At 36, Dr. Kendall Haynes feels her dreams of finding a husband and having children will never come true. When former pilot Griffin Walker becomes the reluctant guardian of his 16-year-old brother, he wonders how his life got so off course. Will Kendall and Griffin discover there's been a divine plan all along?
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Not only am I still humming the song by the same name, I keep revisiting the characters in my head. Beth Vogt creates characters that keep you interested even after you've read the last page. I've gone back and read some of my favorite scenes again, just because I enjoyed how the plot thickened and the story hummed along with twists and surprises.
The main characters in this story actually have character! I like when you find yourself being happy for and cheering on a relationship between two well developed characters. This story held my attention with its well written conversations and interesting story line. I gave this book 5/5 stars. I thought the book was entertaining and liked how it flowed from one chapter to the next without leaving you lost. I would recommend this book for anyone looking for a fun romance between two entertaining characters.
I would like to thank the publisher for the copy of this book I enjoyed reading. I gave an honest review based on my opinion of what I read.
Catch a Falling Star came as precious as a jewel ― its romance and lessons dazzling, and the adventure nothing but a pure delight to discover. Once again, Beth Vogt delivers a story sure to hold you in its grip. This author's voice is the kind in which a reader basks, it is elegant, down to earth and sprinkled with a good doze of wisdom and fun. Her latest offering is not only a good read, it's a page-flipping good read, with drama at almost every corner you turn― just enough to keep me on the edge of my seat but not enough to make me feel overwhelmed. Well, except when the drama involved that heathen fellow... uh.. Heath! His name is Heath Parker and he is a doctor - apparently- in the novel. Very dislikable fellow. I'll let you readers have the 'pleasure' of meeting him, but in the meantime, excuse me while I rave the wonders of the main characters and of their love story.
Kendall and Griffin.
Oh my word, what a golden couple!! I was a goner when it came to their romance. A tender relationship marked by rich moments, tender and sassy ones. They are both are as stubborn as the day is long, but with deep and vulnerable spots. Should there be an award for best couples in Christian Fiction 2013, I'd readily nominate this couple. The last scene in the novel is a top-notch winner in my opinion, as it almost sent me to the floor, swooning. I'll read it again! I added half a star to my rating of the book because of it. The characters shine like stars. (Pun intended.)
In the end, Vogt produces a smooth landing to the ride and a satisfying ending for both reader and character. This isn't the kind of story where unreasonable and fairy-like things come about, but where the author seeks to explore what God means when He says there shall be beauty for ashes. Where imperfect people come together admitting their defeats and failures and where the God of hope works it all for the good of His Children. If I were to point out just two things that hindered me from giving this 5 stars, it'd be firstly that the romantic in me would have preferred having more - much more!- romantic scenes between Kendall and Griffin. And secondly, I found that the author could have delved into the heart of the story more. There's a wonderful message at the center of the story and I wouldn't have minded reading a lengthier novel if it meant a deeper exploration of the lessons and values in it.
Catch a Falling Star tells the story of Dr. Kendall Hayes, who has reached the age of 36 and realizes that her marital dreams may not come true. So when she’s out celebrating her birthday with her girlfriends, she’s not expecting anything to come of a chance meeting in the restaurant, as she responds to a medical crisis. Griffin Walker’s life was just as he wanted it, until the solitary Air Force pilot was grounded by a medical problem. The sudden death of his parents makes him guardian of a 16 year old brother he barely knows, a situation that frustrates him as he feels totally unsuited to be a parent and can’t wait until he’s able to fly again. When Ian has a serious allergic reaction to food in a restaurant, Kendall enters their lives and proves to be another complication that Griffin feels he must fight.
I found this story to be populated by believable and likeable characters, facing realistic situations with honest emotions. Their lives demonstrate grace and healing as they live out their faith with humor and growing hope.
Catch a Falling Star is a well written and entertaining story that you won’t want to skip. I’ll be watching for other books by this author!
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my fair and honest review.
This book by Beth K. Vogt was such a page turner. I (a self-proclaimed slow reader) read this book inside of 24 hours because I couldn't put it down.
I love how realistic the characters are in the book. I laughed, cried and yelled along with them as I read. I felt such an emotional connection with Evie and Kendall that I was surprised at some of my reactions in the book.
