Catch a Falling Star: A Novel

Catch a Falling Star: A Novel

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by Beth K. Vogt

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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?

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


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?

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.

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Beth K. Vogt is a nonfiction writer who said she’d never write fiction. After saying she’d never marry a doctor or anyone in the military, she is now happily married to a former Air Force family physician. Beth believes God’s best is often behind the door marked “never.” An established magazine writer and editor, she now writes inspirational contemporary romance because she believes there is more to happily ever after than the fairy tales tell us.

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Catch a Falling Star: A Novel 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Really, not very developed
HeidiMain More than 1 year ago
I love how Dr. Kendall Hayne’s thinks she has it all. She is very sure of herself on the outside, exudes supreme confidence. Yet, on the inside she is cracking. Griffin Walker’s life is a mess for almost the entire book. Things seem to get worse and worse for him, especially because he has a very hard time accepting others help. I adored the way the author weaved in the setting of Colorado Springs. I felt like I could see the mountainous views the characters enjoyed. If you haven’t read it yet, buy it now!
thedeena63 More than 1 year ago
I absolutely LOVE Beth's fiction! This is the second novel I've read that she's crafted, and it's a winner. Her characters are rich with detail and life, and her stories have such heart and soul they almost breathe on their own. Kendall is a dedicated doctor, treating patients with asthma and all things bronchial. Her desire to help and heal stems from her own childhood ailments. Her life is almost perfect...just lacking in romance and love. Griffin enters with a massive chip on his shoulder. He's an Air Force pilot that's been forcibly grounded for who knows how long due to unexplainable vertigo. Had a touch of that myself recently and my heart went out to this fictional hero. Added to Griff's burdens is his adopted brother, a sixteen-year-old who's hurting over the unexpected loss of his parents and trying to get to know the big brother he's never really known. Ian's unexpected health crisis brings Kendall and Griff into a collision course that radiates animosity on his part and curiosity on hers. Will Ian's ongoing need for medical care allow these two stubborn people to find something else than a professional relationship? I loved Kendall and her female doctor buddies. Her dog Sully is a hoot, and watching Ian grow attached to the big mutt was fun and easy to imagine. And yes, he is named after a very beloved character from a western doctor television program. Griffin is a big bully that you'll be rooting for, hoping he 'gets it' that Kendall is the person he needs in his life. You'll also want to bonk him over the head with your book when he makes some oh, so dumb choices that could cost him valuable relationships. The story moves quickly and ended much too soon for me. A satisfying ending, but I could have read more about these wonderful characters. The book would also make a fantastic movie with few changes, something I rarely say. I received an advance copy via NetGalley from Howard Publishing in exchange for an honest review. I urge you to get a copy, sit down and savor the experience. "Catch a Falling Star" is highly recommended
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CamilleEide More than 1 year ago
Catch a Falling Star is lovely blend of truth and humor, real life and fairy tale, wrapped in a romance and tied with the satisfying promise that dreams do come true. This is a delightful romance that doesn't sugar coat the fact that life is full of struggles and that sometimes the repercussions of our past mistakes linger, telling us we don't deserve joy or that we've messed up too much or we've missed a turn somewhere in our search for that elusive happily ever after. With wisdom and wit--my favorite kind of book--Beth Vogt creates a believable tale through two very real people who deserve a chance at love. What a great reminder that God works all things work out for the good for those who love him, in his timing, and sometimes, just when you least expect it. Patience pays off. What a joy to read!
DonitaKPaulDKP More than 1 year ago
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.
Prolificreader More than 1 year ago
Beth Vogt’s debut novel “Wish You Were Here” was great. A good story.  “Catch a Falling Star”…superb.  I couldn’t put the novel down. Could. Not. I don’t have stronger words to describe how much this novel captured me…oh wait I’ll say this: I could have dealt with one or five more of those kisses…  Beth Vogt has hit her sweet spot. Talk about a great story! (I really need a stronger arsenal of vivid descriptors for novels I love). Griffin and Kendall are characters that go deep in their characterization. The dialogue…oh the dialogue! Snappy, quick and perfect for every single moment. I don’t think one word was wasted, each one built upon the other to create a story so…so wonderful to spend time reading, I couldn’t put it down. Oh, wait, I’ve already said that.  Characters are great. Writing is superb. Themes are clearly evident and excellently woven through the story. Descriptions take you right into the heart of the story while not distracting anything from it. I have a feeling THIS is the voice people are going to love discovering on book shelves. And talk about a romance. I don’t think it can get much better…except, I could have had a few more kisses. (broken record, yeah I know, what’s your point?)   Oh sigh…do I have to shut up now? I really could go on and on…let me say this: I had an advance ecopy. I’m going to buy the book. And get it autographed.   This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to the publishers through Netgalley for my copy to review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Susan21 More than 1 year ago
