Catch a Falling Starby Beth K. Vogt
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/b>/b>
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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?
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.
“Beth Vogt has once again captured my complete attention.With a slightly different feel to her debut, Wish You Were Here, Vogt's latest, Catch a Falling Star, is rich with true-to-life characters who sitdown beside you and invite you into their lives. The story unfolds with humor,tenderness, and a few poignant moments that will have you savoring eachwell-written word. Vogt points the way toward grace, healing, and hope withoutpreaching, but presents an honest portrayal of real lived-out faith and how itcan impact lives. Another wonderful offering by this very talented author!”
“Catch a Falling Star is one of those books you keep thinking about after The End. Poignant characters, crackling dialogue,and a central theme we can all connect with: What happens when things don't go according to plan? Beth K. Vogt writes from the heart with such an engaging voice . . . and she definitely has a permanent place on my must-read shelf!”
"Beth K. Vogt has accomplished what all debut authors aspire to do—write a great second book. Catch a Falling Star is fun, quirky, and filled with Vogt's well-crafted prose and signature voice. What a great thing—to discover a new author for my favorites list."
“This is one of those kind of books: the kind you open thinking you’ll just read a chapter or two and then, before you know it, you’re turning the last page with a smile and sigh. I don’t know how she does it, but Beth’s characters seem to live and breathe. I closed the cover after reading the last page and found myself a little bit sad, wondering where all my new friends had gone.”
“After reading Beth Vogt’s debut novel, Wish You Were Here, I knew her books would have a permanent place on my bookshelf. Catch a Falling Star is laced with Beth’s signature humor, well-developed characters, and spiritual truth, but her writing maturity shines. Her stellar ability to craft soul-stirring happily-ever-after romances leaves me craving more of her books. She does what every author desires—keeping readers turning pages way past their bedtimes.”
“Catch a Falling Star, Beth Vogt’s sophomore novel, delights with an intriguing cast of characters, a page-turning plot, unexpected twists, and sharp writing. I loved this tender story framed in second chances and heartfelt dreams that proves fairy tale lives come in all shapes and sizes.”
"I couldn’t put the novel down. Could. Not. . . . Beth Vogt has hit her sweet spot. Talk about a great story! . . . Snappy, quick and perfect for every single moment. . . . 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."
“Beth Vogt is a rising romance star with this amazing second novel. Delightful, sparkling romance and a story that is sure to keep you up all night. Bravo!”
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Catch a Falling Star
What exactly was she celebrating?
The question haunted Kendall all day long. It was her birthday—she ought to be able to answer it.
She pulled into a parking space outside her favorite Mexican restaurant. Shifting into neutral, Kendall turned off the Jeep and deposited her keys into her purse, exchanging them for a tattered makeup bag and her ever-handy GorillaTorch.
Just once, she’d like to put her makeup on in front of the bathroom mirror like a normal person.
Attaching the twistable hands-free flashlight to her steering wheel so her face was illuminated in her rearview mirror, Kendall twisted her body to the left so she could trace a hint of brown eyeliner. Sheesh. Most women used a makeup mirror. Tossing the pencil into the bag lying open on the passenger seat of her Jeep, Kendall sorted through the containers of eye shadow and lip gloss, looking for her mascara. A quick peek at her phone lying on her dash told her that she had five minutes before she was officially late to her birthday dinner. Yep. Enough time for mascara and a little blush. She assessed her short brown hair—all it required was a quick comb-through with her fingers.
Her closest friends waited inside On the Border, eager to celebrate. Nineteen hours into her birthday and she wanted to label it RETURN TO SENDER. Kendall couldn’t help comparing today with her thirteenth birthday, when her mom decided to deluge her with pink frilly clothes. Pink. She looked like an overdose of cotton candy on a too-short stick. She returned all her gifts—except for the oversized stuffed pink bear her then-three-year-old-sister Bekah refused to release—and pocketed the cash.
Kendall swept blush across her cheeks. It wasn’t that she didn’t have a satisfying life—an exciting life, even. It’s just that at thirty-six years old, she’d hoped for . . . more.
