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Archived Group Reads - 2018 > May's Book of the Month - Catch a Falling Star by Beth K. Vogt

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Beth (bbulow) | 2336 comments Mod
May's Group Read is Catch a Falling Star by Beth K. Vogt!

GR Summary:
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.

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Chime in if you think you'll join in reading and discussing!


message 2: by Staci, Book Awards Specialist (new) - rated it 4 stars

Staci | 1928 comments Mod
I'm in!


Nancy (gr-nancy-a) | 259 comments I read it a ways back, but hope to reacquaint myself with this story and join in the discussion.


Maria | 111 comments I've read this book a while back. I remember I was not sure about it at first, but then it picked up and I ended up loving it! Such a great message in it! Enjoy! :)


Kate (liahonagirl) | 570 comments I'm in!


message 6: by Staci, Book Awards Specialist (new) - rated it 4 stars

Staci | 1928 comments Mod
Just finished! It was a good one! My new favorite Vogt novel.


message 7: by Beth, Head Librarian (new) - rated it 4 stars

Beth (bbulow) | 2336 comments Mod
I'm over halfway done and hope to finish up in the next day or so! I'm enjoying it, I admit that for a minute I wasn't clicking with the characters. But that changed as the story progressed, and they stopped being so prickly. My favorite conversation so far has been the phone call between Kendall and Griffin (when Ian had come to her house). It just made me chuckle. :)


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Staci | 1928 comments Mod
You all may already be aware of this...the author has joined the author of the month thread. Always a pleasure to have an author join our discussions.


Serena Lawson (nthepages) (goodreadscomnthepages) | 1 comments I'm really enjoying this book so far! About halfway through the book!


Neils Barringer | 4 comments Hey so I just joined this group and got the book from the library-yay!So how does this work, do we talk about the book after we finished or just periodically?


Hannah (bookwormhannah) | 868 comments Welcome! We'll likely have some discussion questions pop up in a day or two once everyone's had time to finish. Until then, chat about whatever you like as long as you don't mention plot "spoilers" before discussion starts. :) Glad you could join in! I loved this book.


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Beth (bbulow) | 2336 comments Mod
Neils wrote: "Hey so I just joined this group and got the book from the library-yay!So how does this work, do we talk about the book after we finished or just periodically?"

Glad to have you join in, Neils! I'm actually going to post a few questions tonight, then a few more in the next couple of days. :)

Typically after about halfway through the month, we say that discussion is open for business, with spoilers, etc., so just be careful if you peek on the thread before you've finished the book.


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Beth (bbulow) | 2336 comments Mod
Hi, folks! Posting a few discussion questions to get things started - as always, feel free to pose your own questions and comments about the book!

1. What did you enjoy most about Catch a Falling Star? Did you predict the ending?

2. As the novel opens, Kendall is celebrating her 36th birthday. What words would you use to describe Kendall in these opening scenes? If you would have met her there at the restaurant, do you think you would have liked her? Why or why not?

3. How would you describe the relationship between Griffin and Ian at the start of the novel? What are some of the changes in their relationship by the end of the story?

4. One of the book's themes is the way various people respond to disappointment and unexpected circumstances in their lives. Which characters' response most closely resembles yours? How would you describe your/their "MO" for dealing with life's pain?

5. Have you or someone you know been part of an adoption? Did Javan's reaction to Evie surprise you? What vulnerable desire was his anger seeking to protect?


message 14: by Staci, Book Awards Specialist (new) - rated it 4 stars

Staci | 1928 comments Mod
1. What did you enjoy most about Catch a Falling Star? Did you predict the ending?

What I enjoyed most was the well written banter between Kendall and Griffin. I adored the way the proposal played out. Very cute.

2. As the novel opens, Kendall is celebrating her 36th birthday. What words would you use to describe Kendall in these opening scenes? If you would have met her there at the restaurant, do you think you would have liked her? Why or why not?

Kendall was abrasive, not warm and very judgmental. I suspect I wouldn't have liked her much due to all the negativity.

3. How would you describe the relationship between Griffin and Ian at the start of the novel? What are some of the changes in their relationship by the end of the story?

Griffin was self-centered and didn't spend enough time contemplating Ian's needs beyond a home and food. Ian held Griffin at arm's length in fear he'd be hurt. By the end of the story, Griffin was trying much harder to be a guardian and caring brother. Ian was willing to soften and risk being hurt.

5. Have you or someone you know been part of an adoption? Did Javan's reaction to Evie surprise you? What vulnerable desire was his anger seeking to protect?

I have an aunt that adopted children from Russia. Since we live in different cities, I'm not fully aware of the acclimation process that occurred. I was surprised by Javan's reaction to Evie. I would have thought he'd just be so glad to be loved, but can understand how he'd want to guard his tender heart.


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Neils Barringer | 4 comments Beth wrote: "Neils wrote: "Hey so I just joined this group and got the book from the library-yay!So how does this work, do we talk about the book after we finished or just periodically?"

Glad to have you join ..."

