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Here to Stay (Kendrick/Coulter/Harrigan #10)

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Mandy Pajeck had a tough childhood --- an abusive father, a mother who left, and a younger brother, Luke, who depended on her when she was just a child herself. Now twenty-eight, Mandy remains devoted to Luke and feels responsible for the accident that took his sight.
Paperback, 412 pages
Published January 25th 2011 by Signet (first published December 10th 2010)
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Feb 01, 2011 Auntee rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of the author
You know what? I really enjoyed this book. Even though there wasn't much romance (not until page 366), and the heroine (28 year old Mandy Pajeck) sometimes frustrated me, and the heroine's 19 year old brother (Luke) started out as an unlikable spoiled brat/baby...there was just something compelling about this book. Obviously a lot of it has to do with Catherine Anderson's skills as a writer--her ability to tell a well rounded, interesting story is first rate. And it also helps to have a to-die-f ...more
Feb 05, 2011 Katie(babs) rated it did not like it
I use to love Catherine’s books, and to be honest, I don’t know how this made the NYT because this book is the reason I’m officially breaking up with Catherine Anderson.

The premise to Here to Stay was what made me want to read this book. Using mini guide horses, instead of seeing eye dogs for the blind is something I never heard of. Zach Harrigan lives on a ranch, much like most of Anderson’s heroes do, as well as part of a large, loving family. From the very first chapter where we meet Zach at
Read more like a General Fiction book than a Romance Book. Story was more focused on the relationship of the heroine and her 19 year old blind brother than it was on the heroine and the hero. Am really sad to say that as I used to love Catherine Anderson's books but the last few have just not done it for me. Find them boring at times and the romance between the characters taking a back seat to whatever "issues" are going on in the book.

Also, not that I have anything against praying but I noticed
Myka Cervania
Mar 27, 2013 Myka Cervania rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Myka by: My bestfriend, Julla
Shelves: favorites
I didn't find this book boring at all. The scenes between Luke and Mandy never made me brain-dead. Indeed, I tried to understand each character's sides instead of searching too much for romance between Zach and Mandy. Because in a love story,there couldn't be romance all the time in a page. The author also talks about the other characters and at the same time, keep it moving. And I don't agree that nothing romantic happened between the hero and the heroine not until page 366. Romance isn't just ...more
My least favorite Anderson book. I'm really disappointed because I ususally love her books and had high expectations. It was wonderfully written but it was a very slow start to the romance which finally started around page 126. However, I did learn a lot about mini horses and colic, unfortunately I learned more than was necessary for me to support the issues which I'm sure is what Anderson was trying to push. I wish she would have spent more time with the romance and less time on the horse.
Nov 15, 2015 Sue rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, rcftci
This book started out strong, I was hooked as soon as the mini-guide horse was introduced the idea was so out of my realm of existence. Never heard of them, had to Google.

Blind younger brother and emotionally scared older sister cope as best they can with their disabilities when Mandy spots a news report on Zach Harrigan's mini-guide horse training.

They have their meet-cute and overcome Luke's (blind brothers) obstinacy and insecurities and form a bond that turns into more.

The fact of being a Ca
Jess the Romanceaholic
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It all started for me when I was poking around the other day on Catherine Anderson’s website and stumbled across the excerpt for this story (which can be found here for those interested). I had never heard of such a thing as “miniature guide horses”, and so after reading the excerpt, and performing a bit of Googlefu on the subject, I knew I had to read this one.

n the end, I enjoyed this novel, but wasn’t completely blo
Sep 10, 2013 Marleen rated it it was ok
It’s been awhile since I’ve read something by Catherine Anderson, and I’ve come to the conclusion that my personal taste and preference has veered away from authors like her. For me, this type of romance novel has become quite generic and boring. It’s astonishing really how one’s perception & taste can change. I used to enjoy this author when I was younger. I still have some other unread books by her in my personal library. Still, I’m making a note to myself, not to look into anything new by ...more
Jan 29, 2011 Bookaholics rated it really liked it
Here to Stay by Catherine Anderson
Contemporary Romance – Jan 25th, 2011
4 stars

