Chasing Sunsets

Chasing Sunsets

by Karen Kingsbury


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ISBN-13: 9781451687521
Publisher: Howard Books
Publication date: 10/13/2015
Series: Angels Walking Series , #2
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 103,482
Product dimensions: 8.30(w) x 5.40(h) x 0.90(d)
Lexile: HL510L (what's this?)

About the Author

Karen Kingsbury, #1 New York Times bestselling novelist, is America’s favorite inspirational storyteller, with more than twenty-five million copies of her award-winning books in print. Her last dozen titles have topped bestseller lists and many of her novels are under development as major motion pictures. Her Baxter Family books are being developed into a TV series slated to debut fall 2019. Karen is also an adjunct professor of writing at Liberty University. She and her husband, Donald, live in Tennessee near four of their adult children.

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Chasing Sunsets

  • 1

    THE JANUARY SUNSHINE CAST an array of shimmering diamonds across the Pacific Ocean that early morning as Mary Catherine kicked off her sandals and headed for the water.

    “We’ll freeze. Even with our wetsuits.” Sami Dawson, her best friend and roommate, was right behind her, laughing at the insanity of their decision.

    “Only for a few minutes.” Mary Catherine’s long golden red hair was caught up in a ponytail and it flew behind her as she ran. She was laughing, too, but more because she loved starting her Saturday like this. “Once we’re in we won’t feel a thing.”

    They carried their boogie boards as they ran through the shallow surf and then jumped over the frigid foamy breakers. In no time they were in up to their shoulders, past the foam and ready to ride the next set of waves.

    Mary Catherine shook the water from her hair, breathless. “See? It isn’t terrible!”

    “Sure.” Sami shivered. She nodded to the wave headed their way. “Come on. Keep moving.”

    They caught the first one and rode it all the way to shore. The spray of cool seawater in their faces, the rush of the powerful ocean beneath them. Mary Catherine loved everything about this. She felt alive and whole and connected to God. A thrilling diversion from the news she’d received last week.

    The news that her heart didn’t have long.

    Sometime today she would tell Sami the truth about her health, come clean about the things she’d been hiding. But for now she would enjoy this moment. And she would remember what her mother told her years ago. Life could never be measured in the number of days a person lived, but only by the beautiful, brilliant life that had colored those days.

    Mary Catherine paddled back out alongside Sami. Her friend’s eyes were wide. “I think I saw a dolphin.” She pointed behind the waves. “Like fifteen feet that way.”

    Mary Catherine scanned the distant water. “I hope it wasn’t a shark.”

    “What?” Sami let out a quiet scream. “Don’t say that!”

    “I’m kidding.” Mary Catherine laughed again. “I saw it, too. A few of them. Definitely dolphins.”

    Another swell came and again they caught the ride all the way in. They took their boards and sat on the wet sand, trying to catch their breath. Sami shook her shoulder-length dark hair. “Thank you for making me do this. I’m not cold.”

    “It’s perfect out here.” Mary Catherine headed back out. “Come on. A few more.”

    They pushed through the white surf to the smooth area and waited. Sami wiped the water from her face. “I can’t wait for tonight. I really think Marcus is onto something with this youth center.”

    “Me, too. I’m glad we’re going early.” Mary Catherine felt it, the way she always did at the mention of Marcus’s name. A feeling that started in her heart and made its way down her arms and up the back of her neck. She hated the reaction. The last thing she needed was a crush on Marcus Dillinger. “Is he still dating his coach’s niece?”

    “He is. We’re double-dating with them next week.” Sami wrinkled her nose. “I don’t think they’re a good match.” She shrugged. “I don’t see it.”

    Between her heart condition and half a dozen charities she was involved with, Mary Catherine certainly had no time to worry about a professional baseball player. The guy could never be her type.

    They rode a few more waves and then Mary Catherine nodded to the shore. “Let’s dry off.”

    “Good idea. I still have to do laundry before we meet up with the guys.”

    Their towels were ten yards up the beach, and after a few minutes they pulled on sweats and sat on the sand facing the water. Mary Catherine turned her face to the winter sun and savored the way it melted through her. How could anything be wrong with her heart? She felt too good to be sick.

