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Walking On Air (Valance Family #1)

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From "incomparable" (Fresh Fiction) author Catherine Anderson comes a novel of lost souls, second chances, and love everlasting....

Random, Colorado, is just another stop on the road for solitary gunslinger Gabriel Valance. Known for his drinking, gambling, and womanizing, he prefers to remain a stranger to anyone who crosses his path. But when an upstart gunslinger catche
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Published February 4th 2014 by Signet
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Cindy Reifel
Feb 05, 2014 Cindy Reifel rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: to everyone
I have to start this review by saying that I NEVER read historicals. In fact, the only historicals I have ever read have been the ones written by Catherine Anderson because I have loved every one of her books since day one. When I started reading this ARC, my first thought was, "Crap, she snookered me into reading another historical book!"
My second thought was, "Wow, this is fascinating!" Having said that, this book is a wonderful tour through a character's life that sweeps you up and doesn't s
Feb 02, 2014 Deb rated it it was amazing
Catherine Anderson is a MASTER at grabbing your heartstrings and manipulating them however she so chooses. Her stories make you laugh, make you cry, make your stomach burn and leaves you with a gentle peace at the end. It NEVER fails with one of her books. 'Walking on Air' is no exception. It's the first novel of the Valance Family series and WHAT an introduction!!

You instantly fall for Gabriel Valance, the tired gunslinger who wants nothing more than to know what being a part of a real family i
Cricket Mcdonnell
Feb 06, 2014 Cricket Mcdonnell rated it it was amazing
Catherine Anderson is known for her down to earth novels with every day people as the characters. She is also known for her subtle use of present day domestic and social issues, even in some of her historical novels. Catherine Anderson’s latest novel, “Walking On Air”, is the first in a series about the Valence family. This novel is a book to be savored as Ms. Anderson addresses more than one social and domestic issue. “Walking On Air” is about faith, both in God and one’s self, second chances, ...more
Colleen Keesler mcclister
Feb 15, 2014 Colleen Keesler mcclister rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. The characters, the setting, the story and the tidbits of information in it kept me invested throughout each page.

Second chances, taking a leap of faith when your faith is shaky to begin with, and creating a life worthy of living - all while learning that love and laughter are truly a gift.

If you have loved previous stories by Catherine Anderson, you will not be disappointed. If you haven't? This is a great introduction to a master story teller. It's a keeper!

Karen Lundstead
Feb 08, 2014 Karen Lundstead rated it it was amazing
"WALKING ON AIR" Catherine Anderson is one CHAMPION read! I am a HUGE fan and have read every book she has ever written. She has done it again. This story sweeps you right into the place she writes about, I swear you can almost smell it. She gives you a cast of characters that go right to your heart and soul. as hers always do and will remain with you. Where the hero, Gabriel Valance gets a second chance to change the life he has endured, with a spiritual twist, sure to delight you. How do ...more
Debra Swindle Lucas
Feb 04, 2014 Debra Swindle Lucas rated it it was amazing
Do NOT let the word "Historical" fool you! This story reaches across all of time. Any modern woman will relate to Nan who is the heroine in this wonderful story. Gabe is a man anyone would fall in love with! This book very possibly may be Catherine Anderson's finest work! No book has ever made me so happy. If you believe in angels watching over us you must read! If you don't believe in angels watching over us, you MUST read!!!! You will laugh, cry and be angry but in the end you will be happy yo ...more
Feb 03, 2014 Missy rated it it was amazing
Catherine Anderson has done it again! what a wonderful read Walking On Air was so worth the wait. This book was inspirational and fun. I am in love with the hero Gabe I love that some one who has their share of ruff times is given the opportunity to love and find happiness. I can't recommend enough that u check this book out and all her others as well. I am a die hard fan and place walking on air as one of her best.
Liz Sergent
Feb 02, 2014 Liz Sergent rated it it was amazing
Walking on Air was wonderful! From page 1 I was hooked. This book is a keeper.

Gabriel Valance, a gunslinger gets a second chance at life. Wow what a storyline, loved Gabriel the angel and his thoughts. Everything about this book was great.
Feb 07, 2014 Kim rated it it was amazing
This is definitley one of Catherines most intriguing books she has ever put out. Sitting here it is really hard to come up with words to describe it. Wonderful, loving, a few twists and an ending I didn't expect. Yes, it is sort of a historical book because it's set in the 1800's, yes, it has more of a religous base to it then her other novels and yes, it catches you from the begining to the end. I love Catherine's books because it allows me to venture into a world that you WISHED was your world ...more
Sara Gerhold
Feb 06, 2014 Sara Gerhold rated it it was amazing
If you are acquainted with Catherine Anderson you will recognize her way of writing, that is both humorous and endearing at the same time. Her characters are believable and her new offering, "Walking on Air" delivers!

