Catherine Anderson is a romance author, specializing in both the contemporary and historical categories. She's most known for the Kendrick/Coulter/Harrigan saga and the Comanche series, but has done many stand-alone stories as well.

While her work is generally well-received among fans of the genre, others are quick to point out that her plotlines and characters aren't very original, [[http://www.mrsgiggles.com/ Mrs. Giggles]] especially.
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!!Tropes associated with this author's works include:

* AbusiveParents: Poor Mandy Pajeck, Caitlin O'Shannessy, Maggie Stanley and Nancy Hoffman.
* AllAbusersAreMale
* AngstComa: Rebecca Morgan nearly ''dies'' from one near the end of ''Cherish''.
* AttemptedRape: Way too much of this.
* AuthorAppeal: You can tell Catherine is a country girl at heart by her settings, her taste in romantic heroes and her focus on animals.
* BadassPreacher: Esa Paxton aims to become one.
* BeautyEqualsGoodness
** BeautyIsBad: If the heroine's love rival is pretty, she's inevitably a Bad Person (Liz, Belinda, Hazel).
* BlessedWithSuck: Poor Loni [=McEwan=] in ''Morning Light''. She's a clairvoyant whose powers are stronger than both her mother's and grandmother's, but all they've ever done is bring her heartache and make her feel isolated.
* BreakTheCutie: A lot of her heroines, but most notably Molly Sterling, Rebecca Morgan, Maggie Stanley and Rachel Hollister.
* ButWeUsedACondom: At least Carly Adams thinks Hank Coulter did in ''Blue Skies'', anyway.
* CartwrightCurse: A variation. In ''Perfect Timing'', it's revealed that thanks to an old curse placed on the Harrigan family line by a jilted druid the first wife of every Harrigan male will die young from a blood-related mishap or sickness. It's dogged the family for generations and the only way to end it is for Quincy to marry Ceara O’Ceallaigh.
* ChildByRape: Maggie Stanley's son, Jaimie in ''Baby Love'', Annie's child in ''Annie's Song'' and Daphne O'Keefe in ''Lucky Penny''. Eden Paxton is this for her mother Dory. Fortunately the children are loved in spite of the dark means of their conceptions.
* CuteKitten: Several in ''Lucky Penny''.
* DeconfirmedBachelor: The majority of the heroes, just before the heroine crosses their path for the first time.
* DisabledLoveInterest: Bethany Coulter in ''Phantom Waltz'' (paralyzed), Carly Adams in ''Blue Skies'' (blind), Annie Trimble in ''Annie's Song'' (deaf), and Laura Townsend in ''My Sunshine'' (aphasic). Also Luke Pajeck in ''Here to Stay'' (blind), though he's a secondary character.
* DistressedDamsel: Way too many of Catherine's heroines fall under this, but Rebecca Morgan in ''Cherish'' is ''the'' quintessential example.
* DistressBall: Poor Sam Harrigan can hold her own in a fight, but during the climax of ''Sun Kissed'', her JerkAss ex-husband corners her and despite her best efforts she still ends up needing to be rescued by Tucker.
* DoctorsOrders: Dr. Marie Stevenson in ''Perfect Timing'' has no patience for anyone who gets between her and her patient, and makes that lack of patience abundantly clear. In the end, this [[spoiler:saves Ceara's life, as well as her baby's]].
* DoesNotLikeMen: A lot of Catherine's heroines have major trust issues with men at first...
* DomesticAbuser: ...because of this. Poor, ''poor'' Molly Sterling, Sam Harrigan and Rainie Hall!
* EvilRedhead: Well, she's not exactly ''evil'', but ''Always In My Heart'''s narrative makes it quite clear that Liz is ''not'' a nice person.
* FalseRapeAccusation: When Chloe tries to report Bobby's assault of her, the higher-ups refuse to believe her because they think she's pulling this.
* FieryRedhead: Eden Paxton and Brianna O'Keefe.
* FingerPokeOfDoom: How Marvin's poking of Ellie is seen in ''Always In My Heart''.
* FishOutOfTemporalWater: Ceara O’Ceallaigh, and how.
* FluffyTamer: Mandy Pajeck gets Zach Harrigan's attention right quick when she manages to handle the violent stallion Tornado, which no one, not even Zach, a professional horse trainer, has been able to do. It turns out that [[spoiler:Tornado was abused by his former owners, and takes to Mandy because he somehow senses that she went through the same thing]].
* FoodPorn
* FriendToAllLivingThings: Laura Townsend in ''My Sunshine'', Ben Longtree in ''Only By Your Touch''.
* {{Gaslighting}}: Rodney does this to Molly in order to make her and everyone else think she's gone crazy.
* GoldDigger: Of ''both'' genders, too!