    The quiet suited them. Since rooming together a few years ago they’d had the sort of friendship that could erupt into laughter or feel comfortable in complete silence. They were very different, she and Sami. Mary Catherine broke the silence. “Did you and Tyler have fun last night?”

    “We did.” Sami’s smile lit up her face more than the morning sun ever could. “I can’t believe how good things are. I think he’s going to ask me to be his girlfriend. Officially.”

    Mary Catherine jumped to her feet. “Really?” She danced around in a circle. “Yes!” She raised both fists in the air. “Yes, yes, yes!” Then just as quickly she dropped back to the beach. “What in the world is taking so long?”

    “Well . . .” Sami shrugged, sheepish. “It’s more me. Like I told you.” This time her laugh sounded more nervous. “I needed time.”

    “Come on.” Mary Catherine leaned back on her hands and grinned at her friend. “You’ve been in love with him since you were in high school.”

    “But I was practically engaged to Arnie.” Sami’s tone held a mock protest, nothing serious. After a few seconds she burst into the sort of laughter she and Mary Catherine shared so often. “Okay, okay! You’re right. I don’t need much more time.”

    “Oh, come on.” Mary Catherine leaned forward and crossed her legs. “How long before he’ll ask you to marry him?”

    “Seriously?” Sami looked shocked. “Let’s not rush things!”

    “It won’t be long.” Mary Catherine raised her eyebrows. “You heard it from me first.”

    “You’re crazy.”

    “But in this case, also right.” Mary Catherine let her silliness fade, let the breeze off the ocean frame the moment, the significance of it. “Was it beautiful? Your date?”

    “It was. We were at Disneyland, as you know.” She looked so much happier than before, back when she was dating Arnie. “When it was dark he took me to the bridge in front of Sleeping Beauty’s castle.” Sami was sitting cross-legged now, facing Mary Catherine. “He told me he never stopped adoring me, never stopped thinking about me. Even with every bad decision he made back then.”

    “That’s sweet.”

    Sami’s smile held a contentment that hadn’t been there in the beginning, back when Tyler first returned to Los Angeles. “He says he has just one regret now. One that still haunts him.” She paused and lifted her face toward the sun for a few seconds before looking back at Mary Catherine. “That he ever left me at all.”

    The story touched Mary Catherine. She couldn’t be happier for her friend, for the love she’d found. “I want to be maid of honor.” She held up both hands in a teasing surrender. “That’s all I’m saying.”

    “Seriously, though . . . you could be right.” Again Sami’s joy was tangible. “I love him so much. This new Tyler, the one with lessons learned and a faith that gets stronger every day . . . I just never dreamed we would have a second chance.”

    “I did.” Mary Catherine gave Sami a knowing look. “Remember?”

    “True.” Sami’s laugh mixed with the disbelief she still clearly felt. “You told me I couldn’t leave Florida on that business trip, unless I spent a few hours with him.”

    “Let’s just say I’m a very good friend.” Mary Catherine grinned.

    “Definitely maid of honor status.”

    The sun was higher in the sky, temperatures heating up. Mary Catherine allowed the silence again. She needed some kind of buffer before she could tell Sami the truth about her health. The one thing they’d never talked about. She checked her phone. Nearly eleven o’clock. They needed to be at the newly renovated youth center by three that afternoon to help with last-minute details for the grand opening.

    Finally Mary Catherine shifted on her towel so she was facing Sami. “You ever wonder why I changed my eating habits lately? No more frozen pizza?”

    Sami’s smile came easily. “The whole no sugar, no gluten, no grain thing?” She uttered a quick laugh. “Because you’re amazing and you like feeling good enough to climb walls and jump out of planes?” She laughed again. “That’s what I always figured. I sure couldn’t eat that clean.”

    Mary Catherine hated what was coming. She wanted everyone in her world to go on thinking she had switched up her eating because of her zest for life. Nothing more. She hesitated.

    Finally Sami’s laughter faded. “Isn’t that why?”

