Doctor Kendall Haynes is celebrating her thirty-sixth birthday with friends, and silently lamenting the fact that although she has the career she always dreamed of, she doesn't have the husband and family she expected. Her meal is interrupted by a teenager, Ian Walker, suffering from anaphylactic shock brought on by an avocado allergy.
Griffin Walker has been saddled with the guardianship of his much younger brother and has been forced out of career as an Air Force pilot into a desk job because of a nasty case of vertigo. He is convinced that his failed marriage and personal history means that he isn't the best choice to look after Ian, who he barely knows and has trouble relating to. As a result, he knows nothing of Ian's medical history, which annoys Kendall.
It seems that everyone is engaged or married, including her much-younger sister, Beckah. Has God forgotten Kendall? So she is pleased to be invited out by the handsome Dr Heath Parker, who has just returned to Colorado Springs after several years as a medical missionary in Africa. But there is also a spark with the annoying Air Force officer_
I liked the fact that the characters were older, in their thirties. And I especially liked the no-apologies about remaining pure outside marriage. Too many Christian romance novels feature girls barely out of their teens, which can be demoralising for older women. I know that some women choose career over family, but so do many men. And some don't have the choice. Many novels gloss over this, perhaps in an attempt to be 'real' or 'relevant'. But God's standards haven't changed, even if the expectations of society have.
"Fairy tales . . . all they have is the made-up magic of fairy godmothers and elves. But you have faith in a real, powerful God. And nothing can stop the happily ever after he has planned for you."
Overall this was a really enjoyable light romance, perfect for reading outside in the sun. This is Beth K Vogt's second novel, and while the Evie subplot was a little clunky, overall it was very readable, and I enjoyed it more than Wish You Were Here (which I have also reviewed). Beth Vogt shared at the end that Evie and her story were the hardest part to write, and this showed, particularly when they were introduced out of the blue. However, by the end, the Evie subplot fitted in well to the whole. A welcome addition to my authors-to-read list.
Thanks to Beth K Vogt and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.
I laughed out loud four times by the time I reached page five! To say I fell in love with the heroine Kendall would be an understatement.
Beth Vogt writes complicated characters with sparkling wit and an attention to detail. I really enjoyed the story and found the twists of the second half mesmerizing. The romance developed slowly, but I was rooting for Kendall all the way!
With strong characters, heart-clenching twists, and a powerful spiritual base, Catch a Falling Star is a book you won't want to miss!
**I received an advanced reader copy of this book with no obligation to review it. All opinions are my own.**
Beth Vogt is a consummate story-teller. I lost myself in her characters, the setting and the story. Kendall's issues with her mom really hit home and I fell in love with Griffin, the hero. Even Kendall's receptionist, Evie, and her adopted son, Javan, broke my heart. Vogt pulls all these compelling characters together in a truly satisfying happily-ever-after. Sigh.
Many thanks to Howard Books for providing a copy in exchange for my honest opinion. But I still ordered another copy to give to my friend because I marked up mine. That's how much I loved this book.
The story of Dr. Kendall Haynes, and Air Force pilot Griffin Walker, grabs you and never lets go !
I'm a guy whose wife is an author, who often hands me a book and says "Read this".
Often these books are enjoyable, but "Catch a Falling Star" made me miss at least one meal, stay up late, and hurry through my chores so I could get back to reading !
Just as in her first book "Wish You Were Here" Beth Vogt tells a modern day story of two people dealing with disappointment, missed opportunities, and regrets that create obstacles to fulfilling relationships with others and God .
I enjoyed the way the story was set in Colorado Springs with real locations. in addition, Beth did a good job of showing the challenges a pediatrician faces, and the mindset and dedication of a military pilot as well.
Finally, in "Catch a Falling A Star", just as in "Wish You Were Here" , Vogt does an excellent job of portraying how a real guy thinks, talks, and relates to others in his life. It's rare to see men portrayed as flesh and blood characters who love, laugh, sin, struggle, and try to do whats right.
For this reason alone I've recommended her books to several other people.
Is life about accomplishing plans . . . or wishes coming true . . . or something more?
Dr. Kendall Haynes's plans to have it allÃ¢â¬âa career, a husband, a familyÃ¢â¬âare eluding her. Now that she's thirty-six, she needs to stop wishing upon a star and face reality: Some dreams just never come true.
Air Force pilot Griffin Walker prefers flying solo in the air and on the groundÃ¢â¬âuntil a dangerous choice ejects him from the cockpit. His life becomes even more complicated after the sudden death of his parents makes him the guardian of his sixteen-year-old brother. There's no way his life will ever get back on course now.
When their lives collide during a near tragedy, Kendall and Griffin must decide if they can embrace the unexpected changes God has waiting for them.
CATCH A FALLING STAR is Ms. Vogt's second novel. I thoroughly loved her debut novel, Wish You Were Here so I was anxious to read this one. This book wasn't quite so exciting as the debut, but it was still good.
I didn't exactly connect to the characters the way I wanted, but the story was filled with enough conflict I had to keep reading to see how they resolved their issues. Kendall and Griffin both wanted totally opposite things in lifeÃ¢â¬âso it was interesting seeing which one would give the most.
If you like contemporary romance and can't get enough of it, then CATCH A FALLING STAR is a great book to choice. Discussion questions are included at the end of the book.