The buzz of her phone mocked her attempts to be on time. Why did she think she’d ever be in control of her time and be the first to arrive? She abandoned that ideal the day she entered medical school. Besides, all the other partygoers tonight were physicians like her. They’d understand when Kendall walked in late. Half made up. As usual.
She switched from blush to mascara as she turned her phone to speaker. “Dr. Haynes.”
“Kendall, it’s Mom.”
Kendall’s eyes closed as she mentally and physically sat straighter, as if her mother could see her. “Hey, Mom. How are you?”
“I’m fine. Are you having a good birthday?”
“Just finished clinic. Going to dinner with friends.”
“Oh, how nice. I’m so glad you’ve found some friends there in Colorado.”
Of course she’d found friends in Colorado. She wasn’t in high school anymore. She had a thriving solo family practice, friends, even a dog to round out the picture of a satisfying life.
“Look, Mom, I’m running late—”
“Well, this is rather important . . .”
Kendall stared out the window of her Jeep, watching people walk into the restaurant. Rachel had just walked by her with a friendly see-you-inside wave. Most likely Melissa and Sonia were already seated, having ordered their usual Guac Live. Would there be any left by the time her mother finished talking?
“I’ve got about five minutes. Is that enough time?”
“I’ll get straight to the point. Bekah’s boyfriend, Ryan, is going to propose. I’d like to give him Mina’s ring so he can give it to her.”
Kendall dropped the tube of gloss she’d pulled from the makeup bag. “B-but Mina bequeathed the ring to me—”
“Because she assumed you’d get married first, since you’re ten years older than Bekah. You know the ring traditionally goes to the first daughter who gets married. If she’d left the ring to your father, I wouldn’t be put in this awkward position of having to explain all this.” Her mother’s sigh echoed over the phone. “The reality is, Bekah is the one getting married. Not you.”
“I said ‘yet.’ I’m not getting married yet.” Kendall reached for the necklace she’d slung over her rearview mirror—a strand of silver ovals that matched her earrings—and transferred it to her neck.
“You’re thirty-six years old, dear. A professional woman. And in today’s world, it’s perfectly fine to focus on your career and stay single. No one’s blaming you. But—” With a slight pause, her mother lunged with her closing argument. “—Bekah will be married in the next year. Your sister loves that ruby ring as much as you do. You know how much fun she has mixing vintage clothes with modern styles.”
Had her sister coached her mother on what to say? Make sure you remind Kendall I’m all about mixing vintage and modern, Mom. That will get her to say yes.
Her mother’s next words broke into Kendall’s thoughts. “You don’t want the ring to go to waste, do you?”
Of course she didn’t want the ring to go to waste. But it wasn’t going to waste . . . She was waiting to use it, that’s all.
“Mom, I’ve gotta go. I saw Rachel walk into the restaurant, which officially makes me the last one to arrive. Again.”
True statement, even if Rachel had waved at her ten minutes ago.
“But we haven’t finished talking about this—”
“I’ll think about it, ’k? And thanks for the birthday call.”
Disconnecting, Kendall slid her feet into her four-inch platforms. Good thing tonight was all about sitting or her feet would ache within an hour. But every once in a while she enjoyed being eye-to-eye with other people. Well, almost eye-to-eye.
The warmth of the Mexican restaurant shoved away the cool night air and tucked the remnants of the phone conversation into the corner of Kendall’s mind. Voices swirled around her, the scent of fresh tortillas teasing her nose and causing her stomach to rumble. The Greek yogurt she’d wolfed down midmorning in between patients had worn off hours ago.
Thanks to a bouquet of brilliant Mylar balloons, Kendall spotted her three friends in a back corner booth. She nodded at the hostess and wove her way past tables crowded with families, couples, and several groups of college-aged kids. The steady hum of voices muted all the should-have-said-this-to-Mom responses scrolling across her mind. Words like possession is nine-tenths of the law shouldn’t be used between a mother and daughter.
