love Zach and Mandy's story! I found myself staying up late to find out what was going to happen next. I was a little disappointed when it ended kind of fast. I felt that she gave a lot of detail until the end when I was kind of left hanging. But over all a wonderful book and I will read it again!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2012

    Here to stay

    This book was very well written. The plot line was great, with mystery and supense, and a beautiful love story. I definietly reccomend it to all of the romantics out there!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2012

    Good read

    Great book and a good read. I love this author!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 22, 2011

    Great read of romance & dealing with past

    It's my first book by Anderson and I enjoyed it very much. The characters sister & blind brother who were abused and a handsome hunk who'd been brought up in loved happy home. Loved the reality of it all and a bit of psychological outlook of dealing with past. Very good read.

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  • Posted March 7, 2011

    Didn't like this one!

    I've read most of Ms Anderson's books and I hate to say that I didn't like this one as much. While Zach is quite charming and loveable, I did not see what he found lovable about Mandy. I wanted to slap her through most of the book. While Anderson gives us a clear insight as to why she is so screwed up, she didn't give me any insight as to why Zach fell in love with her. While Mandy's brother, Luke, came across as an aweful brat at the beginning of the book, by the end you had a great affection for his character. I didn't find that to be true for Mandy. When Zach walked out on her, I cheered! Maybe he just thought he could "fix her". She just wasn't all that nice. At least that's how it seemed to me.
    With that being said, I love all of the Harrigans and will look forward to Quincy's book.

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  • Posted February 13, 2011

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    CA never ceases to amaze!

    Catherine Anderson has become one of those "automatic buy" authors for me. I never read the summary or read other readers' reviews because I can depend on CA to deliver 100% every time! HTS was no exception to that rule. I fell in love with the entire cast, animals included, and LOVED glimpses of characters past. I won't go into detail about what the book is about because, well, you can read that in the summary section, right? But, I will say that it made me laugh, made me cry, and made my heart sigh with contentment and joy.

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