Have you ever sat pondering and wondering what direction your life should be taking, all while having an internal struggle inside telling you what you are destined to do (or who to become) while the outside world is demanding something else?
In Catch a Falling Star, author Beth K. Vogt pens an inspiring modern tale that encompasses just that feeling. Her protagonist, Dr. Kendall Haynes, loves her career and those she helps. She doesn’t necessarily feel that she has to push her way to get married or even have kids. She isn’t the type of character though that has a hard wall up to a situation such as mentioned and the book doesn’t then spends time picking away at that invisible wall. It’s actually a fresh character perspective with her having a sense of knowing what her true self wants, even if it means fighting against the odds of the rest of what her family and friends think she should be doing at her age.
Sure, she appears independent on the outside and is completely strong, self-sufficient and capable. However, she does a lot of self-talking in her head and wonders if she is making the right decisions. I can relate to that quite a bit myself. Since it’s an inspirational fiction (meaning it has Christian values and thoughts intertwined within it), she often prays and asks God if she is making the right decision; if she is following the path He’s set out for her. But her enduring faith and desire to help others seems to lead her through.
Concurrently, the co-protagonist Griffin is struggling with his intense career as an Air Force pilot taking a back seat to his needing to take in his younger brother when their parents are killed. He feels with so much age difference between them that he can’t properly care for him and doesn’t understand how to relate to him. He seems to not be able to get out from under feeling burdened. It’s another case of sometimes not understanding your true path and needing to be able to understand that sometimes God puts something or someone in our path that completely changes our lives. He throws roadblocks at us for a reason. With Kendall’s help, he begins to see more clearly how with faith he can endure this change in his life and actually see how his life could be made better. She learns she might fall in love with someone she wouldn’t have though she would be able to fall in love with….so the MORAL for both of them is that we don’t always know our own path. We must be willing in life to be flexible and trust that God is in control. As a reader, I can certainly relate to that too!
Kendall and Griffin’s budding romance throughout the book is endearing and sweet. And I love inspiring, clean, and inspirational romances. Their partnership really shows them both another side to themselves and the possibilities in their lives that they themselves weren’t seeing.
There is so much that goes into this novel, with Vogt’s odd and original character developments. I loved how much Kendall liked Jeeps and how she wasn’t afraid to be a grease monkey with them. I also loved Beth’s decision to make Kendall and allergy and asthma practitioner. Growing up with allergies and severe asthma myself, I again could relate and I appreciate her brining awareness to this cause and its seriousness. I would love to have a doctor like Kendall for myself, and for my son, who also struggles with asthma.
Beyond this, we also have Kendall’s office secretary who also learns with her adoption issues, that life in her world isn’t as cut and dry as she would like them to be as well. It reinforced that all women struggle with various spectrums of motherhood or non-motherhood and no one’s story is any worse or any different; we all have desires and choices we must make for ourselves.
However, through all her interactions Kendall’s faith in God is transparent to those around her. Whether that helps them find God themselves, or not, is not the main focus of the book, but rather the fact that she consistently herself practices what she believes in without worrying what others think.
I liked Vogt’s premises behind the book and the inspirational aspects of her plot. Though it was a quick read for me, without heavy detail or overabundance of explanation, it was still a book that provoked some thought into my own life path, decisions, and also my reaction to the choices of others. I enjoyed her view of relationships and her modern spin on an unlikely romance. I suggest this book if you want a Christian contemporary romance that inspires you to think about where you are in life and where you want to be.
The only recommendation I would make, as a woman who is 38 years old, is that I felt that the characters were more in the age range of 26-30, not 36. I have thought about why I felt that way and can’t really pinpoint it, except the description and mannerisms of Kendall, her friends were only just starting with kids and marriages, and Griffin’s brother being so much younger than he. I am sure she had her reasons for picking this age, and it works fine, I just felt like it was more for this age group, even though anyone of any age could read it.
Catch a Falling Star, Synopsis~
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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