She slid into the booth next to Rachel, who gave her a quick hug and then motioned toward a black stone bowl of guacamole and a paper-lined bowl of chips. “Catch up with us. Drinks are on the way. We ordered you an iced tea. Are you on allergy call for the ER tonight?”
Kendall dipped a chip through the chunky mix of avocado, chilies, and spices. “No. Just a quick chat with my mom. You know, the required birthday call.” Ignoring the rectangular envelope stamped with the name of a local salon and her name scrawled across the middle, Kendall tapped a pile of papers on the table. “What’s this?”
Sonia fanned the printouts, an eager smile lighting her face. “I know it’s your birthday celebration—happy birthday, by the way—but we also need to finalize our decision for this summer’s trip. I’ve been watching the airfares and the vacation spots and narrowed it down to a couple of places.”
“You don’t think we should wait until we get closer to our departure date—maybe snag a last-minute deal?” Kendall squeezed lemon into her tea and then savored a long sip.
“That was easy to do when we were all single.” Sonia rested her elbows on the table, soft blond curls framing her face as she seemed to hesitate for half a second. “But now that Melissa and I are both married, it’s better to plan things out. Kevin still wants to find time for some sort of vacation for the two of us.”
Melissa nodded, her long brown hair tucked underneath a stylish black beret. “And I need to make sure that I’ve got the twins covered for that week. I can’t leave that until the last minute.”
Rachel shifted in the seat next to her, twisting her hands in her lap. Her cornflower-blue eyes darted from friend to friend and she chewed on her bottom lip.
Melissa leaned forward. “Something on your mind, Rach? You’re not backing out, are you?”
“No . . . I wouldn’t think of missing this trip. Especially now.”
“Especially now?” Kendall turned to stare at her friend. “What’s that supposed to mean?”
Kendall reared back as Rachel flung her left arm out across the table, nearly tipping over her margarita.
Melissa and Sonia erupted in a cacophony of “What?” and “When?” causing other people in the restaurant to turn toward them. How had Kendall missed the diamond on Rachel’s hand? Of course, her friend had kept her hands in her lap—not even indulging in the chips and guacamole, and taking almost-timid sips of her margarita.
“Tony proposed this past weekend. Can you believe it?” Rachel paused to admire her engagement ring, which she’d set off by indulging in a French manicure. “We’ve only been dating three months!”
Three months—and the man proposed? No, Kendall most definitely couldn’t believe it. Their foursome had started out as a group of single female physicians, focused on establishing themselves in Colorado Springs. Now married, Melissa stayed home with her twins full-time, and Sonia worked part-time. Now Rachel was headed for “I do” while Kendall remained an “I haven’t”—a status she probably wouldn’t change anytime soon.
She forced herself to look at her friend’s dazzling pear-shaped diamond ring. She was happy for Rachel—truly. Tony seemed like a good guy, someone who didn’t mind Rachel’s long hours as an ER doctor.
“Tony thinks a December wedding is perfect, so I don’t see any problem with still having our girls’ vacation in June.” Rachel bounced on the blue vinyl-covered seat, threatening to unseat Kendall in her excitement. “Maybe we can make it a weeklong bachelorette party! I want you all to be in my wedding, you know that, right?”
Perfect. Another wear-it-once dress to add to her closet. It seemed as though she’d never break the tradition she started way back in high school. Of course, she didn’t even get to wear her homecoming dress for the entire evening.
Whoa. Rachel was engaged and she was wandering the wrong way down memory lane. Where was the waiter? She needed a refill.
“Melissa, I was hoping you’d be my matron of honor.” Rachel reached across the table and clasped Melissa’s hand even as her smile encompassed each friend. “And I want Kendall and Sonia to be my bridesmaids.”
Kendall hoped her face didn’t reveal any surprise or disappointment. Of course, Rachel could arrange her bridal party any way she wanted. Kendall shouldn’t assume she’d be the maid of honor.
