I enjoyed reading this sweet story. Things are not always as they appear. We are with Dr Kendall Hayes who is thirty-six, and not married. She thought she could have it all...a medical career, a husband, and children. She is at that point in life where it doesn't look like it is going to happen. She is again going to be a bridesmaid in her friends wedding.
There is so much going on in Dr Hayes life, busy, busy. Her chance meeting with an old friend Dr Heath Parker, may put romance in the picture. He seems to be all that Kendall would want!
She also stumbles upon, really, when she is at the restaurant with her friends, Ian Walker as he collapses and nearly dies. He is there with his brother Colonel Griffin Walker.
We deal with some tough subject here, but God is in their lives. All they need to do is trust. There is also a side story here with one of Dr Kendall's office workers. She is trying to adopt a child, and things are not going well, but help comes from an unlikely source.
We find things are not always as they appear, and we will root for hopefully the right people to come out on top! This is a great, fast, page turning read, and the only part I was disappointed in was....I wanted more!
I received this book through Litfuse Bloggers Tour, and was not required to give a positive review.
Life doesn't always go according to plans. Dr. Kendall Haynes, at 36, had so many dreams. Her dream of being a doctor came true. She helps kids with severe allergies and asthma - something she knows well from her own childhood experiences. But her dream of marriage and a family? A dream that hasn't come true.
Lieutenant Colonel Griffin Walker had a dream too. But his dream of flying has been shattered. The Air Force grounded him because of bouts of vertigo. His parents' sudden death has complicated Griffin's life, making him the guardian of his sixteen year old brother Ian, a brother he hardly knows.
The worlds of Kendall and Griffin intersect with a crash when Ian and Griffin are out for a Mexican dinner and Ian starts gasping for breath. Kendall, who is having dinner with her (married or engaged) fellow doctor girlfriends, recognizes the dangerous signs of a severe food allergy. She comes to the rescue, much to Griffin's dismay. How was he supposed to know Ian was allergic to avocados!
That is the beginning of a very enjoyable Christian romance - yes, romance for people in their late thirties! But it is not an easy path for Griffin and Kendall. At that age, they are pretty set in their ways and each has lots of baggage. It was enjoyable to read how Vogt ultimately brought out the best in the two stubborn characters.
The prominent themes in this novel include singleness (particularly at an older age), adoption, loss of parents, loss of dreams and accepting God's plan for your life. I learned about some of the difficulties of adoption as Ian was adopted and Kendall has a staff person in the process of adopting. I also learned about the serious nature of some allergies. And, interestingly enough, I learned about "Jeep people," people who love their their Jeep no matter what!
What a fun book. It is a great Christian romance, especially for people who have been waiting for years to see if God's plan for their life includes marriage and a family. There is a Reading Group Discussion Guide at the end of the book.
I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.
Hints about how much I liked this book.... Halfway through, I wanted to tweet "This book is good for the soul!" and after I read the final paragraphs, I said "All Right!!" out-loud, prompting curious looks from family members who had heard about this story as I read.
I was so delighted to be able to download this book from Netgalley to review it.
Beth Vogt has introduced me to characters who are vibrant, spunky and complex, and through them she has told a story that captures the goodness of life. Every page of this novel won me over again.
I came to love these people so easily, too... Kendall, a 36 year old single doctor who harbors dreams of marriage and family, dreams linked to the ruby ring her grandmother gave her. Kendall is a woman with a passion for helping people through medicine, especially children with allergies and asthma. After all, her childhood was spent fighting asthma attacks, and then her father died when she was 18. Kendall understands sickness and grief, and because of that she is drawn to...
Ian, a sixteen year old boy, whose adoptive parents died last year, and is now living with the much older brother he barely knew. Ian is mourning the loss of parents who loved him and feels out of place with his brother...
Who is a 38 year old Air Force pilot, forced to fly a desk because of severe vertigo that keeps coming back every time he thinks he has lost it. Divorced once and now alone (and convinced that his aloneness is better for everyone concerned) Griffin is trying to get back in the cockpit of an A-10, trying to do right by his brother, and trying to figure out how to fix his Jeep for the umpteenth time.
It is on Kendall's 36 birthday as a single girl, at a dinner with her (married and engaged) friends, that she responds to Ian, who is having an allergic reaction to avocado, and she steps into the Walker brother's lives for the first time.
By the way, allergy specialist Kendall also drives a Jeep and knows Jeep mechanics inside out. O yes. Kendall is so obviously perfect to be a friend for Ian and Griffin.
Now if only Griffin will let her be his friend!
Catch a Falling Star is one good novel of restoration, of the longing for family, and of letting God write your love story- no matter how far away or improbable it seems.