* GoodGirlsAvoidAbortion: Even if it's a rape pregnancy. [[spoiler: Ben's ex-wife trying to abort his baby played a catalyst in his accidental murder of her lover.]]
* GoodPeopleHaveGoodSex
* GuiltyPleasure: Sure, all her novels are ridden with Mary Sues, Gary Stus, Undyingly Unrealistic Devotion And Love Everlasting and Unrealistically Perfect Sex, but if you take them as the fantastical escapism they are, they actually are quite charming.
* HeroicBSOD: A lot of the heroines are prone to these, but especially Rebecca Morgan.
* HurtComfortFic: The professional published version, essentially.
* ICantBelieveAGuyLikeYouWouldNoticeMe:
** Molly spends 2/3 of her story unable to believe Jake could seriously find someone as "fat and ugly" as her attractive, it takes TheirFirstTime to convince her.
** Laura isn't ''as'' pathological about this as Molly, but Isaiah still has to spend some time convincing her that she ''is'' his ideal woman and her brain damage is ''not'' a problem for him.
* IHaveYouNowMyPretty: Used in ''Cherish''.
* IllGirl: Loni is dying from a rare form of leukemia in ''Perfect Timing''. She gets better, though.
* TheIngenue: Rebecca Morgan.
* InspirationallyDisadvantaged: Laura Townsend in ''My Sunshine'', and Bethany Coulter in ''Phantom Waltz''. Averted with Luke Pajeck in ''Here to Stay'' until his character development.
* ItsAllMyFault: Every member of the Grant family feels this about the death of oldest son Sammy in ''Always In My Heart''. Molly and Laura also frequently apologize for things that weren't their fault, and Rebecca spends a good chunk of her story weeping and wailing about how all the tragic things surrounding her are because God hates her.
* KarmaHoudini: The ending of ''Only By Your Touch'' never explains whether Bobby Lee gets punished or not.
* KindheartedSimpleton: Subverted with Laura Townsend, who only appears this way because of her language difficulties, which impact her ability to do math and use complex words but otherwise have no effect on her intelligence. Isaiah points out rather sharply to his brother Tucker (also a veterinarian) that "she's probably smarter than you are!" when Tucker makes the (wrong) assumption that Laura won't understand enough about veterinary medicine to be married to a veterinarian. Given that Laura was, prior to her accident, an environmental scientist, Isaiah's point is doubly valid.
* KindlyVet: Isaiah Coulter (''My Sunshine'') and his twin brother Tucker (''Sun Kissed'').
* LetsDuet: Natalie and Zeke in ''Bright Eyes'', since Natalie's a singer.
* LifetimeMovieOfTheWeek: Poor Molly, really. Ditto Rainie. David also seems to treat Brianna's story like this in ''Lucky Penny'', much to Brianna's ire. ''Only By Your Touch'' reeks of this, right down to the stalker and the sickly child.
* LivingEmotionalCrutch: Luke and Mandy unknowingly treat each other this way for years until Zach Harrigan knocks some sense into both of them.
* LoveAtFirstSight
* LoveMartyr: Molly Sterling would do ''anything'' to please her slimy former husband, until she realized how dangerous he was.
* ManipulativeBastard: Molly's ex-husband Rodney in ''Sweet Nothings''.
* MaritalRapeLicense: Brianna fears David will try to exercise this with her.
* MarriageBeforeRomance: ''Blue Skies'', ''Baby Love'', ''Walking On Air'', ''Annie's Song'', ''Lucky Penny'' and ''Perfect Timing''.
* [[MateOrDie Mate Or Loni Dies]]: In order for the curse to be broken, Quincy ''must'' consummate his impromptu marriage to Ceara. They go through with it, but not without Quincy panicking over Ceara's virginity and fearing he'll split her in half.
* MaybeEverAfter: ''Here to Stay'' doesn't explicitly say whether Luke Pajeck and Laurie Patterson actually do get married -- it only notes that they had been dating "hot and heavy" and that Frank Harrigan had reassured Mandy that just because they're young doesn't mean their relationship won't last. Given that this is an Anderson novel, however, the probability is quite heavily in favor of it working out.
* MorningSickness: Carly Coulter suffers an agonizing case of this in ''Blue Skies'', and only brussel sprouts, sauerkraut and chocolate milk can soothe her.
* MurderersAreRapists: The Sebastian Gang in ''Early Dawn'' always gang rape a woman before they kill her, unless they plan to sell her.
* NamesTheSame: The heroines of ''Cheyenne Amber'' and ''My Sunshine'' are both named Laura (Cheney and Townsend, respectively).
* NatureAbhorsAVirgin: Most of Catherine's virgin heroines are embarrassed about their status.
