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Sunday, May 05, 2013

New Giveaway! Now I'm giving away Catherine's Pursuit by Lena Nelson Dooley (with bonus review!)

About the book: 

The search for her sisters will become a spiritual journey for the entire family.

Raised by her father, Catherine McKenna has never lacked for anything, surrounded by people to take care of her every need. On her eighteenth birthday she discovers that not only did her mother die when she was born, but she has two identical sisters. Although her father vowed not to look for his daughters, Catherine made no such promise. Setting out on her own with one clue and her maid in tow, she's determined to find her sisters.

Collin Elliott has seen better days. After losing his ship to a violent and unexpected storm, he is trying to recover--physically and emotionally. When Angus McKenna sends him to find, follow, and protect his daughter, he wants nothing more than to finish his task and return home. Can he help her find her sisters?

And will the discoveries they make along the way teach them both what's most important in life?

My review:

Catherine's Pursuit is the conclusion to a series about the three McKenna girls - also identical triplets - who were separated at birth and found each other again. I do love adoption stories and particularly ones that focus on a search to find biological parents and/or siblings to help one better understand family roots and genetic traits. The original story of what happened to them was part of a previous book and I found it quite heartbreaking. It didn't get rehashed in this story so people who haven't read previous books might feel a bit of deprivation there. The history was touched upon, but in a very light manner.

Overall the story was heartwarming but also a bit warm and fuzzy. There were a few scenes with a bit of action, like when Collin went to the bar and ordered a drink so he had to deal with some demons from his past, but for the most part this story moved at a slower pace. This seemed to fit the time period and character development. I enjoyed experiencing Catherine's transformation as well as Collin's. The way the author showed Catherine's change from a pretty spoiled young lady to a woman who understood hardship worked well. I wasn't feeling the connection between the hero and heroine for most of the book, but when they finally came to realize the love growing between them it played out in a very sweet scene. The fact that Collin also changed over time to become more confident was rewarding as well. All in all, this was a nice, sweet historical romance.

Now for the question...

Do you know anyone who has searched for siblings they didn't know existed before, and then found them? It's not as uncommon as you'd think because I know of quite a few people in these situations myself. I'll select a winner using "the hat" randomizer program next weekend.


Michelle said...

Interesting question. I have actually gone through that process of finding my sisters that I knew nothing about and it took me years to find them. I did find them last fall through Facebook and we are all so happy to finally get to know each other.

Liz R said...

I don't know anyone personally who's searched for siblings but I have two cousins who were adopted and I believe they have each have siblings.


Sheila Deeth said...

I don't know of anyone, but I doubt it's that uncommon. sheiladeeth at gmail dot com

Anita Yancey said...

No, I don't know of anyone. I don't even know anyone who has been adopted. I would love to read this book. Thanks for the chance.


karenk said...

yes, a husband at my friend at work discovered a sister...thanks for the chance to read this story.

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Andrea said...

I don't know of anyone personally who has gone through this, but I love watching the stories when people are reunited. So heartwarming!

Sarah Rebekah Richmond said...

This book looks interesting and sounds interesting and I would love the chance to read it,Enter me!
Thanks for the giveaway and God Bless!!
Sarah Richmond

Abigail Mitchell said...

No, actually I don't know anyone like that.

I have # 2 in this series, didn't read it yet though, because I wanted to read them in order! They look Great!!! Please enter me! Thanks!

Emma said...

Thanks for the giveaway. I don't know of anyone.

Martha A. said...

I don't know of anyone that searched for siblings, but we searched for my grandmother's family (she was given up for adoption as a baby) and found them! It was very interesting to see pictures and her to meet all the relatives.

I loved the first two books in this series and would love to read this one! martha(at)lclink(dot)com

Tore923 said...

My adopted son has a blood sister. We got in contact with the adopted family and now my son and his sister see each other. We are just like a family. We get along really well. Thanks for the giveaway.

Boos Mum said...

No, I don't personally know of anyone. I also know people who have been adopted but am unsure as to whether they have more siblings. Thanks for the giveaway.

sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

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