Mandy Pajeck will do anything for her younger brother, who lost his vision because of her. Blind and bitter, Luke continually punishes Mandy by making her do everything for him, including dressing him, feeding him, and fetching things. As a result, Mandy puts her own life on hold to take care of Luke. When Mandy suggests getting Luke a guide dog so that Luke can go to college and learn to take care of himself, Luke ref
Apr 20, 2011 Brenda rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! I have yet to read a book by Catherine Anderson that I haven't liked. This one had a story within a story. Catherine Anderson always adds an element to her stories that is beyond the expected. In this story, there is a young man who was blind, and absolutely couldn't tolerate a leader dog as he was so afraid of dogs! In this book one of the Harrigans is training a mini horse to be a leader animal, and it turns out that this particular animal is perfect for the young man and th ...more
Feb 23, 2011 Maria rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Ms Anderson always gets into the deeper topics of life. This book is no exception. It has a blind young man who is afraid of dogs, an abused child who has grown into a beautiful young woman, an abused horse - what more could you ask for? Yet there is more, mention of which might ruin the story for some. The book is richly endowed with matter to think about, not least of which is the future of guide mini's. I looked them up on the internet to see what a miniature horse looks like. They are no mor ...more
Anne  (Booklady) Molinarolo
4.5 Stars

A truly heartwarming story of a handsome horse trainer,his mini - Rosebud - and the sister who wants Rosebud for a service animal for her younger blind brother, Luke. In the Fall of 2009, the current DOJ stripped miniature horses from the list of service animals under the protection of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Shame on them!!! What happens to those disabled individuals who are afraid of dogs. A mini horse is about the same size of a German Shepard, so why are the little hors
Feb 08, 2013 Marina rated it really liked it
Was hooked during the first chapter.This is a master I thought.Loved the horse breeding aspect of the story.I even shed some tears.Really need to read this series from the beginning instead of skipping around.
Note to Self: Oregon
Miranda "Mandy" Pajeck(older sis,28yo,ex-medical transcriptionist,new flower nursery operator)+ Zachary Harrigan("Zach,"31yo,youngest bro,horse ranch owner &
Jan 23, 2013 Vanessa rated it really liked it
I think this book had an interesting plot. People have told me that the category of the story is romance, which Im not a very big fan of. but i didn't think so because mostly the plot is focused on Mandy and Zach's relationship as siblings and their relationship with each other. Mandy and Luke had a tough childhood so Mandy took custody of Luke and took care of him over the years and Luke became independent and he relies on his sister on every little thing. I did not like him for that but as i w ...more
Jan 30, 2011 Nicole rated it it was ok
Catherine Anderson used to be one of my go-to authors, but lately it seems like with each new book released, the amount of romance actually in it gets smaller and smaller and smaller. The romance between Zach and Mandy is almost non-existent. Nothing even actually happens between them until the last quarter of the book and then it's rushed, rushed, rushed. This book was a family drama pure and simple and, in all honesty, the characters, Luke especially, weren't likable enough to make it a good o ...more
Oct 19, 2011 Chazspiers rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Chazspiers by: No One I Just Love Catherine Anderson's Books
I liked this story the people in the book where great and there was so much on being blind how it feels liked and the different between being blind and being seeing and how to go about getting help so much on miniature horses and about how someone feels looking after someone who is blind and about fathers how hurt there kids and how someone can get help and about how it feels with no mum or dad and with a missing mother who has left home and with a father who has killed and also how to deal with ...more
Titis Wardhana
Mar 27, 2015 Titis Wardhana rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
Awalnya males gitu bacanya, secara ada tokoh yang buta dan menyebalkan, tapi pas lanjut bagus...

Mandy, 28 tahun, still virgin, punya adik Luke, 19 tahun, yang buta sejak usia 6 tahun. Luke menyalahkan kebutaannya pada kakaknya sehingga Luke memanfaatkan kakaknya, bahkan dengan cara yang kasar.

Ayah Mandy sering melakukan pemukulan terhadap ibu mereka sampai ibu mereka pergi begitu saja meninggalkan Mandy yang harus menggantikan ibunya menerima pemukulan dan mengurus rumah tangga. Sampai usia 17 t
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Trang Nguyen
Finally!! I friggin finished this book! I just couldn't get into this book, the characters, and the story just wasn't enough to keep me reading. I found myself constantly putting the book down and then picking it back up, only to read a couple of pages before I put it down again.