As with her debut novel, I love Beth's voice and am so happy to add her to the list of contemporary romance authors I read!
iblog4books More than 1 year ago
After "discovering" Beth Vogt last year, I wasn't sure if I could wait an entire year to read her next book! Obviously I managed, and Catch a Falling Star was definitely worth the wait! I loved the premise of this book—that sometimes life doesn't turn out how we hoped it would. Kendall is 36 and wonders if she will ever find love. I really related to her and her situation. I think we can all identify things in our life that don't quite match up to the childhood dreams. I loved how she struggled and questioned and really wrestled with things. So true to life for me—and many others, I'm sure! Griffin was a fun character as well. He too had lots of struggles and unmet expectations for his life. They made a good pair, and it was fun to see his relationship with Kendall grow through their mutual love for Jeeps. There was a secondary story that was mixed in from time to time. I thought the story was good, but it didn't really add to this book. Perhaps it should have been presented as an ebook prequel or something of that nature. Overall, the story and characters had great depth and I was sad to see the story come to an end. I name Catch a Falling Star as one of the "most anticipated" books of 2013, and I'm happy to say that the book lived up to every expectation I had for it! Again, I'm anxious to read Beth's next book ... I'm not sure I'll be able to wait a whole year! :) [4.5 stars] I received a free copy of this book from Howard Books & LitFuse Publicity in exchange for my fair and honest review.
LovenGod More than 1 year ago
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. 
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VicG More than 1 year ago
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."
arlenadean More than 1 year ago
By: Beth K Vogt Published By: Howard Books Age Recommended: Adult Reviewed By: Arlena Dean Rating: 5 Book Blog For: GMTA Review: "Catch A Falling Star" by Beth K. Vogt was a very sweet contemporary Christian romantic story that I could not put down until the end. I loved the way this author brought in adoption. This was indeed a well thought out script. This "author did a great job showing that it wouldn't be easy and that rejection is part of the deal as the child heals over time." This was very well done. For the main part of this story we find Dr. Kendall Hayes who is 36 and unmarried. It seemed like all of her friend...Melissa, Sonia, and Rachel...all doctors were married but not Kendal...even her kid sister was getting engaged. Kendal was having a evening out with her friends and notices a young man who starts having a allergic reaction and she fines herself quickly responding. Now, this is where the story gets interesting and I will say you must pick up this read to see what happens next when Kendall learns that Griffin and Ian Walker are brothers who recently lost their parents. Kendall and Griffin will get off to a rock start but keep reading to see if this will lead to a road to romance for these two. In the end we will find out that life doesn't always go according to our plans. The characters were all well developed, 'vibrant, spunky, complex' and so real. Be ready for many conflicts that will only cause you to keep reading. Would I recommend "Catch A Falling Star?" YES!
KeliGwyn More than 1 year ago
An Uplifting Tale of Love at Long Last 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.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
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.
JerseyGirlBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Sometimes wishing on stars are just unanswered prayers because God has better plans in store for you ... Thirty-six year old Kendall Haynes is a Colorado Springs family physician specializing in asthma and allergies. She has a successful career that she loves but there is one important thing that is missing in her life: a husband and family. Thirty-eight year old Lieutenant Colonel Griffin Walker is an Air Force pilot who has been grounded due to vertigo and “flying a desk” for over a year. The only thing that he wants in his life is to be back in the cockpit piloting his jet. But his life becomes even more complicated when his parents are killed in a plane crash, and he becomes the guardian of his sixteen year old brother Ian.  