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Lucky Penny (Signet Books)

Lucky Penny (Signet Books) [Kindle Edition]

Catherine Anderson
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From the author of Perfect Timing, Cheyenne Amber, and other beloved bestsellers...

To support her orphaned niece, impoverished Brianna O'Keefe accepts work with a Colorado rancher. To guard herself from unwanted attention, she resorts to a harmless little lie: that she's married to a Denver gold miner named David Paxton.

But when her "husband" shows up, Brianna is stunned--not the least by her desire...

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 741 KB
  • Print Length: 432 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0451236033
  • Publisher: Signet; Original edition (31 Jan 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005GSYZ3O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars reader 8 Dec 2013
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Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
I got this book , because it was part of a series, i loved the other books, but this one was the best, I would recommend them.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't get into it 8 July 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
It was hard to read, every long winded, kept repeating itself throughout, and the characters were hard to like. Gave up reading it because I lost interested about 1/4 of the way through. I am surprised as I have really enjoyed books from this author previously.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Truly Enjoyable Read! 6 Feb 2012
By The_Book_Queen - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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What length would you go to for the sake of family? Would you live a lie, dig out of trash cans for food, pretend to be someone you're not--all so your promise to a dying relative will be upheld? Brianna O'Keefe has done all of these things, and more, for her "daughter". And she won't give her up, no matter what!

David Paxton, a small town marshal, is surprised when he is given a bag of mail, all sent from a woman, Brianna Paxton, who claims to be his wife, and Daphne, who is supposed to be his daughter. Problem is, David's never heard of the woman, nor does he have any children. He sure as hell isn't married....unless he got extremely drunk one night during his younger years. What if Daphne really is his? How can he ignore their letters, especially should she prove to be his? He sets off to find out the truth--but nothing could have prepared him for what he'd find in Glory Ridge. Brianna, though a bit prim-and-proper, is a beauty and sweet Daphne has the Paxton looks, right down to the birthmark on the neck. So how is it that Brianna can look him in the eye and tell him he's not her father?

Brianna made a promise to her twin, Moira, when she was on her deathbed. She would raise Daphne as her own, caring for her like she would a child from her own womb. She's kept this vow all these years, and nobody else knows the truth. But when David Paxton, her made-up husband, suddenly appears at her doorstep, her life of lies is in jeopardy. Though she won't admit it to David, she can't deny the overwhelming family resemblance between Daphne and David--but Brianna knows better. He's not the father of her dead sister's child. But then how does one explain the looks? Or David's determination to claim her as his own and Brianna as his real wife?

There is more to this story than what is appears, and only after the details are told and the lies picked out can we see the whole truth--and some of it will come as a surprise, even to Brianna!

The storyline for Lucky Penny was unique and very well done. I couldn't help but feel for Brianna and Daphne after reading of their hard life. I wanted David to be Daphne's dad, even though I knew it was impossible (biologically, that is). But this story taught Daphne, Brianna, and us readers as well, one very important thing--family and love is not determined solely by blood.

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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Lucky Penny, Lots of Problems 26 Feb 2012
By Mellanie C. - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I'm normally a Catherine Anderson fan; in fact, she's one of the few authors for whom I'll pay full retail. That being said, her latest paperback is full of problems that made it impossible for me to get lost in the story.

In 1891, Brianna O'Keefe accepts a job in Colorado working as tutor/housekeeper for a rancher who expects her to provide more personal services as well. To keep him at bay, she pretends to be married to a miner named David Paxton,who is supposedly seeking his fortune in Denver. Brianna's daughter, Daphne, is actually her niece, the product of the rape of Brianna's twin sister, Moira. Brianna's employer forces her to write a letter to her "husband" every week, begging him to come back and take care of her and their little girl. Unbeknownst to Brianna, Daphne is also writing to her "daddy." The rancher is supposedly a lecherous pig who only wants to get into Brianna's knickers, yet he keeps her in his employ for nearly six years before he remarries and no longer requires her service. Brianna is forced to get a job with the local dressmaker, but has to take other jobs as well to make ends meet.

All of this is spelled out in the first few pages of Brianna's story, a pastiche of pathos that Horatio Alger would have been hard-pressed to imagine. I can suspend disbelief with the most forgiving of readers, but this book required contortions that even my imagination couldn't make. Nothing makes sense in this story without a huge helping of "just go with it" to choke it down. When David Paxton, sherrif of No Name, Colorado, gets a huge bag of mail from Denver, all sent care of General Delivery, he KNOWS he's never met Brianna, but is so moved by his "daughter's" letter, describing eating out of trash barrels, that he MAILS over $100 to the girl without even a note of explanation. Then, determining that there's no other David Paxton within a 100-mile radius, our hero convinces himself that he might have fathered this child on one of his many drunk-to-the-point-of-passing-out adventures in his younger days, so he travels to Glory Ridge to claim his daughter.

