A Heartwarming Story
Catch A Falling Star was one of those books that I found hard to put down. I would intend to read only a chapter or two and ended up reading five or six, even ten. What is a girl to do when the story has her so engrossed?
I immediately liked the characters who tugged me into the story from the beginning. Dr. Kendall Haynes and grounded Air Force pilot Lieutenant Colonel Griffin Walker get off to a rocky start, and that’s the start of an engaging tale of two independent people who the reader recognizes that they are meant to be together, but they themselves are doing everything they can to stay out of each others way.
Kendall, who is 36, treasured the fairy tales her Mina told her as a little girl, and had kept herself pure for her “prince”. She even is keeping her Mina’s ring hoping that one day she will marry, but she is left to wonder if her fairy tale will ever come true. Griffin, who is 38, has loved and lost, so he threw his energy into being an Air Force pilot, but he has been grounded by the medical team. Now he is doing everything he can to be able to fly again. Watching these two people who seem to have it all by those who are looking in from the outside find the love they long for is heartwarming.
The characters in Catch a Falling Star aren’t perfect; they have issues to overcome and lessons to learn. Griffin is facing lifelong consequences for some choices he made early in his life before he became a believer, choices that he regrets. Kendall wants to have it all (career, marriage, and kids) but she is willing to settle for less than God’s best rather than continuing to wait and trust Him to lead her to the man he has for her.
I enjoyed watching Kendall and Griffin grow and change as they faced challenges that were set before them. It was a delight to see their reactions as they discovered God’s plans for them. Many of us know that life doesn’t always go according to our plans, but when we trust God with our futures, we learn that His way is always better than we could have planned for ourselves. This is what Griffin and Kendall were learning as their story was being told, and is a lesson many of us are in the process of learning ourselves.
Catch A Falling Star was the first book that I have read by Beth Vogt, and I don’t think it will be my last. I highly recommend this book, and look forward to reading more by her.
About the Book:
What does a girl do when life doesn’t go according to her plan? At 36, 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 the feeling of being “the kid never picked” looms large when romance continues to evade her and yet another one of her closest friends gets engaged. Are Kendall’s dreams of having it all—a career, a husband, children—nothing more than childish wishing upon a star? Should she hold out for her elusive Plan A? Dust off Plan B? Or is it time to settle? 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 God 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.
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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