Thursday, May 23, 2013

Catch a Falling Star by Beth K. Vogt - REVIEWED

About the Novel: 

What does a girl do when life doesn’t go according to her plan? At thirty-six, Kendall Haynes has seen some of her dreams come true. She’s a family physician helping kids with severe allergies and asthma achieve more fulfilling lives—a childhood struggle she knows all too well. But are Kendall’s dreams of having it all—a career, a husband, children—nothing more than a childhood fantasy? God says He knows the plans He has for her—why can’t Kendall figure them out and be content with her life?
Griffin Walker prefers flying solo—both as an Air Force pilot and in his personal life. But a wrong choice and health problems pulled him out of the cockpit. His attempts to get out of “flying a desk” are complicated by his parents’ death—making Griffin the reluctant guardian of his sixteen-year-old brother, Ian. How did his life get so off course? Can he get his life back on track…or has there been a divine plan all along?
Catch a Falling Star reminds readers that romance isn’t just for twenty-somethings and that sometimes letting go of your “wish I may, wish I might” dreams is the only way to embrace everything God has waiting for you.
My Thoughts:
Was Kendall going to ever have it all?  Or was her future going to be more of the same – work and friends, and learning to accept that it was enough?”

Kendall Haynes is a successful physician and she has a great group of friends. (her family is okay, but they seem to have their own agenda)  At thirty-six, Kendall knows the phrase “always the brides maid never the bride” a bit too well!  She is celebrating yet another friend's engagement (as well as learning that her sister is planning to be married) when an unlikely event in the restaurant sets her life up to intersect with a very unusual pair of brothers.

Griffin Walker is walking through his own set of life questions.  Becoming his brother’s guardian in the wake of his parents tragic death, coupled with health issues, has Griffin in a very uncomfortable place in life.  When he encounters Kendall’s straightforward approach,  he’s not real sure what to do with it – be annoyed or intrigued.

The plot revolves around these two very different characters, but there are a host of other characters facing their own unique challenges.  From engagements to adoptive parenting to sibling rivalry and parental control issues, Beth Vogt covers some universal questions about relationships on every level – in light of God's plan within all of it.  Being a good friend, a sister, and a daughter are only part of Kendall’s life.  She longs for a relationship of her own. Will she ever find a way to balance her life as a physician with her longing to have a family of her own?

The group of characters in this story are realistic and well-developed.  Vogt tosses in a healthy dose of unexpected twists and turns within the plot, so you may be surprised how all of this works out!  I was!  I hope you enjoy getting to know this group and learn that God’s plans for our life always exceeds our human expectations!

About the Author:
Beth K. Vogt is a non-fiction author and editor who said she’d never write fiction. She’s the wife of an Air Force family physician (now in solo practice), though she said she’d never marry a doctor—or anyone in the military. She’s a mom of four, though she said she’d never have kids. She’s discovered that God’s best often waits behind the doors marked “Never.” Her contemporary romance novel, Wish You Were Here, debuted in May 2012 (Howard Books), and Catch a Falling Star releases May 2013. An established magazine writer and former editor of Connections, the leadership magazine for MOPS International, Beth is also the Skills Coach for My Book Therapy, the writing community founded by best-selling author Susan May Warren.

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