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4.04  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,421 Ratings  ·  119 Reviews


Race Spencer's gunslinging days are far behind him. He is now a respectable rancher, but it's a solitary life. But then Fate lead Race to an earthbound angel --- lost and alone, the sole survivor of an outlaw attack --- and even his hardened heart is moved. He sweeps the
Mass Market Paperback, 385 pages
Published November 25th 2008 by Avon (first published 1998)
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Nov 15, 2012 Holly rated it it was amazing
Is there a lot of brutal violence in Cherish? Yes. Is there a lot of graphic descriptions of rape and murder? Yes. Is the heroine Rebecca a bible thumping, cheek turning, terrified, clinging young lady? Yes. Is the hero Race, an uneducated half breed? Yes. Is this a good story? YES.

Our hero Race Spencer comes across our heroine Rebecca Anne amid a sea of dead bodies. It's a pretty gory scene but when Race first sees Rebecca he thinks she's an angel. Immediately drawn to her, he's ready to die f
Oct 24, 2009 Rane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Rane by: Karen
Shelves: western
Rebecca Morgan and her family are devoted Christians, she has always been shelter from all things bad in life, but when her family is slaughter by thieves whom are after her family and the church’s money, Rebecca finds a guardian angel in the form of ex-gunslinger now cattle rancher
Race Spencer who will protect her with his very life and restore her faith in God with his love..

Catherine Anderson has this ability with her writing to hit a cord deep in your soul and heart to feel for her charac
*sigh* I love you, Catherine Anderson!! I could gush for hours about Catherine Anderson's heroes, but I've done that in all my previous reviews of her books. I'll just say I loved Race Spencer...he actually turned out to be one of my favorites of hers. I loved his common sense logic, and the way he put things in simple terms warmed my heart. He was sincere and loveable.

I really liked Rebecca, too! Catherine Anderson's heroines are usually tortured and need a lot of help, which the hero so wonde
Katrina Passick Lumsden
Dec 27, 2013 Katrina Passick Lumsden rated it really liked it
I don't know what it is about Catherine Anderson's writing, but it always leaves me feeling both good and bad. I sometimes want to hate her books, but can't seem to bring myself to that point, and and up liking them far more than I believe I should. Her style is easy to maneuver, her characters are fleshed out and sympathetic, her pacing is good, and her heroes are intriguing. The heroines I could sometimes do without, but even when they annoy me, they're well thought-out, so I can't really faul ...more
Sep 07, 2011 Auntee rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of the author; fans of American historicals/westerns
Ahhhhh...what a wonderful read. I'm so sorry I finished it though! I know this author isn't for everyone, but she sure is for me. I loved Race and Rebecca's story--and I went through many emotions while reading it. I laughed, I cried, I feared for the characters...I got totally wrapped up in it all and I didn't want it to end. And the hero, former gunslinger Race Spencer? One of Catherine Anderson's more memorable heroes. A quarter breed Apache Indian who as a young child lost his mother to a vi ...more
Oct 14, 2009 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009-reads
On a wagon train from Pennsylvania to New Mexico, Rebecca Morgan's world was shattered when everyone in the group was murdered right in front of her eyes. Drawn away from his cattle drive by the sound of gunfire, Race Spencer scared the men away before they could murder Rebecca.

Because Rebecca was all alone, Race had no choice but to take the her along with him to finish the cattle drive back to his ranch. Although Race didn't think he was good enough for the well educated pious young woman in
Jun 07, 2008 Kathrynn rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Romantic Western Readers
Recommended to Kathrynn by: Christel, Pamela P.
Wonderful western romance. Great characters--heartwarming. Race had a way with words and his pure logic left no room for doubt. The way the main characters developed from the beginning to the end was what kept me glued to this book. There was suspense, horrific tragedy coupled with utter sadness and despair. Oh, what a story.

Loved the epilogue!
“And if you ever - and I do mean ever - try to leave me, I’m goin’ with you.”

