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Seventh Heaven

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  1,950 ratings  ·  111 reviews
Ten years ago Joe Lakota had left behind his small Oregon town and the only woman he'd ever truly loved for the empty promises of the big city. Now he's returned, seeking to raise his young son with values you can only find at home, and longing to rekindle the passion he'd once had with beautiful Marilee Nelson. But Marilee isn't anything like the gentle yet self-assured g ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 379 pages
Published July 27th 2010 by Avon (first published 2000)
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Oct 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2009-reads
Ten years ago Marilee Nelson and Joe Lakota were young, in love, and planning their life together. Everything was perfect, or so Joe thought until the unthinkable happened. Marilee broke off their engagement and told him never to contact her again.

Fast forward 10 years. Joe is a washed up professional football player with a 4 year old son to raise. With a nasty divorce that keeps him constantly in the media spotlight, Joe decides that the best place to raise his son is in his small Oregon home
Apr 16, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Sweet Contemporary and Emotionally Complex Romances
Reviewed for THC Reviews
After a string of so-so reads, one of my favorite authors, Catherine Anderson, finally came through for me with a book that not only had the emotional development that I had been craving, but also packed quite an emotional punch. Ms. Anderson is masterful at creating moving stories that deal realistically with various human traumas, and Seventh Heaven is no exception. In fact, I think it may be the most realistic of her books that I've read to date. In my opinion, this bo
Feb 18, 2018 rated it liked it
After a long custody battle with his ex-wife, former NFL Quarterback Joe Lakota just wants to take his four-year-old son, Zachary, to his hometown for some peace. Ten years ago Joe left home when the love of his life, Marilee Nelson, broke his heart. He plans on keeping his distance from her until he learns that people believe he is the one who broke off the relationship.

When Marilee heard Joe was back in town, she knew she had to prepare herself to see him. But she still isn't ready when he co
I just can not seem to get over how mush they all suffered!
Even the kid!
But still, I think the heroine and her story broke my heart.
It just did.
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Judging from the other reviews on here, I am in the minority with my rating but I did not like this book. It was too much angst, unnecessary sexytimes! that fixed everything and then a drama filled event spanning the last 50 pages that came out of nowhere. Just no. I ended up reading the whole book just to see how it would go down but the more I read the more ridiculous the plot lines got (All the people coming back suddenly from 10 years ago - what was that? And Valerie suddenly wanted custody ...more
Jul 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: western
I'm finally done!!! Oh this book was so great...classic Catherine Anderson. OK, ok, enough gushing..

I can't really say too much or I'll give the whole thing away, but I loved this book and yet it was missing a vital piece of the puzzle, I thought. Let me just say that what I thought would be the climax wasn't, who I thought would be the antagonist wasn't, and how I thought it would go down didn't. In fact, one of the biggest obstacles in the book ended up being a byline at the end. And yet, I st
Lucy Qhuay

I was actually enjoying this book until the characters started to make no sense at all, frustrating me to no end.

I know what happened to Marilee was nothing short of traumatic and awful, but ten years passed her by without her actually trying to get decent help. She obviously could not overcome her demons by herself and some professional aid was needed.

I mean, she ruined her life trying to manage everything alone. She pushed everybody away and what she was doing was no life at all.

Also, I got pr
Apr 25, 2010 rated it did not like it
This is a DNF- Did Not Finish, for me.

There is a precocious child. A football player with a self-taught PhD in body language. An abused woman who has lived with crippling anxiety for TEN YEARS, while fooling everyone and never, not once, considering therapy. It was well written enough not to make me spitting angry, but there was only so much I could take by the time the marriage of convenience-but-also-true-love came around.
Aug 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Re-read December 2012:

I love this book soooooo much! Catherine Anderson writes such beautiful characters. Joe is one of my all time favourite heros ever and I must say I absolutely love Mari too. There are authors out there who write a swoonworthy hero but their heroines are sometimes a little annoying or acerbic. This is not the case with Catherine Anderson. Her heroines are usually sweet and so loveable that you can't help but fall in love with them too.

*big happy mushy sigh*

5 big tearjerker s
Jul 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Contemporary Romance Refreshing

Wow, if you like your heroes steadfast and true, Joe Lakota is as steady as they come. How nice to read a romance novel with an emotionally mature hero. Joe's description of Mari perfectly sums up his integrity,
[She's] the kind of girl who filled a guy's head with thoughts of steamy sex and wedding bells because he knew damned well he couldn't have one without the other.
My heart went out to both Mari and Joe. Their love story was hijacked, through no fault of
Sep 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars. This was a really sweet read. Mari got on my nerves at first on why she seemed determined not to get well and didn't grab onto Joe for all she was worth. However, once we got the real horrible story of what happened to her at 18, then it become more than clear why she was the way she was. I am surprised she lasted as long as she did. Very serious subject matter that CA handled with deftly and with grace. I loved this couple and wish that the ending could have been drawn out more with ...more
There were so many things about this book I didn’t like we’ll just call it “not for me”. I’d like to just move on and pretend it didn’t happen.
Another book by Anderson that I just love! Ten years ago, without any explanation, Marilee Nelson broke off her engagement to Joe Lakota, so he left town to become a famous football player leaving Marilee alone to deal with her terrible secret…. A secret that left Marilee sick and withdrawn as she dealt with uncontrollable panic attacks. Now 10 years later Joe has come back into her life and the love they once had for one another is stronger than ever. Marilee falls in love with Zachary, Joe’s 4 ...more
Beth Pearson
Mar 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance-had-sex
Well, "amazing" but be pushing it a bit, but I really liked this book. Maybe it was just cause I read the whole thing in a day, which made for a really fun day. Not productive, of course, but fun.

