Reviewer Conny Withay:Operating her own business in office management since 1991, Conny is an avid reader, volunteers reading the Bible to the elderly, and makes handmade jewelry. A cum laude graduate with a degree in art living in the Pacific Northwest, she is married with two sons, two daughter-in-laws, and one granddaughter.
Author: Karen Kingsbury
“See, God. Nothing works. I can never have this except in random moments. Marcus will never be mine. So please … help me keep my distance. Help me keep my wayward heart in line,” Mary Catherine prays in Karen Kingsbury’s novel, Chasing Sunsets.
At three hundred and thirty-six pages, this second hardbound in the Angels Walking series targets those who like a redemptive Christian romance story with a mix of angels and sports. With no profanity or graphic sexual scenes, the topics of drugs, gangs, abuse, rape, and murder may be inappropriate for immature readers.
While the book contains no references to demons or explicit spiritual warfare, angel should not be worshiped. As praises and acknowledgments begin the book, the ending contains the author’s note regarding a possible angel encounter and twenty reading group discussions.
In this current-day continuing story that involves angelic beings on a mission from God, unmarried Mary Catherine has a secret that only her roommate Sami knows. Due to her circumstances, the woman does not want to get romantically involved with the famous Los Angeles Dodgers’ pitcher, Marcus. She avoids him and his teasing ways at all costs as she puts her heart into charity work.
While Mary Catherine and Marcus search for the meaning of life and love, they volunteer at a youth center promoted as a way out for teens involved in gangs. With rivals of the EastTown Boyz and WestKnights at the center’s newly opened door, the two must be careful when Marcus becomes the hit for one of the gangs’ soon-to-be leader.
After a gang shooting leaves a young child in a coma and a young teen subjected to a prison reform program, the angels use their divine interventions to make sure Mary Catherine and Marcus’s relationship remains intact.
Although an angel is portrayed as feeling failure, the eternal plan of salvation and the responsibility of baptism are explained through the characters’ actions.
Leaving plenty of questions and challenges for future stories in the series, the Angels Walking team needs to be one step ahead of mankind’s supposed plans as they help guide specific individuals to a deeper love of the Almighty. With this story having an abrupt, anticlimactic ending, Kingsbury ensures there will be another book about angels helping God.
Thanks to Howard Books for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review based on the reader’s opinions.