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Baby Love (Kendrick/Coulter/Harrigan #1)

4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  4,369 ratings  ·  222 reviews
Desperate and determined, Maggie Stanley grabs her small baby and runs into the snowy Idaho night. In her loneliest, blackest hour, she unexpectedly finds a warmth and comfort she has never known in the tender compassion of a handsome, down-and-out stranger. In Rafe Kendrick, Maggie recognizes a soul wounded like her own—though she knows she must never trust any man ever a ...more
Paperback, 420 pages
Published November 28th 2006 by Avon (first published 1999)
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Julianna
Oct 27, 2008 Julianna rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Catherine Anderson or Heartwarming Contemporary Romance
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"4.5 stars" Baby Love is a wonderful book that is reminiscent of a grown-up fairy tale, a Cinderella story. As the heroine, it has a young woman who has known the meaning of hard work since she was only fourteen, when her father passed away leaving her with the responsibility of caring for an ailing mother and baby sister. Then an incredibly evil stepfather entered her world bringing nothing but heartache and abuse. When she finally is able to make her escape, she
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Mo
Catherine Anderson is one of my favourite authors. OK, her Heros might be a bit alpha and OTT but I love that. Eventhough some of these books have been written years ago, I am only discovering her now.... highly recommend her.







Karen
Maggie Stanley is on the run with her tiny one-month old baby. She's trying to get away from an abusive step-father who, right before she left home, beat her so severely that she's covered from neck to toe in bruises and cuts. With little money and no help, Maggie hops a train headed away from her tiny Idaho town.

Rafe Kendrick is running away from the memories that haunt him. His wife and two children were killed in a car accident right in front of his eyes, and he desperately needs to escape t
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Denise
I truly wanted to like this book. I have loved everything I have read from Catherine Anderson so my expectations were maybe too high. It had all the elements I usually like, meaning hot tortured hero, but there were too many things in this story that I just could not overlook. (view spoiler) ...more
Miss Kim
May 13, 2008 Miss Kim rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Romance Fans
Shelves: 2008, contemporary
This is my first Anderson book, and I was pleased. I did like both the Hero & Heroine, and you really got to feel you knew and understood them. The man lost his wife and two young children in a car crash two years before, and the woman escaped from an abusive situation with her young infant. They meet on a box car filled with dangerous drifters. He saves her from the dangerous men, and we go from there... This was an intense story. Some of the situations seemed to last 100 pages. However, I ...more
Tammy Walton Grant
I just don't even know what to say about this one. Other than to me it read like a Harlequin that went on about 200 pages too long. Or that cowboy types who call the heroine "honey" from their first meeting bug me. Or that a millionaire who drops everything to ride the rails for 2 years (WTF!!!) but reconciles with his family with ONE phone call doesn't ring true to me. And that the hero's favourite song is "The Way We Were"????? (Good Grief, WHEN WAS THIS BOOK WRITTEN? It actually reads to me l ...more
Sabrina Van Goethem
Jul 12, 2014 Sabrina Van Goethem marked it as to-read
Shelves: to-be-classified
I originally thought this book would be a historical romance one (I had read Comanche Moon by the same author and I loved it so I decided to give this series a go) but it quickly turned out to be a contemporary romance story. Normally I would have put this book away again but the story did grip me so I decided to give it a go. In the end, I loved it! The entire present-day cowboy setting really worked for me!
Wendy
Sep 19, 2009 Wendy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: romance lovers, cowboy lovers
(Sept. 19, 2009)After just re-reading this book I have to say that I loved it more that even the first time. It is very touching! I cried through most of the first few chapters. You just hope to have someone like Rafe in your life.


(Jan. 1, 2009)I avoided reading this book simply because the title put me off. Boy was I wrong! I Love Cathrine Andersen and the way she writes. This book touched my heart in a way that her others haven't. Rafe is a man broken by the lose of his wife and two children i
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Ridley
This may have been the most compelling opening premise I've ever read. I cracked the book at like 2am last night (there's something wrong with me, I know this) planning to just read the first 2 or 3 pages to see if it was something I wanted to read next. Next thing you know, it was 3am. Face. Palm.

Maggie Stanley is running scared. Literally. With a diaper bag and an infant she's running towards a rural Idaho train yard to hop on a boxcar, desperately trying to escape the man who viciously beat h
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valee
I know many of you loved this book, but it wasn't that good for me. It was okay, I liked it, but I never got crazy about it. Although I definitely liked how the author writes and I will be reading book 2 right away because I really hope for the things I didn't like about this book will not be in book 2.

