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Always in My Heart

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  1,867 ratings  ·  88 reviews
Two years ago, Ellie Grant would have fallen apart at any reminder of her ex-husband, Tucker. But now she doesn't bat an eye when "their song" comes on the radio. She's unfazed by the thought of Tucker's perky new girlfriend. Ellie Grant is over him. And things are better for Tucker as well. The single life agrees with him. And certainly they've both done a good job of bei ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 420 pages
Published August 1st 2002 by Signet (first published 2002)
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Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars!

This was a gut-wrenching beautiful book of second chance love. There’s something special about getting another chance to be with the one you love again that gets me every time.

I was a bit worried at first with the MC Ellie and Tucker they had quite the resentment towards each other. But after their kids set them up to be together and in the wilderness of Oregon I started to see their defenses come down. Honestly, it’s hard for me to judge them on everything that happened in their marr
Jan 19, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It started off interesting enough but then just dragged and dragged and dragged. Jeez, if they walked one more mountain trail and passed by a Ponderosa Pine Tree again, I was going to scream ...

I did go through a phase, some years back, of reading this author and really enjoyed the books but maybe that phase is over now. It sort of annoyed me. I know I can be a fussy reader and quite picky but, hey, isn't it better to be honest about our reading experiences?

A bit too sugary sweet ... and if thos
After starting this book, I was almost positive that I wouldn't like it. The heroine, Ellie, seemed like a bitter ex-wife who was trying to play at being a martyr-mom. Everything she did was for her kids. She lived and breathed solely to be there for them and never thought of herself. Her whole life was for them and she was critical of her ex for not being as dedicated as she was. She apparently hadn't even been able to shave in two weeks because the time she'd waste on that was precious time sh ...more
Completed this book today must say such a beautiful story of giving love a second chance,a try to re-build the family that is broken after a tragedy followed by divorce

Tucker and Ellie Grant divorced after the death of their oldest son, whom each felt guilt and blame over the tragic accident that killed him. 3 years later, the two remaining sons, run away into the mountains refusing to come back until their parents get back together, forcing Tucker and Ellie to spend time together tracking the
~Nichole~  Sizzling Pages Romance Reviews
Another emotional yet beautiful and healing second chance story from my new favorite author.
There's nothing more traumatic than what this couple went through. To get past all the pain, guilt and shame they had to literally climb a mountain. I cried so many tears for every character.
True love like this is why I read.
Very happy epilogue.

Safe with exceptions. They were each others one and only.
Divorced for 3 years Ellie and Tucker were both celibate. They both had recently started dating du
May 29, 2017 rated it it was ok
There is NO cheating or betrayal in this book! I do not understand some reviewers taglines at all. Ok, mini rant over. Well written, if somewhat over dramatic second chance love story after the loss of a child. I didn't see any triggers and the death of child is treated with all the respect it demands. The fact that the kids had to resort to this to get thier parents to speak to one another really highlighted the immaturity of said parents. I didn't enjoy this, hence only 2 stars. But.... I will ...more
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
After reading 80% of it I wanted to give it 4 stars but when I finished I chose whole 5 stars because you can learn a lot of moral points about family, loss and love and a parents be so sensitive and responsible about your children's feelings. And on top of all TALK! lots of distresses and misunderstandings are results of assuming instead of just talking.

PS. thank u Karla for sending this book to me ♥
Sep 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book reminds me of one of those unrealistically perfect Hallmark movies with a tiny bit of Lifetime thrown in there. Giant tragedy strikes a family and tears husband and wife apart, but after a few days in the wilderness they're back in each other's arms and it was like the divorce never happened. Kids pull a stunt that nearly gets one of them killed near the end, their wacky plan works and they don't even get a slap on the wrist. Love interests that mainly serve as plot devices to drive th ...more
Jul 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
I love this book!
I just did a re-read of it, an realized i was still in love with it.

Oh and a big Hooorah! for the author that did not make the hero go around the block after his divorce. The premises that this couple oly had each other in their beds all their lives made me smile a sappy smile because it never happens in cont romances.
Good for you to think out of the box,Mrs.Author. :)
Jun 21, 2018 rated it did not like it
Wanted to read and finish this book because I love old school angst and this book was promising it strong. But!!!when 10% in the obvious female villain was trying to force the H into sex when they were ona search for his runaway kids and he didn’t use that very obvious reason to turn her off?? Um, my kids are missing in the forest. Their mommy is here. The last thing I am going to do is initiate sex with you on DAY ONE OF THE SEARCH. That he even feels bad for turning her down at this point is r ...more
Rashika (is tired)
Are you sure the main characters are in their 30s because in that case I am probably in my 50s.

I have no idea how those kids came up with a plan like that... I feel stupid.

And.. wow.... how good could their relationship be if they faced so many communication problems? I do not understand.

I am confused.

