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Star Bright

(Kendrick/Coulter/Harrigan #9)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  2,741 ratings  ·  164 reviews
New York Times bestselling author Catherine Anderson presents an emotionally compelling story about the hard as nails, fiercely loyal Harrigan family...

Faking her own death to escape her murderous husband, Rainie Hall takes refuge in the rural community of Crystal Falls, Oregon, where she starts work as a bookkeeper on a horse ranch run by rugged, dangerously good-looking
Kindle Edition, 438 pages
Published January 6th 2009 by Signet (first published January 2009)
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Sep 27, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of contemporary romance
Sweet. Very sweet and a typical Catherine Anderson romance. A heroine in trouble, a handsome hero who changes her whole world, some teary moments, and a feel good ending. A nice change of pace read for me. Sometimes it's nice to clear the head and read about a slooow moving romance, told by a master storyteller. Catherine Anderson is excellent at telling a story, and making you believe in her characters and their feelings. The romance was slow to build, and the H/H didn't even actually kiss unti ...more
May 02, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to jenjn79 by: favorite author, continuation of a series
As much as I love Catherine Anderson's books, I must admit I was wary of this one. The last two books of this series just didn't do much for me, especially the last one, Morning Light, because of all the religious talk in it. It just doesn't appeal to me. I wondered if Anderson was shifting her writing to be more Inspirational, which for an atheist like me, just isn't my thing. So I was very happy and relieved when I read Star Bright and saw that it was much more typical of her past books. There ...more
May 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great read from Anderson. Her books to me keep getting better and better as time goes on. I guess I am a little biased but I have not read a bad book yet from this author. The love stories are sweet and consuming and there is always an HEA
Aug 27, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened, 2017
3 stars.

This one started strong. Ms Anderson writes heroines escaping from abusive relationships very well. However, I did find it draggy from about midway and the resolution seems to take forever to come around. One positive is that the strong religious elements from the previous 2 books were toned down in this until the end. I guess we can't escape it as the Harrigan family is supposed to be devoted Catholics.
Miss Kim
3.75 stars

I just couldn't get into this book much until the last 40 pages or so. I admit I think it was better than the last two in the series, but it was still on the dull side. I could just be in a mood because this is the third 'abused herione' book I've read in one week.

I feel the story dragged on and on and on and on.......while the heroine builds her self esteem, trains like Rocky, finally lets the hero make moves on her...then we wait...and wait...and wait for the bad guy to show and try
Brittany B.
Mar 01, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
Bored me to tears. Nice idea, but I could not connect with the characters.
This is not the first novel by Ms. Anderson that I couldn't get into. I think it's just a personal preference.
Jane Stewart
The story was fulfilling, enjoyable and entertaining up until the end, which was frustrating due to hero and heroine stupidity.

Peter studied, courted and married three heiresses. The first two died under mysterious circumstances. The third is Rainie. He beat and abused her. She believes he plans to kill her, so she fakes her death and runs away using a false identity. She gets a job as a bookkeeper for Parker, a horse breeder on a ranch. When Parker discovers she lied on her job appl
Ann Keller
Jun 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Rainie Hall was desperate! If she didn’t escape her abusive husband, Peter Danning, she was certain he would kill her, perhaps in the same way that he murdered his other two wives. Rainie’s friends help her and she flees to the small town of Crystal Falls, Oregon, a place where she hopes Peter will never find her.

With her borrowed funds rapidly dwindling, Rainie takes a job on a horse ranch run by handsome Parker Harrigan. Harrigan hires her as his accountant, but Rainie’s skittishness puzzles
Jul 06, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fearing for her life, Raine fakes her own death and runs from her psychopathic husband. She lands in Chrystal Falls living in a run down rental with an abandoned cat and good will furniture. Fast running out of money she gets a job working as book-keeper for Parker Harrigan on his ranch, but with everyone looking for her, her secrets are anything but safe, and if her husband finds her first he'll kill her.

This is really very good. I think it was a little long-winded towards the end but over-all
Gizella Tóth
Feb 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nem először találkozom már az "egy ágyban az ellenséggel"-féle történettel, s most is nagyon tetszett. Nem tudok nem elgondolkodni azon, vajon nekem lenne-e erőm megpattanni egy ilyen helyzetből...
Első Catherine Andersonom, és rögtön meg is hódított. (Azt hiszem, idén már nem olvasok új szerzőtől, mert így sem győzöm az újonnan felfedezett kedvenceket.)
Lorrainna (Rainie) Hall Danning had lost both her parents by the time she graduated from high school. She was on her own during her college years and fell for married an older, abusive man, Peter Danning. They were on a cruise and she had a friend who worked for the cruise line. She helped arrange Rainie get a new identity and get off the ship as Anne Pritchard. She was headed for Crystal Falls, Oregon.
She was in need of money and accepted a job as accountant for Parker Harrigan. He raised and
Feb 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lorraina Hall is on the run after faking her own death to get away from her husband, who she is positive is trying to kill her. Armed with a fake identity (Anna Pritchard), Rainie Desperately needs work in order to feed and clothe herself. Responding to an ad in the paper for a book keeper, Rainie finds herself working for Parker Harrigan. He's a handsome, straight forward man...

Parker Harrigan hires Anna on to be his book keeper for his quarter horse breeding farm. Immediately he knows somethin
Mel Ann
Jun 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In order to save herself, she had to DIE. Rainie Hall never stood a chance against Peter after he broke everything inside of her. There is only so much a person can take before the inevitable end is near. And she knew that she wouldn't be coming back from her boat cruise one way or another.

