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Early Dawn (Keegan-Paxton #4)

4.04 of 5 stars 4.04  ·  rating details  ·  1,549 ratings  ·  105 reviews
After breaking off their engagement, Eden Paxton's fiance spreads so many rumors about her that she is forced to leave San Francisco. Her pride bruised, an angry Eden heads for the wilds of Colorado to live with her half brothers. But murderous outlaws cut the trip short when they kidnap her, intending to sell her across the Mexican border.

Ever since a gang murdered his wi
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Mass Market Paperback, 417 pages
Published December 29th 2009 by Signet
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Lisa Kay
I do love Ms. Anderson’s storylines and have rated a lot of her books five stars; I have tagged and shelved her as an “auto-buy-author”. So, why only three stars?

I should tell you up front, I’m not a big fan of the rape theme; however, she’s one of the few authors who could (note use of past tense here) incorporate this horrible, devastating event into a beautiful story as she did in Annie's Song and Seventh Heaven. That said, sometimes she seems to do the rape, rape, rape theme too much (I
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jenjn79
I had some wariness coming in to reading this book. I've read so many Catherine Anderson books that I've loved, but then some of the recent few have been so-so and including a lot of religion. So I wasn't sure what to expect of this book. But this ended up being a good one. I enjoyed it a lot, though the story wasn't perfect.

Series Note:
This book is connected to both other historicals by Anderson, and also her long-running contemporary series. The hero of this book is the ancestor of the contemp
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Auntee
Mar 25, 2010 Auntee rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Catherine Anderson; fans of American historicals
This story didn't have a whole heck of a lot going on, but I loved it anyway. The reason I enjoyed it? The hero and heroine, Matthew Coulter and Eden Paxton. Wonderful characters. Even though it took a long time for their romance to get physical, I enjoyed reading about their backstories and loved seeing their relationship evolve into what started out as mistrust, to a gradual friendship, and then to an intense desire and need and then a romantic love. Matthew and Eden were terrific characters-- ...more
Rhapsody
Catherine Anderson is one my top favorite romance authors, but I just don't think she writes with the same passion that she used to. Compared to Comanche Moon, Comanche Heart, and Keegan's Lady, this book was pretty tepid. Eden is abducted by outlaws while on her way to join her brothers in Colorado. They abuse her but don't rape her, planning on selling her across the border. Matthew Coulter, whose wife was killed by the outlaws, has been hunting them for 3 years. He rescues Eden, temporarily s ...more
Julianna
Jun 07, 2013 Julianna rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Historical Western Romance w/Tortured Hero & Abused Heroine
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Early Dawn is another sweet, historical romance from Catherine Anderson that was nearly perfect in every way. The hero and heroine are very much the focus of the story with the secondary characters only coming into play during the first few chapters and the last few chapters. The rest of the time it's all about Matthew and Eden as they get acquainted and learn to trust each other while riding around the Colorado wilderness, trying to evade the bad guys. With only two char
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Elizabeth Bennet
My friend Rachel told me about this author and I got to tell you CA is amaaazing!! I started this book yesterday and I couldn't put it down, staying up until 3AM to finish. The Sebastian gang are a ruthless group of brothers who destroy everything in their path. Eden Dorelle Paxton is a brave young h who was jilted by a mamas boy. The rumors that were spread forced her and her mother to take a train to Denver. The train is ambushed and Eden is abducted by the gang.

Matthew James Coulter has been
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SheLove2Read
Just didn't do much for me. I wasn't impressed at all. I've read better by Anderson. The plot I thought had potential but it just seemed to drag on way too long.
Debbie
I love Catherine Anderson and I really enjoyed this book, but for me it's not up to par with the other books to this series.
Jacqueline
This story was okay in that it wasn't choppy or anything and the words flowed well etc. If it matters to you, the love scenes are very tame and the scenes where the girl is being abused by the bad guys are merely suggested and nothing is explicit at all. The loving each other part was okay but the story itself was lame plot wise. There will be a few SPOILERS below so don't continue if you don't want to know.

Some of the decisions the hero made didn't make much sense. He's been hot on the trail o
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Gemma
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Ryn
Mar 26, 2011 Ryn rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: romance
I used to like Catherine Anderson when I was younger. Her blend of psychologically scarred, fiesty heroines and strong, gentle heros made her a comfort-read for me.