A lanky teen boy wearing a faded T-shirt and baggy jeans crossed her line of vision. What was wrong with him? Exiting the restroom area to a table in the center of the room, he seemed unsteady on his feet, almost disoriented. Was he . . . high? He slumped into a wooden chair, a series of raspy coughs shaking his shoulders. Maybe he was coming down with the flu. A broad-shouldered man with short-cropped hair sprinkled with gray—probably his father—leaned toward him, as if asking a question. Kendall watched as the coughing grew worse and the boy tugged on the collar of his maroon T-shirt. Maybe he was choking . . . But why wasn’t the kid’s father doing anything?
“Kendall. Kendall.” Sonia waved a hand in front of her face. “Hey, the party’s in this booth!”
“Excuse me for a minute.” Kendall slid out of her seat, tossing the words over her shoulder. “Something’s wrong with that kid.”
By the time she crossed the floor to the table where the man and his son sat, she sensed the other customers’ surveillance as she watched the teen cough. And cough. She knelt beside him. Touched his arm.
“Are you choking?” Even as she asked, she knew he wasn’t. His lips were swollen, his face blotchy with hives. The boy’s eyes flamed with panic as they darted between her and his father. “What are you allergic to?”
“He’s not allergic—” The man stood and towered over her.
“Your son is allergic to avocado and you didn’t even know it?” Some parents had no right to have kids. Kendall got to her feet, the swift movement causing her to rock back on her platforms. “Where is your EpiPen?”
“He doesn’t have an EpiPen—”
“With this severe an allergy, your son needs to carry an EpiPen at all times.”
“He’s not my son—”
Kendall turned to the teen. “Do you have an EpiPen?” When he shook his head no, she shouted for Rachel to bring her purse. “Somebody call nine-one-one.”
The man pulled an iPhone from the pocket of his wool jacket hanging on the back of the chair. “I’ll call nine-one-one.”
“Fine. Do something.” She didn’t mean to sound so abrupt, but she didn’t have time to apologize. The teen was her concern—not whether she’d offended his dad. His son needed help—fast.
Rachel appeared beside her, already digging in Kendall’s purse for the EpiPen. “What can I do?”
“I’m already dialing—” The man waved his phone in her face.
“Okay, then. I’m stepping back.” Rachel retrieved Kendall’s purse from where she’d dropped it on the floor. “But remember, I’m right over there.”
“Right.” Kendall focused on the teen, talking to him as she popped the cap off the plastic device. “You know how this works. It doesn’t hurt that bad. Here goes. One, two, three . . .”
Griffin wanted to turn away—maybe even walk out the door and escape what was happening. But he hadn’t done that, not once in the last four months, no matter how many times the thought crossed his mind. Standing here, watching his brother gasp for breath, only confirmed once again that Griffin was the last person who should take responsibility for Ian.
“Have you reached nine-one-one?” His brother’s rescuer barely glanced at him.
Her question jerked him back to reality. He punched the numbers before answering her and then stayed on the line with the dispatcher and watched the woman work with his brother. Ian’s teeth clenched, lips tinted a pale blue, as silent tears streamed down his face. Ian hadn’t shed a single tear during their parents’ funeral. Did he even realize he sat in the middle of a restaurant, crying? Probably not. He was too busy struggling to breathe, despite the woman kneeling next to him and attempting to keep him calm.
While the dispatcher talked with the ambulance driver, Griffin paced closer, tilting the phone away from his mouth. “Who are you?”
She flicked her eyes up at him for the briefest of moments, a look of irritation storming across their gray depths before she focused on Ian again. “I’m a physician. I’ll take care of your son until the EMTs get here.”
“Ian’s my brother, not my son.”
“Look, I can’t really have a conversation with you and concentrate.” The woman brushed the long strands of Ian’s dark hair away from his eyes, her tone softening. “Feeling any better? Y’know, if you were gonna do something like this, you picked a good place. All my friends over there? They’re doctors, too.”
The hint of a smile crossed Ian’s face, despite the fact his breath still wheezed in and out as if his lungs were a pair of worn-out accordions.
