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Lucky Penny (Keegan-Paxton #5)

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To support her orphaned niece, impoverished Brianna O'Keefe accepts work with a Colorado rancher. To guard herself from the unwanted attention, she resorts to a harmless little lie: that she's married to a Denver gold miner named D
Mass Market Paperback, 413 pages
Published January 31st 2012 by Signet (first published January 1st 2012)
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Sharil I am just reading my first series by Catherine Anderson now and have read some Linda Lael Miller books. I mostly read historical fiction though. I…moreI am just reading my first series by Catherine Anderson now and have read some Linda Lael Miller books. I mostly read historical fiction though. I would suggest these authors who write more in the style of Anderson: Jodi Thomas, Joan Johnston, Jill Marie Landis, and Elizabeth Lowell. Julie Garwood, Shannon Drake and Leigh Greenwood also have some very good historical western romances.

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Christine The Dark Romance Junkie *Wallflower Addict*


Don't judge me, lol!
This book was so sweet, so cute, so heartwarming. Notice that I added "so" in front of all the adjectives. Because if you're looking for a heartwarming love story, this is it with side a of absolutely adorable.

This story consumed me, I normally give stories like this wide berth because heartwarming romance isn't really my thing. But I do have a weakness for secret babies, or a couple brought together by a child. I went in completely blind with this one, all I
Jan 28, 2012 Auntee rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of American historicals
Typically beautiful storytelling by Catherine Anderson, with some nice background details and featuring a wonderful father/young daughter relationship that warmed my heart. Not much in the romance department (things didn't get going in that respect until late in the book, which was a bit of a disappointment) but the storytelling almost made up for that.

This is 30 year-old rancher/US marshal David Paxton's (half brother of Ace Keegan -- Keegan's Lady; brother of Joseph Paxton--Summer Breeze; brot
Oct 21, 2014 Jessi rated it really liked it
I have not found a CA book that I haven't loved, this one was right up there. Her romance books never disappoint when you are in the need for some sweet romance and happiness.

The only part that I didn't like was the Hazel got off way to easy. The witch really need to be punched or worse for what she did. I can't believe she would hit a dog and what she did to Daphne was awful.

Yeah, I gave this one star. Probably gonna get some very odd looks for this, given the rave reviews I've read so far. I wanted to like this one, I really did, but the annoying behavior of the leads ruined any love I may have had for any part of this book.

Brianna redefines prissy. Everything David does is somehow dirty or offensive and I quickly grew tired of her correcting his language and yelling at Daphne that she wasn't allowed to spend time with the man. Of course, David himself was no prize
'Lucky Penny' is really more about family than it is about the hero, David Paxon and the heroine, Brianna O'Keefe falling in love, though that is a part of the story.
Ultimately 'Lucky Penny' is about finding a place to belong,regardless of blood ties and loving people for what they are inside rather than outward appearance or where they come from.
All in all, It was an incredibly sweet book. It's an easy read that gives you the warm and fuzzies by the time you finish it. Definitely worth a read
Mar 18, 2012 Amanda rated it it was ok
I think I may officially be done with Catherine Anderson. Nothing about this book overly caught my interest, although it was not technically a "bad" book. I was hugely disappointed in the romance - basically not even a kiss for over 300 pages! I felt like I was just plodding through, and actually ended up skimming quite a bit.
Solid historical read. Appealing hero and heroine. Different historical period than we normally have the chance to read about. The author took a familiar type plot and made some unfamiliar choices having to do with the heroine's honesty. I enjoyed it.
Anna Marie
Apr 25, 2013 Anna Marie rated it did not like it
So. Disappointed.

First, I knew going in that I was getting a Catherine Anderson book, but it was historical, so I thought that a) maybe it was written before she lost her ability to write or b) maybe it would be better because it wasn't about her beloved Coulters. I'd read the blurb on Amazon, and decided to try it... and when I got home with the book, y'know what it said on the bottom? "A Coulter Historical Novel." Oh, gag and truss me right now.