Set in the late 1800's in Random, Colorado gunslinger Gabriel Valance is offered a second chance at life. Nancy Hoffman wants nothing to do with men, since fleeing abuse. Follow these two unforgettable characters through the wonderful words crafted by Ms. Anderson.
Feb 03, 2014 Amanda rated it really liked it
This was another great one by Catherine. Definitely different from some of her others but I really enjoyed it. Always an uplifting story. I enjoyed the characters and it was an easy read. Really hoping that this will be the start of a new family series so we can check in on Gabe and Nan. Thanks again Catherine!
Diana Eagen
Feb 04, 2014 Diana Eagen rated it it was amazing
A love story, humorous ar times, with redemption. I really enjoyed reading it.
Feb 06, 2014 Cindie rated it it was amazing
I love a second chance book and this one not only offered that to Gabe Valance, but it was a second chance at happiness and love for many. I loved how a hard lonely man dies at the hand of a gun, wishing he had one person who would morn him, finds himself at a version of the pearly gates and is given one month to help a lost soul.

I felt the intro was not to preachy. I have very set ideas and while I like an inspirational, I don't feel comfortable if that becomes a focus of the book. I felt what
Joyce Buzick
Feb 07, 2014 Joyce Buzick rated it it was amazing
Pleased to be on the review team for Ms. Anderson's new book. How many of us in life would not like to change or alter some events in our life. This is a story with multiple issues: love, trust, loneliness, fear, romance, companionship. This book has it all. From Angel Gabriel to the earth bound Gabriel, I was hesitant to put the book down wanting to check out what was going to happen next. The lead character is difficult, is it Gabriel, Nan or Angel Gabriel. I give all three the credit.

Love An
Feb 05, 2014 Veda rated it it was amazing
I was privileged to get this book before it came out in stores and once I started reading I was hooked. Once again Catherine Anderson took me to a little town and introduced me to a new family; the Valance Family. I was shown how the choices we make effect you and others around you. I loved that choices that Gabe made in the beginning of the book; and how those choices effected him and those around him all through the book. There were some story direction that I wasn't expecting and I loved that ...more
Even though I read the blurb, this book still took me by surprise. It was like a cross between 'Touched by an Angel' (old TV show from 80s) and Charles Dickens 'A Christmas Carol' set in the Old West. It was a spicy historical paranormal romance and sweet inspiration romance. And yes, I know that sounds confusing and yet that's what I got when I read this book. I had changing feelings about this book, but for the most part they swung toward gentle pleasure in a heartwarming holiday read. That's ...more
Feb 06, 2014 Pbcw rated it it was amazing
Walking On Air is a heartwarming romance with an unusual start. As always Catherine did not disappoint her readers. The story is full of humor, love and the most hysterical idioms I have ever read. I wish the story could have kept on going. Gabriel Valance is given a second chance at life to prove he is a man who has a good heart and could love selflessly. As always, for me Catherine’s stories warm the heart , have you stop and think about your own life and always make you fall in love with at l ...more
Feb 05, 2014 Deb rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone who believes in love
Recommended to Deb by: Book club
This is a book about a love made in heaven, literally. Gabe is a gunslinger sinner that is sent to help Nan get over a horrible experience that makes her afraid of men and to actually hate them as a group. He tries to ease her through her feelings and make her the loving woman and she was created. This is a wonderful book and fast and easy to read. Catherine Anderson writes wonderful stories and this lives up to her reputation as being one of her best ever. (I have to admit that I say that after ...more
Gail Lee
Feb 04, 2014 Gail Lee rated it it was amazing
Walking On Air sparkles with all of the emotional intensity, gripping plot twists, intensely involving characters, and that spicy touch of humor that have made her a bestselling author for decades. This book showcases the old-fashioned values of love, home, family, caring for others, reaching out, forgiveness and redemption that so often get lost or overlooked in today's society. A tremendously involving read that you will find hard to put down, and even harder to forget. Another keeper by a ste ...more
Jerri Gowdy
Feb 11, 2014 Jerri Gowdy rated it it was amazing
WALKING ON AIR is an exceptional read. I was unable to put this book down from the beginning to the end. This is a historical romanced about a gunslinger who is sent by angels Gabriel and Michael after he killed to return to earth to help a young lady betrayed by her father. This story will have you laughing, crying, and sighing. A first of a new series by Catherine Anderson that has me craving for the next book. I recommend this to all who enjoy a good romance.
Nancy Faivre
Feb 06, 2014 Nancy Faivre rated it it was amazing
I have never been a huge fan of historical novels preferring contemporary ones, but lately, particularly after reading this one. I’ve changed my mind! I’m a person who needs a book to grab my attention by the first page, or at least the first chapter or I lose interest. That’s the difference between a good book and a Great book to me. I don’t want to merely like a book, I want to love it! I had no problem doing that with “Walking on Air” I was hooked from page one and it held my interest through ...more
Feb 06, 2014 Marjorie rated it it was amazing
I felt like I was “walking on air” reading this masterpiece that will forever be a timeless romance. If someone reads this 100 years from now, it will still be memorable. Imagine that you were given a chance to extend your life after it ends. How would you live it, especially if you are directed by two angels to save a lost soul? Gabe, a toughened, ruthless gunslinger, enters Nancy’s life. Through no choice of her own, Nan and her young sister, Laney, are forced to begin living with him, or the ...more
Robin Lynn
Feb 09, 2014 Robin Lynn rated it it was amazing
Catherine Anderson takes us to the town of Random, a unique western town in 1880 Colorado. Complete with fair maidens and gun-slinging heroes, the town of Random comes together to support an unlikely paring in Nan (Nancy) Hoffman and Gabe (Gabriel) Valance.