“Sir, can you hear the sirens yet?” The dispatcher’s dispassionate voice broke in on his thoughts. “They should be almost there by now.”
With everyone in the restaurant silently watching the drama at their table, Griffin could easily hear the strident wail of the approaching medical truck. “Yes, I hear them.”
“How’s he doing now, sir? You said he’s your brother, right?”
“He’s better.” Griffin watched for flickers of emergency lights outside the restaurant’s front window. “There’s a doctor here. She had an EpiPen.”
“Good. If he was having a severe allergic reaction, she did the right thing.”
Griffin scanned Ian’s face, noticing that, while he was still pale, the blotchiness was fading. The doctor had gotten Ian to sit up straight rather than slump forward in his chair. She’d kicked off a ridiculous pair of shoes and looked barely more than a teenager herself—a female Doogie Howser. Had he risked Ian’s life letting this unknown woman take over?
The red-haired hostess pushed open the restaurant’s wooden front doors, stepping aside to let the EMTs pass through, trundling a metal gurney across the black tile floors. Griffin could almost feel everyone in the building exhale. The manager followed the medical team over to their table. One of the EMTs nodded to the woman kneeling beside Ian.
“Hey, Andrew.” After a quick nod at the EMT, the woman refocused on Ian. “Good to see you again.”
“You’ve got everything under control, I see.” The man snapped on a pair of purple vinyl gloves. “Mind if I take it from here?”
“Be my guest.” The woman stood. Leaned over and whispered something to Ian before patting him on the shoulder. “I’ll get back to my dinner.”
“Sorry for the interruption, Doc.”
She winked at the EMT. “It happens.”
As she bent to pick up her shoes, Griffin stepped forward. “I want to thank you for helping my brother.”
Shoes dangling from her fingertips, the woman stepped back, tilting her head so she could make eye contact with him. “Ian’s your brother?” She looked at Griffin, then at Ian. “You don’t know him very well, do you?”
“Let’s just say I haven’t been my brother’s keeper.”
“Too bad for him.” She waved aside Griffin’s attempt to interrupt. “You’re risking Ian’s life by not knowing about his allergies. By not carrying an EpiPen all the time. Forget the thanks. Just be the guy Ian needs you to be.”
And with that verbal slap in his face, she walked back to where her friends waited.
Not that he didn’t deserve it.
Griffin positioned a chair next to his brother, watching the young man check Ian’s vitals and jot notes on a clipboard. The manager talked with another EMT.
“We’re recommending that Ian go to the hospital, sir.” Andrew began putting the medical equipment away.
“Is that really necessary?” Griffin watched his brother, thankful he didn’t have to turn his head to the left and deal with the ongoing threat of dizziness.
“Your . . . brother, is it? He had an anaphylactic reaction to eating avocado—guacamole, right? His throat started to close up on him, cutting off his airway. It’s best to get him checked out more thoroughly. They might decide to keep him overnight. Or they might send him home with you. Depends.”
Great. Why couldn’t they just grab a quick dinner, go home, deal with homework and the pile of dirty laundry that mocked him every time he walked through the door? Nope. Nothing came easy lately. And tonight was going to be topped off with a run to the ER. If Ian was allergic to avocado, why’d he agree to Griffin ordering the chips and guac? How was Griffin supposed to know details like that? Had their mother ever mentioned allergies?
“Whatever needs to be done is fine.” He watched the medical personnel settle Ian onto the gurney and then walked over to the manager. “I’ve already paid for my dinner. Do me a favor—the woman who helped my brother? Add her dinner to my bill.”
“She’s with a group, sir. It’s her birthday.”
“Well, since we managed to interrupt her celebration, go ahead and charge the whole thing. But don’t tell her I paid for it, okay?”
After the night she had, Kendall was not up to Sully’s attitude.
And since she’d abandoned him all evening, he would most definitely have an attitude.
Her satchel handbag slung over her shoulders, hanging on to the bunch of birthday balloons in one hand, Kendall clomped up the stairs to her loft. She inserted a key in the door’s lock and pushed. The door moved an inch—and no farther.
