Sweet Dreams: Reasonable Doubt\Without a Trace

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To claim her inheritance, Breanna Morgan must return to Crescent Moon. She soon discovers that prowlers, vandals and unnatural noises have invaded the isolated mining claim that has long been in her family. And her new neighbor, Tyler Ross, is not the first or the last to warn her away.

When the threats become all too real and Tyler offers his support, Breanna accepts him with open arms. Until she has cause to wonder if his choice is for her ...

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Overview

To claim her inheritance, Breanna Morgan must return to Crescent Moon. She soon discovers that prowlers, vandals and unnatural noises have invaded the isolated mining claim that has long been in her family. And her new neighbor, Tyler Ross, is not the first or the last to warn her away.

When the threats become all too real and Tyler offers his support, Breanna accepts him with open arms. Until she has cause to wonder if his choice is for her benefit, or for his own….

For genealogist Sarah Montague, finding an adoptee's natural parents is routine. But in Michael De Lorio's case, her only lead is the nightmare that haunts him—one he suspects is a terrible childhood memory.

As Michael and Sarah delve into his past, they find danger at every turn. And their only hope for life, and love, is to rebury the past and disappear without a trace.

Reasonable Doubt

To claim her inheritance, Breanna Morgan must return to Crescent Moon. She soon discovers that prowlers, vandals and unnatural noises have invaded the isolated mining claim that has long been in her family. And her new neighbor, Tyler Ross, is not the first or the last to warn her away.

When the threats become all too real and Tyler offers his support, Breanna accepts him with open arms. Until she has cause to wonder if his choice is for her benefit, or for his own….

Without a Trace

For genealogist Sarah Montague, finding an adoptee's natural parents is routine. But in Michael De Lorio's case, her only lead is the nightmare that haunts him—one he suspects is a terrible childhood memory.

As Michael and Sarah delve into his past, they find danger at every turn. And their only hope for life, and love, is to rebury the past and disappear without a trace.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780373606405
  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • Publication date: 6/17/2014
  • Series: Harlequin Bestseller Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 153,049
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.60 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

New York Times bestselling author Catherine Anderson resides with her husband, two spirited dogs, and three indomitable cats on a vast, forested ridge overlooking beautiful central Oregon scenery. 'It is the perfect place,' she says, 'for a writer to find inspiration.’

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Hypnotic regression. Those were the only words to describe the feeling that washed over Breanna Morgan as she climbed out of her silver Honda and gazed at her grandparents' small cabin. In the dusky light, its yellow logs and tin roof looked postcard perfect against the tree-studded backdrop of Hungry Hill. Flashbacks buffeted her, some sweet, some nostalgic, others painful. She stood rooted until her mind could assimilate the shock.

With a determined lift of her chin, Breanna strode to the aluminum driveway gate and swung it wide. The night wind whispered, a decibel louder than the gurgle of Graves Creek, following the stream's course as it twisted and turned through the canyon to spill into the white water of the Rogue River five miles west. Above Breanna, a clapboard sign dangled by one corner from the arbor that formed an entry arch. Its rhythmic, forlorn squeaking underscored the surrounding gloom. Glancing at the encroaching laurel and oak trees, she drew in a deep breath and slowly exhaled. After spending most of her twenty-seven years in the mountains, as a child playing in the surrounding woods, as an adult doing wildlife studies, the remote location of The Crescent Moon mining claim shouldn't bother her.

But it did. Vague unease wrapped itself around her and refused to let go.

Turning back toward the Honda, she saw her black dog, Coaly, had exited the car. He seemed bent on exploring everything, and that was a mighty big order when miles of Oregon forests stretched in all directions.

"Come on, old man," Breanna called as she slid back behind the steering wheel. "It's time to get settled for the night."

The mostly Labrador mutt led the way down the drive, his incongruous plumed tail waving like a flag over his back. Some of his excitement spilled over to Breanna. She had always loved it down here. Once she settled in, maybe a little of the magic would return. It was a perfect environment for writing, much better than living in town with all the distractions that neighbors inflicted.

Parking near the retainer wall steps to facilitate unloading her hatchback, Breanna fished in the pocket of her faded jeans for her cabin key as she slid out of the car. Coaly ran circles around her for a moment, then veered away to sniff the foundation of the old barn. As she ascended the steps to the overgrown yard, Breanna could see the ravages of neglect everywhere. Weeds flourished in her grandmother's rose beds beside the house. The cement edges of the stone walkway were beginning to crumble. She didn't know what her cousin, Dane, had been doing during his visits here these last seven years, but it was clear he hadn't been caretaking. No wonder their grandmother had given the cabin to Breanna.

Four paces up the walk, Breanna froze, her gaze riveted on the front door. It hung awry on its hinges, swinging slightly as if someone had bumped against it only seconds earlier. The door frame was split and gouged where the sturdy dead bolt had been forced inward. Myriad emotions rushed through her. Disbelief turned to outrage, and both were quickly smothered by fear. Intruders caught in the act could be dangerous. Standing here, she blocked the only exit as effectively as a cork in a narrow-necked bottle.

The door swung slowly shut, then yawned open again, creaking on its hinges. Breanna jumped. Then she realized it was only the wind. Coaly lumbered up the steps behind her, tongue lolling, tail whipping against her leg as he passed. With no apparent presentiment of danger, he bounded onto the porch and gave the swinging door a nudge with his nose.

Trusting her dog's keen sense of smell, Breanna relaxed a bit. He'd be raising a ruckus if anyone was in there. Straining her ears for any unusual sounds, she advanced on the cabin. As she stepped onto the porch, her well-trained eye zeroed in on a footprint in the soft dirt next to the walkway. She leaned over to study it. A man's boot, judging by its size, one with a waffled sole. A hiking boot? It gave her an eerie feeling looking at it.

"Coaly, wait up."

The canine's response was a happy bark as he frolicked into the dark entry hall. Pausing on the threshold, Breanna pushed the door wide. No growls from Coaly yet. That was a good sign. She'd need her flashlight, though. It was black as a tomb in there. Hurrying back to the Honda, she dug into the glove box until her fingers curled around the cylinder of plastic.

"Coaly?"

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  • Posted July 11, 2014

    more from this reviewer

    need to check out

    catherine Anderson is one of my favorite authors, I enjoy reading her books

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  • Posted October 22, 2012

    check this out!

    this is a two-fer. these are not typical miss catherine romances. they are a little darker. in one, a woman arrives to claim her inheritance and walks into a web of intrigue concerning counterfeiters, and finds love with a man she is very suspicious of, only to find he is one of the good guys. in the other, a woman is hired to find the birth parents of a man that turns out to be related to people being sought by a man that seeks to kill them. they are in the witness protecton program, making it hard to discover his real family. both excellant stories and true romances as only miss catherine can write them.

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