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Cheyenne Amber

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  1,104 Ratings  ·  76 Reviews
From the bestselling author of the Comanche trilogy comes a mesmerizing and dramatic romance set in rugged Colorado Territory. When her infant son is kidnapped, Laura hires the rough-edged, dangerously handsome Deke to track down the comancheros responsible.
Paperback, 464 pages
Published April 4th 1994 by HarperTorch (first published March 1st 1994)
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***** 3 1/2 stars ******

Laura Cheney is in a real bind. She is stuck alone with a newborn baby in a shack on the frontier near Denver after her no-good husband is killed for cheating at cards. She has no money and is estranged from her rich father in Boston who disowned her for marrying a man he didn't approve of for her, so she is stuck alone with a small baby and no friends or family. One day while she is collecting water from the nearby stream, commancheros steal her days old son who she left
Apr 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: hr-american
3,5 stars

Not bad but certainly not her best. This book wanted to be great. Catherine Anderson wants to write very descriptive, entrancing books, which she sets the stage for in the first 50 pages or so, but then the plot stagnates. There is no foreward momentum. Just the same feelings, the same argument described over and over.

There is the classic fear of falling in love in this story, which in my opinion is inevitable. There is no action in more than two-thirds of the book. It mainly focuses on
Jun 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Took a little while to get into this book, but it was well worth it! Beautiful story where a smile is all it takes!
This story begins with the h's husband being killed in a card game after offering her as payment to a gambling looses. Catherine Anderson is an amazing story teller. The saga in Cheyenne Amber tells of love heartache, love lost, love found and what is important in life. All is unfolded in a story that will have readers laughing, crying and in some cases shaking with fear. I loved Cheyenne Amber once again Catherine Anderson did not disappoint.

First read in August 2013 and now re reading this in
Feb 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I adored this story!! Laura and Deke warmed my heart and delivered laughter, swoony moments, bossy moments, intensity, and an emotional journey - but all in the best of ways.

Catherine Anderson is quickly becoming a favorite author!
Feb 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
**3.5 Stars**

Sometimes you just want to read about cowboys who are more than a little rough around the edges and the prim and proper ladies who eventually realize they have hearts of gold. *shrug*
Jun 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved Cheyenne Amber almost as much as Comanche Moon.The story was touching... a mother left alone to take care of her infant in the rough West.
There were some nearly unbelievable (bet yet in reality even more absurd things have happened) events like Laura riding horse for so long only few days after delivery. The few days old newborn survived 2 days with bunch of commancheros who most surely wouldn't have known even how to hold it right. Trying to put myself into the heroine's shoes kept my h
One of the better books written by this author in my opinion. Love this angst ridden, poignant romance that really tugs at the heart strings. I enjoyed Laura's strength of purpose in her quest against unbelievable odds to find her newborn son. Deke Sheridan was a real diamond in the rough, enjoyed his sense of humour and his patience. Laura and Deke were a well matched couple.
I had read this book many years ago and I'm pleased to see that it still stands the test of time. An older romance but we
Aug 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Jun 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Fabulous, fabulous story! I was enthralled the whole way through! What she endured from the first moment - childbirth alone and then having her baby kidnapped was enough to do in even a woman used to the life. She was not, but she didn't succumb to self-pity or TSTL moments. He was considered mean and unapproachable, but he still helped her and how he took care of her, even when he didn't want to! The relationship between them grew and just became so strong and beautiful. How he taught her to fi ...more
Aug 21, 2014 rated it did not like it
And we're back to the usual Anderson fare. Ruff-n-tuff cowboy outlaw spitting and swearing, prissy city girl who's been victimized by all the men in her life and cannot, WILL NOT trust another man or get married and a kidnapped baby. And a marriage of convenience for the sake of the lady keeping the kid. This one was just...boring. Like, I was actually relieved when Laura's tragic past came up because at least something was happening, even though Tristan was yet another cardboard douchebag. At l ...more
Feb 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I reread this again probably for the fifth or sixth time...if not more.

Catherine Anderson is a magical writer. Her books are sorrowful, funny, romantic, and full of beautifully flawed characters.

I've read quite a few of Ms. Anderson's books but this one remains a favorite. Laura, the heroine is just wonderful. At times her prudish ways frustrate me but that is the intent. Our Boston born heroine has found herself widowed and struggling to survive in the wilds of Colorado. Her son, just three da
Jun 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was another wonderful story by Catherine Anderson. She has such a ability to tell a story that grabs you and won't let you go. She tells stories about very strong women and the men they love. This story is about Laura who came from Boston to Montana after marrying a guy who was only after her money. When her Daddy disowned her and her husband, Laura realized that he did not really love her, just her money.

He left her just weeks before she was to deliver their child and was shot while he was
Really like the grit, strenght, intelligence of Laura. That a high society Boston lady who was emotionally neglected by her father and abused by her first husband did all she could to birth & keep her baby alive by herself in frontier conditions was amazing. Then face off a gunslinger to get help to retrieve her kidnapped baby mind boggling.

