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Keegan's Lady
     

Keegan's Lady

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by Catherine Anderson
 

A poignant tale of hope and healing -- a classic lovestory from a true master of unforgettable, emotionally richromantic fiction, New York Times bestselling author.

Caitlin O'Shannessy's late father left her with many things:a Colorado ranch, enduring memories of pain and sadness, an unshakable mistrust of men ... and an adversary.

Ace Keegan has

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A poignant tale of hope and healing -- a classic lovestory from a true master of unforgettable, emotionally richromantic fiction, New York Times bestselling author.

Caitlin O'Shannessy's late father left her with many things:a Colorado ranch, enduring memories of pain and sadness, an unshakable mistrust of men ... and an adversary.

Ace Keegan has returned to No Name, too late to enacta rightful vengeance on his most hated enemy. The man who put a hole in Ace's life is dead, leaving a daughterbehind to run the family enterprise. Though proud and strong as well as beautiful, Caitlin is caught off guard whenAce's calculated anger inadvertently destroys her good name. But Ace Keegan is a man of honor, determined to make amends by marrying the enchanting lady he wronged -- and to nurture with patience and love the light she guards inher damaged heart until it blazes with the power of a thousand suns.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780380779628
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
01/28/2005
Series:
Coulter Historical Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
266,067
Product dimensions:
4.18(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.04(d)

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Chapter One

No Name, Colorado
June 1885

Startled awake by a thunderous noise,Cailtin O'Shannessy sat bolt upright. Disoriented from sleep, her first thought was that her father had come home drunk again and was storming through the house toward r room. She had already leaped from bed and was rowing on her wrapper when it occurred to her that nor O'Shannessy had been dead for nearly a year.

Heart still pounding, Caitlin went utterly motionless in the darkness and cocked her head to listen. The noise, she realized now, was coming from outside. Horses? Judging by the din, there were six or seven, and seemed to be heading toward the barn.

Pushing a shank of long, curly hair back from her eyes and quickly tying the sash of her wrapper, she padded across the bare wood floor to the window where light from a waning moon shone faintly through Irish lace. As ,she swept aside the curtains to peer out, several months' accumulation of dust stung her nostrils. Disgusted, she waved a hand to clear the air.

The barn, which sat facing the house about a hundred feet away, looked dark and quiet, just as it should. Above its hip roof, the pale half-moon resembled a broken ivory button dangling by an invisible thread from sequined blue velvet. Though she stared until her eyes started to bum, Caitlin could detect no sip of movement in the patches of darkness under the billowy oak trees scattered about the yard.

Strange, that. She felt certain she'd heard horses. So where were they?

The question no sooner presented itself than she saw lantern light flicker faintly inside the barn. As the glow gained brightness, elongated shadows leaped tolife upon the interior plank walls. Having spent more than one night in the barn tending sick animals by lantern light, she recognized the distorted shadow shapes as those of men and horses. Several of each, judging by the jumble.

Though it was too dark to see the clock beside her bed, she guessed it to be well after midnight, a late hour for company to come calling. But since her brother Patrick had taken up drinking as his favorite pastime three months ago, very little surprised her.

Thoroughly awake now, she sighed and leaned a shoulder against the window frame. Here she was, in the middle of cutting and baling the season's first stand of grass hay, and Patrick had come home with a passel of friends in tow? He was twenty years old, for Pete's sake, only two years younger than she was. When in heaven's name was he going to stop this infernal carousing and get back to the business of running the ranch?

Since he'd started drinking, Patrick rarely spent much time at home anymore, which left her to do all his work as well as her own. With the additional load, she seldom found opportunity to clean the house. And now he'd brought friends home with him? They would undoubtedly make a big, mess in the kitchen, and if any of them spent the night, she'd have linen off all the beds to wash next week as well. As if she had time for things like that? While Patrick was trying to drown his demons in a whiskey bottle, someone had to keep food on the table. It seemed little enough to ask that he at least show her some consideration.

Time, Caitlin. He just needs time.

Even as Caitlin thought those words, she realized they were becoming a familiar refrain. And tonight, she was so bone weary, she didn't have the patience to be understanding. True, Patrick had been going through a lot of turmoil lately, but did that excuse his complete irresponsibility? Usually, she assured herself the answer was yes. But with every muscle in her body aching from doing the work of two men, she felt less inclined to be charitable.

It wasn't easy, accepting the truth about their father. Drunk or sober, he'd been a worthless human being, without scruples or redeeming graces. And Conor's blood flowed in her veins. It made her feel tainted. She'd spent most of her life trying to live down the fact that he was her sire. As a result, she was honest to a fault and would do almost anything rather than break a promise.

Being the only son, Patrick seemed to be having even more difficulty accepting the truth about their father. To Caitlin's dismay, instead of trying to live it down, Patrick now seemed bent on proving to himself and everyone else that bad blood always won out in the end. Conor O'Shannessy's son, a chip off the old block, one hand wrapped around the neck of a bottle, his other knotted into a fist.

