Tuesday, January 21, 2014

To Catch A Falling Star by L. Duarte

To Catch a Falling Star by L. Duarte


It’s been five years, but Melody still mourns the death of Tim, her soul mate and husband who never had a chance to hold their daughter. Mel and her daughter have the love and support of Mel’s brother Will and sister-in-law Portia, the famous Oscar-winning actress-turned-mother. Mel works three jobs and mothers Ella, but she spends her mornings facing the demons of her grief. Her faith and her father, the pastor, helps Mel grapple with her grief.

Portia opens her home to her childhood friend Tarry Francis, a successful, womanizing rock star. He’s trying to beat his addictions. Again. He’s going through the motions, but needs his drugs and rowdy lifestyle to keep his childhood pain in check. Tarry’s privileged upbringing contrasted with his cruel parents, who starved him of affection. Who can fix that?

Mel is forced to counsel Tarry, but he’s so damaged and unwilling to try that she’s not sure anyone can help fix him. She gives him a special coin. Could this open their hearts to each other and fuel their love? Is this a step forward that will free them to catch the falling stars? Or will Mel remain faithful to her first love?

Rich in meaning, To Catch a Falling Star is about two lovers whose hearts struggle to open to find the magic of the journey of love. It’s a joyful and passionate story about overcoming challenges to lead us to love and the fulfillment of our dreams.

To Catch a Falling Star is the stunning follow-up novel to L. Duarte’s debut Chasing Stars about Portia and Will’s romance. A spiritual and playful read, L. Duarte has provided readers the chance to believe in healing a broken heart.

My Review: 

Let me first start by saying that To Catch a Falling Star is the second book in the Chasing Stars Series. In order to fairly review the book, I read both. That isn't necessary to do in order to understand the book, but I highly recommend it.

When I read Chasing Stars, I fell in love with Will and Portia right away, and was right there cheering for them to find the love they both deserved. L. Duarte didn't disappoint in her page-turning novel. Not knowing how she could possibly top the first book, I went into the second with high expectations.

I am a very diverse reader and will pick up a book to read in pretty much any genre, as long as it speaks to my heart. Well, in the prologue of To Catch a Falling Star, L. Duarte did just that, and I went through half a box of tissues as I lived Mel's love and the pain she went through when she lost her soul mate too early in her life. I had to ask myself how I could cry over a character that I never actually met (he was only ever mentioned as being overseas in the first book), but I did just that.

As the book progressed, L. Duarte pulled me in several different directions. Just when I would feel a tug on my heart for Tarry and root for him, she would change things up and I would feel a similar pull for Mel. Their path was by no means easy and they faced many challenges that were seemingly insurmountable. As the book ended, I found myself using the other half of my box of tissues, but no, I'm not going to give away why. If you want to know if it's possible for one person to have two soul mates, and overcome life's challenges, then you should definitely read To Catch a Falling Star.

Both books were well written, the characters were well developed, and the plots pulled you in. I give a solid rating of 4.5 stars, and would recommend this amazing series to anyone who loves Contemporary Romance.

About the Author:

I have found that there is only one thing better than reading, and that is writing. I am always torn between the two. I am also frequently torn between chocolate and coffee. However, I emphatically do not like the month of February, lies, and flies. For me, bravery is defined by the courage to do what we fear the most. This conviction is reflected in my debut work of romantic fiction, Chasing Stars. I live in Connecticut with my husband and two children. Drop a few lines. I would love to hear from you.

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