LUCKY PENNY is full of jaw-dropping inconsistencies. Confronted with a man who bears the "very unusual" name of David Paxton, Brianna tries to back-pedal about where her "real" husband might possibly be. Anderson throws in so many unnecessary, jarring details that it's impossible to settle in and enjoy the story. The reader is actually subjected to several pages where Brianna accuses David of being a white slaver, intent on selling her beautiful blonde daughter to Mexicans. Daphne's letters to David are misspelled in ways that would make a rapper proud. Brianna has $2 put aside for her rent, one-fourth of which she allegedly found on the floor of the restaurant where she works at night to make ends meet. I could have swallowed Daphne and David meeting when they bumped heads over a penny on the street, but I can't buy someone losing 50 cents at a time when that was a lot more than chump change, and Anderson makes it worse when Daphne says she always buys candy with the pennies she finds on the street, as if this poor mining community has an unending supply of misplaced money just waiting for impoverished heroines to find. Meanwhile, David instantly accepts that Daphne is his daughter because she looks just like his mother and even has the Paxton family birthmark, which Brianna insists is a burn from an incident when Daphne was an infant, because, after all, burn scars and birthmarks are so similar.

Things get even more unbelievable when David and Brianna consult the local judge for a ruling on custody of Daphne. The most ignorant of readers could drive a truck through the holes in that scene, and it just keeps getting worse. Anderson's use of anachronistic psycho-babble (Daphne has low self-esteem from being teased by her schoolmates) is another flaw. David is supposed to be a man who knows how to censor himself around children, yet he uses the word "arse" not once but twice within a few minutes of meeting his young daughter.

Even so, all might have been forgiven if not for the fact that Brianna is just not a sympathetic heroine. She's dour and judgmental, surrounded by people who are mean to her just so the reader can see what a rose among thorns she is. Her boss at the dress shop is nasty and unkind and has no dress sense, a problem for which Brianna would offer advice if only Mrs. Martin were nicer to her. Her former boss wanted to sleep with her, and her boss at the restaurant is constantly trying to grope her, even though he's married. Brianna hardly ever eats, yet her clothes are too tight and straining across her ample bosom because they're relics of her younger days before she developed her womanly figure. Anderson piles pitiful image on top of gratuitous pathos to no avail. The action of the book takes place over about six weeks, which makes certain plot developments improbable if not downright implausible. Deus ex machina collides with shameless coincidence for a head-scratching denouement that leaves the reader feeling like she's been swindled by a street-corner card shark.

Catherine Anderson has written many books that belong on readers' keeper shelves, but LUCKY PENNY is not one of them. Fans of previous books might be happy to revisit old friends, like David's brother Ace, but they'll have to be forgiving indeed to look past everything that is wrong with this book. This is one lucky penny you might not want to rush to pick up.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars "Lucky Penny" not so lucky... 7 Mar 2012
By Julie A. Pope - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
I am a huge Catherine Anderson fan and most all of her books are on my keeper shelf but this one fell way short in lots of ways.

I found myself scanning this book to try get to some connection between the hero and heroine- that connection took a good 300 pages...sigh. I'm referring to just chemistry, nothing more. The heroine keeps refering to him as sir and just never really becomes admirable to the reader in any kind of believable way. The author kept referring to her «ample» breasts , in a sort of lame attempt to show chemistry, it just fell really short of creating any really connection between the hero and heroine that makes for good chemistry. I'm really not referring to sex, I'm referring to a good love story that draws you in, this one just fell flat for me.

I agree with the other reviewer that there were other problems as well on the side stories, really farfetched that this guy would decide undoubtedly that this child was his because she looked like his mother...sigh...really?

I hate to say this but this book seemed like the author had a deadline to meet and she just cranked out a book. Not remotely up to par with her usual work.

In addition, I bought the paperback version of this book at Sam's for $5 and some change, the kindle edition was $7.99. Really? I can't believe it costs less to buy the actual print version.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars entertaining historical romance 31 Jan 2012
By Harriet Klausner - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In 1891 Brianna O'Keefe heads west young woman accompanied by her ward, her young niece. Brianna obtains work on a Colorado ranch. To keep the cowboys away, Brianna says she is married to a Denver gold miner David Paxton and raising their child.

David Paxton arrives and meets his spouse\ and daughter. However, he recognizes neither nor remembers marrying anyone, but his offspring has his family birthmark. Confused David fears he was intoxicated when he had sex with Brianna and when he abandoned the pregnant Brianna. As the two wary "married" adults fall in love, she fears her lies will destroy their special bond of a family especially hurting her niece and breaking her heart and that of their "daughter".

Lucky Penny is an entertaining historical romance starring the likable Paxton "family" in a strong Gilded Age Colorado tale. The storyline is fast-paced as Brianna struggles with rectifying fate's twist in which she wants her scam family to be real. Fans will root for her to resolve her problems as she knows she owes her beloved the truth for "There must be some misunderstanding; There must be some kind of mistake" (Genesis).

Harriet Klausner
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book! 10 Feb 2012
By K. Moss - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I loved this book! David Paxton was sexy as hell and Brianna was written as strong but vulnerable. They were a great pair. Also, the revelation at the end of the book was very unexpected, as far as I was concerned. I never suspected it at all and it was a nice twist to end the story. I'm anxious to read Esa's story next!
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