Walking On Air: A Valance Family Novel

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From “incomparable” (Fresh Fiction) author Catherine Anderson comes a novel of lost souls, second chances, and love everlasting....

Random, Colorado, is just another stop on the road for solitary gunslinger Gabriel Valance. Known for his drinking, gambling, and womanizing, he prefers to remain a stranger to anyone who crosses his path. But when an upstart gunslinger catches Gabe off guard and shoots him down, he regrets his empty, lonely life ...

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Overview

From “incomparable” (Fresh Fiction) author Catherine Anderson comes a novel of lost souls, second chances, and love everlasting....

Random, Colorado, is just another stop on the road for solitary gunslinger Gabriel Valance. Known for his drinking, gambling, and womanizing, he prefers to remain a stranger to anyone who crosses his path. But when an upstart gunslinger catches Gabe off guard and shoots him down, he regrets his empty, lonely life with his dying breath....

Golden-haired beauty Nancy Hoffman settled in Random after fleeing an abusive past. Caring for her younger sister and working in a hat shop help her to forge ahead, though she remains fearful and mistrustful of men—and marriage.... 

Their paths will cross when Gabe gets a second chance at life and a divine mission: to sweep Nancy off her feet, gain her trust, and convince her to believe in his love. And in doing so, the once-hardened cowboy may save himself....   

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2014-01-21
One cold Christmas morning, a lone-wolf gunslinger is shot down in Random, Colo.; he receives a second chance when two angels send him on a mission to convince another lonely soul to trust in him and fall in love. Gabriel Valance is considered the best gunslinger in the West, which makes him an automatic target for every man eager to take his title. Gabe is definitely not a pure soul, but he does live by his own unique moral code, which is perhaps why, when he is gunned down one sleepy Christmas morning in an unfair challenge, two angels take pity on him and give him a second chance. Tasked with convincing a beautiful hat maker hiding from an abusive past to fall in love with him, helping her trust in other people again, Gabe realizes that, in guiding her toward life-affirming faith and human connection, he is changing his own outlook as well. Trouble is, he only has 30 days to fulfill his assignment, and the closer he gets to success and his divine reward, the more he realizes he wants to stay on Earth. Best-selling romance author Anderson pens an emotionally touching story of second chances and new beginnings set in the Wild West of the 1880s. Valance and Nancy are both lonely, wounded characters who've learned to be suspicious of nearly everyone around them, but as they come to trust and open up to each other, they find a whole new set of souls desperate for love and attention, until soon enough, they've created a small community vital to the town's heart. Sweet and heartwarming, complete with a little Christmas magic, romance and a light message of divine forgiveness.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451418333
  • Publisher: Signet
  • Publication date: 2/4/2014
  • Series: Valance Family Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 96,883
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Catherine Anderson lives in the pristine woodlands of Central Oregon. She is married to her high school sweetheart, Sid, and is the author of more than thirty bestselling and award-winning historical and contemporary romances, including the Harrigan Family Novels, the Coulter Family Contemporaries and Coulter Family Historicals, and the Comanche Series.

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  • Posted February 3, 2014

    Another Catherine Anderson gold piece, what a great book full of

    Another Catherine Anderson gold piece, what a great book full of inspiration, romance and the old west.  A
     handsome hero/cowboy/angel, it cant get any better than this.  
    This book was a fun, exciting read and did not disappoint at all, in fact it only leaves you wanting more........... I am 
    already anxious for the next book in this new wonderful series from Catherine, 





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    18 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 4, 2014

    I have to start this review by saying that I NEVER read historic

    I have to start this review by saying that I NEVER read historicals. In fact, the only historicals I have ever read have been the ones written by Catherine Anderson because I have loved every one of her books since day one. When I started reading this ARC, my first thought was, "Crap, she snookered me into reading another historical book!"
    My second thought was, "Wow, this is fascinating!" Having said that, this book is a wonderful tour through a character's life that sweeps you up and doesn't set you back down until way after you've finished reading it. If you were struck down in the prime of your life, woke up in Heaven and had 2 angels give you a second chance to go back and do it all over again, only there were multiple stipulations, would you do it?
    That is the premise of this book and the decision Gabriel Valance must make. If I went any farther into the review, there would be spoilers and I won't do that.
    Suffice it to say that Catherine Anderson is a writer with the astounding capability of sweeping you up from the first page and not letting you down until the last. She's an author who makes you think about her books long after you have finished with them.
    Read this book. You will laugh, cry, be angry, be sad then be happy again!(less)


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    12 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 3, 2014

    I don't go into the synopsis of a book -- B&N does that for

    I don't go into the synopsis of a book -- B&N does that for you. When I leave a review, I usually review how I enjoyed the book. I certainly enjoyed 'Walking on Air' and I'm beyond happy it's the first of the Valance Family Series.