Thank you so much for being so welcoming!!! :)


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Beth (bbulow) | 2336 comments Mod
1. What did you enjoy most about Catch a Falling Star? Did you predict the ending?

I have to echo Staci - I enjoyed the dialogue quite a bit - it was really witty and funny, and I really did chuckle several times. I also liked that the characters were older.

2. As the novel opens, Kendall is celebrating her 36th birthday. What words would you use to describe Kendall in these opening scenes? If you would have met her there at the restaurant, do you think you would have liked her? Why or why not?

Honestly, I found Kendall to be a little prickly at the beginning and making a lot of assumptions about Griffin and Ian. I get that she was in "doctor mode," but something about it rubbed me the wrong way. However, I liked her quite a bit as the story progressed.

3. How would you describe the relationship between Griffin and Ian at the start of the novel? What are some of the changes in their relationship by the end of the story?

It was kind of a non-relationship. They lived in the same space but shared very little. Griffin realizes that he was selfish, and once he does that, thing improve between them a lot.

4. One of the book's themes is the way various people respond to disappointment and unexpected circumstances in their lives. Which characters' response most closely resembles yours? How would you describe your/their "MO" for dealing with life's pain?

I think I tend to ignore it until it all has to come out (for me that means a major cry-fest. It's not pretty but it happens). I related to Evie in that I try to just keep it all in and act like things are fine when asked.

5. Have you or someone you know been part of an adoption? Did Javan's reaction to Evie surprise you? What vulnerable desire was his anger seeking to protect?

Javan desired to be loved, but he was afraid that he would be left again. He projected his feelings from his birth mother leaving him onto Evie because it probably felt safer than trusting her. It was sad but not altogether surprising. it was his coping mechanism.


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Beth (bbulow) | 2336 comments Mod
More questions for those interested! I chose the ones I felt were best for discussion, so I left a few out - feel free to pose those if you want. (FYI - these all come from the back of the book)

6. How did you feel about Kendall's initial reaction to her sister's request to have the ruby ring their grandmother had given to Kendall? How did you feel when Kendall made her final decision about the ring? What would you have done? Why?

7. Another them throughout thebook is the relationship between siblings and how they navigate conflict. How would you described the way Griffin and Ian handle conflict? What about Kendall and Bekah? Feel free to share how you handle conflict with siblings and/or friends.

8. Why does Kendall love her jeep so much? Have you had a vehicle that you especially love?

9. What was your initial impression of Heath Parker? How would you described his fatal flaw?

10. How do you relate to God when you are disappointed or grieving?

11. Do you know anyone like Griffin who is the "strong and silent" type? As you got to know Griffin, what other words would you use to describe him?

12. How did you feel about the ending?


message 18: by Staci, Book Awards Specialist (new) - rated it 4 stars

Staci | 1928 comments Mod
6. How did you feel about Kendall's initial reaction to her sister's request to have the ruby ring their grandmother had given to Kendall? How did you feel when Kendall made her final decision about the ring? What would you have done? Why?

I thought Kendall's reaction of "No, not negotiable" was on point. The ring was left to her.

When she gave the ring to her sister without much of an argument this seemed very out of character and so different from how she had responded about the ring earlier in the novel. I think Kendall should have kept the ring.

8. Why does Kendall love her jeep so much? Have you had a vehicle that you especially love?

Kendall's jeep is a connection to her dad and that is why she loves it so much.

12. How did you feel about the ending?

The ending seemed a little premature. They were headed toward a relationship and then he proposed. Once I got passed the rush of it, I LOVED the way he proposed. Super cute!


Neils Barringer | 4 comments I am a slow but avid reader! I am about half way through and I am LOVING this book!!!


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Beth (bbulow) | 2336 comments Mod
Neils wrote: "I am a slow but avid reader! I am about half way through and I am LOVING this book!!!"

Excellent! :)


Karol I enjoyed this story, and the parts that spoke the deepest to me were the family situations that were less common - Griffin becoming the guardian of his much younger, adopted brother Ian. And the other character (oops, name escaping me!) who was adopting a 6-year old. I loved the memory Ian had of his adoptive mother saying that she would love him longer than he hated her! Such powerful, redemptive love!


Neils Barringer | 4 comments I really enjoyed how much connection with the Lord there was in this book! I loved on pg 284 For he rescued us from the domain of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of his beloved Son....The perfect fairytale! and on pf 64 Fiary tales all they have is the made up magic of fairy godmothers and elves and yes evil sorceresses. But you Kendall you have faith in a real powerful God. And nothing can stop the happily ever after he has planned for you!

I just loved both of those so much!

2. As far as the ending went, of course I knew they would end up together--hehe! But I loved how the author did it

3/ I loved seeing Griffin take his head knowledge about the gospel to actually living it out in love by taking in Ian as his own at the book! I wish the author would write another book in this series!! Loved ALL the characters!


Christine | 434 comments I just finished reading this novel and loved it! At first it took me a little while to get into it, but once I did I couldn't put it down! I love the romance between Kendall and Griffin and their witty banter! The subplots added more depth to the novel and were weaved in expertly. This was my first Vogt novel and I can't wait to read more!


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