I'd never read any of Beth Vogt's book before this one, but now, after reading To Catch a Falling Star, she is a favorite author of mine.
Kendall Haynes is a 36 year old doctor in Colorado Spring, CO. Eating out with her friends one evening, she notices a young teenager choking after eating something he was allergic to. She administers treatment to him and meets his much older brother, Griffin Walker.
Griffin is an Air Force pilot who's been taking off duty because of vertigo, and now he's been saddled with his adopted brother after both his parents are killed in an accident.
Both Kendall and Griffin has issues in their lives that they have been struggling with, pain in their lives that just won't seem to go away. Their lives have not gone like they planned and now at their ages, 36 and 38, they don't know which route to take.
God has plans for all His children, but how many times do we want to go our own way instead of allowing Him to take the lead? This book explores that premise.
I laughed out loud, I bawled and I rejoice during the reading of this book. It blessed me so very much and I can't wait to read more of this author's books. I am a forever fan now. Do yourself a favor and get this book.
I was provided with a copy of this book for free, which is no way influenced 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.
The phrase "Catch a Falling Star" evokes the image of ideal childhood dreams, something to which we can all relate. In her novel, Beth Vogt introduces readers to two characters whose lives have taken different paths than they envisioned. Kendall and Griffin find themselves in their mid-thirties, wondering what will become of their dreams, their plans, and their lives. Vogt clearly conveys their struggles and doubts, allowing readers to understand and empathize with both main characters. Though their specific circumstances differ from those of readers, the topics are relevant and applicable on a personal level.
I enjoyed "Catch a Falling Star" and its message, but I had trouble connecting with the characters. There is a strong undercurrent of tension between Kendall and Griffin from their first meeting, which continues through the novel. Usually I enjoy verbal exchanges between two characters who are clearly meant for each other. In this instance, I found Kendall to be a bit abrasive and quick to jump to assumptions. As the plot progressed, more of Kendall's personality is exposed to reveal a softer side, which I found more likeable.
Jeeps also play a significant role in the plot. I couldn't connect with the Jeep devotion shared by Kendall and Griffin, and there were comments and discussions about Jeeps that I didn't really "get." The Jeep element did add some uniqueness and quirk to the novel.
The Colorado scenery was one of the "stars" of the novel. Vogt's descriptions of Pike's Peak and Colorado Springs left me longing to take a trip to Colorado. Vogt mentions the view from Kendall's home and office several times, and her vivid details truly painted a picture in my mind.
"Catch a Falling Star" is a steady-paced, enjoyable read with romantic tension and central themes of faith and love to resonate with readers.
I received a complimentary e-copy of this novel from NetGalley, courtesy of Howard Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed above are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
Kendall Haynes is a successful family doctor most especially helping kids with severe allergies. But at thirty-six she thought she would have not only her career but a husband and kids as well. Her life isn't turning out like the fairy-tales her grandmother used to read her. She knows God has a plan for her but she just can't figure out what that is. She's growing tired of the 'wish-I-may-wish-I-might' dreams. Griffin Walker is an Air Force pilot whose been grounded because of health. On top of that, he finds himself guardian of his teenage brother, Ian, because of the death of their parents. Griffin is overwhelmed with all that's going on in his life. To make matters worse, Griffin finds himself intrigued by the good Dr. Kendall. She's strong yet tenderhearted and different from any other woman he's ever known. But he sure isn't looking for love. He's planning on remaining single. Will Griffin and Kendall both learn that they may plan their way, but the Lord directs their steps.
What do you do when your life isn't what you thought it would be? The author does a wonderful job of exploring that question in Catch a Falling Star. The title and the cover are great and perfectly depict the essence of the story. You are drawn into this delightful tale from the very first page and it holds you there until you find out how it ends. And I've got to tell you, it had an ending that I absolutely adored! You'll meet lots of great characters who will stay with you long after you close the book. I thoroughly enjoy Beth Vogt's writing style. It's clean and fresh like a springtime morning. I appreciated the reminder that sometimes we need to let go of what 'we' want to see what 'God' has for us. That's not always easy. So, grab a cup of coffee, have a seat on the back porch and Catch a Falling Star! You'll be glad you did!
*This complimentary copy was provided by Howard Book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Howard Books; Original edition (May 7, 2013)
Beth Vogt's debut novel "Wish You Were Here" was great. A good story.
"Catch a Falling Star"_superb.
I couldn't put the novel down. Could. Not. I don't have stronger words to describe how much this novel captured me_oh wait I'll say this: I could have dealt with one or five more of those kisses_
Beth Vogt has hit her sweet spot. Talk about a great story! (I really need a stronger arsenal of vivid descriptors for novels I love). Griffin and Kendall are characters that go deep in their characterization. The dialogue_oh the dialogue! Snappy, quick and perfect for every single moment. I don't think one word was wasted, each one built upon the other to create a story so_so wonderful to spend time reading, I couldn't put it down. Oh, wait, I've already said that.
Characters are great. Writing is superb. Themes are clearly evident and excellently woven through the story. Descriptions take you right into the heart of the story while not distracting anything from it. I have a feeling THIS is the voice, people are going to love discovering on book shelves. And talk about a romance. I don't think it can get much better_except, I could have had a few more kisses. (broken record, yeah I know, what's your point?)
Oh sigh_do I have to shut up now? I really could go on and on_let me say this: I had an advance ecopy. I'm going to buy the book. And get it autographed.
This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to the publishers through Netgalley for my copy to review.