Now, though, I think the writing is too basic and simple. She doesn't really capture the true essence of a romance because... well, because the hero and heroine talk about every single silly issue that they have so that they are always perfectly understood, and so that they never have any conflict with each other. In a nutshell, what
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Noelle
I wish it hadn't taken me so long to finish this book,it took me awhile to get into the story but it wasn't the books fault. I also wanted to note that I added this to my "rape" shelf even though the h wasn't raped. The h was used as the bad guys nightly entertainment but they stopped just shy of actually penetrating her because they wanted to sell her, with her virginity in tact,across the boarder. She still has had all of the emotional issues to.deal with through out the book.

Eden,(h) was on a
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Marleen
I like Western historical romances and good ones are hard to find. (On a side note - for that matter - I'm looking anxiously forward to L. Lael Miller writing another winner some time soon).
I've always enjoyed C. Anderson's books, but not lately.
However, with this one she has gone back - a bit - to the "freshness" of her earlier books. Overall this was a good classic Western story. No need to go looking too much for a sense of realism, it's lacking in that department, but then it's mainly a ro
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Melanie
Really enjoyed this one! A different pace than the other books I've read by CA, but a sweet read nonetheless.. I liked the fact that Matthew didn't pressure Eden for anything and that she didn't fall in lust with him right away, which would have been too improbable give what she'd been through (it was still a little fast, IMO, but then again, it is fiction and they are travelling together!)..
Not my fave in the Coulter's Historicals (that would be Keegan's Lady), but a solid 4*!
Brenda
This was a great book, I flew through it. I love everything Catherine Anderson has ever written and this book did not disapoint. I like that she has written some of her books in a series, when she writes a new one it is like visiting an old friend once again. I had to do nothing at home for a day and one half so that I could read this book from front to back, I don't do that often. You really must read her books if you have not read them before!
Felita Hardigaloeh
sekian lama ga baca karangan mba catherine, judul ini cukup memuaskan,

tragedi....

itulah yang menimpa kedua tokoh utama

Matthew Coulter, kehilangan istrinya di tangan geng perampok sadis di depan mata...

Eden Paxton, menjadi korban penculikan dan sexual-abused dialaminya, dilakuin sama persis dg geng perampok, yang dikejar Matthew selama 3 tahun....

ceritanya bergulir.....gimana matthew nyelamatin eden...

bikin gregetan, saat matthew ga ngejelasin apa2, saat dia nyelamatin eden...ngomong kek bhw di
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Pamela(AllHoney)
Started out great and had a lot of potential. Unfortunately, it didn't quite live up to it. It got a little boring in places and it would have been nice to have a little more action going on. I'm torn between a 3 and 4 but decided to stick with a 3 due to the slow boring parts that had me skimming.
Anne OK
Not my favorite of Catherine Anderson's books. This book dragged for me. I didn't even find much entertainment in the relationship between Matthew and Eden. Overly long and drawn out.
Sari
Akhirnya gw menemukan karakter herroine dari karya CA yg tangguh lagi seperti buku CA yg pertama diterjemahkan dastanbooks. Karena setelah buku pertama tsb, mayoritas herroine yg ada sangat memelas dan keras kepala, hanya merasa dirinya yg paling menderita sampe membuat sang hero harus memiliki persediaan kesabaran yg tiada habisnya baru bisa diterima. Dari Early Dawn akhirnya gw bisa nemu lagi Herroine yg ga menye2, yg mau berjuang bersama sang Hero, yg bisa mengungkapkan perasaan tanpa takut a ...more
Dee Dee
Although some of he readers say the book is slow, Catherine Anderson does a wonderful job of showing just how tough a woman can be when she is forced into survival mode. Her main character is forced to make some really tough choices and decides that she has what it takes to survive against all odds. Not just a romance but a thrilling novel about choices. Even though it is not he 1800s women have to decide if they have the strength to survive the challenges of today's world. This book is a testam ...more
Amel Armeliana
"Sinar mentari yang jatuh menembus dedaunan menari-nari diatas kepala mereka. Anak sungai bernyanyi di samping mereka. Kicauan burung terngiang-ngiang di benak Eden. Dihirupnya dalam-dalam udara yang menguarkan wangi bunga-bungaan"
Well, itu paragraf terakhir dari buku ini dan sepertinya itu salah satu alasan kenapa I love reading Catherine Anderson's book, yaitu penggambaran suasana alamnya. Jadi inget film seri Little House on the Prairie dan Dr.Quinn Medicine Woman, atau film2nya Janette Oke.
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Linda
It is hard to describe sometimes just how much you enjoy a book. This story was filled with all kinds of feelings, love, hate, revenge, sadness, loneliness and a family's love. These two become very close friends through the hardships of living off the land while hiding from the Sebastian gang and then they fell in love. I will not go into details about their story because you really have to read this book to enjoy every word and to feel every emotion that is between every page. Absolutely wonde ...more
Sarah Eiseman
I typically don’t like, or tend to read, historical romance novels, but this one was quite good.