If you are on the fence about reading this book, I'll tell you right now, you WON'T be disappointed! It's a wonderful journey! I have already recommended this book to many friends and they have loved it too!
I enjoyed this book immensely. The writing and the characters were relatable, and very believable. Beth Vogt took a common story line (older single woman looking for love) and wrote a great story. I enjoyed the side story of the little boy Javan, it was a heart jerker. The setting and the roles of the characters in this story were perfect. Dr. Kendall was a girly, girl, but not afraid to work on her own Jeep. She also didn't allow her single status to threaten her confidence in her work. She was at the top of her field. This was a great story, and most definitely worthy of a 5 star rating. I was provided this book for review purposes only and no payment was received for this review.
From the back cover: 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.
I like a good love story and "Catch A Falling Star" is a good love story. Kendall is a doctor who has always dreamed of being married but it always eluded her. When she comes to the aid of a teenager who is having an allergic reaction she scolds the man whom she believes is his father. Turns out the man is his older brother and then the romance begins. "Catch A Falling Star" is a story about dealing with your emotional issues and finding healing so that you can move forward with your life. Ms. Vogt does an excellent job in giving her characters real life and we find ourselves caring for them and rooting for them the whole length of the book. "Catch A Falling Star" is a wonderful, sweet story with real depth that will keep you flipping pages. I liked this book and am looking forward to more from Ms. Vogt.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group.. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed 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."
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.
**Catch A Falling Star by Beth K. Vogt was provided for me free by Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest review.
Like many readers of Beth's latest release have said, Catch a Falling Star kept me up late. I was so engrossed in the story I'd intend to read one chapter but would end up reading another, and that often turned into two, three, four, or more, making for several late nights.
The characters pulled me in 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 a captivating tale of two independent people whose road to romance is a rocky as the back roads they like to traverse in their beloved Jeeps.
While I enjoyed the story as a whole, two elements in particular added to my enjoyment. The first is that Kendall and Griffin aren't your usual twenty-something twosome with the starry-eyed ideals of youth. She's a successful on-the-shelf thirty-six-year-old career woman, and he's a thirty-eight-year-old man who's ruled out marriage. Watching two people who have all but given up on love and romance find just that is heartwarming.
Another element I enjoyed is the fact that the characters aren't perfect. Both have issues to overcome and lessons to learn. Griffin made some mistakes early in life before he became a believer, mistakes that have lasting consequences. Kendall has dreamed of having it all-career, marriage, and kids-for so long that she's willing to settle for less than the best rather than trusting the Lord to lead her to the man he has for her.
Watching Kendall and Griffin grow and change as they face a series of challenges and discover God's plans for them is encouraging. Life doesn't always go according to plan, but we can trust Him with our futures, a message that comes through without being preachy or in-your-face.
Beth is a talented storyteller who has written a story sure to delight romance readers of all ages, and I highly recommend it.
Note: Although I received a copy of the book from the publisher, my review reflects my honest opinions.
I enjoyed reading this sweet story. Things are not always as they appear. We are with Dr Kendall Hayes who is thirty-six, and not married. She thought she could have it all...a medical career, a husband, and children. She is at that point in life where it doesn't look like it is going to happen. She is again going to be a bridesmaid in her friends wedding. There is so much going on in Dr Hayes life, busy, busy. Her chance meeting with an old friend Dr Heath Parker, may put romance in the picture. He seems to be all that Kendall would want! She also stumbles upon, really, when she is at the restaurant with her friends, Ian Walker as he collapses and nearly dies. He is there with his brother Colonel Griffin Walker. We deal with some tough subject here, but God is in their lives. All they need to do is trust. There is also a side story here with one of Dr Kendall's office workers. She is trying to adopt a child, and things are not going well, but help comes from an unlikely source. We find things are not always as they appear, and we will root for hopefully the right people to come out on top! This is a great, fast, page turning read, and the only part I was disappointed in was....I wanted more!
I received this book through Litfuse Bloggers Tour, and was not required to give a positive review.
Life doesn't always go according to plans. Dr. Kendall Haynes, at 36, had so many dreams. Her dream of being a doctor came true. She helps kids with severe allergies and asthma – something she knows well from her own childhood experiences. But her dream of marriage and a family? A dream that hasn't come true.