    Catherine Anderson is at the top of my list of "must read" authors, and the reason is very simple: Because she writes what I love to read. Her stories are beautiful, gentle, simple, heartfelt. They make you laugh, make you cry, make your stomach burn and best of all, leave you at peace with a smile knowing the characters have the HEA they worked hard to deserve. Catherine's also a master of historical western romance genre -- my #1 favorite. She writes of the wild west and you can literally SEE the simplicity -- and the harsh reality of the times back then. Back when the most important thing was the latest fashion -- not the latest Mercedes.

    I've read other reviews on sites where people didn't appreciate the "preachiness" of Walking on Air. I'm not a church-goer by any stretch of the imagination so I was confused they felt that way. I thought it blended in perfectly with the story and didn't find it preachy at all. If you like historical western romance, if you like to laugh, cry and have your heartstrings plucked, if you just like reading a darn good book -- pick up Walking on Air. Hopefully you'll enjoy it as much as I did.

    11 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2014

    Catherine Anderson is one of my favorites and once again she doe

    Catherine Anderson is one of my favorites and once again she doesn't disappoint. Gabriel Valance is her new hero and what a guy. I couldn't put this book down, stayed up reading until the wee hours (which made getting up for work tough). I re-read her books again and again. If you aren't hooked on Catherine's books, you will be after this one. A different twist, some great new characters, humor, tears, sorrow joy, just like real life. Thanks Catherine!

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2014

    Walking On Air Another Winner by Catherine Anderson

    I laughed out loud and cried while reading this magical book! I couldn't put this book down until I finished it. This story tells about second chances and making goodmoral choices. Imagine a book that will make examine your faith and what you think of heaven and hell. I'm reminded of social issues that are revelant today. This book was so well written that you are able to become immersed in the story line and really visualize the characters and really know the places/scenes. A must read for those who enjoy a good romance.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 13, 2014

    Gabriel Vance is a gunslinger whose name alone strikes fear in p

    Gabriel Vance is a gunslinger whose name alone strikes fear in people. But he was actually a sweet, thoughtful and caring man with a rough childhood. He only used his guns when someone drew theirs against him.

    Nan Sullivan had run from a terrible situation with her much younger sister. After eight years, she was well respected in Random, Colorado. But she didn't cultivate friendships since she was always looking over her shoulder in fear that her past would catch up with her.

    This is a wonderful book with two wounded people who find and heal each other after a little divine intervention. It's about being given a second chance in life to right some wrongs. I wasn't sure how the author would be able to give me a HEA but it's there. I also loved the secondary characters. This story kept me thinking long after I'd finished reading it.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2014

    When I first started this book I was not sure if it was going to

    When I first started this book I was not sure if it was going to be something I would like. The storyline was a little different than most of the other historical romance books I have read, but once I met Gabe and Nan I was hooked. Walking on Air made me laugh and made me cry, which to me is the sign of a great book because it engaged my emotions. I love Catherine Anderson's books because they do pull you in so that you are able to experience what the characters are feeling and fall in love with the hero. Gabe, the gunslinger, what a hunky hero! I can't wait for Catherine's next book!

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2014

    What can I say but WOW! I loved this book. The conversations bet

    What can I say but WOW! I loved this book. The conversations between Gabe and Gabriel had me laughing out loud. A different kind 
     of a historical western. A wonderful book about second chances and unconditional love. Loved the ending. 

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2014

    Delightful and Insightful! Read Walking On Air!

    Delightful and Insightful! Read Walking On Air!

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2014

    my thoughts on the book r good and bad *ducking at the rotten to

    my thoughts on the book r good and bad *ducking at the rotten tomatoes thrown at me)

    I LOVED the book for the most part. It was hard for me to get thru the religious aspect of the book first. Honestly had to read it twice. I've read a lot of your books n this is I think a 1st where religion or some aspect has been to me a major part in the plot.
    That being said I LOVED Gabe an Nan!!! I loved how Gabe learned what the true test was for him an it felt like I was there every step of the way in his journey. I was nervous an anxious while he debated on saving little Charity. I laughed when he talked with Christopher an cried when the towns people stepped out an threatened the gunslinger.
    After reading it a 2nd time I understood the "religious" aspect an it didn't bother me as much as before. I give this book 10 stars an 2 thumbs up! Thank you so much for giving me a chance to read this story.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2014

    Catherine Anderson does it again with a masterpiece Walking On

    Catherine Anderson does it again with a masterpiece
    Walking On Air is an amazing breath of fresh air I instantly fell in love with Gabe  and Nan they are loving heartfelt characters. This book is exciting
    and will keep you sitting on the edge of your seat. I could not wait to read and than was depressed when I was through. Waiting impatiently for the Catherine Anderson Jewel

