Catch a Falling Star by Rhonda Burnaugh
Published by Trafford Publishing on April 30th 2014
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Michael Dolanski and Seraphine (Sera) Rosewood are 15 years old when they meet and experience young/first love. Circumstances arise that separate them and they both go their separate ways. Years later, Michael returns to town, a famous rock star, in need of medical attention. He receives care from many medical professionals but forms a relationship with both Anni (a nurse) and Joe (a Roman Catholic Priest). Sera learns that Michael is in town and sneaks into his hospital room to see him. She has never gotten over her first love and hopes to rekindle a relationship with him.
Catholic Priest Joe (Joseph) became a priest for all the wrong reasons and struggles with his decision. He has a close friendship with Anni and they often enjoy dinner together. When Joe meets Michael he hopes to be of service but soon learns that perhaps, Michael may have something to offer him. Joe and Michael form a friendship and when Michael goes back to Maui with Anni as his personal nurse, he eventually has Joe live there as well. Both benefit and enjoy the benefits of a friendship where each teaches the other about life. Both of their lives change as a result of this decision.
As Michael’s medical condition becomes more concerning, his thoughts return to his first love, Sera and he makes plans to bring her back into his life. Without realizing it, Michael has assembled a “family” of friends around him. While battling his illness he also has to battle for his young daughter, Rose.
This book has a little bit of everything: family secrets, mental illness, abuse, first love, spirituality, faith, friendship, family, trust, sacrifice, and saying goodbye. What is unique about this book is that the Author focuses on male friendships/relationships. Most books focus on the relationships/friendships of women. This one takes a separate approach and shows men being friends, being supportive and caring to each other. This book also shows various forms of spirituality ranging from Native American traditions/spiritual beliefs, the Catholic faith and those who those who do not have a specific faith. Although this book touches on various forms of spirituality and religion, I would not call this a religious themed book. Characters have beliefs and traditions as most people do and called on those beliefs as a way of coping with illness and the diagnosis of a terminal disease.This book is a tearjerker and was thankful that I always keep tissues on hand.
I read this book in one sitting and found it to be a fast read. I found this book to be well written and the pacing was very good. Nothing felt rushed nor did this book lag or seem slow. I liked all of the characters, with the exception of one. There was character development as the book progressed. I wanted to shake some of the characters at various points in the book such as Michael telling Sera to run away. Why couldn’t she stay and comfort him? I know, I know he had his secrets but still…
An enjoyable read about hope, starting over, love and saying goodbye.
I received a copy of this book from the Author in exchange for an honest review.
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