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Baby Love

(Kendrick/Coulter/Harrigan #1)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  6,320 ratings  ·  317 reviews
Desperate and determined, Maggie Stanley grabs her small baby and runs into the snowy Idaho night. In her loneliest, blackest hour, she unexpectedly finds a warmth and comfort she has never known in the tender compassion of a handsome, down-and-out stranger. In Rafe Kendrick, Maggie recognizes a soul wounded like her own—though she knows she must never trust any man ever a ...more
Paperback, 420 pages
Published November 28th 2006 by Avon (first published 1999)
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Heike Contemporary romance, set in the present or, since the book was first published in 1999, late 90s, which today is almost a generation back, I guess ;)

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Oct 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Catherine Anderson is one of my favourite authors. OK, her Heros might be a bit alpha and OTT but I love that. Eventhough some of these books have been written years ago, I am only discovering her now.... highly recommend her.

Feb 09, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Catherine Anderson or Heartwarming Contemporary Romance
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"4.5 stars" Baby Love is a wonderful book that is reminiscent of a grown-up fairy tale, a Cinderella story. As the heroine, it has a young woman who has known the meaning of hard work since she was only fourteen, when her father passed away leaving her with the responsibility of caring for an ailing mother and baby sister. Then an incredibly evil stepfather entered her world bringing nothing but heartache and abuse. When she finally is able to make her escape, she
Mar 26, 2011 rated it it was ok
I truly wanted to like this book. I have loved everything I have read from Catherine Anderson so my expectations were maybe too high. It had all the elements I usually like, meaning hot tortured hero, but there were too many things in this story that I just could not overlook. (view spoiler) ...more
5 angel face stars

This was absolutely beautiful. I couldn't have asked for anything more from this book. The characters, the writing, the relationships were just perfection.
Jul 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, 2009-reads
Maggie Stanley is on the run with her tiny one-month old baby. She's trying to get away from an abusive step-father who, right before she left home, beat her so severely that she's covered from neck to toe in bruises and cuts. With little money and no help, Maggie hops a train headed away from her tiny Idaho town.

Rafe Kendrick is running away from the memories that haunt him. His wife and two children were killed in a car accident right in front of his eyes, and he desperately needs to escape t
Tammy Walton Grant
Aug 13, 2010 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Tammy by: Gigi
I just don't even know what to say about this one. Other than to me it read like a Harlequin that went on about 200 pages too long. Or that cowboy types who call the heroine "honey" from their first meeting bug me. Or that a millionaire who drops everything to ride the rails for 2 years (WTF!!!) but reconciles with his family with ONE phone call doesn't ring true to me. And that the hero's favourite song is "The Way We Were"????? (Good Grief, WHEN WAS THIS BOOK WRITTEN? It actually reads to me l ...more
Miss Kim
Apr 21, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Romance Fans
Shelves: 2008, contemporary
This is my first Anderson book, and I was pleased. I did like both the Hero & Heroine, and you really got to feel you knew and understood them. The man lost his wife and two young children in a car crash two years before, and the woman escaped from an abusive situation with her young infant. They meet on a box car filled with dangerous drifters. He saves her from the dangerous men, and we go from there... This was an intense story. Some of the situations seemed to last 100 pages. However, I ...more
Overall rating: 5 "Maggie girl" stars!

Cheating: (view spoiler)
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Sex with om/ow: (view spoiler)

HEA: (view spoiler)

My review:

This was a very cute story! Light and sweet with very little drama. This is the story about second chances and new beginnings. Rafe thought his life was over when his wife and two beautiful children were taken from him in a tragic accident, but then he met Mag
Tonya Wertman
Jul 16, 2008 rated it did not like it
Shelves: beach-reading
Five words: Biggest. Waste. Of. Time. Ever.

This book was boring and predictable Do yourself a favor and skip it!
Jacqueline J
This was fairly good.

Two things that bothered me. Never once was that baby in a car seat. I can go with the bad guy not caring but the hero? Also at the end, they are riding and he has the baby in front of him on a flightly stallion. If you're being that careful you'd ride a more gentle dependable horse and save the stallion for riding alone. And horses don't smell fear although body tenseness will sometimes make them nervous.

Okay the story itself - There were places where it lost my interest a
~Nichole~  Sizzling Pages Romance Reviews
This was so beautiful. Everything about this story touched my heart so deeply. I find stories about loss of a spouse and moving on are hard usually. This one absolutely shattered the ceiling and took all my feelings and reservations and buried them. Rafe deserved every moment of happiness and peace that he found with Maggie and Jaimie. This beautiful broken man had way too much life, love and passion to live alone. The thing I adored was the traditional love story.. The sweetness, the family and ...more
Wasn't what I was hoping it would be. Boo. :( There were one too many forced contrived things that made the story fall flat and got in the way of my enjoyment of it. There was nothing natural or realistic about this story. Call me cynical, but the idea of a grieving widower falling for a young woman in 2 days of meeting her just doesn't really work for me. Given the circumstances surrounding both characters it was incredibly hard to grasp the idea of these two or I should say Rafe falling so q ...more
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Dec 26, 2009 rated it liked it
This may have been the most compelling opening premise I've ever read. I cracked the book at like 2am last night (there's something wrong with me, I know this) planning to just read the first 2 or 3 pages to see if it was something I wanted to read next. Next thing you know, it was 3am. Face. Palm.

Maggie Stanley is running scared. Literally. With a diaper bag and an infant she's running towards a rural Idaho train yard to hop on a boxcar, desperately trying to escape the man who viciously beat h
Feb 20, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cont-romance
I know many of you loved this book, but it wasn't that good for me. It was okay, I liked it, but I never got crazy about it. Although I definitely liked how the author writes and I will be reading book 2 right away because I really hope for the things I didn't like about this book will not be in book 2.

