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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

My review of Catch a Falling Star by Beth K. Vogt

About the book:

Successful career gal Kendall Haynes is tired of wishing on stars for a home and a family. Can God’s dreams for her be even better than her own?

What does a girl do when life doesn't go according to her plan? At thirty-six, Kendall Haynes has seen some of her dreams come true. She’s a family physician helping kids with severe allergies and asthma achieve more fulfilling lives—a childhood struggle she knows all too well. But are Kendall’s dreams of having it all—a career, a husband, children—nothing more than a childhood fantasy? God says He knows the plans He has for her—why can’t Kendall figure them out and be content with her life?

Griffin Walker prefers flying solo—both as an Air Force pilot and in his personal life. But a wrong choice and health problems pulled him out of the cockpit. His attempts to get out of “flying a desk” are complicated by his parents’ death—making Griffin the reluctant guardian of his sixteen-year-old brother, Ian. How did his life get so off course? Can he get his life back on track…or has there been a divine plan all along?

Catch a Falling Star reminds readers that romance isn't just for twenty-somethings and that sometimes letting go of your “wish I may, wish I might” dreams is the only way to embrace everything God has waiting for you.

My review:

Catch a Falling Star is my kind of contemporary romance. There wasn't anything I disliked about it. Even the subplot about the other doctor didn't need to come to a final conclusion since it wasn't key to the love developing between the heroine and the hero. I loved watching their relationship transform him over time. I was thrilled that Kendall finally found a relationship that made sense, but also filled her heart with the completion she desired. She wasn't pining away for a man, but it did bother her that her life wasn't as complete as she hoped it would be by the time she was in her late thirties. The cool thing was I didn't feel like I was reading about older people falling in love. I'm in my late forties, so I can still enjoy an almost-forty couple in a romance and still feel like they are young. Older couples, like in their sixties, are not something I enjoy reading... yet.

The subplot with Evie, Kendall's employee, was heart-felt as well. It moved me to tears when she and Ian, Griffin's brother, talked about his childhood before adoption. Having done many adoptions myself, I saw exactly what kills many adoptive families before they get very far. The author did a great job showing that it wouldn't be easy and that rejection is part of the deal as the child heals over time. There is a way to get beyond that if everyone sticks it out and reacts the way the child needs. Anyway, that was beautifully done.

What I liked best about the story was probably how the faith element was present, but not overpowering to the point it was the entire focus of the story. Kendall and Griffin seemed more realistic as characters because they had realistic thoughts. I liked that they were both believers. Kendall's relationship with the other doctor showed that saying you are a Christian doesn't keep you from using others for your own gain. Her heart knew Griffin was the one for her. I'm glad she finally listened to him. Oh, and that dog Sully was a sweetie. I think her relationship with her dog made the story better because it added a side to her you might not otherwise see.

Anyway, great story. I wish I had gotten to read it sooner before the endorsement deadline, but the book doesn't release until May 2013, so I still got a chance to read it early. Make sure to pre-order this one on


Catch a Falling Star was published by Howard Books and releases in May. Get your copy pre-ordered now by clicking on the link above.

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