Summer Breeze

Summer Breeze

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by Catherine Anderson
     
 

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The year is 1889, and Rachel Hollister hasn't set foot outside her house in five years. Ever since a savage attack left her family dead, she's cordoned herself off from the outside world, afraid to let anyone into her home-or into her heart. But now trouble has appeared on her doorstep-and suddenly she has no choice but to let a handsome rancher enter her

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The year is 1889, and Rachel Hollister hasn't set foot outside her house in five years. Ever since a savage attack left her family dead, she's cordoned herself off from the outside world, afraid to let anyone into her home-or into her heart. But now trouble has appeared on her doorstep-and suddenly she has no choice but to let a handsome rancher enter her well-guarded existence.

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Catherine Anderson goes back into Coulter family history with this tender historical love story set in 1889. The first meeting between Joseph Paxton and Rachel Hollister gets started with a bang, literally, as Rachel picks up her shotgun and fires. Rachel has barricaded herself in her family home ever since the rest of her family was murdered five years ago. Only Darby McClintoch, an old family friend, is allowed in the perimeter to bring her provisions; but when he is shot, the sheriff immediately thinks the Hollister family killer has returned. Darby prevails on Joseph to take up guard duty, but first Rachel has to be persuaded he is not an enemy. How Joseph falls in love with Rachel -- agoraphobia and all -- and ultimately gets past the barricade is a charming story, vintage Anderson. Rachel's recovery, aided by friends and the community as well as Joseph's dog Buddy, progresses steadily -- that is, until the Hollister family murderer steps forward. Ginger Curwen

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451217103
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/03/2006
Series:
Coulter Historical Series
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
238,943
Product dimensions:
6.76(w) x 4.06(h) x 0.54(d)
Age Range:
18 - 17 Years

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Sitting in her mother's rocker, Rachel Hollister stared into the fire that burned cheerfully in the rock fireplace. When she wasn't reading, cooking, or doing needlework, which was seldom, she enjoyed letting her thoughts carry her into the past. It made her feel less lonely, somehow. Tonight she felt in the mood for a long walk in the sunlight with her wonderful dog, Denver. Her lips curved in a soft smile as she recalled the rolling green pastures, crisscrossed with fences, and the way the tall grass had always caught at her skirt, making her wish her pa would let her wear britches more often. But, no. Pa had been nothing if not a stickler on decorum. Just because they lived on a ranch didn't mean his daughter should dress like a boy. As her dream reality took on detail and substance, a delicious languor settled over Rachel's body. In her mind's eye, she breathed deeply to savor the smells of alfalfa and freshly cut hay. Sunlight bathed her face, and she let her head fall back to fully enjoy its gentle warmth. The rest of the afternoon was hers to do with as she wished. All her chores were done, and she didn't have to go home until almost dark. Denver barked insistently at her, wanting to play. Up ahead, she saw a lone tree where she might find a stick to throw. Laughing and calling to the dog, she broke into a run. Denver loped beside her, yellow ears flopping, tongue lolling. Oh, how glorious it was to run again-to feel her long hair coming loose from its pins and the breeze touching her cheeks. When Rachel reached the tree, she cast about, looking for a fallen branch. Beside himself with excitement, Denver jumped up and down, barking with eagerness. When Rachel finally found a stick, she drew back her arm and threw it with all her might. The dog raced after the projectile and soon returned with it clamped between his teeth, his expressive brown eyes dancing with pleasure. Laughing, Rachel wrested the branch away from him and sent it flying again. And so it went until both she and the dog were exhausted. Rachel stretched out on her back under the tree to stare up through the network of limbs at the powder blue sky and the clouds drifting by. With a huff, Denver flopped down beside her and settled his head on her shoulder. If Rachel concentrated, really concentrated, she could almost feel the dog's panting breaths stir her hair and catch the doggy scent of his soft fur. Denver, oh, Denver. How dreadfully she missed him. The thought jerked Rachel back to the present, and her lovely dream world vanished like a tendril of smoke. With a huge ache of loss in her chest, she pushed up from the chair and took a restless turn around the large ranch kitchen. No sunlight ever penetrated the double layer of boards over the windows, and it had been nearly five years since the door had been opened. Darby, the elderly ranch foreman and the closest thing to family that she had left, had modified the kitchen so her every need was met. She had running hot and cold water, a flushing commode, and a brand new washing machine. On a weekly basis, he went into town and bought supplies as well. She wanted for nothing, and yet this evening she found herself filled with yearning, anyway-for all the things Darby couldn't possibly give her. Foolish, so foolish. She had all that she needed. How ungrateful of her to long for more. Heavy of heart, Rachel paused at the back door. Flattening her palm against the thick planks, she felt the coldness from outdoors seeping through the planks. Just there, she thought, beyond the wooden barrier, is the world I once knew. It was so very close, only a few inches away, but it may as well have been a million miles. She had given up on ever being able to open the door and step out onto the porch again. It was such a small thing, something other people did every day and took for granted, but for her, the simple act of opening the door had become all but impossible. Doc Holliday claimed there was still hope, that people with her condition sometimes recovered. But Rachel no longer believed him. Maybe other people got well, but it would never happen for her. This kitchen had been her prison for five endless years, and she'd come to accept that she would live out her days cut off from the world. Resting her forehead against the oak, Rachel thought of all the wonderful stories on her bookshelves about beautiful damsels in distress who were rescued by dashing heroes. Sadly, she had no hope that a handsome prince might come to call. That only happened in fairy tales. Determined to shake off her low spirits, Rachel spun from the door and walked determinedly to the water closet. A nice, hot bath sounded lovely. Afterward, she would make chocolate drops and eat them until her seams popped. Why worry about getting fat? No one ever saw her, anyway. And she wasn't sure if anyone ever would again.