    “No.” Mary Catherine’s smile remained, but she could feel a sadness filling her eyes. “I’m diabetic. Type two.”

    “What?” Sami put her elbows on her knees and leaned closer. “Since when? How come you never told me?”

    “I only found out last month, and my eating keeps it under control.” She angled her head, willing her friend to understand. “I don’t like thinking about it. Obviously. And, well, the way I eat I don’t need pills or shots. I check my blood sugar every morning. So far, it’s controlled.”

    Sami hesitated. “Okay, good. You scared me for a minute.”

    “There’s more. Diabetes runs in our family.” She paused. “Just like congenital heart defects. My uncle died because of his heart disease when he was in his late twenties. My mom never had any problem, but the gene passed on to me.”

    Again Sami looked beyond confused. She stared at Mary Catherine. “You’re saying . . . there’s something wrong with your heart?”

    Mary Catherine took a slow breath. “I was born with a coarctation of the aorta, and a bicuspid aortic valve. I had emergency surgery when I was a few weeks old and since then I get checkups every year.” She forced her smile. “No big deal.”

    “You should’ve said that first.” Sami looked like she wasn’t sure whether to relax or expect more news. “So . . . you’re okay? Like long-term?”

    “Not really.” She hadn’t talked about this with anyone. Not even her parents. “I had a checkup last week. My heart’s enlarged—which isn’t good. And my valves are deteriorating. I’ll need a transplant sometime in the next year.”

    Sami pulled her knees up to her chest and hung her head for several seconds. When she looked up, there was no mistaking the fear in her eyes. “What does that mean?”

    “The valve transplant isn’t the worst thing. People survive those—though mine will be trickier for a lot of reasons.” Mary Catherine looked to the sky; the California sun filled the morning. “It’s my enlarged heart that’s the real problem. Even with a transplant I may not have more than ten years. Maybe less.”

    The color left Sami’s face and she simply stared, like she couldn’t begin to believe the news. “That’s . . . awful.”

    “You’re the only one who knows.” She reached out and gave Sami’s hand a brief squeeze. “You’re my best friend, Sami. I’ve been looking for a way to tell you.”

    Sami hung her head for a long moment again. When she turned to Mary Catherine, there were tears in her eyes. “There must be something they can do. Your parents know the best doctors, right?”

    “They do. But this . . . well, you can’t fix an enlarged heart like mine. There are drugs that can slow the process. But that’s about it.”

    “I can’t believe this.” Sami stared at the sky. A minute passed before she lowered her arms and faced Mary Catherine again. Tears fell down her cheeks. “We have to find another opinion.”

    “I’ve done that.” She looked straight into Sami’s eyes. “Look, the reason I’m telling you is so you’ll pray. God can do anything—even with this.” Again, she worked to keep discouragement from her voice. “That’s why I care so much about living. Why I’m always talking about only living once. Because I don’t have as long as most people.”

    Sami wiped her tears with her fingertips. “It’s not fair.”

    “It is.” Mary Catherine sat up straighter. “God’s given me all these years of life and probably many more. I still have lots to do—like get that youth center up and running tonight. And maybe move to Africa for a year and work with orphans.”

    “You always say that.”

    “I’ll do it one of these days.” Mary Catherine found her smile again. “Of course, I’ll probably skydive another dozen times at least, and look.” She turned her face toward the ocean again. “I have mornings like this, with you.” She felt a familiar peace fill her soul. “God has been far more than fair with me.”

    “Are you in pain? I mean . . . like, does it make your chest hurt?”

    “Not at all.” She raised her hands and dropped them again. “I feel perfect.”

    “Good.” Sami looked off, her expression marked with sorrow. “What about love?”

    “What about it?” Mary Catherine felt her heart sink.

    Sami stared at her. “You deserve love.”

    “No.” She shook her head. “I won’t have time.” Mary Catherine felt tears sting her own eyes. “But I’m okay with that.”

    Sami looked into her eyes again. “You were going to find someone real, remember? Someone like you, with faith like you and a love for life like you.” Sami shook her head. “That was supposed to be the miracle of your life.” She exhaled hard. “I can’t believe this.”

