Catherine's Pursuit

Catherine's Pursuit

by Lena Dooley Nelson


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Catherine's Pursuit by Lena Dooley Nelson

In book three of the McKenna’s Daughters series, Catherine McKenna begins a journey to find her lost sisters that turns into a spiritual journey for the entire McKenna family.

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ISBN-13: 9781621360193
Publisher: Charisma Media
Publication date: 02/05/2013
Series: McKenna's Daughters Series , #3
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Lena Nelson Dooley is an award-winning author with more than 690,000 books in print. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers where she received the Mentor of the Year award in 2006 and three Carol award silver pins. She lives in Hurst, Texas, with her husband of over 47 years. 

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“A heartwarming tale filled with history, adventure, faith, and love.” —Lisa Wingate, national best-selling and award-winning author of Dandelion Summer and Firefly Island

“Delightful! My heart ached with Catherine's longing...and then rejoiced at her numerous discoveries.” —Tricia Goyer, best-selling author of thirty-four books, including The Memory Jar
“Lena Nelson Dooley excels at creating a cast of well-defined characters living in a world of historical accuracy. No wonder readers love her stories of trial and triumph.” —Lynne Gentry, author of Reinventing Leona
“Yet another keeper for my bookshelf! From the first page her characters leapt to life before my eyes! Keep ’em comin’, Ms. Dooley!” —Sharlene MacLaren, award-winning author of the River of Hope series
 “An intriguing premise with interesting characters and a satisfying ending to this series.” —Margaret Daley, author of Saving Hope