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 12, 2014

    WoW! Catherine has done it again. A gunslinger & an innocent

    WoW! Catherine has done it again. A gunslinger & an innocent miss. Divine intervention. A young
    miss, an abandoned dog and a discarded boy. A grandpa. One month. Mmmmm, I like it very much!
    Set in 1880, Random, Colorado.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2014

    Sometimes a book takes you to another place, another time or con

    Sometimes a book takes you to another place, another time or connects you to another person. Catherine Anderson's Walking On Air took me to Random, Colorado more than a century ago and introduced me to Gabriel Valance. Catherine's characters ingratiate themselves into your heart and she makes you love them. You care about what happens to them. You laugh and you cry and you think about them long after you finish the book. I have always enjoyed Catherine Anderson novels but this one was special and I am so glad it's the first Valance family novel because that means there is more to look forward to.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2014

    Catherine Anderson has done it again. Gabe Valance was a gunslin

    Catherine Anderson has done it again. Gabe Valance was a gunslinger with his own code of ethics.
    He didn't ask for trouble, but he didn't shy away from it either. Nan Hoffman was running from an awful
    truth and found a new start and created a new life in Colorado. Gabe met his maker (in the form of
    Gabriel and Michael) and was given a chance to redeem himself. All he had to do was save Nan and
    not do anything to change what had already happened. He had 30 days to save Nan. I laughed and
    cried as I read this book. The characters just wrap themselves around your heart and you get
    completed immersed in the book. This is one of Catherine Anderson's best books yet.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 13, 2014

    more from this reviewer

    Book 1 of the Valance Family series. Gabe is a famous gunslinge

    Book 1 of the Valance Family series.

    Gabe is a famous gunslinger and he lands in Random, Colorado only to be killed by a kid.  He is presented with three options by two angels - 1. Make a grumpy old man feel the love of a family, 2. Save a starving child whose mother was a prostitute, 3. Make a jaded young woman fall in love with him.  Well you can guess which one he chose.

    Nan has been on the run with her sister since their father arranged for Nan to be raped by her fiance.  She believes she killed the man who tried to attack her and trusts no one.  Will Gabe be able to help her?

    This story is Christian based with an almost Paranormal air to it.  If you're looking for a religious romance where angels truly speak to those in need, this is the book for you!

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2014

    Loved this book. It is another great book by Catherine Anderson.

    Loved this book. It is another great book by Catherine Anderson. This book caught my attention from the moment I started reading it. It slowed a bit in the second chapter, at least for me. But once I got through the second chapter it took of and couldn't have been better. Can't wait for more. There are some sad parts so keep the Kleenex handy.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2014

    What an awesome book! I am a huge fan of Catherine Anderson, an

    What an awesome book! I am a huge fan of Catherine Anderson, and this one is so true to her writing. I haven't enjoyed a couple of her more recent books as they took a weird/paranormal turn. It just doesn't seem to be her writing style in those books. They were still good books, just not what I consider her best writing.

    This book, though, is fantastic! She gets back to what made her a great writer and the outcome is perfect. Yes, there is a spiritual sense in this book, but it isn't stepping over into the paranormal. I read this book in two days. I loved every minute of it, and was totally in love with Gabe from the start. Few male characters have called to me the way Gabe did (Ryan from "Phantom Waltz" was another male character who got to me). You couldn't help but sympathize and root for Gabe in this book. The other characters are very well-rounded - including flaws - so it was a joy to read.

    If you like Catherine's other, earlier books, this one is not to be missed!

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2014

    It is a unique and thoroughly marvelous story. As with all of

    It is a unique and thoroughly marvelous story. As with all of her previous novels, her characters are engaging and it's very easy to care about them. Can love really save a man's soul? You must follow Gabriel to find out, but I can guarantee you'll find it worth the journey. Another keeper for sure!

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 10, 2014

    Walking on Air is a book that will make you stop and think about

    Walking on Air is a book that will make you stop and think about things in a different light.This book is a very heart warming and touching book, you fall in love with the Gabe,Nan,Laney and the rest of the cast in this book. This book like so many others by Catherine Anderson will be a book i shall pick up and read over and over.
                 

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 10, 2014

    This was a story set in the historical west, about a gunslinger

    This was a story set in the historical west, about a gunslinger named Gabe who is killed on Christmas Eve. He had had a sad, lonely, loveless life. The angels send him back to earth for a month to redeem himself, so that he can go to heaven. I was somewhat reminded of "It's a Wonderful Life", although Gabe is learning about love & caring about others when he comes back to relive the last month of his life. He collects a motley family, who all come to depend on him & love him. I have to say, I got really emotional a few times & was a little worried about not getting that HEA that Gabe & Nan really needed & deserved. This was a heartfelt novel about redemption. Loved it!

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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