I found the story to be predictable and unfortunately too similar to Anderson's 9 books that are in this series. I don't think I will continue with her series unless the next book is highly recommended. :(

Elizabeth Bennet
Apr 27, 2016 Elizabeth Bennet rated it really liked it
Once again the master weaves a powerful story of abuse and the healing power of love. You know her H's are always the most faithful and strong in character. I always fall in love with her men right along with the h. Mandy feels responsible for her brothers blindness brought on by her father planting the seed in her head. Along with that seed her father repeatedly abused her mother nightly. Hiding upstairs in a closet alongside her brother they'd hold each other reassuring him that all would be w ...more
Robin Lynn
Feb 26, 2013 Robin Lynn rated it it was amazing
Bought this book because it was ...duh...Catherine Anderson. When I started reading it, I just fell into the story. I don't think I stopped reading it...just sat there on the couch and read until I my eyes wouldn't stay open.

The Horse, The boy, and the trainer...oh my, how many times can a person's heart get stolen?!?! The transformation for Luke was very poignant, and extremely believable. There were a lot of tears shed over this book.
Another spur of the moment grab from the library. What a good choice! The author seems familiar to me, as if I read her before, but according to my history here, I haven't. So if I have, it's been a while. So suffice it to say, that if she is a new author, I am so glad to have found her. She took some very tough issues and turned them into a nice story, although parts were hard to read.

This story was about Mandy and her brother Luke, she's 28 and he's 19. They have not had an easy life. Their fa
This was another great book in the Kendrick/Coulter/Harrigan series. While there were times when you were incredibly frustrated with the helpless brother and (at times) stubborn heroine it was a good read. The plot moved along nicely and while there was a surprise involved that was fairly obvious it was an interesting twist and well written. Definitely recommend.
Elizabeth Bennet
Apr 23, 2016 Elizabeth Bennet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once again the master weaves a powerful story of abuse and the healing power of love. You know her H's are always the most faithful and strong in character. I always fall in love with her men right along with the h. Mandy feels responsible for her brothers blindness brought on by her father planting the seed in her head. Along with that seed her father repeatedly abused her mother nightly. Hiding upstairs in a closet alongside her brother they'd hold each other reassuring him that all would be w ...more
Sep 06, 2012 Karen rated it it was amazing
This was just a wonderful story and I had never heard of miniature guide horses. We all need to do what we can to allow them to train these special animals. It seems that congress passed a law forbidding their use in this capacity. What a huge difference they can make for someone who is blind and cannot have dogs, whatever the reason.
Apr 11, 2011 Amber rated it it was amazing
OMG- I loved this book! It was a random pick-up from the library and I enjoyed it from the beginning. Of course I try to predict what happens to each character, got a few wrong, and was still surprised with everything else that came into play.
Crime, romance, friendship, animal bonding, this book has it all.
Janet Horton
Jun 10, 2013 Janet Horton rated it it was amazing
She is a great writer and have thoroughly enjoyed all her books to date. There is mystery, romance, historical reference, and adventure. What more could you ask for? I love the whole family series. I just wish I could read them in sequence. Oh Well. I just wish I could ready them all in sequence. Oh well.
Sep 17, 2013 Tumpale rated it did not like it
Shelves: fluff-novels, western
Why do I keep reading her books? Even for a lunch book, they're not good. The characters are never believable and I often find myself scoffing aloud. I hope I've learned my lesson now.
Mar 08, 2011 Kimberly rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2011-reads
She is one of my favorite authors but this book was so annoying at times and the romance was almost nonexistent. Hopefully her next will be better.
Stephany G
Jul 18, 2014 Stephany G rated it liked it
This is an author my sister introduced me to with this book, so I will be reading more of her books as they are handed down. I really had issues with the main character, Mandy. Her personality didn't seem to fit this story and was distracting. She was constantly in a state of breaking down, even when her whinny spoiled brother amazingly changed his ways in one day. I can understand some of the big reasons for her to be so emotional but after awhile it seemed forced. This was a nice but predictab ...more
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