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Catherine's Pursuit 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
TWJ_Magazine More than 1 year ago
Catherine McKenna learns a shocking truth on her eighteenth birthday. While she had always known that her mother died while giving birth to her on a wagon train, she is stunned to learn that she is one of triplets-and that her overwhelmed father gave her two sisters to be adopted by two other families on the journey west, and he has no idea of their whereabouts. Catherine quietly determines to find her sisters and recapture the lost years. Angus McKenna hired Collin Elliott to groom him to one day take over his shipping business. When Catherine takes off on her quest to find her sisters with only her lady's maid for a companion, Angus sends Collin after them to follow and protect them. Collin has dubbed pampered Catherine the Ice Princess but reluctantly takes on the assignment. Their first encounter when he locates Catherine in a seedy section of town convinces both of them of Catherine's for protection, and they form an uneasy alliance. Neither is prepared for the truths they discover about themselves and each other and the lessons to be learned along the way. Lena Nelson Dooley brings her McKenna's Daughter's series to a satisfying conclusion with Catherine's Pursuit. Dooley has once again crafted characters that touch the heart. While the first two books told the stories of the daughters who had been adopted, this novel not only focuses on Catherine but allows the reader to reconnect with Angus McKenna eighteen years after he buried his wife and made the heart-wrenching decision to allow two of his newborn daughters to be adopted; the pain of his grief and regret is palpable. Collin and Catherine's personal struggles, as well as their tenuous friendship, are masterfully portrayed as well. Grace, forgiveness, and faith are vital aspects of this heart-warming novel. While this can be read as a stand-alone, it will have deeper meaning for those who have read Maggie's Journey and Mary's Blessing. For those who have not, it will endear them to this family and make them want to catch up on the first two books. Whatever the order, Catherine's Pursuit is highly recommended! (The Wordsmith Journal strives to guide readers to books of personal interest, with the understanding and respect that what appeals to some may not appeal to others. Therefore we attempt to keep our reviews focused on content, genre and style. The rating is necessary to make use of Goodreads and Amazon. It reflects the reviewer’s own level of enjoyment, but the review is intended to be informative for the benefit of all readers.)
wfnren More than 1 year ago
A lot of emotions going on here, a great book Catherine Lenora McKenna grew up as an only child, the daughter of Angus McKenna. She lived with her father and aunt Kirstin, her mother's sister who came to live with them after her husband died. On the day of her 18th birthday she hears Angus and Kirstin arguing, when she hears her name she interrupts demanding to know what they are arguing about. This is how she finds out that she is one of three, a triplet! As she prepares for her birthday party she is very depressed thinking about her sisters that died. After a few weeks Angus is finally ready to answer all the questions Catherine may have. She is surprised when she finds out that her sisters are alive and living with two different families and Angus has no idea where they are because he promised the families that he'd never try to take them back. Catherine takes it upon herself to go looking without telling Angus. This has been a very heartwarming series from beginning to end. Angus has struggled with the decisions he made for 18 long years, now that he's told his daughter the truth he has to deal with the consequences. He has hopes that if Catherine does find her sisters, will she, and her sisters, ever forgive him for making the decision he did, knowing in his heart that may never happen. Lena does a beautiful job writing about this subject and telling the feelings from all sides. All three of these books kept me up late and not wanting to put them down. I would encourage anyone that likes Historical Fiction, Christian Historical Fiction, etc. to purchase this series (all three books at one time), believe me you will want to pick up the next in the series as soon as you finish the previous one.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
How would you feel if on your eighteenth birthday, you finally found out the loving Father you've always known has lied to you. No you are not adopted, but he gave away not one but two of your sisters. Not only are they your sister's but your identical sisters. What a secret, and the toll it has taken on her Dad. Catherine McKenna, had grown up a very spoiled, well indulged. and selfish! Her every desire had been given to her. She never had any siblings and missed that part of her life, something has been missing. God has his hand on Catherine, and are the things that happen, are they chances? What an exciting journey for Catherine!! Not only are their chance meetings, some scary, some so wonderful. So many people call her by her sister's name. When her father sends his protege to find and guide Catherine, she is upset and wants Collin Elliott gone! We see trial turned into blessings. We also find romance in the lives of these beautiful young woman. Enjoy this final journey with this final book in this series, make sure you don't miss this amazing story. I loved it!! I received this book through Booketeria, and was not required to give a positive review.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Lena Nelson Dooley in her new book, "Catherine's Pursuit" Book Three in the McKenna's Daughters series published by Realms brings us into the life of Catherine McKenna in 1885. From the back cover: The search for her sisters will become a spiritual journey for the entire family. Raised by her father, Catherine McKenna has never lacked for anything, surrounded by people to take care of her every need. On her eighteenth birthday she discovers that not only did her mother die when she was born, but she also had two identical sisters. Although her father vowed not to look for his daughters, Catherine made no such promise. Setting out on her own with one clue and her maid in tow, she's determined to find her sisters. Collin Elliott has seen better days. After losing his ship to a violent and unexpected storm, he is trying to recover-physically and emotionally. When Angus McKenna sends him to find, follow and protect his pampered daughter, he wants nothing more than to finish his task and return home. Can he help her find her sisters? And will the discoveries they make along the way teach them both what's most important in life? Let me start off by saying that "Catherine's Pursuit" is Ms. Dooley's best work yet. Catherine finds out that she has two other sisters and she sets off to find them, no matter what. However, she is going to need a lot of help so her father hires Collin to be there for her. This is some story, there is danger, there is adventure, there is mystery and there is action. With everything else that is going on Ms. Dooley also works in a really nice romance as well. Then there are the themes of family, redemption and restoration I like the way Ms. Dooley writes. She is an accomplished author who knows how to deliver true to life dialog and create characters that you fall in love with. I am sorry to see this series come to an end but Ms. Dooley has given us the best for last. "Catherine's Pursuit" is an excellent read! Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Realms. 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."
Its_Time_Mamaw More than 1 year ago
