Chasing Sunsets by Karen Kingsbury
Angels walking #2
April 7, 2015 – Howard Books
310 pages – Adult, Fiction, Christian, Romance, Fantasy
Source: Howard Books
I was given a copy of this book, free, in exchange for my honest opinion.
From Goodreads: From #1 New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury comes the second novel in the Angels Walking series about divine intervention and the trials and triumphs of life: the dramatic story of a woman desperate to find deeper meaning in her life.
Growing up in a comfortable home, Mary Catherine wanted for nothing. Though she loves her wealthy parents, their lifestyle never appealed to her. Instead, Mary Catherine pursues meaning through charity work, giving away a part of herself but never giving away her heart.
Now Mary Catherine lives in Los Angeles with her roommate, Sami, and volunteers at a local youth center with baseball coach Tyler Ames and LA Dodgers pitcher Marcus Dillinger. Despite Mary Catherine’s intention to stay single, she finds herself drawing close to Marcus, and their budding romance offers an exciting life she never dreamed of. That is, until she receives devastating news from her doctor. News that alters her future and forces her to make a rash decision.
Inspirational and moving, Chasing Sunsets is the story of one woman’s deep longings of the soul, and the sacrifices she’s willing to make in search of healing.
My Thoughts: Reading the first book helps, but is not required. Book 1 is about Tyler, but Sami and Marcus plays a role in Tyler’s miracle. Chasing Sunsets is mainly about Marcus. In this one, Tyler, Sami and Mary Catherine play a role in his miracle
It took the entire book for me to realize that this was about him, and his miracle. I thought Mary Catherine was the focus for this book. Does it really matter? In terms of the ending, yes. It’s not a cliffhanger, there is just more to the story. This angels walking mission is a lot different than the first one. This one was more than just redeeming one’s past and restoring one’s faith. The second mission involved life and death situations with a few unexpected twists along the way. Jag and Aspyn, the angels on this mission, were kept very busy juggling their charges and controlling human emotions that often wanted to consume them.
In truth, I was riveted by this books and found that even when I was not reading it I was thinking about it. You get to spend more time with Sami, Tyler, Marcus and Mary Catherine. So you definitely get to know them better this time around. But, it would be wrong of me not to tell you that Mary Catherine stole the show. Really, it was her faith. It made me double check my own. The writing was stronger in this book. Though the author was the same, there was something special about this one. Or maybe I was in a place to really hear the story.
I could go on and on about the story, but it is one that you will have to read to fully understand the goodness that’s held within the pages. I do have to say that this mission was a bit more real with a lot less sugar coating it than I expected. I am definitely looking forward to see what happens in the next mission, and would recommend this series to just about everyone.
4 stars ****