Book Review

FOREVER AFTER
by Catherine Anderson

Genre: Contemporary Romance, General Contemporary Romance

1998 BEST CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE Nominee

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Despite her attempts to remain inconspicuous and her choice of a remote little house, Meredith Kenyon has had the bad luck of ending up with Wynema County Sheriff Heath Masters as her nearest neighbor. Meredith and her four-year-old daughter Sammy have been running for their lives. By changing their names and appearances, Meredith hopes to keep Sammy safe from her former father-in-law, Glenn Calendri. As an innocent young bride, Meredith had been unaware of both her new husband's sadistic nature and the family's mob connections. Dan Calendri's death did not end matters, for Glenn is now trying to have Meredith declared unfit and gain custody of Sammy himself.

Frightened from her father's abuse, little Sammy is terrified of men and much of life in general. Retired police dog Goliath is not about to let a little thing like fear stand between him and the child he adores. This special Rottweiler has an almost mystical connection with little Sammy. Slowly but surely, Goliath and Heath start to break down the barriers surrounding the Kenyon ladies' hearts.

Unfortunately, Glenn Calendri's goons are closing in on Meredith's hiding place. Heath is a respected lawman, whose dedication to the law has been a driving force in his life. Getting involved in Meredith's problems could imperil his life and destroy the career he has worked so hard to achieve.

Versatile Catherine Anderson works her own special brand of magic on this poignant, tender and enthralling story. She is truly an extraordinary storyteller. (Apr., 448 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed By: Jill M. Smith

Publisher: Avon

Published: April 1998

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Forever After

Submitted by Robin in PA on June 8, 2014 - 9:23am.

Fleeing with her four-year-old daughter Sammy after a heated custody battle, Meredith Kenyon moves into a run-down house in Oregon and right next-door to the county sheriff. She hopes that her disguise and a low-profile will keep her off of her father-in-law's radar. Sheriff Heath Masters knows his new neighbor is keeping secrets. Both she and her young daughter seem to be afraid of men. The only male they seem to love is his Rottweiler, Goliath. Heath is drawn to his vulnerable neighbor and hopes she will soon begin to trust him.

This is a contemporary romance featuring a tormented heroine and the sheriff who helps her. But the biggest star of this book is the sheriff's dog, Goliath, who sometimes is much smarter than his human counterparts. He knows young Sammy needs a friend. And he somehow knows she needs protection. He's much quicker at figuring things out than the sheriff.

I liked the story, but thought it was buried in a book with too much inner thought. There was pages and pages of Meredith worrying about being caught. More pages of Heath thinking about what kind of secrets his neighbor is keeping. A little editing could have made a world of difference. My rating: 3.5 Stars.