Friday, April 19, 2013

Catch a Falling Star by Beth K. Vogt

About the Book:

Is life about accomplishing plans . . . or wishes coming true . . . or something more?
Dr. Kendall Haynes’s plans to have it all—a career, a husband, a family—are 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 ground—until 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.

My Thoughts:

I absolutely LOVE Beth's fiction!  This is the second novel I've read that she's crafted, and it's a winner.  Her characters are rich with detail and life, and her stories have such heart and soul they almost breathe on their own.

Kendall is a dedicated doctor, treating patients with asthma and all things bronchial.  Her desire to help and heal stems from her own childhood ailments.  Her life is almost perfect...just lacking in romance and love.

Griffin enters with a massive chip on his shoulder.  He's an Air Force pilot that's been forcibly grounded for who knows how long due to unexplainable vertigo.  Had a touch of that myself recently and my heart went out to this fictional hero.

Added to Griff's burdens is his adopted brother, a sixteen-year-old who's hurting over the unexpected loss of his parents and trying to get to know the big brother he's never really known.

Ian's unexpected health crisis brings Kendall and Griff into a collision course that radiates animosity on his part and curiosity on hers.  Will Ian's ongoing need for medical care allow these two stubborn people to find something else than a professional relationship?

I loved Kendall and her female doctor buddies.  Her dog Sully is a hoot, and watching Ian grow attached to the big mutt was fun and easy to imagine.  And yes, he is named after a very beloved character from a western doctor television program.

Griffin is a big bully that you'll be rooting for, hoping he 'gets it' that Kendall is the person he needs in his life.  You'll also want to bonk him over the head with your book when he makes some oh, so dumb choices that could cost him valuable relationships.

The story moves quickly and ended much too soon for me.  A satisfying ending, but I could have read more about these wonderful characters.  The book would also make a fantastic movie with few changes, something I rarely say. 

I received an advance copy via NetGalley from Howard Publishing in exchange for an honest review.  I'm sorry to say that "Catch a Falling Star" doesn't release until early May 2013, but that's not long to wait.

I urge you to get a copy, sit down and savor the experience.  "Catch a Falling Star" is highly recommended.

Happy Reading!



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