Deke Sheridan, a man who straddled two worlds but didn't quite fit in either. His skills as a healer/tracker are facinating, his way of talking and the p
Nov 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful story, lovable characters, beautifully written. This one goes straight into my favorites and re-read folder. I wish there would have been an epilogue where we get to know what happened to the village. But I understand that there isn't one, because considering the tragic history of the native people a HEA would have been too unrealistic.
Tonya Lucas
Jun 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
An absolutely wonderful and well written historical, full of action, suspense, romance, and survival. A must read and a book shelf keeper..... Don't miss out on this book, you'll be glad you went on the ride....
Shaun Brinkhurst
May 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Loved the story - lots of twists and turns -just a little on the tame side, but was one of Catherine's earlier writings - but a definite read as all of her books are!!
Deke was good as a hero; like all of CA's heroes. But I didn't like Laura a bit. She's snobbish, dumb & so pathetic! All of CA's heroines are quite skittish when it comes to men and relationships due to their more or less tortuous past. But Laura dragged it too long. Even after 85% of the book is over, I didn't see any sign of gratitude (not talking about love here, I don't think a woman so self-centered like her can ever love a man the way Deke neededto be loved ) in her! She had her nose s ...more
Lucie "a heart so wild"
Almost quite long I enjoyed very romance & touching HR, cause very busy with Korean Drama, work and other entertainment... I would like to go back to the old time when I very much enjoy HR. But not quite so much book out there to make my taste back. Seems I already read most of the best.
Suddenly I want to read this book.
Several time when I want to start this book, I thought it is the Hero who was drunk & playing poker game ( hehe...I dont like Hero who is unresponsible like that), but I
Jeanne (love2cook)
An interesting story back in 1864, when in the Colorado Rockies. things were different. Laura Cheney, was left alone and expecting a child at any time, by her husband who had no regard for his wife. She gave birth alone and the Mexican Francisco Gonzales and his gang kidnapped her son. She turned to a man who had been raised by Cheyenne Indians, Deke Sheridan, to help find her son. This is the story of their quest. I enjoyed the read.
Tonya Lucas
Jul 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An absolutely wonderful and well written historical, full of action, suspense, romance, and survival. A must read and a book shelf keeper..... Don't miss out on this book, you'll be glad you went on the ride....
Kelsey Moody
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely fell in LOVE with this book and characters! They both make you grin, laugh, cry and sigh throughout their entire story. It was very hard to put down and I didn’t want it to end!
I read this book a few years ago, in 2014 and I absolutely loved it, still do, which is why I've read it again.

It never let up from beginning to end. Deke is some Alp; he is a bastard too!! My God does he know how to work his women. He has to be one of the smartest Alps EVER!! As well as one of the sexiest.

He was brought up with the Cheyenne, and he has a tragic tale to tell of his past life with the tribe. He is everything good and bad, that you can imagine, and he NEVER compromises, ever!! He
Mar 05, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: western
I like this one, especially the background. I have read a few others where protagonists is part native american, but a lot of them were still living in the western society, so I find being dropped smack deck into the middle of a native american village, observing their customs and beliefs and everyday life real fun.

I must confess I finally realise I am fainthearted and cannot really handle social or traumatic issues in books too well. This being the case, right after prologue, I skimmed then sk
♥ Vonda M. Reid ♥
Sep 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Overall Rating: 4.95 // Action: 4.5 / Emotion: 5 / Romance: 4.5 / Sensuous: 1 / Intrigue: 2 // Western Flavor: 4 / Humor: 21 / Tears: 8

The are several reasons why absolutely loved Cheyenne Amber by Catherine Anderson. First, have always been a fan of western romances, particularly those that feature Indians or Half-breeds. Second, Catherine Anderson is a favorite author, so was pre-disposed towards enjoying the book before even opening the cover. Third, loved the hero's personality; namely, hi
Dec 13, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
This was very typically Catherine Anderson, so if you like her, you will probably like this book. If you haven't tried her yet, I think she has stronger books out there. I was wavering between 2 and 3 stars on this.

My biggest problem with this book was actually that I felt like she set something up and didn't follow through. She put the hero and heroine in a position where they had to marry. But then later the hero says he lied about it, and that they never really had to. After buying into his
Cali Souther
Mar 04, 2014 rated it liked it
Cheyenne Amber 1994

A touch of reality added to a well-worn tale…

I guess it’s officially referred to as “formula writing”, in this romantic western by Catherine Anderson, there’s a nice touch of reality sprinkled into the recipe.

I first picked up this book (somewhat randomly) because the author was likened to LyVerle Spencer, one of my all-time favorite authors. I guess I can see the similarity (Mrs. Spencer was good at reality), but I think it’s a bit of a stretch. This book is old (the author’s
Apr 07, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cheyenne Amber was another enjoyable historical romance by Catherine Anderson. Set in the Colorado territory in 1864, this novel tells the story of a strong-willed, but naive young wife and mother who finds herself stranded in her unfinished rough-hewn farm house outside Denver, while her equally naive, foolish and neglectful husband gets himself killed in a poker game. The result of this incident proves to be a disaster for Laura Cheney, when a band of comancheros turns up at her door to kidnap ...more
May 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Catherine Anderson writes another rip-roaring Western romance

Catherine Anderson is one of my very favorite romance authors. I've read all of her books, from the Coulter series, to the Harrigan series, to the Comanche series, to her stand-alone books such as "Cheyenne Amber." I love all of her writing.

She brings us Deke Sheridan, rough, tough but sentimental at heart, and Laura Cheney, proper, full of big words, and desperate to find her kidnapped son.

Anderson brings these two totally opposite pe
Unfortunately I didn't find this as thrilling as the Comanche Moon series. Although there is talk of rape, this is probably the first western from Anderson that I have enountered where a woman was not brutalized by a stranger. Instead, young naive Laura, the heroine, was brutalized by her low life husband before he was murdered. I never got why his murderer wanted her and her baby. I liked Deke, the half Comanche she hired to find her kidnapped baby, but I didn't feel the chemistry between them. ...more
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