McKenna's Daughters! Catherine McKenna is all excited about her party.  She is turning eighteen years old and her father has arranged a party for the special occasion.  When she heads downstairs she hears raised voices. As she nears the source, it is apparent her father and Aunt are arguing about something her Aunt felt her father should tell Catherine.  She surprised both of them by asking her father what was it that he needed to tell her.  He looked very upset and he was pale.  He apologized and told her there was something he had been keeping from her but had planned telling her when she was older.  That something was, that when she was born she was a triplet and had two other sisters at which time her mother died giving birth.   Her father walked out of the not able to say more.  From this she assumed her sisters had died at birth along with her mother.  When she discovered her sisters were alive and had been adopted by two different families. She schemed to sneak away to find them taking her maid and only leaving a note for her father.   She had little information to go on but she was a spoiled headstrong girl not aware of the danger she might confront. Collin Elliot has recovered from an injury he acquired when he was Captain of a McKenna ship.  He felt like a  failure because the ship sank but was able to save the crew.  Angus McKenna had offered Collin a job to find his daughter and protect her at any cost.  Just what Collin wanted to do was track down the spoiled Ice Princess. Sure enough when he found her she was being accosted by a drunk.  He intervened for her until the drunk called her Mary Murray, which was her sister's name.  Could this drunk really know her sister?  Collin kept trying to keep the drunk away from her and when she realizes that Collin is her father's employee she agreed to let him continue on with them to find her sisters.  Was she close to finding Mary?  Even though she thinks Collin is handsome he may become a problem in her quest to find her sisters. Lena Nelson Dooley writes of the third McKenna daughter and the search to put all three girls together again.  It was funny, heartbreaking, mysterious, adventurous and romantic.  It was the whole package an amazing series wrapped up in a big bow.  Angus McKenna  finally forgives himself by the grace of God and prays to be reconnected with all three of his daughters.  Could Angus possibly wish for more?  Leave it up to this author to give more! I highly recommend this book. I rated this book a 5 out of 5. Disclosure:  I won a free copy of this book from the author's.  I was not required to write a review.  This is my honest opinion.
schoolmarmGG More than 1 year ago
Catherine knows she was a triplet and she longs to be reunited with her sisters. Unlike her father, she never made a promise to never find them. To keep her safe, her father sends Colin with her. This is the third book and the end of the series. You need to have all three books in your possession when you start reading because it is hard to put the books down.
iblog4books More than 1 year ago
Catherine's Pursuit was the perfect conclusion to the McKenna's Daughters series! Lena Nelson Dooley does a fabulous job of introducing us to Catherine—the first-born McKenna sister—and telling her story while bringing the trilogy to an end. Catherine was such a fun character. It was exciting to see her growth throughout the book. I really loved Collin and was rooting for him from the start! I think my favorite aspect of the story, though, was the way that Dooley continued all three sisters' stories. After reading their individual stories in other books, it was fun to get "the rest of the story" on each of them. I've loved this entire series and recommend it to anyone who enjoys adventurous, romantic historicals! [4.5 stars] I received a free copy of this book from the publisher and CFBA in exchange for my fair and honest review.
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
What would you think if everything you thought about the last 18 years of your life had been a complete lie? That's the gift, Catherine McKenna received from her father on the day of her 18th birthday. He confessed to her that when she was born, she was one of three babies born to her mother the day she died. Facing a difficult challenge of trying to raise three newborn daughters while traveling to California along the wagon trail, he made the best decision he could and allowed two other couples to raise the girls as their own. He kept Catherine because she was the first born. She had always dreamed of what it might be like to have siblings and now to learn that she has two sisters the same age as herself, has inspired her to find them and reunite no matter what it may cost or how long it may take. Collin Elliot was hoping to find a way to get a fresh start on the life he feels he has already failed at. Being one of the youngest captains for Angus McKenna, he lost his first ship in a violent and unexpected storm. Thankfully no lives were lost due to his quick thinking, but it is something he hasn't been able to put behind him. He feels that everywhere he goes, people are judging him based on that part of his life, and is searching desperately for a way to turn things around. When Angus McKenna provides him with a way, to keep an eye on his daugther, Catherine McKenna who is gone searching for her sisters, he wonders if God has given him a second change at more than just his life. In the conclusion to the McKenna's Daughters Series by Lena Nelson Dooley, Catherine's Pursuit is the icing on the cake. I've had the pleasure to review all the previous novels in this series and while you don't need to read them in order to gain a sense of appreciation for this novel, you will be compelled to once you read Catherine's story. In each of the previous novels, each of the sister's story is defined and this one wraps them all together as Catherine hopes for a reunion that none of them ever expected. Along the way, both Catherine and Collin discover more than either of them were looking for. Collins is hoping to put his failed past in his eyes behind him and Catherine hopes to make amends to a life she had only dreamed about. This is the story of forgiveness and renewal and also gives readers a bit of the back story into the painful decision that Angus was faced with making those 18 years ago as a father to triplets. I received Catherine's Pursuit by Lena Nelson Dooley compliments of Realms Publishers and Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for my honest review. I have received no compensation to provide a favorable review of this novel. Being a huge lover of historical fiction and having read the previous novels in the McKenna's Daughters Series, I was excited to see how Lena would wrap up this story of loss between the three daughters who has believed all along that they were the only ones to be raised by their respective families and later learn that there are other siblings that they were separated from their whole lives. It truly is one of the best family reunions with Collin attempting to watch over Catherine along her journey with only her lady's maid accompanying her with the search. It's a great novel and one I rate a 4.5 out of 5 stars in my personal opinion.
CharityU-Austenite More than 1 year ago
What a great book! As Lisa Wingate says on the front cover, it is indeed a “heartwarming tale.” The story is fully satisfying (once you reach the end) and provides a complete conclusion for the McKenna’s Daughters series. While I still haven’t had the chance to read book 2, Mary’s Blessing, I did read and greatly enjoy book 1, Maggie’s Journey – incidentally, I think #1 had my favorite cover…but this one is a close second. They’re all so neat! Anyway, back to Catherine…this book isn’t a stand-alone, but even though I’ve missed book 2, I didn’t have trouble following (though there were a few parts that weren’t clear because I hadn’t read it yet). Moral of the story – read both of the first ones before this one if at all possible. There are some series where you would be totally lost if all you read was book 3, but that’s not quite true here. Catherine was a lovely girl and made for a gutsy heroine. I loved the historical detail that seemed to be worked into each scene throughout the book, especially the travel scenes. This is a fascinating story and one I think you’ll enjoy! **The author supplied me with this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to post a positive review, nor was I paid in any way other than the book.**