Matthew Coulter has been on a three-year search for the Sebastian brothers’ gang that raped and killed his first wife. His sworn vengeance has colored his view of humanity a relationships so far, that when he finally rescues the woman recently captured by the gang, he can’t even string a sentence together to calm her down. But Eden Paxton is made of stronger stuff. A recent San Francisco-transplant, E
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Jill Dunlop
Early Dawn is book 10 in Catherine Anderson's Kendrick/Coulter/Harrigan series. This is my first in the series. I have only read Annie's Song by Anderson and I loved it. My friend had this book in her TBR pile and loaned it to me. It caught my eye because of the back cover. On it said that Eden Paxton was kidnapped and Matthew Coulter whose own wife was murdered at the hands of this terrible gang and he couldn't resist saving Eden. I was immediately hooked. I can't resist a kidnapping/rescue sto ...more
Lindsey
As my first book by Catherine Anderson, I was happily surprised by just how great of a story this was. Anderson paints a magnificent picture of the Old West, full of danger, emotion, and drama. A wonderful book, a new favorite.

Memorable Quotes:
"Nothing's certain in this life, unless you count being born and dying. Everything in between is a gamble and anyone who thinks otherwise is a damned fool."
~ pg. 86

"We can forget the terrible times in our lives and try our best to be happy - or we can l
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Sara
This one was...a very mixed bag. Very. On one hand, we have the typical Broken Heroine complete with an ex-lover who makes me want to drop a safe on his head. Eden Paxton's ex-fiance not only ended their engagement, but let his parents drag her name through the mud just because she wasn't a pureborn high society girl like THEY wanted for him. So she goes back home with her mother to nurse her wounds. Then the poor woman gets captured by bandits who do everything short of raping her, and only bec ...more
Megan
Early Dawn
Catherine Anderson
432 Pages

In Early Dawn, it starts off with a man who gets in a tangle with a dangerous clan called the Sebastian gang. The man, Matt seeks revenge after he has been beaten to the point of a coma and sexually assaulting before raping and killing his young pregnant wife. Then the story shifts over and focuses on Eden Paxton's life with her very famous guy with an amazing family name. He then dumps her and she moves away. But on the way to her new home, a dangerous clan
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Titis Wardhana
mirip sama Morning Light, di mana hero dan heroine-nya terpaksa melakukan perjalanan berdua di hutan...

Eden dan ibunya terpaksa pindah karena dicemooh di kotanya. Ketika naik kereta api, kereta api itu dirampok oleh geng sebastian, dan Eden diculik untuk dijual di perbatasan. Tapi mereka bertemu Matthew dan Matthew pun menyelamatkan Eden.

Seperti biasa ala Catherine Anderson, endingnya bagus...
Maria
I gave this book four stars for the excellent writing but it did drag some during the middle part of the book in spite of the cougar and snakes. At any rate, I was pleased to get Eden's story and the hook-up with the Coulters and especially an explanation for the letters. I was also pleased that when Ms. Anderson has an injured player, she doesn't slough it off in a few pages making them do things no sane person would do when injured. Her injured players stay true to form and deal with their inj ...more
Nurul
love this qoute

Then she told me about all the different corners of her heart and how each corner had one of her children’s names on it. In Ace’s corner, she loved him most all. In my corner, she loved me most of all. As she named off each of us, it started to make perfect sense to me, and I never worried again when she said I was her favorite.”
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Adeline Catherine was born on 22 December 1948 in in Grants Pass, Oregon, USA. She always yearned to be a writer like her mother. The morning that one of her professors asked if she could use samples of Catherine’s creative writing on an overhead projector
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“As he tightened his embrace around her, he knew he'd made the right choice.
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