Friday, March 22, 2013

"Catherine's Pursuit" Book Review

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Catherine's Pursuit
Realms (February 5, 2013)
Lena Nelson Dooley

     Sometimes there is a series where I anxiously await the final book. This is one of those series. I loved the concept from the first book - man on a wagon train to Oregon loses his wife when she gives birth to triplets. He is overwhelmed at the thought of losing her and having 3 infant girls on the trail and he gives 2 of the girls to different families to raise while he keeps the oldest. It is a hard decision to say the least. Book 1 follows one of the girls as she discovers she is adopted. Book 2 follows the second daughter as she discovers. Now, finally in Book 3 we discover what happened to the daughter that stayed with her father. I loved the first two and was really excited for the conclusion of this interesting storyline. 

      Catherine has been raised and spoiled by her father and on her 18th birthday she discovers the truth... she has 2 sisters that she never knew existed. She is determined to find them even though her father had promised not to. She sneaks away to start her pursuit of her sisters. Her father sends his right hand man, Collin, after her as protection and it turns out to be a good thing. For both of them. 

       A book about grace and redemption - forgiveness is the root of it all. I love that about the book. I thought it was a little simplified in the writing style which I don't recall being true in the first two books. But the only real disappointment was the fact that it wraps up very quickly at the end and without spoiling it I was really hoping for a more fulfilling ending. But I am still happy with the series and it will be taking a place on my keeper shelf. How can it be a bad thing when my only real complaint is that I wanted more!


Award-winning author, Lena Nelson Dooley, has more than 675,000 books in print. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and president of the local chapter, DFW Ready Writers. She’s also a member of Christian Authors Network, CROWN Fiction Marketing, and Gateway Church in Southlake, Texas.

Lena loves James, her children, grandchildren, and great grandson. She loves chocolate, cherries, chocolate-covered cherries, and spending time with friends. Travel is always on her horizon. Cruising, Galveston, the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas, Mexico. One day it will be Hawaii and Australia, but probably not the same year. Helping other authors become published really floats her boat, with fifteen signing their first book contract after her mentoring. Three of her books have been awarded the Carol Award silver pins from American Christian Fiction Writers and she has received the ACFW Mentor of the Year award at their national conference. The high point of her day is receiving feedback from her readers, especially people whose lives have been changed by her books. And she loves chocolate, especially dark chocolate.


When Angus McKenna was forced to give two of his daughters to families in the wagon train, he promised he'd never try to contact them. Catherine made no such pledge. But when she sets out to find her sisters, she doesn't go alone. Angus sends Collin with her. Will they discover the two women---and love?

If you would like to read the first chapter of Catherine's Pursuit, go HERE.

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