What I REALLY didn't like:

1) Most of all I just can't stand romances where the hero and or the heroine fall in love right away. The kind I see you one day and fall absolutely and irrevocably in lo
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Christel
Another great story from Catherine Anderson. Rafe has lost everything, his wife, his children...and has not come to terms with his grief, so he has left everything he has ever known to ride the rails. Maggie comes from an abusive home and grabs her baby and leaves in the middle of the night to save herself and her son. Alone in a boxcar she meets Rafe who saves her from other tramps hell bent on doing damage to her and her son. Just a sweet story of trust and love.
Fernanda
A tradução deste livro foi algo que me decepcionou e irritou profundamente! E, a meu ver, é extremamente mau quando na opinião que damos sobre um livro começamos precisamente pela tradução! O que principiou por me aborrecer foi o excessivo formalismo com que os protagonistas se tratavam, sempre você para aqui e você para acolá mesmo quando já eram íntimos, mais no final já misturavam o tu com o você! Por outro lado, este excessivo formalismo foi esquecido quando foram utilizados termos brejeiros ...more
Trang Nguyen
I've gone back to write this review after reading Blue Skies, the 4th book in this series. Baby Love by far is still the best book in the series. (not that the others haven't been good, do far they have all earned 5 stars from me)

Rafe is struggling to make peace with himself after the death of his wife and two kids. After two years of being a wandering homeless drunk he runs into Maggie and her infant son Jaimie. After seeing the love a mother can give her child, Rafe has a strong protective urg
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Chumchum_88
Catherine Anderson really has a way to make a book hits deep in to the heart, she writes such emotional heart wrenching/warming stories, with vivid characters, and colorful events, either their funny or angst.

One of the most things I love about her books, is that there is a common theme in them, they all relate to female issue, suffering, and heartache. And the gentles toughest protective archangels to protect the heroines, because so far from all what I have read of her books I loved every sin
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Tonya Wertman
Five words: Biggest. Waste. Of. Time. Ever.

This book was boring and predictable Do yourself a favor and skip it!
Maria
Thanks to Jayne Ann Krentz's recommended list at her website, I have just discovered Catherine Anderson, who not only writes well but with more depth than most romance writers. This book is no exception. Dealing with the loss of a family in a car wreck, Rafe Kendrick escapes physically by riding the rails and emotionally via the bottle only to come up against Maggie, running from three years of physical and emotional abuse, while trying to keep her bastard baby alive more than one month. The iss ...more
Laura
I really enjoyed this completely unrealistic yet consistently fun adult fairy tale.

If I wanted to be picky, I'd point out things that were way too convenient happened constantly throughout the book. And parts of it dragged out unnecessarily.

But it was still a very engaging read that sucked me in at the very beginning. Even though I accurately guessed what would happen next about 95% of the time, I really enjoyed the ride.

If you're looking for realistic, move along. But if you want to lose your
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Jacqueline
This was fairly good.

Two things that bothered me. Never once was that baby in a car seat. I can go with the bad guy not caring but the hero? Also at the end, they are riding and he has the baby in front of him on a flightly stallion. If you're being that careful you'd ride a more gentle dependable horse and save the stallion for riding alone. And horses don't smell fear although body tenseness will sometimes make them nervous.

Okay the story itself - There were places where it lost my interest a
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April Brookshire
I think romance novels like this are hypocritical.

The heroine, Maggie, has already had a baby, so she's got stretch marks and a little loose skin and everything that changes on a woman's body when she has a baby.

Now, the hero, is ripped like an Abercrombie model. Why is it that the heroines in these books get to have all sorts of body flaws and the nice hero doesn't care one bit and loves her anyways, but the poor heroes of these books better have 0% body fat?

Kind of unfair, although I realize
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Melody
Wasn't what I was hoping it would be. Boo. :( There were one too many forced contrived things that made the story fall flat and got in the way of my enjoyment of it. There was nothing natural or realistic about this story. Call me cynical, but the idea of a grieving widower falling for a young woman in 2 days of meeting her just doesn't really work for me. Given the circumstances surrounding both characters it was incredibly hard to grasp the idea of these two or I should say Rafe falling so qui ...more
Ian
After being violently beaten, Maggie flees from her abusive home with her baby. She hitches a ride on a freight train but things go from bad to worse when a bunch on itinerants attack her. She is rescued by Rafe, a drunk who has given up on life after losing his family in a car accident.

