Thursday, June 23, 2016

Brush of Wings by Karen Kingsbury

        Despite needing a heart transplant and against the advice of her doctor, Mary Catherine moves to Uganda to work at a new orphanage. Whatever time she has left, Mary Catherine wants to spend it helping children—especially since there will be no children of her own. The only problem is Major League Baseball player Marcus Dillinger, the man she never meant to fall in love with. Neither Marcus nor Mary Catherine’s other friends—Tyler Ames and Sami Dawson—know just how serious her heart condition is.
        Still, Marcus is sure in the depths of his soul that something isn’t right. Ultimately, his correspondence with Mary Catherine leads him on a desperate life-or-death mission to rescue her and get her to a US hospital before time runs out. Meanwhile, Sami and Tyler struggle with issues of their own. In a season when Tyler plans to ask Sami to marry him, the very core of their relationship is in jeopardy.
        The team of angels walking is busier than ever in this epic battle between life and death. Brush of Wings is a poignant tale of love, sacrifice, and the power of faith.

        Brush of Wings is the third book in Karen Kingsbury’s Angels Walking series, coming after Angels Walking and Chasing Sunsets. I really enjoyed both of the previous books in this series, and I’m just a pretty big fan of Karen’s to begin with, so I was very excited when I friend of mine offered to lend me this book. I have been dying to know what happens to Tyler, Sami, Marcus, and Mary Catherine for quite some time now, and I’m so glad I’ve finally been able to finish this book! While I absolutely love everything Karen writes, don’t get me wrong, sometimes I struggle to really enjoy her stories—especially ones like this one—because there is a lot of drama and I have to really be in the mood for all of that, and in cases like this novel I feel like I’m waiting for impending doom and that is just a little bit depressing. I mean, I loved the story and everything had a very happy ending, but I felt like I was on the edge of my seat just waiting for something to happen to cause Mary Catherine’s heart to give out, and that took a lot out of me.
        On another note, though I hate to mention things I didn’t like about stories, I also struggled with something from the description. In the synopsis, it mentions Sami and Tyler’s relationship and says something about how he’s ready to propose, but that they’re struggling with issues of their own and that the core of their relationship is in jeopardy, but I didn’t really see that in the book. Maybe I just somehow missed it—I did skim a little through a few parts—but I really felt that this book focused more on the good parts of their relationship, and on the struggles of Marcus and Mary Catherine’s.
        All in all though, I did really enjoy this book. I fell completely and utterly in love with Marcus, and Mary Catherine, back when I was very first introduced to them, and I couldn’t help falling in love with their relationship, no matter the many ups and downs it had to take. Theirs was a whirlwind romance, despite the many, many circumstances holding it back—including Mary Catherine’s own reluctance—and so many of their moments together made me realize even more just how precious of a gift real love like that is.
        I wish I could give this book all five bookshelves, because I did enjoy so, so much of it, but I just can’t let myself doing that considering the many concerns I expressed earlier in this review. However, I will give it four out of five, which is just one step down, and I will say it hasn’t altered my love for Karen and her writing in the slightest bit. I just wish it could’ve been an easier read for me, like Unlocked for instance, which I’ve read multiple times, the most recent time I devoured the entire book in one sitting. That being said, I still highly recommend this book, and think it was the perfect conclusion to Karen’s Angels Walking series!
        Happy reading!

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All credit for the italicized synopsis goes to Karen Kingsbury and Howard Books.

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