In Patrick's mind, his masculinity, his sense of identi- ty, even his pride in bearing the family name, had been destroyed over the last three months. He was angry and resentful. In a way, she even understood his behavior of late, that he was striking out, not only at their new neighbor Ace Keegan, whom he considered to be the source of all his woes, but also at the people in town, by living up to what he believed were their expectations of him.

But enough was enough. She was tired of carrying her brother's share of the load. More importantly, she was beginning to feel truly frightened. With each passing week, Patrick's behavior when he drank was becoming more and more crazy. And, lately, even when he was sober, she sensed a distance between them, as if he were slowly and irrevocably withdrawing from her. Not long ago, he'd been her best friend in the whole world. Now she sometimes felt as if a stranger were living with heran unlikable stranger who was becoming alarmingly like their late father.

Meet the Author

Catherine Anderson is a bestselling American romance novelist. She resides in the pristine woodlands of Oregon, is married to her high school sweetheart, and has authored more than 30 award-winning historical and contemporary romances. Throughout her career, she has made numerous bestseller lists, such as the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, Ingram, Waldenbooks, and Barnes & Noble. She has received nominations for the Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Awards, as well as being a RITA® Award finalist, and was given a Career Achievement Award by Romantic Times for Contemporary Romance.

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Keegan's Lady 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent book that i just couldn't put down and didn't want it to end. It contains just the right amount of suspense and romance. The author puts together wonderful characters that you want to read about again. I have and will continue to buy Catherine Anderson's books.
kcody03 More than 1 year ago
Keegan's Lady is one of the sweetest romance books I have ever read. Full of tender moments that may make you shed a tear or two Keegan's lady is a touching tale of two people who have been hurt deeply both physically and emotionally that come together and are able to help each other heal. The author touches on some very emotional and troubling issues of rape and abuse. This however is not a depressing read, but a very uplifting and touching story of hope and courage. The heroine, Caitlin, has not had the best life and because of this is fearful of all men except her younger brother. This character is very human with imperfections that make her a very memorable character. She deals with her problems and with some help is able to find the courage to overcome her deeply held fear of men. Ace is a typical alpha male type hero in that he doesn't take crap from nobody and knows how to get what he wants. Unfortunately he learned the hard way having to help take care of his family from a very young age after the death of his stepfather. Though quick of temper and a little rough around the edges, Ace is a very honorable man and owns up to his mistakes. When he realizes that he has hurt an innocent woman he does what he thinks best to take care of it. If a tale of hope, courage, and love is what you are interested than look no further than Keegan's Lady by Catherine Anderson.
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i love all of catherine andersons books! they all tug on my emotions and i sometimes find myself laughing and crying out loud. "keagens Lady" was wonderful! i love books were the two main characters dont get along at first but gradually fall in love! i know i already said this but THIS WAS AN AWESOME BOOK!
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guyanesedesi_4u More than 1 year ago
Once again i cant help but to say this was simply one amazing to read thats all you have to read it its just amazing i love all the characters in the book just touching i almost cried............ read this book n you wont regret it
Maggie7 More than 1 year ago
Truly enjoyed this story. As heartwrenching as it was to know what each character suffered by the hands of one man and the choices each had to make to overcome the demons of their past, it was a book worth reading. I cried for each character's tale and I also laughed and cheered for them to the very end. This one's a keeper.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When Caitlin O'Shannessy was a young girl she wished for a hero. Someone who would stand up for her and protect her. Now, Caitlin is all grown up and she finds her hero in the most unlikely situation. Ace Keegan has returned to No Name, Caitlin's home town, to exact revenge on the 3 men who swindled his family, murdered his step-father and raped his mother. One of those men just happens to be Conor O' Shannessy, Caitlin's father. It is on this dramatic stage that one of the best romances I've read in a long time takes place. The author writes old-fashioned romances which never fail to deliver on an emotional level. Although explicit sex is not employed as is often the case by other contemporary authors it does not detract but rather enhances the story being told. I have read several of Catherine Anderson's Books and I have several more on my "to read" stack. Highly recommended!
gina-bookjunkie More than 1 year ago
The characters of Ace and Caitlin were fantastic. I felt like I knew them with each new page. Her courage and his devotion were there throughout the story not just here and there. The final climax had me in tears! I was sorry to finish the book! I wanted more. I was actually distraught at having no epilogue...wished for a sequel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this was tthe first book of Anderson's that I ended up reading. I absolutely LOVE this book! it represents the hardships of a relationship and having to overcome the past. It's is simply amazing!!! It's a combination of humor, love, action, and a bit of mystery.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the book I could not put it down but I was a bit disappointed in the ending I would have wanted to know more about the rest of the family like the reactions Mrs. Paxton and Eden had when they found out about Caitlin. If Patrick found love if there were any kids and so on I would have liked for there to be a part two to this book I feel the ending was cut short.