I was hesitant to read this book. I know some men think it's OK to brutalize a woman, I've stepped in to stop it on more than one occasion, but knowing it happens doesn't mean I want to read about it. This book
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Lindsey
In Baby Love, a young woman runs away from home with her baby to escape a painful past and runs into Rafe, a cowboy bum she meets in a train car. When Maggie needs his help, Rafe assumes responsibility despite painful reminders of his own tortured life and makes her an offer she can't refuse. Will they find a way to happiness together or will their pasts come back to haunt them?

Baby Love is the first in the series and a wonderful introduction into Catherine Anderson's writing. She always pens su
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annisa belikov casillas
udah kelar baca disela sela mencuci baju kemarin...

duh kenapa ya setiap ceritanya tante catherine ni pasti ada rapenya... http://www.smileycodes.info..

kemarin baca keegan lady juga gitu di rape sama orang...trs baca baby love juga sama di rape sama bapak tirinya sampe punya anak...kasian si maggie nya http://www.smileycodes.info

untung aja da rafe yang baik hati...dengan sabarnya si rafe ngurusin si maggie... http://www.smileycodes.info...

sedih yang pas anaknya mau nyusu tapi si maggie engga bisa nyusuin karena si maggie kelaparan juga http://www.smileycodes.info..sampe mau tuker tubuhnya dengan susu
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Maria Roll
A wonderful beginning, to the present day setting of these families. The hero, a man, battling the bottle, and his inner demons, after the death of his wife, and children. The heroine, a woman, with a brand new baby, running from a dangerous, and possessive man. They meet in the boxcar of a train, and that's just the start. He decides it's time, if for no other reason, to come out of his hell, to safely guide and protect her, on the way to the home, that he hasn't been to in almost two years. Al ...more
Sueij
Another enjoyable romance from Catherine Anderson (actually I see now that it was the first, but it's about the sixth I've read). It's the third story in this set with the heroine escaping an abusive relationship, but this one really did have a different set-up and different resolution, which was nice. The hero was first presented as a railroad bum on a two year drinking binge after the tragic loss of his wife and two children, and while I occasionally wondered about the details (I'm a social wo ...more
jenjn79
Mar 21, 2008 jenjn79 rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Catherine Anderson fans
Recommended to jenjn79 by: picked up at Wal-Mart because it was by Anderson
As usual, another wonderful book from Catherine Anderson. She almost never fails to capture me with her fabulous stories. And I'm glad I finally got to read this one. From the Kendrick/Coulter set of books, this was the only one I hadn't read, and it was the first one from the series. So after reading so many books that had Rafe and Maggie as side characters, it was great to finally get to read their story. It was well worth reading.

The story is a dynamic romance/drama with great characters, gre
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TJ
Mar 25, 2010 TJ rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: chic-lit
Catherine Anderson had this incredible ability to write about horrific situations realistically and with candor without becoming graphic. In "Baby Love" she deals with extreme physical and mental abuse in a way that brings better awareness and a deepening understanding while still staying optimistic in the tone of a love story. Amazing accomplishment! Both Maggie and Rafe are wounded souls, Maggie from the abuse, Rafe from losing his wife and children in a car accident. Together they strive to o ...more
Tina
3.5 stars is more accurate but I bumped it up because I really did like the story a lot.

This book pulled me in right off the bat. I was intrigued by the story and I really liked it.

I adored the hero Rafe he was awesome, totally protective, loving, understanding, patient and very sexy!! His past broke my heart and there were times in this book that I just wanted to hug him!

The heroine Maggie is very likable and has suffered incredibly. She is so strong but she's also smart and knows when she ne
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Sara
I didn't expect much from this book given certain reviews, and any villian with the name Lonnie Boyle obviously fell out of a bad Saturday Morning Cartoon. But damn me, I'm a completist and I suddenly felt the need to read every book in this series, especially where it all began.

We open with Maggie, our abused heroine du jour, hobbling along the road with her baby in tow and hopping a train. On said train, our tortured hero Rafe is sleeping and dreaming of his late wife and kids when his wife's
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Barbara M.
Yee-haw ladies, these cowboys sure do a body good! "Baby Love" was a fantastic read and although the sizzle dipped in more than a few spots the overall story was great (and different). I can't remember who I talked to about this author (was is Kim or Jen?), but it was a great suggestion. I'm thrilled this is a long series, I can't wait to read Ryan's story =)
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