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Recommended Read: Catch a Falling Star by Beth Vogt

Are you a fan of contemporary romances
with characters who capture your heart?

If so, Catch a Falling Star by Beth K. Vogt
is a story worth checking out.

And just look at that cover. Is it great, or what?


About the Story

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.


My Thoughts

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.


Questions for You

Do you enjoy romances with older-than-usual characters?

Does a flawed character with lessons to learn add to your enjoyment?

Keli Gwyn


  • Taking a flaw and reshaping it is part of the pull of a great story. The edge of the seat anticipation of the character slowly getting it together keeps me reading.
    In my reading, I prefer grown ups to young things, simply because I am not 20 anymore. I want to read about my peers, fake or not! My first MS has characters who fall in love at 39 and 52. People who have lived, and know what a successful marriage takes.

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      I’m with you, Jennifer. It’s nice to see stories about characters closer to my age finding love. It’s not reserved for the young, after all. 🙂

  • Thank you for telling us about this book, Keli. Sounds like a great story! I definitely enjoy “older” characters because it’s easier to relate. 😉

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Patti Jo, like you, I can relate to characters who have lived a bit longer than the usual twenty-something romance couples.

  • Anne Payne says:

    Yes, yes & yes! The cover is fantastic. I love older-than-usual characters in the contemporary romances I read. The best thing about flawed characters is I usually end up seeing something of myself in them and learning a lesson 🙂

    Great review, Keli! This is on the top of my TBR to read. I adored Beth’s debut novel, Wish You Were Here!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Anne, it is a great cover, isn’t it? Very eye-catching. Beth has written another great story. It’s different than her first, and I’d have to say I enjoyed Catch a Falling Star even more than Wish You Were Here. I’ll be curious to hear your thoughts once you’ve read it.

  • I’m really looking forward to Beth’s newest. I’ve been watching my mailbox for it’s arrival! 🙂 The idea of characters in their thirties is so appealing. I didn’t know that about the book when I ordered it but now I’m looking forward to it all the more now!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Joanne, I love the idea of a more mature couple finding love and romance at long last. HEAs aren’t reserved for the young, after all. 🙂

  • Keli, I would say yes to both questions. I do enjoy more “vintage” characers and like a flaw that makes it more challenging to pin down that person. Woderful review !!

    • Keli Gwyn says:

      Florence, I’m a fan of flawed characters, too. It’s easier to relate to them since I’m so flawed myself. I enjoyed watching them grow and learn throughout the story.