Bright Eyes (Kendrick-Coulter-Harringan Series #5)

Bright Eyes (Kendrick-Coulter-Harringan Series #5)

by Catherine Anderson

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ISBN-13: 9780451212160
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/01/2004
Series: Coulter Historical Series , #5
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 411,717
Product dimensions: 4.30(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.16(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Catherine Anderson is the author of more than thirty New York Times bestselling and award-winning historical and contemporary romances including the Harrigan Family series, the Coulter Family series, the Comanche series, and the Mystic Creek series. She lives in the pristine woodlands of Central Oregon.

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"Emotionally involving, family-centered, and relationship oriented."—Library Journal

"Not only does Catherine Anderson push the envelope, she seals, stamps, and sends it to the reader with love."—Affaire de Coeur


A Letter from Catherine Anderson

Dear Readers:

First of all, I want to thank Heart to Heart for giving me this opportunity to tell my readers about the fourth book in my Coulter family series, which began with Phantom Waltz (Bethany and Ryan's story) and continued with Sweet Nothings (Molly and Jake's story) and Blue Skies (Carly and Hank's story). Now, in Bright Eyes, I tell Zeke Coulter's story.

In the Coulter family, Zeke is often teased about being far too serious about everything. Zeke sees nothing wrong with being cautious. He seldom does anything without thinking it over first. If it doesn't seem to be a wise choice or decision, he runs in the other direction, which brings us to his success in remaining a bachelor. Zeke likes women, and he has, on rare occasion, enjoyed long-term intimate relationships with women who understood and accepted that he was offering nothing more, but he doesn't feel that he's cut out to marry and have a family. As the second-oldest child in a family of six kids, Zeke likes living alone in a big house where he can always enjoy silence and seclusion. He likes having three bathrooms at his disposal and never having to stand outside the door while a female primps for nearly an hour. He likes being able to save his money, making expenditures only when he feels it's wise. In Zeke's estimation, he'd have to be crazy to mess up the life he has worked so hard for by getting married.

Sound reasonable? Possibly. But life seldom unfolds in reasonable ways for any of us, and Zeke is no exception. One afternoon when he gets home from a long day at his ranch-supply store, Zeke sees a boy skulking away from the house. Zeke goes to investigate and discovers that his home and backyard have been vandalized. Furious, Zeke crosses a field to the farmhouse next door, hoping to collar the preteen perpetrator, but instead he comes upon the kid's beautiful mother, Natalie, who is an intriguing blend of sexy temptress and wholesome farm girl.

The last thing Natalie wants is another man in her life, especially not a tall, dark, authoritative cowboy who thinks he knows better than she how children should be raised. Zeke Coulter is determined that her son Chad will make restitution for the property damages by working off the debt. Natalie is equally determined that it won't happen. Chad isn't handling his parents' divorce very well, and the boy's confusion and hurt have been compounded by Natalie's ex-husband's irresponsible abandonment of his children. Natalie isn't about to let her angry neighbor complicate matters even further by working Chad like a dog for over three weeks. Only what choice does she have? She can't afford to pay for the damages out of pocket, her ex-husband doesn't return her calls for help, and Zeke Coulter is threatening to involve the police if he doesn't receive recompense.

So it is that Zeke commits himself to the task of teaching Chad Patterson a lesson. But in the end, it is Chad who teaches Zeke a few things, and Zeke soon experiences paternal feelings toward the boy, finds himself being wrapped around the little finger of a four-year-old dynamo with big brown eyes named Rosie, and falling Stetson-over-boot heels in love with Natalie Patterson, who is unequivocally and forever determined to remain single.

The couple's deepening affection for each other is complicated when Robert Patterson, Natalie's ex-husband, is murdered, and Natalie becomes the primary suspect. Who had reason to wish Robert harm? The list of possible suspects is nearly as long as Zeke's arm. However, Natalie's zany family members and two precocious kids keep the element of suspense from taking center stage. Bright Eyes is primarily a wonderful love story, and I hope all of you, my faithful readers, will enjoy every word.

