Walking on Air
Date: February 2014
Source: Own book
Random, Colorado, is just another stop on the road for solitary gunslinger Gabriel Valance. Known for his drinking, gambling, and womanizing, he prefers to remain a stranger to anyone who crosses his path. But when an upstart gunslinger catches Gabe off guard and shoots him down, he regrets his empty, lonely life with his dying breath....
Golden-haired beauty Nancy Hoffman settled in Random after fleeing an abusive past. Caring for her younger sister and working in a hat shop help her to forge ahead, though she remains fearful and mistrustful of men—and marriage....
Their paths will cross when Gabe gets a second chance at life and a divine mission: to sweep Nancy off her feet, gain her trust, and convince her to believe in his love. And in doing so, the once-hardened cowboy may save himself....
Walking on Air is the first book in what may be a series as it is labelled A Valance Family novel. It is a historical novel - with the addition of a little fantasy added in. I generally enjoy a Catherine Anderson book, I am not quite sure what it is, but her books have a distinct voice. I find them a satisfyingly comfort read most of the time. A time to get lost in a story and be carried away, with not too much required as a reader to follow heaps of clues!
Sometimes her books have a Christian flavor to them, with this book it is more pronounced, and readers who avoid such books would be best to leave this one alone. I can tolerate them when they are well written. I like them to be subtle rather than very overt. This book does go a little beyond what I like, however its Catherine Anderson and I am willing to let that go!
Gabe finds himself face to face with his life that lacks love and family in it, helped along somewhat by a couple of angels who send him back from the pearly gates to relive the last month of his life. His mission is to 'save' Nan, who is in danger of missing out on love and life, and also riddled by guilt because she believes she killed a man. Gabe can have the choice of saving her, or an old man or a young boy. He chooses the woman - naturally!
Nan has a 'daughter' Laney, she quickly takes to Gabe and they soon are firm friends. As the story develops there is a dog who is rescued, as well as a young boy and an old man. All very heartwarming and it ends with everything perfectly working out as love rules the day - in a very wide sense.
I didn't fall for this book as much as I wanted to, however it was a great 'feel good' book.