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Determined to give her son, Jeremy, the childhood he deserves, Chloe Evans has left a tough past behind and is starting fresh in the charming resort town of Jack Pine, Oregon. But protecting Jeremy becomes a dicey proposition when he seeks out the most dangerous man in town, Ben Longtree, to heal his sick puppy. Chloe has been warned to stay away from Ben. But there's some ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 443 pages
Published April 1st 2003 by Signet (first published 2002)
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Preeti ♥︎ (Romance She Reads)
This is such a heartwarming story that it touches and moves you on so many levels. It has a touch of the paranormal, but doesn’t really qualify as a full-blown paranormal. A single mom, with a adorable sickly 6 years old son moves to a small town to escape a traumatizing past, and the town’s misunderstood outcast meet and feel an undeniable pull. It was a classic case of two lost souls gravitating towards each other and forming a sweet and true bond, which really worked for me.

The h
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Rachel
Overall rating: 5 "My Home" stars!

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Marjorie
Oct 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This magnificent book literally took my breath away. Ben is one of a kind, and the part of him that has Shoshone blood is a blessing for his mother, Nan, who he has been caring for. His protective instinct also expands to Chloe and her six-year-old son, Jeremy. Ben, a veterinarian, lives on Cinnamon Ridge, land in Oregon that the author knows well. The scenery is lusciously wild. Someone has always been out to get Ben and wants him behind bars to pay him back for what was not of his own doing. E ...more
Chumchum_88
This was one of the most heartwarming books I have ever read, since I read the book summary I knew I would love it, and my gut is always right.

I loved both Chloe and Ben, and of course Jeremy, and Diablo XD (I'm a wolf biased), the way both people where in love with each other but had their own different reasons to be fearful kinda clench at my heart, specially Ben... His ex wife was a bitch honestly, just cause their is something that you can't explain or file and catalogue doesn't
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Hollie

I noticed several of my friends and given positive reviews for this book so I decided to give it a try. Here is my breakdown:

The pros:
* I love the characters - I think animal lovers (like myself) will adore this read
* It had a good balance of suspense
* It didn’t have an insta-love feel to it - the relationship between the hero and heroine was well developed
* Great character development
* Perfect epilogue

The cons:
* Quite over-priced at its current
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Julianna
Aug 23, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Contemporary Small-Town Romance; Native American Heroes; Animals; Magical Realism
Reviewed for THC Reviews
"4.5 stars" Only by Your Touch is a little different than Catherine Anderson's other books I've read to date, because it contains a touch of the paranormal. I'd probably be more inclined to call it magical realism though, because it melds seamlessly into the real world setting of the story and is accepted by those closest to the hero, namely the heroine and his mother. Others, however, tend to view him, at best, as a rather odd duck, and at worst, they're so afraid of him as to sp
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Merica
May 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Everyone wishes they could have a fresh start in life. Chloe is a single mother with a son named Jeremy moves to a small town called Jake Pine in Oregon. There she hopes to get away from the dark past along with her ex-husband. Chloe wants to raise her son in a good enviromet, but when she gets word that there's a strange Antive Amerian who goes by Ben living aroung town, she gets nervous. Rumor has it that he was a vet and can treat and even cure any animal that strangly appears in front of his ...more
Linda
3.25 stars

Catherine Anderson has a gift with her very easy-to-read style of writing. I read a few of her books years ago, remembered liking them and then went onto better things. But that ease of enjoying her characters was something that came back when I started ONLY BY YOUR TOUCH. And it has a strong start.

That said, there is quite a bit going on here. You have a Chloe, a single parent with a child, Jeremy, that has medical issues. She is divorced with baggage that comes back to h
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Christine
Feb 18, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: romance
I found this book deeply troubling. Dark heroes are becoming popular these days, and we're more willing than before to forgive past transgressions, even murder under certain circumstances. But there's got to be a line and I'm afraid that this book crossed it. Ben killed a guy. The death was an accident, but he hit the man hard enough to kill him. He got angry, hit him, and killed him. It wasn't self-defense. It wasn't a freak accident. He HIT him in ANGER hard enough to KILL him. Then he got a h ...more
jenjn79
Once again, a wonderful read from Catherine Anderson. Her books never fail to capture me. She has a wonderful way of exploring characters and emotions, thoroughly engaging the reader. I didn't find this book as thoroughly enthralling and emotional as some of her other books, like Phantom Waltz and Summer Breeze, but I still loved it.

Lots of wonderful dynamics in this book. I loved Ben's character. As an animal lover myself, I loved his compassion for the animals he cared for. I just
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Jenni Lind - Bookcetera Reviews
I've read a few of Catherine's books and they are rather formulaic with boy/girl meets boy/girl and falls for them but denies the love because of external conflicts (usually in relation to a dramatic past one or both of them are trying to escape from) - but despite knowing the overall plot of her stories they are usually rather good. Light smut, nothing major, but enough fluff to make you go "awww" and want to be in a nice little relationship - at least whilst reading the story.

This
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Debra
Jun 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Sarah
Jul 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: western, super-favs
Ben's explanation of why the father has changed is beyond words. How Ms. Anderson continuously manages to rip my heart out and I let her is anyone's guess. A beautiful story more so due to the relationship between man and boy than the romantic storyline.
Christel
Jan 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite's so far. Just the story is sweet and rememberable. Some people do have a gift when it comes to animals and so it was not surprising that C.A> uses this premise for this story.
Sara
I'll say right off the bat that I went in expecting this to be bad. Mrs. Giggles called it a self-parody of Anderson's works, one review here said it was loaded with awful cliches, and the Magical Native American trope is outdated and racist.