Cheering on an impossible mission, the reader must endure heady remembrances, but with these emotional scenes, though difficult to bear, the compassion flows naturally so that we find ourselves routing for good to win over evil, and for that "
Kathy Littlefield
Feb 04, 2014 Kathy Littlefield rated it it was amazing
One of Catherine wonderful books! It's an inspiring book and I couldn't put it down. I hope we see Gabe and Nan in another book. You won't be disappointed reading this book! Hey I just noticed that this is book #1 of the Valance series, I'm a happy camper!!
Barbara Curtis
Feb 08, 2014 Barbara Curtis rated it it was amazing
First of all, I received this book as a free ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Walking on Air is reminiscent of Annie's Song. Annie's Song was the first book I ever read by Catherine Anderson and has remained my favorite of hers. I reread it often. I now have another top favorite book to reread by CA.

This is just a wonderful holiday story to me. It starts on Christmas morning 1880 and then restarts on Thanksgiving before climaxing again on the same Christmas morning.

In between those two hol
Staci Troilo
Feb 08, 2014 Staci Troilo rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
I received a review copy of WALKING ON AIR from the author, and I read it in one sitting. I just couldn’t put it down. Anderson has a knack for writing novels that weave supernatural elements into real life situations in such natural ways that the stories are completely believable. This story was no different.

The hero, Gabe Valance, gets a second chance to prove he’s not merely the hard-hearted gunslinger he’s reputed to be by saving “lost soul” Nan Hoffman from her self-imposed prison of isolat
Erica Mitchell
Feb 08, 2014 Erica Mitchell rated it it was amazing
Gabe Vance is an infamous gunslinger who is shot dead on Christmas morning. Before dying he glimpses a beautiful woman staring at him. He wakes up to a rickety shack and 2 angels, Michael and Gabriel. The angels go through all the bad things, that Gabe has done in his life. That scene, all of chapter 2 is funny and heartwarming . The angels tell him they can give him one chance to go back to earth and save a list soul. They show him 3 people and have Gabe choose. He picks Nan, the woman who wat ...more
Feb 06, 2014 Marie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
This has to be one of the best historical romances to come out in a long time. The engrossing plot, the depth of the characters keep you turning the pages till the end. From the first page I felt I was right there experiencing all the emotion, the choices and last but not least the growth of people who were as real to me as my own friends and family. Do yourself a favor and get lost in this 'angel' of a book. You won't be disappointed!
Feb 08, 2014 Deborah rated it it was amazing
Walking on Air, Catherine Anderson

I loved this book!

Years ago, I used to read a lot of historicals, but my tastes have changed. Now days, I’m more inclined to read fantasy/paranormal & some mysteries/action books. But, there is a handful & I do mean one handful of authors that I still read their historicals. Catherine Anderson is one of them & Amanda Quick is the only other one I can think of at the top of my head. Come to think of it, probably because these also contain a bit of fan
Deborah Whaley
Feb 09, 2014 Deborah Whaley rated it it was amazing
Catherine Anderson has done it again. Gabe Valance was a gunslinger with his own code of ethics. He didn't ask for trouble, but he didn't shy away from it either. Nan Hoffman was running from an awful truth and found a new start and created a new life in Colorado. Gabe met his maker (in the form of Gabriel and Michael) and was given a chance to redeem himself. All he had to do was save Nan and not do anything to change what had already happened. He had 30 days to save Nan. I laughed and cried as ...more
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