“With the author's signature nurturing warmth and emotional depth, this beautifully written romance is a richly rewarding experience for any reader.”—Booklist
“Anderson has a special talent for creating believable and unforgettable characters, particularly those with handicaps.”—RT Book Reviews
More Praise for Catherine Anderson
“One of the finest writers of romance. Her stories make you believe in the power of love.”—#1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber
“An amazing talent.”—New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Lowell
“Count on Catherine Anderson for intense emotion.”—New York Times bestselling author Jayne Ann Krentz
“Catherine Anderson has a gift for imbuing her characters with dignity, compassion, courage, and strength that inspire readers.”—RT Book Reviews
“A major voice in the romance genre.”—Publishers Weekly
The Barnes & Noble Review
In this installment in the Coulter family saga, New York Times–bestselling author Catherine Anderson delivers another down-home romance served family style, with extra doses of tenderness and emotion. This time the plot kicks off when the matriarch, Mary Coulter, asks a favor of her son, Isaiah: to hire a handicapped person to work in his animal clinic. Isaiah is dubious, but when he sees Laura Townsend in person, it's a different story -- she has bright eyes, a body to stop traffic, and a face to break a man's heart. Naturally, gifted matchmaker Mary has other plans in mind for the two, but the romance develops slowly as Laura settles into her first full-time job after the accident five years earlier that left her with aphasia, a form of brain damage that affects her speech. When mistakes start occurring at the clinic, even Isaiah assumes Laura is at fault, until it becomes clear that both she and the animals are in danger. Anderson portrays Laura's disability with great sensitivity and intelligence, and animal lovers will recognize a kindred spirit. Ginger Curwen
Bestseller Anderson combines romance with a touch of suspense in the somewhat predictable fifth installment of her Coulter family series (after Bright Eyes). Veterinarian Isaiah Coulter agrees to hire Laura Townsend as a kennel keeper at his clinic despite her speech impediment, the result of brain damage she sustained after a diving accident five years earlier. With her sparkling personality and love of animals, Laura is the perfect addition to Isaiah's clinic. But when errors are committed on Laura's shift, naturally she's blamed, and she begins to suspect that someone is framing her in the hope of getting her fired. Isaiah remains her stalwart defender as attraction sparks between them, developing into a romance that is both sweet and sensual. While the identity of the individual framing Laura will come as no surprise to the savvy reader, the uniqueness of the relationship between the successful veterinarian and the woman whose handicaps are overshadowed by her ability to love more than compensates. Agent, Steve Axelrod. (Jan.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
It's taken Laura Townsend five years of struggling with aphasia (the ability to use language is impaired) caused by a diving accident to achieve the independence she now has, but she needs a real job in order to be self-supporting. So when overworked, good-looking veterinarian Isaiah Coulter agrees to take her on as a kennel keeper, she is thrilled. Despite his firm ban on workplace romances, Isaiah quickly falls in love with his new employee, and now his only problem is how to convince Laura that she, aphasia and all, is the only woman for him. Spite, jealousy, and well-meaning family meddling cause problems for both Laura and Isaiah in this heartwarming romance that also does a skillful job of treating serious issues in a hopeful but not sugar-coated way. The fifth title in the "Coulter Family" series is another winner from Anderson's compassionate pen, and, although it doesn't fall within the Inspirational subgenre, the book's gentle religious overtones may appeal to those readers. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.