Lieutenant Colonel Griffin Walker had a dream too. But his dream of flying has been shattered. The Air Force grounded him because of bouts of vertigo. His parents' sudden death has complicated Griffin's life, making him the guardian of his sixteen year old brother Ian, a brother he hardly knows.
The worlds of Kendall and Griffin intersect with a crash when Ian and Griffin are out for a Mexican dinner and Ian starts gasping for breath. Kendall, who is having dinner with her (married or engaged) fellow doctor girlfriends, recognizes the dangerous signs of a severe food allergy. She comes to the rescue, much to Griffin's dismay. How was he supposed to know Ian was allergic to avocados!
That is the beginning of a very enjoyable Christian romance – yes, romance for people in their late thirties! But it is not an easy path for Griffin and Kendall. At that age, they are pretty set in their ways and each has lots of baggage. It was enjoyable to read how Vogt ultimately brought out the best in the two stubborn characters.
The prominent themes in this novel include singleness (particularly at an older age), adoption, loss of parents, loss of dreams and accepting God's plan for your life. I learned about some of the difficulties of adoption as Ian was adopted and Kendall has a staff person in the process of adopting. I also learned about the serious nature of some allergies. And, interestingly enough, I learned about “Jeep people,” people who love their their Jeep no matter what!
What a fun book. It is a great Christian romance, especially for people who have been waiting for years to see if God's plan for their life includes marriage and a family. There is a Reading Group Discussion Guide at the end of the book.
I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.
Hints about how much I liked this book.... Halfway through, I wanted to tweet "This book is good for the soul!" and after I read the final paragraphs, I said "All Right!!" out-loud, prompting curious looks from family members who had heard about this story as I read.
I was so delighted to be able to download this book from Netgalley to review it.
Beth Vogt has introduced me to characters who are vibrant, spunky and complex, and through them she has told a story that captures the goodness of life. Every page of this novel won me over again.
I came to love these people so easily, too... Kendall, a 36 year old single doctor who harbors dreams of marriage and family, dreams linked to the ruby ring her grandmother gave her. Kendall is a woman with a passion for helping people through medicine, especially children with allergies and asthma. After all, her childhood was spent fighting asthma attacks, and then her father died when she was 18. Kendall understands sickness and grief, and because of that she is drawn to...
Ian, a sixteen year old boy, whose adoptive parents died last year, and is now living with the much older brother he barely knew. Ian is mourning the loss of parents who loved him and feels out of place with his brother...
Who is a 38 year old Air Force pilot, forced to fly a desk because of severe vertigo that keeps coming back every time he thinks he has lost it. Divorced once and now alone (and convinced that his aloneness is better for everyone concerned) Griffin is trying to get back in the cockpit of an A-10, trying to do right by his brother, and trying to figure out how to fix his Jeep for the umpteenth time.
It is on Kendall's 36 birthday as a single girl, at a dinner with her (married and engaged) friends, that she responds to Ian, who is having an allergic reaction to avocado, and she steps into the Walker brother's lives for the first time.
By the way, allergy specialist Kendall also drives a Jeep and knows Jeep mechanics inside out. O yes. Kendall is so obviously perfect to be a friend for Ian and Griffin. Now if only Griffin will let her be his friend!
*Sigh* Catch a Falling Star is one good novel of restoration, of the longing for family, and of letting God write your love story- no matter how far away or improbable it seems.
Dr. Kendall Haynes wants it all. A career, friends, family, and a dog. As she realizes the only thing eluding her to make her dreams come true is finding Mr. Right, she wonders, “Was there any way to have it all—and be happy?” (See chapter four, page 62.) When she crosses paths with Lieutenant Colonel Griffin Walker, a grounded Air Force pilot who can’t seem to agree with her on anything, she begins to think Mr. Right might not even exist. With one of her friends planning a wedding, Kendall can’t help but wish upon a star for her own happily-ever-after fairy tale ending. But when life doesn’t go as she planned it, will her dreams come true or crash down around her?
