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4.04  ·  Rating details ·  3,134 ratings  ·  160 reviews
He Longed for...
Race Spencer's gunslinging days are far behind him. He is now a rugged, respectable rancher, but it's a solitary life. Then Fate leads 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 ivory-skinned beauty into his arms and carries her away from danger.

A Woman to Cherish
Mass Market Paperback, 385 pages
Published November 25th 2008 by Avon (first published 1998)
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Nov 01, 2008 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 15, 2009 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
Katrina Passick Lumsden
Dec 27, 2013 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 end 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
*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
Mar 18, 2008 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
Sep 25, 2009 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
Cherish is an old-school gory western romance. Complete with gunshots, murders, a damsel in distress and a hero. A pretty fun read, I enjoyed it.
Jun 05, 2008 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!
Jul 04, 2013 rated it liked it
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“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 18, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Jan 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book!!! This is a true page turner and at the end I cried.
May 28, 2007 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
Jul 13, 2009 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?
Dec 07, 2012 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.
Michelle Connolly
Before I go on to my review I should point out that I only read till about 40% of the book. I tried to at least make it till 50% and then decide whether to continue or not, as I read in other reviews that it gets better towards the end, but I just couldn't waste more of my time with it.
That being said, here are the reasons why I didn't like Cherish:
1. The plot. The premise was good and I was really looking forward to reading this book -all the books I'd read recently hadn't been my cuppa, and
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
Anu CN
Aug 26, 2013 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.
"Goddamn it,wake up!I`m your husband and i`m ordering you to stop this.Say something to me.You can`t just crawl away inside of yourself and hide!That`s what you are doing,damn it!Hidin from life.Wherever you are darling,you gotta come out.Stand up to it.Fight back,for Gods sake.You won`t be alone.I`ll be there,right beside you.I swear it.But you gotta make a stand.You can`t just curl up and die.Youre leavin me.Leavin me all alone.I`d never do it to you.Please,don`t do it to me.You think i`m stro ...more
Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this story about Race, the ex-gunslinger, and Rebecca, the girl he rescued when her wagon train was attacked and everyone else murdered. They were a group of church people relocating to New Mexico from Pennsylvania and were killed for their money. Since the outlaws didn't find it, they stalked Rebecca the entire book.

Race was a quarter Indian who had witnessed his mother assaulted and killed as a young boy. He grew up hard and fast. He owned a fledgling cattle ranch and was on a cattl
Apr 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Michelle by: Tonya Lucas
Absolutely LOVED Race and Rebecca's story! Race is one of the kinds of men I adore falling in love with in books - alpha strong, but with his woman he can be gentle and sweet. And Rebecca - I found myself in her sweet and innocent shoes, experiencing her terrors, her moments of strength and finding herself, and falling in love with Race right along with her. They definitely are perfect for each other and give the other exactly what they need the most.

This book will be reread often and has a hom
Tonya Lucas
Jul 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Catherine Anderson has a way of spinning a take and making you fall in love with her characters. Cherish, however takes it to the highest level. Race Spencer is every woman's dream man. Rebecca is so sweet innocent and the perfect partner for this Apache gunslinger. 5 stars all the way. A must read and bookshelf keeper. This is my 2nd time to read this classic tale.
Sara Reads (mostly) LOTS of Romance
I’m honestly so impressed by this author, definitely will be reading more by her!!!!
Nov 12, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: hr-american


Los días de pistolero de Race Spencer han quedado atrás. Ahora es un ranchero respetable, pero es una vida solitaria. Pero entonces el destino conduce a Race a un ángel terrenal --- perdida y sola, la única sobreviviente de un ataque de unos fuera de la ley --- e incluso su corazón endurecido se conmueve. Él tomará la belleza de piel de marfil en sus brazos y la llevará lejos del peligro.

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
Rebecca Morgan makes Molly Wells at her weakest look like a badass. Yes, I went there.

There's sheltered and traumatized, and then there's a wilting flower who collapses and goes into a trauma coma at the slightest provocation. We get it, she witnessed a brutal shootout and lost her entire family. She has the right to freak out. But this girl barely even TRIES to overcome it or even discuss it with anyone, she just faints and lets Race lead her along. And the kidnapping and attempted rape scene i
Exciting and enjoyable story. The characters and action in the plot really move this book along and I couldn't put it down. The story follows Rebecca, a young woman raised in a deeply religious sect, with her whole church family making the move across country to Santa Fe. On their journey, her church family are set upon by men trying to steal their money and while protecting the money the entire group is raped and slaughtered, leaving Rebecca the sole survivor. This quickly puts Rebecca in shock ...more
Jul 01, 2013 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
Oct 06, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: rooooomance
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Sep 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cowboy-up
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
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