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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Summer Breeze 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1889 seventy years old Darby McIntosh rides to Joseph Paxton¿s ranch with a bullet in his back. He asks Joseph to watch over his beloved Rachel Marie Hollister, who is all alone with the person who murdered her family a few years ago coming for her. After stopping the blood flow, Joseph gets the doctor and his brother David the sheriff to see the critically wounded ranch foreman. --- Joseph and David head to Rachel¿s ranch where they find her home totally barricaded. She refuses to talk to them. Joseph breaks through a wooden barred window, but she fires her shotgun at him. His dog Buddy follows him and he pleads with her not to shoot his canine. He assumes she is nuts, but lies down in the hallway anyway as he promised. The next morning Joseph joins David to interrogate the nasty Pritchard family and Rachel¿s Aunt Amanda. Joseph detests the Pritchards and assumes they are the killers. As he stays with Rachel, she begins to trust him. To his shock he falls in love especially after she kills him at poker, but first he must find a way to allow her to feel safe when he is not there. --- This historical romance is fully driven by a strong cast especially the intriguing lead female and the man who has come to love and understand her. Fans will hope they find a way to be together although Joseph¿s constant denial of not marrying can become irritating. Still that is minor in retrospect as the audience will enjoy this deep nineteenth century drama starring a battle fatigue trauma victim and the wise hero who learns that she is the woman who has opened the world for him not visa versa. --- Harriet Klausner
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I read this book a long time ago, but it still resounds in and is one of my favorites to this day.
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This was the first book I read by this author (my aunt gave me the book) and I have read almost this whole series. I really want to get my hands on Keegans lady but it is not offered on the nook? SAD REALLY...great series so far. I really like following the family tree in the book.
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gina-bookjunkie More than 1 year ago
Rachel and Joseph's story was filled with devotion and dedication. Mostly from Joseph. Rachel's phobias and fears fed the story and kept him determined to keep her safe. It almost became a boring theme, but Catherine Anderson did her best to keep that from happening. The wrap up was a little less than what I expected and the plot concentrated too much on Rachel's fear and need for her barricades and not enough on the growing love between them. Because I so loved Keegan's Lady, I thought Joseph's story would be just as awesome. I'm only a bit dissappointed though. I'd recommend the book to any CA fan.
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Summer Breeze is a book about a guy who is a rancher and a woman who is terrified to come out of her house. It is full of love, adventure and a terrifying time to hide out. Joseph and Rachel are hiding in the big old farm house because Joseph wants to try to help Rachel out. As they are barricaded in the house their love and trust bring together a wild bond. What will happen next with the two, will they come out of the house, or will they stay in it for the rest of their lives?The book Summer Breeze, Wrote by Catherine Anderson, was a very good book. I liked how Rachel grew to trust Joseph and how they fell in love in the weirdest of ways. The way they bond will make you want to not put the book down, but to keep reading till the very end to find out about this amazing twist of love and adventure. I didn¿t like how the book was so long and how it seemed like a never ending story. I would recommend Summer Breeze by Catherine Anderson to any person who is in to love adventures. It would be a good book for kids ages fourteen and up
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a really good story, not very plausible, but still really good. It's not one of my favorite Catherine Anderson novels, but she was still able to convey their love so well that it left me wishing for more once the story had ended. She is really something.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A most unusual story line -I found the 'beginning and ending' great reading BUT the in-between became quite tedious, repetitive!.The story would still be a good one if those pages were omitted. I certainly recommend Ms. Anderson's book and I look forward to her next novel.