    “Sami . . . it’s all right.” Mary Catherine put her hand on her friend’s shoulder. “God’s going to give me a different kind of miracle.” She stood and reached out her hand. “Come on. Let’s go find those dolphins.”

    Sami waited several seconds before she took Mary Catherine’s hand. “Really?” She shaded her eyes so she could see better. “Can you do this? Swimming in the ocean? Is that good for you?”

    “It’s all good.” She slipped back into her wetsuit and ran a few steps ahead. “The more life in my days, the better. Then it doesn’t matter how many days I have. Just that I really lived them.”

    “I hate this.” Sami climbed into her wetsuit and caught up to her. “You’re probably supposed to be home resting.”

    “Never.” Mary Catherine grabbed her boogie board and ran through the surf. Her laughter mixed with the sound of the waves. “God wants me out here.”

    Sami paddled alongside her. The moment they reached the calm area before the swells, they spotted the dolphins. Three of them, playing in the water a few yards away.

    “See!” Mary Catherine’s joy was as genuine as the sun on the water. “I don’t want to miss this.”

    For the first time in many minutes, Sami smiled again. “I don’t know anyone like you, MC.”

    “I’ll take that as a compliment.” Mary Catherine looked over her shoulder as the perfect wave came straight for them. “Here we go!”

    And with that they both caught the wave and started to ride it in. The moment they did, Mary Catherine spotted two of the dolphins riding alongside them. “Look!” she shouted.

    Sami turned her head and saw what was happening just before the dolphins kicked out of the wave and headed back out to sea. “Wow!”

    “That never happens!”

    “So beautiful.” Sami was laughing now, too.

    Mary Catherine turned her attention to the shore as the ride continued. Tears filled her eyes and mixed with salt water and a happiness that knew no limits. The heaviness from earlier was gone. No matter how many years she had or where God would lead her from here, one thing would always be true.

    As long as she drew breath, she would spend her days living.