For the paperback romance genre, this book had a lot going for it. The 5 stars are within those parameters also....I am not comparing it to all books, just romance novels. As with all romance novels, you know what is going to happen, but Catherine Anderson takes a lot more time to get there. These chara
~Nichole~  Sizzling Pages Romance Reviews
Wow, I had a full day due to the cold snap to read for the first time in so long. I managed to devour this amazing second chance love story and my heart is so full of every kind of beautiful emotion there is. Joe and Mari were destined to be. Circumstances that were tragic pushed Mari into lying to Joe and breaking his heart. He was young and moved away.. Tried to live his life without her unsuccessfully. One precious thing came out of their time apart, his beautiful son Zachary. Mari and Joe ha ...more
This book was very different from the other books I have read in the Coulter/Harrigan series'. I am used to reading about honor bound cowboys who straighten out their wayward lives to learn to love again. This book was about an ex-football star who comes back to his hometown to escape the madness of life after his divorce. He brings along his adorable and timid 4 year old son, who wins over the heroine's heart after finding out that they are kindred spirits. I loved how Joe stood up for what he ...more
Aug 18, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
The premise of this book was so disturbing that I found myself shaking as parts of Marilee's history were revealed. I guess that means the writing was superb as usual. Joe's son and Marilee's dog were great additions to the story, but I wish the villain(s) of the piece were introduced earlier and that there had been some additional interaction with Susan after she landed in the hospital. I felt as if the villain just popped up out of nowhere at the end of the book, and there was little, if any, ...more
Dec 31, 2012 rated it liked it
This is the first book I ever read by this author. And I really liked it considering. The only thing I do have to say though, is why does the main guy always have tears in his eyes? I'm not trying to say that this topic isn't heart breaking, and I'm not trying to say that men shouldn't cry because that is not true. But no man cries as much as this woman says this guy did. Lastly, I think the author was a little bit too blasé about the rape, not in the consequences, but in the details.. I wish th ...more
May 11, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Seventh Heaven was more melodramatic than I was expecting. I thought Marilee and Joe were nice characters and they definitely needed to be with one another. Unfortunately, what had happened to Marilee when she was a teenager overshadowed the story for me. Marilee did find happiness and learned to live with her experiences and Joe did help her with that. I just wish that something horrendous had happened to each of the perpetrators.
Mar 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful story from beginning to end. Grab a hot chocolate, a cozy blanket and a comfy couch and get ready for a great romance. I loved Joe and once you discover what happened to split Marilee from him years before you cheer him on as he pursues his one and only love. Catherine Anderson writes the best books!
★¸. • * ° * ༺*Blanka*༺*°°*•.¸. ♥★

I was disappointed by this book.. Marilee was just too much, too ugh!
Jessica McReaderpants
If you like romance novels that deal with rape then you are in for a treat!
This book had a pretty good theme, and the characters were great, but....
Marilee is supposed to be a staunch Catholic. Apparently the author doesn't have a very clear idea of what that entails, because she does a lot of things that aren't really very Catholic, such as marrying a non Catholic, considering and IVF, and oh yes, marrying a divorced man.
Joe is a great guy, except for the part where he married the wrong woman on the rebound and couldn't be faithful to her in his mind, and didn't seem
Just barely a 3 star, the topic was rape which I didn't realize till I was 1/3 of the way into the book. Her getting over this so quickly when she was so apposed to being touched. Just made it unreal. It had a good ending, I liked the characters but I think the final outcome of getting by her aversion was just to quick when it finally happened. Decent story, just one I would recommend unless you love the author.
Neva Womack
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A tragic story of a young girl who was brutalized and unable or unwillingly to take the necessary steps to healing. Then enters her former love who complicates her life while trying to make it better. Throw in a murder and you have a very interesting and complex story. I laughed and cried as I read this book. Hopefully, you will enjoy it as much as I did.
Patricia Evans
Jul 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
It seems like a good book. But I honestly couldn’t get past all the “god” and church shit. It got really annoying. I ended up putting the book aside and couldn’t finish it. I’ll have to make a note to avoid this author in the future. I could have sworn I've read her books before and they weren't this religious... but maybe I'm mistaken her for someone else...
Sydnee Walsh
Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book has a lot of triggers in it. But it also has a lot of way to help overcome them. The best being that Joe loves Marilee enough to help her with them all. Little Zachary also needs so help and understanding that Marilee can understand sand help solve. Add in a murder and you have a tale for the ages.
Ian Mcnamara
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another great book by another fantastic writer. I like her books because it is not just about the romance between the two characters, there is always a story to it and it happens with time allowing the characters to gain trust with and really get to know each other first. The writing is really lovely.
Pauline Frost
Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
First love and a chance at a second time around brings this story to life. What people have to struggle through to make it better to get that love that never stopped. A well written and perfectly paced story pulling you in from the start.
sasha panda
Mar 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
it was an great story but i wish the plot had more feelings then that.
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