“This is no way to act.” Kendall rested her forehead against the door. “Get out of the way of the door and let me come in.”
She pushed on the door again. Nothing.
“Come on, Sully. I’m tired.” She stomped her foot, balloons dancing around her face. “I’m the one paying the mortgage on this place. Let me in already!”
Another shove. Another inch.
“Let me in and I’ll give you a treat . . .”
At the word treat, Kendall heard the welcome sound of four big paws scraping on the floors. She’d forgive the big hairy goldendoodle for scratching her custom cement floor if he’d stop stretching out in front of the door, blocking the entrance. As she stepped inside, she braced herself for Sully’s frontal attack. A basso profundo “Woof!” and then two large paws landed on her shoulders.
“Off, you stupid dog. Off!” Kendall staggered back, trying to keep the balloons out of Sully’s way. “Don’t you even remember going to obedience school?”
Sully’s furry chocolate-brown face came nose-to-nose with hers, his mouth parted in a welcoming doggy grin.
“Thank you. I missed you, too. Yes, I had a nice birthday. Somebody even paid for dinner. The girls all say hi.” She shoved him down to the ground. “Now sit. Stay.”
As she headed toward the kitchen, Sully bounded in front of her. “Fine. Lead.”
She tossed her purse on top of the red granite countertop stretching across the front of the kitchen, separating it from her dining room/living room area. Sully nudged at her elbow until she opened a silver tin of doggie snacks and tossed him two. After tying the balloons to the back of a chair and leaving Sully lounging on the floor, she went off in search of more comfortable clothes.
Her phone went into its waiting charger. Her shoes went in the ever-growing shoe pile at the bottom of her closet. She tugged off her wide-leg black slacks and plum-colored cashmere sweater and slipped into a pair of checked pajama bottoms and a waffle-weave long-sleeved top. Rubbing her eyes, she wanted nothing more than to crawl into bed. But she was a stickler for hygiene, and her bedtime routine awaited. And before that, Sully needed a quick walk outside.
Half an hour later, Kendall sat on her bed, a faded, black-velvet jeweler’s box cradled in her hands. She probably should keep this in a bank box of some sort rather than in a fire safe in the back of her closet. But she liked keeping her most treasured possession nearby.
Flicking back the lid, she traced the outline of Mina’s ring.
How many times had she stared at the ring as a little girl, watching its delicate white-gold filigree glint in the sunlight as her Mina embroidered or made bread or stirred a pot of soup on the stove? How many times had she asked to wear the ring? She would slip it on her finger as she lay in bed, waiting for the tightness to ease in her lungs, while Mina read her fairy tales of princesses hidden away in towers waiting to be rescued. How many times had Mina patted her hand, whispering that one day the ring would be hers?
She’d lost count.
But she never lost sight of the dream hidden in the jewel’s red depth. One day, she’d have it all: Romance. Love. Marriage. A husband. A family. And yes, a career, too. Because she was going to be a doctor. With all the time she spent in the hospital during her elementary and middle school years, she had at least part of a medical education just by osmosis. She would put all those hours, days, weeks, months spent in a hospital room or a doctor’s office to good use and grow up and help kids like her whose lives were affected by asthma and allergies.
And she had.
She was living her dreams.
She closed the box, the soft click a whisper of a rebuke. But it took two to make happily ever after come true—and lately no one pursued her. Well, not anyone who she wanted to be “caught” by. Kendall shook her head, catching her reflection in the mirror, the corner of her mouth twisting in the parody of a smile. Her last few dates hadn’t been worth a let’s-try-again to see if things would go anywhere. Both guys were hoping to get her one place: in bed. Her sister might laugh at her old-fashioned ideals, but Kendall had managed to resist temptation this far. More like fight it off.
Of course, at this rate, she might die a virgin and an old maid, clutching Mina’s ring in her gnarled hands.
If that was God’s will, then she was content with that.
Yes, yes, she was.
She had to be.
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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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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!
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
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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."
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.