When I read Beth K. Vogt’s debut novel, Wish You Were Here, I knew she was planning on sticking around the fiction side of writing (previously, she had only written nonfiction.) What I didn’t know was that, on her second time around, she would weave an even more intricate story with extraordinary supporting characters enhancing an already dynamic pair of leading characters. With all the individuals dealing with their own why-didn’t-life-go-as-planned issues, Catch a Falling Star was an intriguing novel that I didn’t want to put down. Beth has a lighthearted style of writing that flows well for an easy read that I breezed right through. It seemed like it wasn’t long enough, though it was chock-full of suspense and angst, with a healthy dose of quick wit mixed in. Hopefully this author has decided to keep to the “dark side” of writing, as she is often quoted as calling her fiction ventures.
The theme of life not going according to plan was an interesting choice. At first glance, it would appear too simple, like it wouldn’t hold up to an entire novel’s worth of challenges and difficulties. But, as the story progresses—and the stakes are drastically raised on multiple levels—you realize that it perfectly reflects reality. As Kendall says in chapter eight (page 121), “A lot of us make plans, Griffin. And then life changes.” I find that to be true in my own life, as I’m sure you have, as well. Nothing stays the same. Hardly anything goes according to plan. I can’t say I always handle life’s abrupt alterations with a patient, optimistic mind frame. But I can tell you I always learn something from each new adjustment to my calendar of events. Since we’re going to be thrown curveballs in life, should we give up on catching falling stars and making our wishes? I don’t think so. God gives us dreams, hopes and goals in order to direct our footsteps to the things He wants to give us. Sometimes those “things” aren’t what we first thought they were. They’re better.
Thank you to Chris McCarthy and Howard Books for my copy of Catch a Falling Star to review.
And a big thanks to Beth for including me on her list of those to consider for the honor of receiving an advanced reader copy of her second novel. I appreciate you, Beth!
Have you ever seen a falling star? Have you ever made a wish upon a star? Do you believe that those wishes can come true?
Too often in a woman's life, we come to believe all those fairy tales our parents read to us. That there is a happily ever after waiting for all of us, someday, some where, but is it really true?
Kendall Haynes has been wondering about that now that she is thirty-six and it seems like everyone around her is finding their own happily ever after. All of her friends, co-workers and now even her younger sister is getting married while Kendall has nothing going on except an exceptional career as a doctor running her own private practice in Colorado. She's beginning to wonder if all those fairy tales that she heard growing up are simply just stories, ones that will never come true. No marriage, no falling head over heels in love and no family of her own. Just her and Sully, her overly eager goldendoodle. There aren't even any prospects on her immediate horizon.
Gearing up for a dinner with her girlfriends at On the Border to plan their upcoming all girls vacation, she is immediately called into help when a teenage boy seems to be having an allergic reaction to his food and is finding it difficult to breath. Apparently even his father sitting with him, can't recognize the signs and when she intervenes and administers first aid while having him call 911, she is more than upset with his father. However, when Griffin Walker tells her that he is not his father, but brother, she still finds it hard that he doesn't realize how critical food allergies can be and how Ian, his younger brother could have died if not for her quick thinking and intervention.
She soon finds an unlikely prospect on her horizon when it seems like the only thing her and Griffin will ever become is acquaintances, if not enemies. Griffin has his own set of worries with not only dealing with the fact he has been appointed guardian of his younger brother Ian after their parents died in a plane crash, he is also facing his own crisis. He's been grounded as an Air Force pilot fighting bouts of vertigo, until he is well enough to fly again. However it doesn't seem likely that that will ever happen and now matter where he goes in the small town of Colorado, he seems to always wind up face to face with Dr. Kendall Haynes.
I received Catch A Falling Star by author Beth K. Vogt compliments of Howard Books, a division of Simon and Schuster Publishers and Litfuse Publicity for my honest review and received no monetary compensation for a favorable review. This is my second book of Beth's and I love the interactions she creates with her characters. They don't fall in love at first sight and in this case, it will take more than a chance encounter to get these two strong willed characters to see what God has placed right in front of them. This is a great story about what goes on in some adoption cases where things don't always go smoothly for the adoptive parents. I think the story is genuine and realistic and gives the reader a different mindset into the lives of adoptive parents than they may have had before reading this one. I know it did for me. I personally rate this one a 4.5 out of 5 stars and can't wait for many more novels from Beth K. Vogt in the future.
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 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.
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 life—so 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.