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    Chasing Sunsets: A Novel 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I loved this book about Angels being here to help us and protect us. I believe that they do exist and helpand protect us. I was in a serious wreck after my fourth child was born. I truly believe God protected me and my family during that wreck. A man saw the wreck and told me I had to have Angels surrounding me to protect me . I believe that God protected me from dying in that wreck. I had a dream years before the wreck that I had gotten in a bad wreck and died. I went to heaven and God told me He is more Gracious and sent me back to live. I woke up and felt like I had left this world and God had spoken to me and let me live. I had the wreck years larer and I walked away from that wreck with bruises, scratches and cuts and a mild concussion. I should have died. Yes I believe Angels are real. Thank you God for protecting me and letting me live to see that precious baby that I had given birth to live and get married at 29. I am so blessed. My daughter only 5 weeks old when I had the wreck. She and my 4 year old Son were going with me to the store that day. My Son who went with me everywhere decided to stay home. I left my daughter at home as well since he didn't come. I have no doubt they would have died in that wreck. Thank you God for your Grace and tender Mercies. Amen Thank you Karen for this book and all your books. I loved Chasing Sunsets and can't wait for the next book. I love all of your books. They are a breath of fresh air from Heaven
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Yet another amazing book by Karen Kingsbury. Excited to start the next....but then what...hmmm
    JaneM2 More than 1 year ago
    Karen Kingsbury's skills in story telling soar to a new level with the cliff hanger at the end of this novel, the second in the Angel Walking series. Readers will learn more about the characters met in Angels Walking as Kingsbury develops them and their relationship with each other and God; however, readers can dive into this book and quickly learn the background from the first novel while enjoying this story. Pick up this book for inspiration to live each day to the fullest, examples of trusting in God's plan for your life, and to enjoy one of the best new books available today!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Loved it
    Jennifer Rash More than 1 year ago
    WOW! Kingsbury has done it again. This book is amazing!
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    As always, Karen has written a book that is the "best". I always think that the next book cannot be as well written and interesting, but Karen proves me wrong. I could not put the book down and can't wait until the next one. Karen is truly lead by God in her writting.
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    Fitzysmom More than 1 year ago
    If you liked Karen Kingsbury's book Divine then I'm pretty sure that you will enjoy this book as well. It is a bit grittier than her usual stories and I enjoyed that added element. It is still a romance, but it has side stories that deal with tragic but real situations.  Chasing Sunsets picks up where Angels Walking left off but this time the main story shifts from Tyler and Sami to Mary Catherine and Marcus. We're also introduced to two new angels, Aspyn and Jag. This group is asked to be a part of a new program called Last Time In. The program pairs at risk teenage girls with mentors and takes them through a rigorous intervention meant to keep them out of prison. Marcus and Mary Catherine are paired up with Lexy Jones, a sixteen year old gangbanger that is headed down a dead end road. Lexy's situation is bleak and seems impossible to escape from but Mary Catherine is determined to help her find a new path in life. I really liked how Mary Catherine had the ability to look past the circumstances and see the hurting girl underneath. While Mary Catherine is helping Lexy uncover who she really is destined to be she's desperately trying to hide circumstances in her own life that make it impossible for her to pursue a lasting relationship with Marcus. How she resists such a wonderful man is beyond me! As I said in my review of Angels Walking the added element of angels did not detract from the story but rather enhanced it. At the end of the book Karen Kingsbury opens up and shares about a beautiful encounter with what her family credits to an angel among them.  The only downside to this novel . . . it has a cliff-hanger ending of sorts. The good news is that the third book in the Angels Walking series is scheduled to hit book stores this fall. I for one can't wait to see where this journey takes us next. I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
    SelahU More than 1 year ago
    This is one of my favorite Karen Kingsbury books! She does an excellent job of approaching difficult and heart wrenching topics (gang activity, teen violence, etc.) with a realistic yet extremely gentle view. Her writing style is wonderful and the story grabs you and keeps you involved; all while exploring the incredible question of heavenly beings-she has all of us wondering, "what if angels really do walk among us?"   
    bveinotte More than 1 year ago