We start out with Chloe Evans and her little boy Jeremy buying puppy supplies when they run into Ben Longtree-quite literally, in fact. He helps them, but Lucy at the checkout counter wastes Chloe's time by spitting out a bunch of rumors about th
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Lamija
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another wonderful book from Catherine! Loved the characters and the plot. Simply beautiful and wonderful.
Lynsey
Aug 22, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance-contemp
3 - 3.5 stars...I think.

Parts of this I loved, but whilst reading I kept changing my mind about how to rate it. To be honest I'm still a little unsure. Let me try and explain.

The romance was beautifully done, as always. Ben and Chloe were really likeable and their relationship development was sweet and romantic. With Catherine Anderson I expect the love to come before the physical, and truly, she is a master at this. With other authors you can sometimes feel that they hav
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Hollow May
This is the first book by author Catherine Anderson I've read. What did I think?! The following should tell you:

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Bigedsgirl1
This is one of my all time favorite reads by Catherine Anderson, and I have re-read it more times than I can count. Magical, mystical, and mesmerizing are words that come to mind when describing the hero of this exceptionally memorable story. Ben Longtree is a big, tall man of mixed heritage, a quarter Shoshone Indian and has for many years been an outcast in his own hometown. The target of malicious gossip and vicious rumors, he walks tall with dignity and honor always, but he walks alone. Alon ...more
Brandy
May 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: YES!!!
Absolutely LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this book!!! Had a hard time putting it down. Yet, didn't want it to end. That's how good it was! GREAT storyline that kept me on the edge of my seat like a good movie!A little bit of supernatrual (where Ben is concerned.)But, not so much that it's unbelievable. It actually works and is quite believeable. (I'm not one for supernatural type stuff) but the little bit in here works. Wonderful characters. I know have a new hero crush (Ben!) :-) LOVED Ben & Chloe. L ...more
Sheri
Feb 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I think this is a great story. I started out thinking it was about an abused single mother and child. It is, but with an original and interesting twist. there are lots of animals, a little magic, and a scary stalker. Anderson's style is easy to read. It flows so nicely.

I just have to comment on the reviewer who hated the hero having killed someone. She obviously didn't read the whole book. Near the end he explains how it happened. And it was an accident.

Re-read 11/3/16. Still liked it. Today I
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Kim
Jul 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book, I did. A simple romance, I haven't had one of those in a while. And the main character, Ben Longtree was a healer, of animals, im so jealous. I've got a way with animals, specifically dogs, but cats too, but to be able to walk into the woods and pet a bear would be awesome. Anyways, this one was good, right elements of a mystery and a bad guy, and magic and love and animals and just the right combo of all of it. it was great.
Cristina
Dec 26, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3,5 stars
Jamie
Aug 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I read this a year ago, but I have not forgotten how much I loved this book!!
Shannon
Aug 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
I always love Catherine Anderson books. Her characters always feel like they could be my friends. Six-year-old Jeremy Evan's new puppy has parvo and the local vet will not treat the puppy until mom, Chloe, gives him a $300 deposit. Unfortunately, due to a recent divorce and move Chloe doesn't have the money but tries to pawn a family heirloom brooch. Unable to wait, Jeremy takes his puppy to the home of Ben Longtree, a trained vet who no longer practices - except on wild animals. Ben lives outsi ...more
Malika-Liki
beautiful story of two souls finding each other and healing that way.
I really love Catherine Anderson's characters, the way she made them so multilayered. I love Chloe and her son Jeremy, Nan and of course our part Shoshone hero Ben. I love the fact that she wasn't a helpless heroine needing to be saved, but an adult struggling to make her place for her and her son , then adding to her heart Ben and Nan.
I loved how she helped ben numerous times with his gift and the wonderful tongue lashing to
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BookBaked
This is one of the most sweetest romance I've ever read. The suspense was chilling and though I knew it's gonna be a HEA, I was afraid how much damage will be done before that. Thankfully Chole never lost her head when it's needed. I admire this trait most in Catherine's heroines. They look meek, quiet and vulnerable but poke them too much and you'll know what's lying beneath. They aren't sassy but have a stable feminine strength in them. Ben is so kind-hearted. The way he explained Roger's situ ...more
Darlene Wilson
Feb 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Chloe Evan's son, Jeremy chooses Ben Longtree, to heal his sick puppy. Chloe has been warned to stay away from Ben. But there's something about him, at once gentle and untamed, that intrigues her....
Now Chloe's sunny warmth and brave tenacity arouse desire he has long deified. And although Ben is notorious for his healing touch, it is Chloe's hands ... and heart ... that have the power to save his battered soul
Joanie
Jun 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this story, I almost didn’t read it but so very glad I decided to. It grabbed me right from the start. It has everything you love in a story. You fall in love with all the characters. It’s intriguing, suspenseful, and full of beautiful writing. Makes you wish you were there in wilderness with Chloe and Ben. My only regret is I finished this book. Definitely should be made into a movie! It has all the makings of a HIT!!!
Valerie
Jul 29, 2019 rated it did not like it
Welllll.... I gave up, half way through, for these reasons:

The dialogue is off at times, doesn’t flow and feels forced.

The story drags and drags in the middle, too 😬 completely lost interest then.

I could have done without the never ending references to God, also.

I liked the heroine’s background, the story about her ex-husband was uncommon enough to be refreshing. But not enough to keep me from DNFing 🤷🏻♀
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“As the mother of a small boy, she had developed a bad habit of carrying a little of everything in her purse, not to mention all the little treasures that Jeremy had given her—pretty rocks, a wilted violet, a ring he’d made from braided pine needles. The collection was a junky-looking mess. When the stranger picked up an unwrapped peppermint candy with more hair on it than stripes, Chloe wished the floor planks would separate and swallow her. His hard mouth twitched as he dropped the candy back in her purse along with an emergency tampon whose wrapper had nearly disintegrated.” 1 likes
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