I would like to take this chance to tell my readers how very important they are to me. Without each and every one of you, I wouldn't have the luxury of doing what I love best, which is to create and write romances to entertain you.

Happy reading, my friends!

Catherine Anderson

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Bright Eyes (Kendrick-Coulter-Harringan Series #5) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 54 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I haven't had a Catherine Anderson book that I didn't like, so I was anticipating a great read when I stopped and picked Bright Eyes up at the bookstore. I was not disappointed - in fact I was so entertained by the story line as well as the secondary characters that I found myself laughing out loud. Bright Eyes is fun - full of tender romance - heated passion - and lead characters who have depth and character. Catherine Anderson has written a beautiful story about love that comes when you least expect it and manages to overcome major and minor obstacles. She makes us all believe in the magic of the heart. Bright Eyes is a definite keeper!!
ekaterin More than 1 year ago
Loved the characters. Loved the story. On occasion, the dialogue was a bit stilted, and I grew tired of the quaint, folksy turn of phrase. Maybe that's how people talk in rural Oregon, but I have my doubts that it's practically the only way they communicate.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Every time I read a Catherine Anderson book I think it is the 'best'. Then I read another new story and think it was the 'best'. Catherine Anderson cannot write fast enough for me. This story is a continuation of the wonderful Coulter family. She has so much depth to her characters. You can laugh and cry in all of her books. I fell in love with little Rosie in this book. The story is awesome and you absolutely cannot go wrong with this book. My only disappointment was that it ended too soon.
wyvernfriend on LibraryThing 3 months ago
Part of the Coulter family series. This is the story of Zeke, he's starting to settle into his house when his precious tomato plants are used on his house by Chad Patterson. He goes to Chad's house to confront his parents to find Chad's mother, Natalie, her father and grandfather. He finds himself distracted by Natalie but certain that Chad needs to pay (in chores) for the damage.Natalie is going through a bad divorce and trying to keep her business afloat. At every turn her ex-husband seems to be trying to thwart her but she keeps trying.It's a fun story, the characters are very vivid and interesting and I really found myself rooting for them, however some of the twists are a little too far and felt like padding rather than adding to the story overall.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Catherine Anderson is a fantastic writer. This book tugs on your heartstrings with wonderful characters and some kick ass suspense. I really enjoyed this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great plot and characters. Kept you guessing who was after Natalie. You fell in love with Chad, and sweet Rosie. Zeke is one in million. Highly recommend this book. I will be reading more by this author. Mjw
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read many books, never have I ran across one more Unique. This story was so real it had me in tears many times. It was the sweetest of love stories plus just the right mix of mystery to spark ones curiosity.. This review doesn’t do this book justice,it’s just downright Great!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed Catherine Andersons books for many years, Sweet Eyes was excellent.
Bigedsgirl1 More than 1 year ago
A captivating addition to Catherine Anderson's Kendrick-Coulter-Harrigan saga! Zeke Coulter's run in with next door neighbor Natalie's belligerent son draws you into this heartwarming story featuring a beautiful divorcee with two unforgettable children. There is humor, supplied mainly by Natalie's parents and grandpa, as well as the suspense that revolves around the murder of Natalie's ex-husband. After reading Bright Eyes, if you're not already a Catherine Anderson fan, you'll become one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ms. Anderson delivers again with a winner. I have read many of her books over the years, but missed this one, definitely my loss. Extremely well written, and one not to miss reading the first time and to savor in all the re reads it will be getting from me!
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Kiko1021 More than 1 year ago
I look forward to every Catherine Anderson novel that comes out. And I am never disappointed. She creates wonderful characters and stories with every book, and "Bright Eyes" is no exception. You will fall in love and laugh out loud!
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Judith Klutch More than 1 year ago
A wonderful story with great characters.
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