This is the first novel I've read by this author. It was such a heartfelt romance. It pulled me in on the first page and didn't let go until the last. I loved it. One of those stories that really touched me and stayed with me a long time.
Feb 09, 2008 Christel rated it it was amazing
I loved this book!!! This is a true page turner and at the end I cried.
Dec 09, 2015 Rhapsody rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: romance fans who like westerns/damsels in distress
Set in Colorado, in the late 1800's. Rebecca is an extremely sheltered 21 year old Quaker on her way to her people's new farm from Pennsylvania. They are bringing a lot of money with them from the sale of their old farm and are attacked by outlaws on the way. She's the only survivor and in a state of shock when Race finds her. He used to be a gunslinger and now is trying to get a ranch started. He takes Rebecca with him and keeps her safe when he realizes that the outlaws want to capture her to ...more
Feb 26, 2012 Kinga rated it liked it
Shelves: sexy-and-lovely
I had enough of regency romances and decided to go and get me some cowboy love instead.
This is the layout: a god-fearing Quaker woman, a handsome, quarter Apache gun-slinging cowboy, some bad guys, a dog, and a pile of money. Rebecca (the Quaker) goes through some interesting shifts in her outlook on life. She starts off trusting God to save her and protect her, then, when that obviously doesn't happen and her whole family gets raped and murdered, she transfers her affections onto her cowboy, wh
Jul 04, 2013 Foxfire rated it liked it
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Jul 13, 2009 Michelle rated it did not like it
I'm a big fan of Catherine ANderson, but the writing is so bad in this book that I couldn't finish it. Plus, the tragedy scenes are so drawn out and almost gratuitous. Like, she has a horrible tragedy and he rescues her, then she immediately has another horrible tragedy and he rescues her again... couldn't we have skipped the second round?
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Aug 26, 2013 Anu CN rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Have you ever come across something so beautiful and sweet, it makes u wanna weep?!?!?!?!
If u haven't, I suggest you read 'Cherish'!
The last time I felt this way for a book was with "Annie's Song'.
But Ms.Anderson waves her miracle wand again.
I promise you, this book is the 'magic medicine' for every soul that lost its faith.
Dec 27, 2012 Mo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just have to have me a Catherine Anderson FIX every so often. Love all her books. I loved the Hero and Heroine in this story - the gunslinger, Race and the innocent Rebecca - some of the scenes were laugh out loud - she hadn't a clue what to expect in the marriage bed.
I like sweet historical romances but this one seemed too hokey even for this sometimes hokey-loving reader. I have enjoyed old time cowboy romances by Norah Hess and Lynda Chance, to name a couple. In Cherish, the characters, sweet, virginal heroine and gruff cowboy with a heart of gold, were cardboard cutouts with whom I could not make an emotional connection. The excruciatingly slow pace of the book did not help my efforts and I finally gave up when once again, the main characters' lives were ...more

Me after reading 'Cherish' by Catherine Anderson:

Oh My god...That was so good. I literally had to lie down for an hour. A FULL HOUR, after reading 'Cherish'.
I can't even explain it. Catherine Anderson's writing was so spot on it killed me. IT MADE ME FEEL.
I actually felt things. And as you know, when a book makes you feel something along with the characters and makes you want the story to never end, you've got a good un'!

Religious character's are usually not my thing at all. I usually steer cle
Feb 14, 2012 Amanda rated it liked it
I'm not usually one for historical western romance. My usual reading vein lies in England with ball gowns. However, this provided a lot of action, graphic details that were emotionally wrenching, and tragedy all to often played out on the frontier. The writing was tight, the characters stayed true to their personalities and natures, which is always a plus. The story flagged a lost momentum about 3/4 the way through, and then picked up in a way I wasn't expecting. According to, this ti ...more
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Oct 08, 2011 Curse of the Bibliophile rated it it was amazing
Cherish was an extraordinarily beautiful book about overcoming fears and learning to deal with the pain of loss.
Set in the 19th century Rebecca Morgan is the sole survivor of an outlaw attack. She is rescued by Race Spencer an ex gunslinger who happened to be passing by with his men. Race was intrigued by this ivory skinned angel and found he was doing everything in his power to protect as well as help Rebecca get on with her life. Rebecca had no one after the slaughter of her family and Race b
Jan 19, 2012 Linds rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Lorraine Heath's westerns
Race is an ex-gunslinger turned rancher. Becca is a Quaker on a wagon train to set up a new settlement in Utah.

