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Contemporary
Star Bright
By Sarah W
Jan 1, 2009 - 5:19:53 PM

Rainie Hall Danning has finally escaped from her abusive, evil husband, Peter. He has made her life hell, controlling and abusing her, so with the help of two friends, Rainie has finally made a break for it. But now that she is on the run, she needs to stay safe and far out of Peter’s hands. She hopes hiding out in Crystal Falls, Oregon, will prove to be a safe haven for her. Under the alias of “Anna Pritchard,” Rainie applies for employment as Parker Harrigan’s bookkeeper. She hates lying to him about her identity, but she has no other choice. But when Parker discovers the truth, Rainie is about to discover what a true gentleman is.


Parker Harrigan realizes as soon as he hires “Anna” that something is not quite right with her. Looking into her references and background he realizes that she has all out lied to him. He is furious until he realizes how distressed she is. He also realizes that Rainie is in trouble. Knowing she was hurt makes him very angry and all he wants to do is protect Rainie, but that is easier said than done. Rainie is very wary of all men, particularly Parker because of how much she is attracted to him. She also knows that getting close to Parker may lead to trouble for him when Peter finds her, because if there is one thing Rainie is sure of, it is that Peter will find her. For this fragile relationship, trust, laughter, and a growing intimacy may help Rainie and Parker find their own happily-ever-after.

 

Catherine Anderson knows just how to touch the heart and the emotions and Rainie’s struggle to find herself and end an abusive cycle is both poignant and satisfying. In particular, the lighthearted moments of tenderness and mutual affection between Parker and Rainie kept this story from being too intense. Certainly Rainie is facing a huge emotional struggle, but I loved seeing her get to know Parker, his family, and little Mojo who definitely is a scene stealer. Parker is a bit of a goof but when it comes to family, and Rainie, he is all seriousness. He wants to be her white knight, but he also realizes he cannot heal all her wounds. As the camaraderie between them grows, the story picks up pace. STAR BRIGHT is a simple but graceful tale of love in the unlikeliest of circumstances. Catherine Anderson is a master of lovely and likable romances.



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