Anna Pritchard had so much groundwork to lay and she needed a job, fast. Parker Harrigan turned out to be a smart mouthed cowboy who wasn't afraid to express his opinions. When Anna applied for the job on his
~Nichole~  Sizzling Pages Romance Reviews
I simply love everything about the world Catherine Anderson has created for this passionate family. From book one I have been hooked. Aside from one small scene in one previous book.. There hasn't been anything I've not loved. She simply gives me real romantic moments. Real emotional connections and throws in the day to day struggles we all deal with. Work, family, finances etc. I love a little reality in my fiction because it makes me feel like I get to know the characters. Parker and Ranie wer ...more
Candy Liggett
Aug 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rainie Hall has been abused by her husband and the only way to break free from him is to fake her own death. She gets some help from her friends and finds herself in Crystal Falls starting her new life. She gets hired by Parker Harrigan owner of a ranch and hires Rainie as his new book keeper. Sparks fly between them but Rainie has lied to Parker with her new identity. Parker figures out her lies now he is trying to figure out who this young woman is and who is she running from. He works on earn ...more
Lenny Husen
Jan 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really like this author, and this romance is fun with two lovable main characters. Andersono is equal to LaVyrle Spencer and MUCH better than Nora Roberts and Danielle Steele.
Rating is really 3.5 stars, but upgrading as I truly loved the part where Parker trains Rainie to physically fight him and hurt him, so that she can be prepared in case her horrible Ex ever tries to attack her again.
I suppose this story wasn't for me.
I really did NOT appreciate the annoying Sister-In-Law with magical Psy
Darlene Wilson
May 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Faking her own death is the only way Rainie Hall can hope to escape her brutal, murderous husband. Now with a new identity, she finds refuge in the rural community of Crystal Falls,Oregon where she starts work on a horse ranch run by rugged,handsome Parker Harrigan. Parker's word is his honor,& he can't tolerate liars. When he realizes that Rainie hasn't been truthful with him, he's furious.. then concerned. Clearly she's a woman in trouble and Parker swears to protect her no matter what
Jeanne (love2cook)
Apr 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Enjoyed this story of Rainie Hall and Parker Harrigan. Rainie Hall was in a dangerous and abusive marriage and the only way to escape was to fake her death, to get a new identity and a new place to live. After managing the transformation, she answers an ad for a bookkeeper on Parker Harrigan's ranch. With a kind and loving manor Parker earns her trust and friendship. The romance blooms from there. A good read.
Anita Hayes
Apr 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read some of the other reviews and I have to disagree with some of them. I read to escape and relax and no matter what the story line is, Catherines books always help me escape and relax. I am loving this whole series personally. Sending you big hugs Catherine and I know how hard it is to please everyone which is basically impossible. I am off to get the other books in this line.
Wenny Widjaja
Sep 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Seruuuu..., ikut deg2an nunggu si Peter mau ngelakuin apa. Suka banget dengan karakter Parker yang sabar banget dan mungkin ceriwis hahahhaha ga bs bayangin gimana kalo makan siang sama dia bisa nonstop bicara. Mantap buat Rainie yang bisa ngalahin Peter dengan latihan fisik., you go girllll !!!
I enjoyed the story of the couple and having the family put their two cents in add a dog, cat and horses. The thing with the husband was a little to creepy for me me that's why I gave it four stars. But I would recommend you read this book.
I picked this one up but never finished it, so I checked it out again with a new sense of determination. It's basically the same old story as 80% of Catherine Anderson's other novels, especially in the Kendrick-Coulter-Harrigan series. Poor abused broken beauty running from a horrible abusive life with flashbacks and references to the bastard who beat and raped her and threw her around like she was nothing., Handsome cowboy-racher comes to her rescue and slowly wins her trust, Love Ensues.

Really enjoyed this book. Like the others in the series, well written and very romantic.
Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful story, the last few chapters I was holding my breath waiting for the shoe to drop. A great love story to boot, Parker is one in a million.
Morgan Isern
Jul 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A quick, engrossing read with great characters and a love story that anyone would hope for! A little bit cheesy and predictable, but I still thoroughly enjoyed it!
Aug 06, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Couldn't finish.
Over the years Miss Anderson’s writing has changed a bit. Actually, not so much her writing – it’s as wonderful as ever. Good dialogue, strong characters, emotionally charged scenes, great romance, and a delightful mix of sweet and light combined with suspense and tension. But with the last 2 or 3 books there has been a lot more mention of God. I don’t necessarily have a problem with God, it’s just that it wasn’t what I’d grown to expect from her. But people change. And if you’re an author, I’m ...more
Rhonda Soukup
This story was predicatable in that I knew there would be a happy ending, but I didn't know what/how it would happen.
What can a young woman do when a husband plans to kill her?
Fake her own death.

Rainie is on the run for her life and with the help of her good friends she has escaped to Crystal Falls. There she planned to lay low and live a simple, quiet life as Anna Pritchard. However, too bad for Rainie that her new boss is Parker Harrigan a man who is very interested in her and know that there is something not right!

What was surprising about this book was that there wasn't any major lying going on. By that
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“Parker: When can you start?
Rainie: I can start tomorrow if you'd like. My schedule is pretty much open. All I have to keep me at home is Thomas.
Parker: Ah. It figures that there'd be a man in the picture. You're too lovely to be unattached.
Rainie: Thomas is a cat.”
“Why? You ever seen those tiny cages they stick cats in? And those” 0 likes
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