When Becca's wagon train is decimated by thugs after the church money to buy land Becca is the only survivor, saved by Race after he is almost too late.

He keeps her safe until they head out west, the thugs keep coming after her because she is the only one who knows where the money is kept. They fall in love, Race sooner then Becca. She takes awhile longer, but to be fair she's been fa
Jul 01, 2013 Shafitri rated it liked it
I would have given this book a 4th star if I wasn't too freaking annoyed by the heroine, Rebecca. I mean, I know that she was this sheltered Quaker girl who had never seen evil in her life before, and that what happened to her--what she witnessed--would traumatize even the strongest person in the world. But geez, Damsel-in-distress much? I almost couldn't stand her weak, Race-couldn't-go-over-20-feet-away-from-her-before-she-started-panicking act! Having read quite a few of Catherine Anderson bo ...more
May 22, 2012 RebeccaL rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012-read
I have high expectation of this book but can't help to feel slightly disappointed after I finished reading it. I understand the actions (or reactions) of the main characters are quite realistic considering what they encountered but I really would like the h to be a bit stronger than how she was portrayed in the book. I love the H as he is honourable and gentle but I just cannot see why he can love the heroine so much. The heroine didn't show much admirable or quality characteristics while she we ...more
What's more to say? Race as half breed was as good as any white men. He earned his keep and his food without relying to anyone. From a dark childhood, this hero became a man with honour and a man I would love to have as a husband. He will provide for you and never leave you unwanted.
Rebecca or Becca for short, a prim bible thumping, cheek turning lady was shocked to boot as their land crossed. She didn't expected to be swept off by his charming and mostly by his honesty and courage. Who's sane w
Sep 13, 2009 Michelle rated it really liked it
Cherish is probably one of my least favorite books by Catherine Anderson but it was still a very good book. Rebecca Morgan was in shock after watching her parents and all her religious friends slaughtered by ruffians who were out to steal their church money. Race Spencer stumbles upon all the dead people and is shocked to see Rebecca, the only person to survive the massacre. He takes her in and Rebecca sticks to Race like glue, always feeling afraid whenever Race is not near her. Rebecca is real ...more
Aug 23, 2015 Amanda rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: western historical romance lovers
My only complaint about this book was how annoying it was to have to read about the girl sitting there for damn near the whole book during fighting scenes, so terrified out of her mind and helpless to defend anything or anyone. I know she was raised different but I just couldn't get over how weak she was in the face of someone hurting her or the people she loved. It pissed me off half the time and annoyed me the other half. It's a great story mind you, how she changes at the end and starts defen ...more
Dec 27, 2008 Wendy rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: romance lovers, cowboy lovers
Enjoyable book! The plot of this one is very diffeent from the other books of CA's that i have read. I enjoyed the characters very much and loved the patience and understanding of our male hero. I wish all men were that understanding. The heroine is sweet and fun, yet is dealing with a trial that would kill the best of us. Give this book a try, you will enjoy it a lot.
Feb 03, 2015 Loata93 rated it liked it
Good story. The heroine was a real weakling though. I like my heroines tough or at least they get tough half way through the story. Let's just say the heroine takes her sweet time gaining a backbone but then again the circumstances were pretty intense. I gave it a 3 because I liked the prologue and the hero was sweet and thoughtful.
WOW just WOW

THis was a wonderful written love story. It was funny, honest, serious and sexy.

I loved rebecca and Race was Perfect. I loved the different backgrounds, religion and education that they came from and how they made it together.

A pleasure to read.
I think I'd have like it more had I actually paid attention to the story. Damn hectic real life and deadlines!

On that note, I'll be taking a reading hiatus from now until mid June to focus on my assignments and final exams.
Dec 11, 2010 Sammy rated it it was amazing
Just one thing to say: Race is hands down the most patient hero I have had the pleasure of reading about. whew!
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