Wednesday, March 20, 2013

CFBA Tour- Book Review: Catherine's Pursuit by Lena Nelson Dooley

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


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.

At the mature age of eighteen your life is pretty secure and your future seems bright, but when your life gets flipped upside-down it proves to be quite heart-breakingly unstable. The day of her birthday Catherine learns that she was born a triplet and her mother died birthing THE three of them. Though her father promised never to reclaim the other daughters he gave away, Catherine goes on a journey to find the sisters she has always wanted. Her father proceeds to send young Collin Elliot to protect his pampered daughter in her mad-dash search. Collin has his own skeletons in his closet that hinder his way of life and happiness. The future holds great things for all if they choose to forget about their pasts and live for the future.

This book is the culmination to the Mckenna triplets' adventures. The book presented many strong Christian lessons. I love how the author portrayed each character with the same fear of rejection, making it a bonding theme. Though prompted by different occurrences, we see how rejection comes in many forms and affects each differently.

The search proved to be a bit faster than I thought accurate, but it did help to not drag the book out long. Though the journey begins as one just to find her missing sisters, Catherine learns a lot about her true self and love. Which allowed the reader to get to know her on a more personal level.

Catherine's Pursuit, book three in the Mckenna's Daughter Series, is the conclusion to this heart-stirring series. Having read only book two and the final one, I felt like I missed a part of the puzzle. I would recommend that the reader read all three installments to appreciate the full richness to this tale.

The emotionally drawn characters, suspenseful plot, and nice pace, though they were great additions to the book, were not my favorite elements. My favorite thing was how Lena's writing style stands true to what a biblical novel should be. She presented the gospel in such a clear cut way that anyone could understand it (the characters and readers;) Much to my edification, she had some characters that resembled true, rich relationships with Christ. The author included many diverse biblical themes throughout the story plot much to my spiritual delight.

I enjoyed this novel seeing the bittersweet ending and concluding my time with the Mckennas. I would recommend this book to readers who enjoys happy endings and a sweet styled plot. I give Catherine's Pursuit 4 out of 5 stars. It can be bought at Amazon.
** Much thanks to Ali for guest reviewing**


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