* NoAccountingForTaste: How ''do'' these heroines end up married to such sleazeballs (or in the case of ''Seventh Heaven's'' Joe Lakota an abusive shrew) anyway?
* ObviouslyEvil: Maggie's stepfather in ''Baby Love'', Rodney Wells in ''Sweet Nothings'', Peter Danning in ''Star Bright'', Bobby Lee Shuck in ''Only By Your Touch''.
* OneTrueLove: Parker Harrigan discusses this with Rainie, telling her that as far as Harrigan men are concerned, there's one woman for them and that's it.
* OurAngelsAreDifferent: The angels who give Gabriel Valance his second chance at life in ''Walking On Air''.
* PluckyGirl: It can't be said that these ladies don't at least ''try'' to keep going in spite of all the shit life's thrown at them. Especially Eden Paxton, Laura Townsend, and Samantha Harrigan.
* PoliceAreUseless: Jack Pine's law enforcement in ''Only By Your Touch'', big time. In Catherine's other books it often seems to be going this way at first when the heroines are unable or afraid to press charges due to their abusers being so powerful and influential, but they ultimately subvert it in the end.
* PreciousPuppies: The baby rottweilers in ''My Sunshine'', as well as Hapless the mutt. Rowdy in ''Only By Your Touch''.
* RaisedByDudes: Samantha Harrigan, due to her mother's DeathByChildbirth.
* RapeAsDrama: Way too much: Annie Trimble, Marilee Nelson, Moira O'Keefe, Caitlin O'Shannessy, and Maggie Stanley all suffer this. Eden Paxton only escapes this because the bandits want to sell her.
* RealMenWearPink: Tucker Coulter lives in a white cottage with a picket fence and elegant, feminine furnishings and if his brothers have a problem with it they can go fuck themselves. (Subverted in ''Sun Kissed'' when he realizes such dainty furnishings don't suit him as well as he thought, though).
* RedHerring: Jeb Pritchard and his boys in ''Summer Breeze''.
* RescueRomance: Anderson's bread and butter.
* ScreamingBirth / ExpressDelivery: Played for drama with poor Ceara and Quincy's daughter. Ceara doesn't just go into early labor, she delivers the baby ''in the truck on the way to the hospital''. [[spoiler: Thankfully, both manage to survive thanks to their shared magic.]]
* SecondLove: Eden for Matthew, it's even discussed several times via narrative
* ShownTheirWork: Anderson goes to great lengths to get the details of things like veterinary medicine, horse training, and general horse care right.
* SlapSlapKiss: Ellie and Tucker in ''Always In My Heart''. Loni and Clint start out this way in ''Morning Light'', and Natalie's own parents have this going on in ''Bright Eyes''. But Brianna and David in ''Lucky Penny'' take the trophy for this one.
* SmugSnake: Rodney again.
* SurgeonsCanDoAutopsiesIfTheyWant: As an ob-gyn, Dr. Stevenson has no business [[spoiler:presiding over the care of a critically ill newborn]] -- that's an entirely different specialty. But having her do both not only cuts down on the number of characters important to the plot, it lets her kick some serious medical ass. ''Because'' she kicks so much ass, nobody cares.
* ThereAreNoTherapists: Averted. Mandy Pajeck in ''Here to Stay'' starts going to therapy to help her [[spoiler:get over her fear of marriage]]. It's really rather refreshing to see a ''romance novel'' admit that ThePowerOfLove can't cure everything, and sometimes professional help is the best answer. Also averted in ''Always In My Heart'', when the Grant family finally realize they need to deal with the loss of oldest son Sammy in a better way than they have.
* ThirdActMisunderstanding: Oh boy... Averted in ''Star Bright'' and ''Sun Kissed'', though, where the climax is something else.
* TimeTravelRomance: Quincy Harrigan and Ceara O’Ceallaigh.
* TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth: Ellie and Tucker's oldest son Sammy is implied to have been this in ''Always In My Heart''.
* TheVamp: Liz in ''Always In My Heart'', Belinda in ''My Sunshine''
* WeightWoe: Molly is constantly fretting about her figure and weight in ''Sweet Nothings''. It doesn't help that her ex-husband constantly compared her to a cow.
* WifeBasherBasher: Matthew Coulter. Ever since the rape and murder of his wife, he will ''not'' stand by and let anything bad happen to a woman.
* WomanScorned: Isaiah's co-worker Belinda Baxter in ''My Sunshine'', Hazel Wright in ''Lucky Penny''.
* WoundedGazelleGambit: Belinda tries to have sex with an uninterested Isaiah, but when they get caught by another vet at the clinic she claims he was trying to rape her. Luckily for Isaiah it doesn't work.
* WrongGuyFirst: Played for drama with 90% of Anderson's heroines.
* YourCheatingHeart: Half of Anderson's heroines inexplicably marry adulterers.
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