Friday, May 3, 2013

Bookshelf Friday - Catch a Falling Star by Beth Vogt

Beth Vogt's second novel comes out on May 7th, so you'll have to wait a few more days to read it but mark the date on your calendar!

Here's a short blurb:

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.

I loved the idea in this book that God's plans are not always our own, but they are always the best! For most of the book, Kendall struggles with this very idea, but she eventually gives in to what God has for her--and realizes it was way better than all the wishes she'd ever made. Griffin struggles in much the same way, which I thought made them a great pair. The two don't fall in love overnight, but they definitely do fall in love:) And as I found with Beth's debut novel, Wish You Were Here, I really like Beth's voice. She not only brings you serious moments, but weaves in the lighthearted times too, making her characters well rounded and incredibly relatable. While this book did move a tad slower for me than her first novel, and I would have liked a bit more chemistry earlier on between Griffin and Kendall, I still thoroughly enjoyed it. Beth creates a story that pulls you in emotionally and entertains every step of the way, and is chocked full of faith-building moments. Cannot wait for Beth's third book--which I know she's been working on and I'll be snapping up as soon as it comes out too!

For now, this one is about to be released and you can pre-order it here. I happily give it 5 out of 5 stars.

Have a great weekend everyone!

If you'd like to see a break-down of what my stars equal, check out my page My Ratings System to the right there. And a big thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free ecopy of this book in exchange for my honest review.


  1. I'm reading this book right now, Susan! I love Kendall! I'm about halfway through... Have a great weekend!

  2. Thanks for the reminder that God's plans are way better than those we dream up on our own. Beth's book sounds like a good one! God bless~

  3. I just received my book and Thursday and started it last night. I hope to find time to read more today. It starts out great.

    Thanks for sharing.