    From #1 New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury comes the second novel in a brand-new series about divine intervention and the trials and triumphs of life—the dramatic story of a woman desperate to find deeper meaning in her life. Growing up in a comfortable home, Mary Catherine wanted for nothing. Though she loves her wealthy parents, their lifestyle never appealed to her. Instead, Mary Catherine pursues meaning through charity work, giving away a part of herself but never giving away her heart. Mary Catherine lives in Los Angeles with her roommate, Sami, and volunteers at a local youth center with coach Tyler Ames and LA Dodger Marcus Dillinger. Despite Mary Catherine’s intention to stay single, she finds herself drawing close to Marcus, and their budding romance offers an exciting life she never dreamed of. That is, until she receives devastating news from her doctor. News that alters her future and forces her to make a rash decision.  Inspirational and moving, Chasing Sunsets is the story of one woman’s deep longings of the soul, and the sacrifices she’s willing to make in search of healing. This is the second in the Angels Walking series, stories about angels assigned to walk on earth. The angels are involved in what are called "Angels Walking" missions on earth, to help those they are assigned to defeat some evil circumstance or even move our characters along on the divine path God has laid out for them despite the odds against them from the enemy. This book can be enjoyed without having read the first one in the series. Although the main characters from Angels Walking, Tyler and Sami, appear in this one, this book focuses more on Sami's roommate Mary Catherine, and Tyler's best friend, Marcus. Two angels, Jag and Aspyn, are given the assignment to watch over Marcus, an LA Dodger pitcher, and Mary Catherine, roommate of Tyler's girlfriend. Mary Catherine has a serious health issue that convinces her loving Marcus is not a possibility. The enemy of God sends his demons to thwart the good work Marcus is doing for youth in a dangerous and gang dominated part of the city. The two angels have a great deal of work ahead of them.  The characters repeatedly have encounters with two individuals who "happen to be in the right place at the right time" and the outcome is something unexpected  The storyline will tug at the reader's heart strings until the very last page. "Chasing Sunsets" is a reminder that when I am in the midst of pain and not fully understanding my circumstances, I should turn to God not away from him. I love when that Karen's books always remind me of God's important truths. At the end of the book, Kingsbury shares her own story of what she is convinced is an angel encounter, reading that made the novel all the more exciting for me. I really enjoyed this book as I have all of Karen’s other books. I am looking forward to the third book in the series that will be released later. All of Karen’s character are believable and inspire me. This is another book that I couldn’t put down and didn’t want to end. *I received a free copy of this book from the author to facilitate this review. I invite you to com join Karen Kingsbury's Official online book club on Facebook by searching for "Karen Kingsbury's Official Online Book Club" Sometime soon she will start the book club for 6 weeks on her author page on Facebook. Keep an eye on both pages for updates!!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    "Chasing Sunsets" spans all age-groups. Whether young or old, male or female the "Angels Walking" series unites its readers as well as the characters. "Chasing Sunsets" is a reminder that when we are in the midst of pain and not fully understanding our circumstances, we should turn to God not away from him.
    MFlores67 More than 1 year ago
    Chasing Sunsets will inspire you!!!! This is the second novel of Karen Kingsbury's Angel's Walking Series. I literally couldn't put it down! I would highly suggest if you haven't read Angel's Walking first, you should. The only disappointment you will have when reading these books, is when there is nothing more to read!!! A wonderful inspirational story!!!
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    41Emphatic More than 1 year ago
    Why cant her books just go on forever!!! I am fairly upset though because I wasn't expecting an open ending.... The message of living life. Of it being about the life in your days was just the greatest thing about it in my mind.
    amybooksy More than 1 year ago
    Chasing Sunsets is a fabulous read. Angels Walking was the first book I have read by Karen Kingsbury. I immediately fell in love with her writing. Chasing Sunsets was no disappointment. I enjoyed it so much more. I love the main characters Mary Catherine, Marcus and of course, the Angels. I guarantee you this story will play with your emotions, showing how talented the author really is. I cannot wait for the next installment to the series, as there was quite a cliffhanger at the end of this one. A great read! 5+ stars I received this book from Howard Books in exchange for my honest opinion, which was given.
    VicG More than 1 year ago
    Karen Kingsbury in her new book, “Chasing Sunsets” Book Two in the Angels Walking series published by Howard Books takes us into the life of Mary Catherine. From the back cover: From #1 New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury comes the second novel in a brand-new series about divine intervention and the trials and triumphs of life—the dramatic story of a woman desperate to find deeper meaning in her life. Growing up in a comfortable home, Mary Catherine wanted for nothing. Though she loves her wealthy parents, their lifestyle never appealed to her. Instead, Mary Catherine pursues meaning through charity work, giving away a part of herself but never giving away her heart. Mary Catherine lives in Los Angeles with her roommate, Sami, and volunteers at a local youth center with coach Tyler Ames and LA Dodger Marcus Dillinger. Despite Mary Catherine’s intention to stay single, she finds herself drawing close to Marcus, and their budding romance offers an exciting life she never dreamed of. That is, until she receives devastating news from her doctor. News that alters her future and forces her to make a rash decision. Inspirational and moving, Chasing Sunsets is the story of one woman’s deep longings of the soul, and the sacrifices she’s willing to make in search of healing. I believe Angels Walking is a trilogy. In the first book, “Angels Waiting” we were introduced to Mary Catherine, Marcus, Sami and Tyler. Now the focus is on Mary Catherine and Marcus. Just a reminder: God tells us He has given His angels charge over us and that is what happens in this series. The angels are there to guide and help these characters along. What is neat is that all the characters represent us. What happens to them happens to all of us in a way, and all of us really need the help of angels. so this series fits in perfectly there. Keep in mind if there are angels in the story then, by necessity, there must be demons and spiritual warfare. Issues of faith, health issues and loss and love fill the pages. Ms. Kingsbury has given us a great ride in this book and she has provided us with wonderful characters that we rally around and root for. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Howard Books. 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.”
    Theophilusfamily More than 1 year ago
      Karen Kingsbury's second novel in the Angels Walking series shares the same awesome premise as the first- sometimes angels come to earth in human form.  In this case, the angels are trying to preserve two lives. The first is Marcus Dillinger, a pro baseball player with a passion for helping inner city kids. The second is Mary Catherine, a woman who inspires passion and joy in everyone she meets.   It's Mary Catherine's heart- the spiritual one- that grabs Marcus' attention. She's so gracious and generous, she's the kind of woman he wouldn't deserve.  And it's Mary Catherine's heart- the physical one- that keeps her from allowing love a foot in the door.  Her heart is diseased, and she knows that she may not see thirty years of age. Because she understands her condition, she lives by a chosen motto: It's not how many days you live, it's how much life you have in your days.  Enter their common mission field: a group of youth, who will be sent to prison if this intervention program fails. And while Marcus and MC pledge to do their best, there are also two angels watching over them. First, I've gotta say that letting one angel come as a policeman is the neatest thing. Especially because Karen Kingsbury's family experienced a moment of prayer with a policeman during a family crisis, and later on nobody could identify him. Was he, perhaps, an angel walking?   Second, Marcus and MC are such likable characters. How can you not cheer for them?  {And if you read the first book, you'll be meeting up again with your old friends Sami and Tyler.}  This book is deeply inspirational, because it showcases the power of prayer and reality of miracles.  I love a story of healing. God absolutely can and does do miracles.  However, I would not want to read a series where every patient was healed, every relationship restored, every home rebuilt- because that's not the world we have today.  Sometimes, I need to read a story where the healing doesn't come, and the author somehow shows me that the Love doesn't waver and the Glory doesn't depart.  I'm glad that Karen balances these realities- Yes, God moves in our world, yes, things that happen hurt us badly. His presence and our pain are not exclusive of each other.  So you'll see moments of miracle in this story, though the prison system and the hospital hallways still exist, and characters will learn to live with strength in a broken world.   There's a fine old song by the country group Alabama, called Angels Among Us.  I'm going to close by sharing the lyrics.  "I believe there are angels among us/ Sent down to us from Somewhere up above/ They come to you and me in our darkest hours/  To show us how to give, to teach us how to live, to guide us with the light of love/ They wear so many faces, show up in the strangest places/  Grace us with their mercy in our time of need/ Oh, I believe there are angels among us."    Indeed. Thank you Howard Books for my review copy. 
    SQuilty80 More than 1 year ago
    Karen Kingsbury does it again!!! Chasing Sunsets is an AMAZING NOVEL by an amazing author!!!!  This book is IMPOSSIBLE TO PUT DOWN!!!  Every Charachtor is this book will  grab your heart!! Mary Catherine will teach you how to be "real".    This book is filled with some amazing quotes such as "God knows better than we do. He always does. Even when it doesn't make sense. "  This is the second book in the "Angels  Walking Series."   The first book does not have to be read in order to understand what is happening. I invite you to com join Karen Kingsbury's Official online book club on Facebook by searching for "Karen Kingsbury's Official Online Book Club" Sometime soon she will start the book club for 6 weeks on her author page on Facebook. Keep an eye on both pages for updates!!
    kittyloverbarb More than 1 year ago
    Chasing Sunsets was an excellent book. I had read the first book of the series (Angels Walking) and this one continued the story in an engaging and inspiring way. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves Karen Kingsbury's novels. You will not be disappointed!
    ecclecticnurse More than 1 year ago
    This is a page turner filled with faith, hope, love, laughter and tears. Once again, God has blessed Karen Kingsbury with an amazing gift of writing. It picks up right where the first book left off. I love that this book helps me to remember that we are always entertaining angels and that we need to learn to recognize it. This book also reminds me of the incredible power of prayer. I am so hooked on this book that I can practically count the days till the next one comes out. Chasing sunsets is truly a book to be enjoyed and shared. I guarantee that you will be hooked in the first page.
    MLNC More than 1 year ago
    An ABSOLUTE must read!! This book is a great sequel to Angels Walking! It was a gripping page turner to the very end! I could not put it down!