Walking On Air

Walking On Air

by Catherine Anderson

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From “incomparable” (Fresh Fiction) New York Times bestselling author Catherine Anderson comes a heartfelt historical romance about 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, Nacy remains fearful and mistrustful of men—and of 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 just save himself.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101611210
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/04/2014
Series: Valance Family Series , #1
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 45,018
File size: 957 KB
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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Catherine Anderson’s Novels Are...

“Emotional and heartfelt, her stories make you believe in the power of love.”—Debbie Macomber

“Heartwarming, gentle, sensual…satisfying.”—Library Journal

“Richly rewarding.”—Booklist

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Walking On Air: A Valance Family Novel 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 176 reviews.
missybella More than 1 year ago
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,  r
cjr1 More than 1 year ago
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) flag
CodygirlDG More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Marcy99 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Delightful and Insightful! Read Walking On Air!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
mrsboone4 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
KahlanMercy More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
malissaB More than 1 year ago
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.              
SW57 More than 1 year ago
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!
mllwells More than 1 year ago
Catherine Anderson does it again! Another wonderful heartfelt story. I completely fell in love with the great story line and cast of characters. I hit the gamut of emotions. Another wonderful leading male to follow you into your dreams!
TeresaW More than 1 year ago
I just finished WALKING ON AIR by Catherine Anderson.   I don't usually read historical books.  This was fantastic.  The characters are very believable and easy to love.  Found myself cheering for them quite early on in the story.  Read the whole thing within 24 hours of receiving.  Truly a great romance! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing book!  I just read Catherine Anderson's new book, "Walk on Air." It's a match made in heaven. Or is it? Gabriel is a gunslinger and Nancy is a lady who owns a hat shop. They both had terrible childhoods. Now they have a second chance for a better life. The book is funny, heartwarming, and sad at times. Approaching the ending, I wondered how their situation could change since it wasn't supposed to last. Catherine Anderson's books are skillfully written and this book is no exception.
jdh2690 More than 1 year ago
Ms. Anderson's stories just keep getting better and better. I am awed by where she gets her ideas for stories as she seems to be able to make silk purses out of sows’ ears, literally. This story had me puzzled at first, then curious, then excited, and finally joyous. Ms. Anderson’s stories are keepers every one. This story about Gabe and Nan and their incredible but delightful family kept me burning the midnight oil from beginning to end. And I’m still thinking about it. And I’m grateful for it. I’m grateful to have been introduced to Catherine Anderson’s stories long ago. I’m an ardent believer in her storytelling, and this story is particularly memorable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. Gabriel Valance, a handsome gunslinger gets a second chance at life. Catherine Anderson pulls you into the story with every character with laughter, tears and romance.
Lindas_Opinion More than 1 year ago
Catherine Anderson has done it again~~stolen my nights, my sleep, my thoughts~~and left me wishing the next book in this series was already ensconced on my ereader. This is an expertly drawn historical romance with strong elements about faith, hope, and the endurance of love.  This story opens with murder, the murder of the Gabriel Valance, a gunslinger, having killed many during the course of his short life. Prone on a snowy boardwalk in Random, Colorado, his last cogent memory is seeing a beautiful 'Christmas Angel' standing in the candle lit window of her millinery shop across the street. That's when fate intervenes. Now standing before the pearly gates (in this instance, a table in a crumbling shack), Gabriel is given an opportunity to live life over. He has a month to save a lost soul in Random, and is provided the names of three individuals who fit that bill. One of them is the milliner he glimpsed as he died: Nan Sullivan. Gabe chooses her, and so begins the spiritual journey  of a very bad man named Gabriel Valance.  Armed with information provided by the angels at the gates of heaven, Gabe is redeposited in Random, not only burdened with his responsibility toward Nan, but also with a host of rules by which he must abide. He knows, too, that at the end of his do-over-month, he will again die at the hands of his killer, his only hope for heaven being his successful redemption of Nan Sullivan. Nan Sullivan has secrets of her own. Believing she has murdered a despicable suitor, Nan is on the run. With her is her much younger sister, Laney, whom she passes off as her daughter. The two have been living successfully, however fearfully, in Random. But terror comes knocking when Gabriel Valance shows up on their doorstep, and he wants only one thing~~marriage with Nan. During his do-over-month, Gabe finds it increasingly more difficult to abide by the rules the angels at  the gates  have mandated. Complicating the situation is the fact that he's fallen in love with Nan and  her 'daughter', Laney. The idea that he's preordained to die again on Christmas Eve is almost more  than he can bear. This is a magnificent, heartwarming, heartbreaking story that had me laughing and crying. The characters are so well-drawn that I keep hoping any or all of them will show up on my doorstep. The plot elements have kept me thinking about my own comfortable life, my own comfort zone, and how often I cast a blind eye on the circumstances of others. Ms. Anderson has written a love story featuring the personal redemption of a very bad man. We should all be so lucky.