Thursday, August 15, 2013

Review: Catherine's Pursuit


Catherine’s Pursuit
By Lena Nelson Dooley
Realms, February 2013

About the Book

The search for her sisters will become a spiritual journey for the entire family.

Raised by her father and surrounded by people to take care of her every need, Catherine McKenna has never lacked for anything. On her eighteenth birthday she discovers that not only did her mother die when she was born, but she has 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 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?

My Review

Catherine’s Pursuit is the conclusion to a series about the three McKenna girls, identical triplets who were separated at birth and found each other again. I do love adoption stories and particularly ones that focus on a search to find biological parents and/or siblings to help one better understand family roots and genetic traits. The original story of what happened to them was part of a previous book, and I found it quite heartbreaking. It didn’t get rehashed in this story so people who haven’t read previous books might feel a bit of deprivation there. The history was touched upon, but in a very light manner.

Overall the story was heartwarming but also a bit warm and fuzzy. There were a few scenes with a bit of action, like when Collin went to the bar and ordered a drink, so he had to deal with some demons from his past, but for the most part this story moved at a slower pace. This seemed to fit the time period and character development. I enjoyed experiencing Catherine’s transformation as well as Collin’s. The way the author showed Catherine’s change from a pretty, spoiled young lady to a woman who understood hardship worked well. I wasn’t feeling the connection between the hero and heroine for most of the book, but when they finally came to realize the love growing between them it played out in a very sweet scene. The fact that Collin also changed over time to become more confident was rewarding as well. All in all, this was a nice, sweet historical romance.

Michelle Sutton
Healing Hearts . . . fiction making an impact on real lives
New titles releasing in 2013: Collette’s Crusade, Learning to Trust, Somebody Help Me,
Her Innocence, and Serena’s Something

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