What I REALLY didn't like:

1) Most of all I just can't stand romances where the hero and or the heroine fall in love right away. The kind I see you one day and fall absolutely and irrevocably in lo
Jan 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: romance lovers, cowboy lovers
(Sept. 19, 2009)After just re-reading this book I have to say that I loved it more that even the first time. It is very touching! I cried through most of the first few chapters. You just hope to have someone like Rafe in your life.

(Jan. 1, 2009)I avoided reading this book simply because the title put me off. Boy was I wrong! I Love Cathrine Andersen and the way she writes. This book touched my heart in a way that her others haven't. Rafe is a man broken by the lose of his wife and two children i
Jan 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Another great story from Catherine Anderson. Rafe has lost everything, his wife, his children...and has not come to terms with his grief, so he has left everything he has ever known to ride the rails. Maggie comes from an abusive home and grabs her baby and leaves in the middle of the night to save herself and her son. Alone in a boxcar she meets Rafe who saves her from other tramps hell bent on doing damage to her and her son. Just a sweet story of trust and love.
Apr 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
50% done, will not pick this up again. Hated everyone on this book
Sep 11, 2014 rated it really liked it

Title: Baby Love
Series: (Kendrick/Coulter/Harrigan, #1)
Author: Catherine Anderson
Genres: Adult Contemporary Romance
Rating: 4.5-Stars
Cliffhanger: (view spoiler)
HEA: (view spoiler)
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A tradução deste livro foi algo que me decepcionou e irritou profundamente! E, a meu ver, é extremamente mau quando na opinião que damos sobre um livro começamos precisamente pela tradução! O que principiou por me aborrecer foi o excessivo formalismo com que os protagonistas se tratavam, sempre você para aqui e você para acolá mesmo quando já eram íntimos, mais no final já misturavam o tu com o você! Por outro lado, este excessivo formalismo foi esquecido quando foram utilizados termos brejeiros ...more
Kate's Corner
Enjoybale, longwinded very well written, extremely cute love story but also a tad predictable
Salma Miled
Aug 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Baby Love est vraiment un coup de coeur.
Je suis tombée amoureuse de style d'écriture de Catherine Anderson. Elle relate les événements détail par détail ce qui te donne l'envie d'être parmi les personnages.
Au fil des pages, je me suis trouvée envoûtée et captivante et excitée pour la fin. Ce livre est absolument un must-have pour moi.
Ma personnage préférée est bien sûr Rafe Kendrick, l'homme qui avait tout et brusquement tout d'un coup et dans une fraction de seconde elle perd sa femme et ses de
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Catherine Anderson really has a way to make a book hits deep in to the heart, she writes such emotional heart wrenching/warming stories, with vivid characters, and colorful events, either their funny or angst.

One of the most things I love about her books, is that there is a common theme in them, they all relate to female issue, suffering, and heartache. And the gentles toughest protective archangels to protect the heroines, because so far from all what I have read of her books I loved every sin
Jan 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
After being violently beaten, Maggie flees from her abusive home with her baby. She hitches a ride on a freight train but things go from bad to worse when a bunch on itinerants attack her. She is rescued by Rafe, a drunk who has given up on life after losing his family in a car accident.

I was hesitant to read this book. I know some men think it's OK to brutalize a woman, I've stepped in to stop it on more than one occasion, but knowing it happens doesn't mean I want to read about it. This book
Oct 10, 2015 rated it it was ok
Romantic Suspense Tedious

I think I'm going to call it quits on Catherine Anderson. I liked Seventh Heaven, but then had two in a row that I gave up on. I did manage to finish this one, but only through sheer will-power. All her books follow a set script, with the heroines so victimized that they are completely dependent on their hero.

I don't know why, because they certainly went through a lot, but I never came to care about Rafe and Maggie. Although, now that I think about it, that's not quite t
Nancy H
Nov 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
You know when you stay up all night reading a book that it is definitely a good one and a page-turner! I literally could not stop reading this book. It is the story of what happens to Maggie Stanley as she runs away from her massively abusive stepfather, and takes her beloved baby with her, the very baby that he has threatened to kill. When Maggie jumps into a train car in the snowy Idaho night, she does not know that she is going to find her savior, a man who is drunk, disheveled, and seemingly ...more
Trang Nguyen
I've gone back to write this review after reading Blue Skies, the 4th book in this series. Baby Love by far is still the best book in the series. (not that the others haven't been good, do far they have all earned 5 stars from me)

Rafe is struggling to make peace with himself after the death of his wife and two kids. After two years of being a wandering homeless drunk he runs into Maggie and her infant son Jaimie. After seeing the love a mother can give her child, Rafe has a strong protective urg
Jun 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
Thanks to Jayne Ann Krentz's recommended list at her website, I have just discovered Catherine Anderson, who not only writes well but with more depth than most romance writers. This book is no exception. Dealing with the loss of a family in a car wreck, Rafe Kendrick escapes physically by riding the rails and emotionally via the bottle only to come up against Maggie, running from three years of physical and emotional abuse, while trying to keep her bastard baby alive more than one month. The iss ...more
Nov 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ova žena me svakom knjigom sve više oduševljava! Kroz svaku knjigu mi budi neka nova osjećanja, i omogućava mi da pobjegnem od nekad surove i ružne realnosti. Zauvijek moja najdraža Catherine, i još jedna od mojih omiljenih u nizu njenih knjiga. Topla preporuka :)
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