Dr. Kendall Haynes wants it all. A career, friends, family, and a dog. As she realizes the only thing eluding her to make her dreams come true is finding Mr. Right, she wonders, "Was there any way to have it allÃ¢â¬âand be happy?" (See chapter four, page 62.) When she crosses paths with Lieutenant Colonel Griffin Walker, a grounded Air Force pilot who can't seem to agree with her on anything, she begins to think Mr. Right might not even exist. With one of her friends planning a wedding, Kendall can't help but wish upon a star for her own happily-ever-after fairy tale ending. But when life doesn't go as she planned it, will her dreams come true or crash down around her?
When I read Beth K. Vogt's debut novel, Wish You Were Here, I knew she was planning on sticking around the fiction side of writing (previously, she had only written nonfiction.) What I didn't know was that, on her second time around, she would weave an even more intricate story with extraordinary supporting characters enhancing an already dynamic pair of leading characters. With all the individuals dealing with their own why-didn't-life-go-as-planned issues, Catch a Falling Star was an intriguing novel that I didn't want to put down. Beth has a lighthearted style of writing that flows well for an easy read that I breezed right through. It seemed like it wasn't long enough, though it was chock-full of suspense and angst, with a healthy dose of quick wit mixed in. Hopefully this author has decided to keep to the "dark side" of writing, as she is often quoted as calling her fiction ventures.
The theme of life not going according to plan was an interesting choice. At first glance, it would appear too simple, like it wouldn't hold up to an entire novel's worth of challenges and difficulties. But, as the story progressesÃ¢â¬âand the stakes are drastically raised on multiple levelsÃ¢â¬âyou realize that it perfectly reflects reality. As Kendall says in chapter eight (page 121), "A lot of us make plans, Griffin. And then life changes." I find that to be true in my own life, as I'm sure you have, as well. Nothing stays the same. Hardly anything goes according to plan. I can't say I always handle life's abrupt alterations with a patient, optimistic mind frame. But I can tell you I always learn something from each new adjustment to my calendar of events. Since we're going to be thrown curveballs in life, should we give up on catching falling stars and making our wishes? I don't think so. God gives us dreams, hopes and goals in order to direct our footsteps to the things He wants to give us. Sometimes those "things" aren't what we first thought they were. They're better.
Thank you to Chris McCarthy and Howard Books for my copy of Catch a Falling Star to review.
And a big thanks to Beth for including me on her list of those to consider for the honor of receiving an advanced reader copy of her second novel. I appreciate you, Beth!
Have you ever seen a falling star? Have you ever made a wish upon a star? Do you believe that those wishes can come true?
Too often in a woman's life, we come to believe all those fairy tales our parents read to us. That there is a happily ever after waiting for all of us, someday, some where, but is it really true?
Kendall Haynes has been wondering about that now that she is thirty-six and it seems like everyone around her is finding their own happily ever after. All of her friends, co-workers and now even her younger sister is getting married while Kendall has nothing going on except an exceptional career as a doctor running her own private practice in Colorado. She's beginning to wonder if all those fairy tales that she heard growing up are simply just stories, ones that will never come true. No marriage, no falling head over heels in love and no family of her own. Just her and Sully, her overly eager goldendoodle. There aren't even any prospects on her immediate horizon.
Gearing up for a dinner with her girlfriends at On the Border to plan their upcoming all girls vacation, she is immediately called into help when a teenage boy seems to be having an allergic reaction to his food and is finding it difficult to breath. Apparently even his father sitting with him, can't recognize the signs and when she intervenes and administers first aid while having him call 911, she is more than upset with his father. However, when Griffin Walker tells her that he is not his father, but brother, she still finds it hard that he doesn't realize how critical food allergies can be and how Ian, his younger brother could have died if not for her quick thinking and intervention.
She soon finds an unlikely prospect on her horizon when it seems like the only thing her and Griffin will ever become is acquaintances, if not enemies. Griffin has his own set of worries with not only dealing with the fact he has been appointed guardian of his younger brother Ian after their parents died in a plane crash, he is also facing his own crisis. He's been grounded as an Air Force pilot fighting bouts of vertigo, until he is well enough to fly again. However it doesn't seem likely that that will ever happen and now matter where he goes in the small town of Colorado, he seems to always wind up face to face with Dr. Kendall Haynes.
I received Catch A Falling Star by author Beth K. Vogt compliments of Howard Books, a division of Simon and Schuster Publishers and Litfuse Publicity for my honest review and received no monetary compensation for a favorable review. This is my second book of Beth's and I love the interactions she creates with her characters. They don't fall in love at first sight and in this case, it will take more than a chance encounter to get these two strong willed characters to see what God has placed right in front of them. This is a great story about what goes on in some adoption cases where things don't always go smoothly for the adoptive parents. I think the story is genuine and realistic and gives the reader a different mindset into the lives of adoptive parents than they may have had before reading this one. I know it did for me. I personally rate this one a 4.5 out of 5 stars and can't wait for many more novels from Beth K. Vogt in the future.