The thing about the Coulters that you have to kno
Mar 10, 2012 steph rated it liked it
So Catherine Anderson is one of two authors I will buy off the shelf (the other is Julia Quinn), with not looking at the reviews or synopsis or anything because hello, it's Catherine Anderson. I was pretty excited when I find out last year that her latest novel was going to be David's story, since Keegan's Lady and Summer's Breeze are untold favorites of mine and I love taking a step back in time to see the Coulter/Keegan family in the 1800's. That said, this book is probably my least favorite o ...more
Feb 16, 2012 Marisa rated it really liked it
In Catherine Anderson’s new historical romance, Lucky Penny, we have a sweet and moving marriage-of-convenience with two unlikely people coming together under unusual circumstances and finding love. Ms. Anderson keeps the old west alive with the continuation of her Coulter/Keegan/Paxton family saga, this time with the story of David Paxton and Brianna O’Keefe. Both David and Brianna are exciting characters, and although they are as opposite as fire and ice, they slowly find their way to each oth ...more
Jun 21, 2015 Andreasoldier rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
Old timey Western.
Irish convent-bred orphan is raising her twin's daughter, moves west and pretends to be a widow. Her boss makes her write letters to pretend husband who is panning for gold in Denver. Letters reach marshal who owns the name of fantasy spouse. He thinks he may have fathered kid while drunk before he took up the straight and narrow. She's uppity and Eastern, he' a cleaned-up saddle-bum with trash mouth. You know where it's going. Ending is a little far-fetched (there's a questio
The fifth book in the Keegan-Paxton series. Catherine Anderson takes us back to the old west with this one. It wasn't a bad read and quite good in comparison to many westerns I've read but not quite up to the enjoyment level I normally expect from her. I loved David Paxton but I was less thrilled with Brianna. While I understood her motives I just thought honesty would have served her better from the start. The story ran a bit slow for me at times.
Mar 21, 2014 Heathy rated it it was ok
It was tough trying to decide whether to give this book 2 or 3 stars, but after the ridiculous little plot twist at the end, I decided to give it 2.

The book started out okay. It wasn't great, but it kept me interested. I liked the hero for the most part. His cussing was pretty amusing (Jesus Herbert Christ) and he had a faithful dog named Sam, which was quite cute.

The heroine annoyed me to death. She was whiny, she was prissy, and she kept changing her feelings about the hero every other page. M
The review that follows is a partial review. To read my full review, please visit:
What length would you go to for the sake of family? Would you live a lie, dig out of trash cans for food, pretend to be someone you're not—all so your promise to a dying relative will be upheld? Brianna O'Keefe has done all of these things, and more, for her “daughter”. And she won't give her up, no matter what!

David Paxton, a small town marshal, is surprised when he is
By no means Catherine Anderson's best. Brianna was annoying, her pride getting in the way of what was best for her daughter, it seemed she thought being on the edge of eating from garbage better than accepting help. Then David, who I really despised who basically told Brianna she deserved to be raped by a drunk man because of attire she wore that was provocative because she didn't have the money to get anything better then mocked her about being raped when she admitted her sisters was actually r ...more
Felita Hardigaloeh
kalo dipikir2, Brianna O'Keefe ini nekat juga ya...demi menghindari status sosialnya----membesarkan anak angkatnya tanpa kehadiran suami, yg dlam hal ini ayah kandung Daphne, sudah ga tau dimana dirinya----Bri berpura2 punya suami di luar kota Glory Ridge dan mengirimkan surat ke David Paxton.

Tanpa pernah mengira, David Paxton itu beneran ada di kota Colorado...

Jadi, kebayang kagetnya ketika ada sosok laki-laki yg muncul di tempat kerjanya sembari menggendong Daphne, dan mengaku dirinya David Pa
Fanny Roswita Ria
Berawal dari kelakuan majikan Brianna O'Keefe, sang heroine, yang sangat senang memojokkan dirinya untuk mengambil keuntungan dari status "janda beranak satu", sang heroine memutuskan untuk membuat suami "palsu" bernama David Paxton yang sedang mengadu nasib ke Denver mencari sebongkah emas untuk keluarganya. Yang tidak diharapkan oleh sang heroine adalah suami palsu itu benar-benar ada dan hadir di hidupnya setelah 6 tahun lamanya dia mengarang cerita tersebut.

Harus gw akuin, selain Diana Palme
Jul 17, 2012 Mareli rated it it was amazing
Delicious story from the very beginning. We have a woman, married to a "David Paxton" with a delicious daughter. When our David Paxton receives a bunch of letters, asking him for some help for "his daughter" how can he resist? Especially after looking at "her daughter" and seeing her a portrait of his mother.

Now the only thing he has to resolve is when has this happened? He doesn't remember anything!

A great conclusion (so far) of this great series, totally recommended!
Feb 25, 2012 Nonieღserenity2bliss rated it really liked it
Another winner by Catherine Anderson for me!

I really like that she took the time to develop the relationship between the two main characters. I rather enjoy that the father-daughter relationship was the highlight first then the romance between David and Brianna came after the second half of the story. It made the entire thing much sweeter and charming.

