Catherine's Pursuit, McKenna's Daughters Series #3
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 also has two identical sisters. Although her father has vowed not to look for his daughters, Catherine has 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 Elliot has seen better days. After loosing 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 pampered 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?
Feeling cheated out of two sister identical to herself, Catherine is determined to find her long lost sisters. Collin's perspective was a great source of amusement when it came to Catherine's enthusiastic search and courageous journey. For a somewhat spoiled rich girl, she is not afraid to show her high-spirited side, and Collin is not at all impressed with her behavior. But as it is a chance to prove himself to his generous employer (and Catherine's father) he doesn't have a whole lot of choice in the matter.
I found the characters to be an interesting lot with plenty of personality and red hair to go around. Catherine's penchant to get into trouble and Collin's lack of amusement when he has to get her out of it, provided a few laughs and moments of merriment. It was a heart warming romance that had just the right mix of romance, and the historical setting was well researched by Dooley, lending authenticity to the novel.
This book was provided by the publisher for free in exchange for an honest review.
October 6, 2013
A lot of emotions going on here, a great book
Catherine Lenora McKenna grew up as an only child, the daughter of Angus McKenna. She lived with her father and aunt Kirstin, her mother's sister who came to live with them after her husband died. On the day of her 18th birthday she hears Angus and Kirstin arguing, when she hears her name she interrupts demanding to know what they are arguing about. This is how she finds out that she is one of three, a triplet! As she prepares for her birthday party she is very depressed thinking about her sisters that died.
After a few weeks Angus is finally ready to answer all the questions Catherine may have. She is surprised when she finds out that her sisters are alive and living with two different families and Angus has no idea where they are because he promised the families that he'd never try to take them back. Catherine takes it upon herself to go looking without telling Angus.
This has been a very heartwarming series from beginning to end. Angus has struggled with the decisions he made for 18 long years, now that he's told his daughter the truth he has to deal with the consequences. He has hopes that if Catherine does find her sisters, will she, and her sisters, ever forgive him for making the decision he did, knowing in his heart that may never happen.
Lena does a beautiful job writing about this subject and telling the feelings from all sides. All three of these books kept me up late and not wanting to put them down. I would encourage anyone that likes Historical Fiction, Christian Historical Fiction, etc. to purchase this series (all three books at one time), believe me you will want to pick up the next in the series as soon as you finish the previous one.
August 8, 2013
Finding What's Missing
How would you feel if on your eighteenth birthday, you finally found out the loving Father you've always known has lied to you. No you are not adopted, but he gave away not one but two of your sisters. Not only are they your sister's but your identical sisters. What a secret, and the toll it has taken on her Dad.
Catherine McKenna, had grown up a very spoiled, well indulged. and selfish! Her every desire had been given to her. She never had any siblings and missed that part of her life, something has been missing.
God has his hand on Catherine, and are the things that happen, are they chances? What an exciting journey for Catherine!! Not only are their chance meetings, some scary, some so wonderful. So many people call her by her sister's name.
When her father sends his protege to find and guide Catherine, she is upset and wants Collin Elliott gone! We see trial turned into blessings. We also find romance in the lives of these beautiful young woman. Enjoy this final journey with this final book in this series, make sure you don't miss this amazing story. I loved it!!
I received this book through Booketeria, and was not required to give a positive review.
July 6, 2013
Journey completed after years seperated them...
Catherine's Pursuit by Lena Nelson Dooley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Series McKenna's Daughters by Lena Nelson Dooley, book #3 "Catherine's Pursuit"
Although this is the last book in a series it could well be read by itself and be a wonderful story. This is the story of Catherine (one of triplets) who found out on 18th birthday that she had sisters which she had never known before.
Catherine had always wished she had siblings but had lost her mother when she was born. It was a devastating blow to learn that there were two sisters out there, she had never seen and they looked just like her, as they were identical triplets.
As book #1 began there was a wagon train with a young couple Angus & Lenora who was with child. When Lenora gave birth to triplets and then died shortly afterwards her husband was devastated and didn't know how he would raise 3 little girls, there had been another woman on the train who had lost a baby and was so sad that he knew she would love his little girl and be a good mama so he let her adopt his daughter and then another couple childless that wanted children so badly got the third little girl, he gave each the middle name of Lenora and he kept the oldest child Catherine....
Angus regretted his choice many times over the years but he would not go back and disrupt lives of the girls and their parents so he dealt with his pain with God's help over the years.
Colin is a young man who had been a captain of a ship that had been lost when a very bad storm caused it to go down, he was a hero to many as he made sure all lives were saved and didn't think of his own safety.
He bore scars of that fateful journey and had never forgave himself for losing a ship....
Angus McKenna knew Colin was a good young man and he took him into the business to help him with his work, Angus sent Colin to watch over Catherine after she ran away..it was a job he did reluctantly as he thought the young lady was a selfish self centered haughty person...
You will want to read this wonderful story and see how Catherine decides to run away and pursue finding her sisters, the trip that will end with many surprises...
I was given this book by Booketeria to read and review, Tnank you...
We could all learn many things on this journey as a young man learns how to forgive himself, a young girl learns to think of others more and less of herself, we learn when choices are made, God needs to help us make them and help us deal with the afterwards...
I enjoyed reading about the different lives of three born at one time -raised seperately but yet with many of the same quirks.
June 19, 2013