Monday, January 21, 2013

Review of "Catch a Falling Star" by Beth K. Vogt

Rating: 4 Stars
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Review: The phrase "Catch a Falling Star" evokes the image of ideal childhood dreams, something to which we can all relate. In her novel, Beth Vogt introduces readers to two characters whose lives have taken different paths than they envisioned.  Kendall and Griffin find themselves in their mid-thirties, wondering what will become of their dreams, their plans, and their lives. Vogt clearly conveys their struggles and doubts, allowing readers to understand and empathize with both main characters.  Though their specific circumstances differ from those of readers, the topics are relevant and applicable on a personal level.

I enjoyed “Catch a Falling Star” and its message, but I had trouble connecting with the characters.  There is a strong undercurrent of tension between Kendall and Griffin from their first meeting, which continues through the novel.  Usually I enjoy verbal exchanges between two characters who are clearly meant for each other.  In this instance, I found Kendall to be a bit abrasive and quick to jump to assumptions.  As the plot progressed, more of Kendall’s personality is exposed to reveal a softer side, which I found more likeable.

Jeeps also play a significant role in the plot. I couldn’t connect with the Jeep devotion shared by Kendall and Griffin, and there were comments and discussions about Jeeps that I didn’t really “get.”  The Jeep element did add some uniqueness and quirk to the novel. 

The Colorado scenery was one of the “stars” of the novel.  Vogt’s descriptions of Pike’s Peak and Colorado Springs left me longing to take a trip to Colorado. Vogt mentions the view from Kendall’s home and office several times, and her vivid details truly painted a picture in my mind.     

“Catch a Falling Star” is a steady-paced, enjoyable read with romantic tension and central themes of faith and love to resonate with readers. 

I received a complimentary e-copy of this novel from NetGalley, courtesy of Howard Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed above are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Summary from Howard Books: Successful career gal Kendall Haynes is tired of wishing on stars for a home and a family. Can God’s dreams for her be even better than her own?

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.

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