And yes, there were moments that made me teared up with sadness and joy :)
Lauren Peters
Jan 10, 2013 Lauren Peters rated it it was amazing
Loved this book... It wasn't what I expected at all. The story of Brianna was sad and how she worked to take care of daphne was admirable. I didn't expect her to turn out to be a Paxton after all. Not many books bring tears to my eyes but this one did! Great read. I would recommend
Apr 05, 2015 Amy rated it it was amazing
This was a really great historical romance. I felt that the budding romance between David and Brianna was very believable--they both found things they liked and disliked in each other and their feelings grew over a period of months. The unique complications for their relationship was David mistakenly believing that he is the father of Brianna's 6-yr-old daughter even though he can't remember ever meeting Brianna before! Also adding to the complications is David's relationship with the town schoo ...more
Jun 23, 2015 Debbie rated it it was ok
Catherine Anderson is one of my go-to authors and I was so excited to read "Lucky Penny", but I ended up being pretty disappointed in the book. The plot was frustrating because the resolution was so obvious and was foreshadowed repeatedly throughout the book. The characters also seemed to be more one dimensional than Ms. Anderson usually writes. The writing was also fairly poor and clearly needed a hard edit before publication. Overall, this was not one of her better books and I won't be recomme ...more
Anna Mcfadden
Jan 29, 2016 Anna Mcfadden rated it really liked it
as Brianna O'Keefe was lossing her twin sister right after childbirth she promise that she would raise the babel as her own and in order to do that she had to made up a story bout her husband was out west digging fir gold just so she could get a respectable job the only problem was the husband she made up, David Paxton, a name she just dream up turns out to be a real name of a Marshall. when David gets letters from mother and child asking fir h I'm to get them, he decides to go to the town when ...more
Apr 01, 2012 Michele rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book--definitely worth reading!!
Jun 15, 2014 Linda rated it it was amazing
Whenever I read a book by Catherine Anderson I am amazed at the ability of Ms. Anderson to tell her story with such richness and fullness to get you completely involved in the lives of her characters. This story was wonderful and made you realize what a mother will do for her child or what a sister would do for her family. This is a story about David Paxton and Brianna O'Keefe and how their lives got tangled up with each other so completely just because of a lie. Wonderful book and great read.
Jess the Romanceaholic
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Expected Release Date: January 31, 2013
Publisher: Penguin
Imprint: Signet
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Part of a Series: Yes, Book 5, Coulter’s Historical
Series Best Read In Order: Works Well As A Standalone
Steam Level: Steamy
Pet Peeves: Overly-Sacrificing Heroine
Favorite Tropes: Forced Marriage

The romance was very slow building, and was far more family-centered th
Laura Summers
Dec 01, 2012 Laura Summers rated it really liked it
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It’s no secret that I’m quite an Anderson fan. LUCKY PENNY is her latest historical novel that weaves the tale of the Coulter family. In general, I think her contemporary books are better, but I can never resist picking up a new release of hers.

The story is of single mother Brianna, who is raising her orphaned sister’s daughter as her own in difficult times. In order to give herself a cover story and measure of respectability, she fabricates a fake husband – Da
Feb 12, 2012 Christine rated it liked it
David Paxton’s pleasant life as a marshal in No Name, Colorado is disrupted when he receives a letter from a stranger claiming to be his wife and asking him to help her and their daughter. Brianna O’Keefe has make up a story that she is married to a gold miner named “David Paxton”. Suddenly, events spiral out of control and she agrees to live as David’s wife to keep custody of her orphaned niece Daphne.

I liked the character of David form the very beginning of the book. He is loyal, brave, tender
Mar 26, 2012 Ellie rated it really liked it
Lucky Penny by Catherine Anderson
Grade: B+

“You’ve got more sand than an ocean beach, and I think you’re one hell of a lady.”

Brianna O’Keefe promised her dying sister that she would raise her daughter Daphne as her own and done everything in her power for the last six to do just that. To fend off unwanted advances from her former employer Brianna made up a husband, David Paxton, and spun a huge lie about him mining for gold outside of Denver. Her employer forced her to write letters to her fake h
Dec 05, 2012 Christine rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
What a wonderful, heartwarming story. This actually had me in tears at one point, which is not at all easy to do. It has been too long since I've read one of Catherine Anderson's novels. I was thrilled to see this one come along at the library, and not the least bit disappointed when I stayed up too late last night reading it.

It's Colorado, 1891. Brianna Paxton is raising her twin sister's child as her own, doing the best she can for the child in a world that has no pity for unwed mothers. She
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