Kendall and Griffin unexpectedly meet when Ian has an allergic reaction in a restaurant and Kendall administers first aid to him. Kendall and Griffin chance meeting isn't very friendly, if fact don’t like each other very much. But when they keep bumping into each other in town and reluctantly bond over their love for Jeeps and the care and concern for Ian's asthma, maybe life's unexpected changes brings them together as part of God's plan for them. Catch a Falling Star is a captivating story about two people who experience life's unexpected changes and are brought together by a chance encounter that leads them to discover God's true plan for them. In her second novel, author Beth K. Vogt weaves an inspirational and poignant tale written in the third person narrative that follows Kendall and Griffin's journey of learning to let go of their wishes and dreams when their lives haven't gone according to their plans, in order to embrace the unexpected plans that life has in store for them. This is so much more than your typical contemporary romance story. The author has thoughtfully created a tale written from her heart that touches upon realistic life issues of grief, rejection, guilt, medical issues, adoption, complex family relationship dynamics and unanswered prayers. You can't help but get immersed in Kendall and Griffin's story. I loved how their relationship gradually developed from a rocky chance meeting, to a reluctant bond over their shared love of jeeps, to their struggle with denying the mutual attraction that simmered below the surface, that finally grew into a love relationship born out of mutual respect and trust that comes with time spent together. I think what I enjoyed most of all about this novel is that it is a love story involving two middle-aged people, it's a story that I can relate to as I finally found my unexpected love in my early forties. With a strong cast of characters who are realistic, complex, flawed and easy to relate to; witty dialogue and dramatic interactions; and a captivating storyline that has intrigue, suspense, emotion, romance and enough twists and turns that keeps the reader engaged; Catch A Falling Star is an inspirational and heartwarming story that will resonate with you long after the last words have been read!
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
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.
Hope79 More than 1 year ago
In Beth Vogt's excellent second novel, Catch A Falling Star, also set in gorgeous Colorado, she ups her game. Avoiding easy cookie cutter type characters, Vogt develops real people recovering from major life disappointments while responding to the book's key question, "What do you do when life doesn't go according to plan?" Kendal, Griffin, Evie, and even Ian adjust, struggle, learn to let go, trust, and stretch beyond what they thought possible to reach deeper relationships than they could have sustained previously. I genuinely cared about them as this story progressed, supported by convincing emotions and well-informed realism. No casual summer beach read, this novel will leave you thinking about its characters long after you close its covers. It also invites readers to deeper faith and leaves us better equipped for life. Catch a Falling Star is beautifully-crafted fiction.
AngieArndt More than 1 year ago
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.
RoxanneSherwoodGray More than 1 year ago
A birthday celebration for thirty-something Dr. Kendall Haynes goes terribly wrong. First, her mother pressures her to relinquish grandmother Mina’s cherished heirloom ring to her kid sister—after all, Kendall’s not using it. Then, a friend announces an engagement, leaving Kendall as the last of a group that started out as single doctors. This birthday amplifies the ticking of her biological clock, and she wonders whether she’ll ever find that special someone. But it’s a good thing she’s in the restaurant “celebrating” because her medical skills are needed to save a stranger’s life. Air Force pilot Griffin Walker’s life is spinning out of control as surely as the vertigo that’s grounded him. He’s desperate to regain his flying status. But more than that, as a recently appointed guardian, he’s got to figure out how to parent the teen his deceased parents had adopted. Ian’s life depends on it. And just where does spunky Dr. Kendall Haynes fit into his future? Catch a Falling Star by Beth K. Vogt is destined for my keeper shelf with sparkling dialogue, believable characters who feel like friends, laugh-out-loud humor and a plot that kept me turning pages well past my bedtime. Besides caring how Kendall and Griffin would ever make their relationship work, Vogt had me hoping for happily ever after’s for her secondary characters too. I cried with Evie as she battled adopted son, Javan’s, rejection. I empathized with teenager Ian’s grief over the loss of his parents. I laughed at the antics of Kendall’s loveable, slobbery goldendoodle, Sully. I turned page after page rooting for all the characters’ dreams to come true. If you love a good romance, Catch a Falling Star is a book you won’t want to miss!
SLAYTANIC More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
 It's no secret, I absolutely loved Beth Vogt's first novel, Wish You Were Here. I eagerly awaited the arrival of her second, Catch A Falling Star, and I was not disappointed. I adore stories that absolutely immerse me in the characters' worlds early on, preferably by the first few chapters, and this book definitely did that for me. I loved watching Kendall struggle not to be attracted to Griffin, because really, what's not to like? He's a guy's guy, good looking, and as it turns out, he's really one of the good guys. And he's not interested in a relationship. Or so he thinks. These two have sparks flying all over town from the beginning, but they've also got baggage, which makes for a great plot and a page turner of a book. Especially when Griffin's baggage consists of a spunky little brother with his own issues. Heartfelt, believable emotion, realistic characters and true-to-life situations all make Catch A Falling Star a book to fall in love with. The spiritual thread is interwoven so neatly that it's a natural process for the characters to grow in their faith while making changes to their outlooks on love. A captivating novel that will keep you up nights turning pages until the end. But the lack of sleep is worth it.Highly recommended.