Wednesday, March 20, 2013

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?


While I haven't read the first two books in the series (Maggie's Journey and Mary's Blessing), I couldn't pass up the opportunity to read this book as I am the middle of three sisters. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Catherine, Maggie, and Mary through the pages of this book.

I couldn't imagine being 18 years old and just finding out that I was separated from siblings, especially identical sisters, at the time of my birth. I also can't imagine the agony that Angus McKenna went through parceling out his daughters so quickly after his wife passes away and it broke my heart when Mary expresses her feelings about the situation.

Collin Elliott...what can I say about him. Strong, masculine, vulnerable, definitely swoon-worthy...but trying to overcome his past had to be difficult especially when it seems to follow him everywhere he goes. I loved the sparks that flew between him and Catherine...first out of mutual disdain borne of misconceptions of one another and then from feelings neither of them expected.

I had no problem reading this book as a standalone, but I adored it so much that I must go back and read Maggie and Mary's stories to fill in more of the background of Catherine's Pursuit. Fans of Historical Romance need to get a hold of this's definitely is worth pursuing.

My thanks to CFBA and Realms/Charisma House Book Group for generously providing a copy for my honest review.

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

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