Nov 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This is one of my favorite books by Catherine Anderson.
The characters, the story and goodness...the kids were amazing.
If you want to read a love story of a couple who got separated but their kids conspired to bring them together, you MUST READ THIS ONE!
Jan 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Maria by: Jayne Ann Krentz
Shelves: romance
A heart-wrencher, this book had me crying and laughing and pulling wholeheartedly for all the characters in this family of four. If you enjoy backpacking as I do, that was an added plus. I must admit that I had trouble with Ellie's continued belligerence. Tucker, at least, came to grips with the problems earlier. I felt Ellie didn't even try for the longest time. This book is a good example of an inside look at a marriage that has foundered and why it happened and how hard it is to work things o ...more
Stephanie Jenkins Ortiz Cerrillo
Always in My Heart struck close to home for me because as a 10 year old girl I went thru a similar experience that tore my family apart. Catherine Anderson has delivered a heart wrenching yet amazing love story with lots of adventure and a great plot.

Zach and Kody are determined for their parents to get back together. They know that their parents, Tucker and Ellie Grant, still love it other. It's so obvious to the boys so they don't see how they're parents can't see for themselves that they sti
Angela  Wilson

This was just an okay read. It was too long . I do think I paid too much for this book. I would NOT recommend this book because of the price.
Mizz Latte
3.5 stars
Jennifer Defoy
Mar 27, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012-reads
I did like this book, but it took me forever to read. It was almost the end of the book before I got "hooked". The writing was good enough to keep me going, and the story itself was pretty good I just couldn't get into the groove with this one.

I can't even imagine being in Ellie's position. How she managed to keep going, given everything that she's been through was a feat in itself. Then to have to deal with her kid's hair brained plan... There would be two sorry kids if that was me. At the beg
Miss Maureen
Feb 10, 2021 rated it liked it
One if the worst books ever. If it can happen & it is bad, it happens to this family. A teenage son dies on a motorcycle, the couple divorces over it, neither moves on because they each blame themselves, the mom & other 2 sons move away from family and friends so she can forget, the boys hate the move, the parents date a few losers, the boys run away into the mountains, both parents go to hunt for them, break up with the ppl they've been dating, both of those 2 think the kids are brats & need ph ...more
Mar 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
I loved this book. I got so attached to the characters. I hurt, cried, laughed and loved right along with them. I loved this book so much I'm going to start reading more of Catherine Anderson's books. What a wonderful read, I couldn't put it down. Having children myself made this book even more enjoyable. ...more
Mar 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
was agitated at the begining with the "hot" girlfriend for him and the pudgy boyfriend for her...but the book was wonderful....one i got over being mad and let myself enjoy the book...lol. I cried and i laughed and i empathized with the characters and their choices. ...more
Maggie Shanley
Jan 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Catherine Anderson never fails to elicit an emotional reaction. Perhaps not the best choice to take to the Doctor's office today...he came into the exam room while I was wiping my eyes and prepared to increase my medicine! This book starts off kind of amusing but then gets intense as Ellie and Tucker Grant, divorced parents of boys, go off to find their runaway kids in an Oregon wilderness. The whole family collapsed when Sammy the eldest child died three years ago, now to get their parents atte ...more
Jeanne (love2cook)
Jul 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Being as Catherine Anderson is one of my favorite authors, this book is a good example of her touching romance stories. It is about a couple that loved each other more than anything, but after a tragedy lost their way and got a divorce. Their two boys couldn't stand their family divided and hatched a plan to get them back together. They knew that their Mom and Dad still loved each other and they just had to prove it to them. So they ran away into the Oregon wilderness. This is the story of what ...more
Feb 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
I loved reading this book!! It had angst, legitimate reasons as to why the marriage didn’t work and very mature for their age kids (lol). I feel like it would have been five stars had it not dragged a bit. I believe it could have been wrapped up a bit faster and also I would have liked to read more from children’s point of view once the conflict is resolved and their plan actually works. But overall great read!
May 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A beautifully written story.A family tore apart by the death of their son.Having lost a brother I know that this can and does happen.I really connected with this story.Made me laugh,cry and wanna scream..Tucker and Ellie loved each other,But couldn't stop blaming themselves .Their 2 sons take matters into their own hands.. ...more
Tonya Lucas
Oct 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Catherine Anderson never fails to deliver heart-wrenching, nailbiting drama.
This book truly was a joy to read and reminds us how important family is to children.
Always In My Heart Is one of her best contemporaries.
Golden Time
A very vexing story and heroine!!!
Apr 01, 2018 rated it liked it
well written. Good plot. Good characters. Bit boring at times.
jeanie goins
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
amen!!! Love your stories keep it up PLEASE!

I love all your books . You write from your heart and I never read them without crying ! Thank you!!!
Loved it.

Heartbreaking beautiful. Your heart just goes out Ellie, Tucker and the boys. Read the book.
It was my first book by Ms. Anderson. Will definitely read more.
Apr 20, 2019 rated it liked it
2.5 stars. Book was too slow not your usual Catherine Anderson
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