Serenity McClaren had it all before her life crumbled around her like the sand castles on her beloved beach, causing her to flee Croisette Shores and the only home she’d ever known. Nearly five years later and living in Atlanta, she receives a mysterious, unsigned note: “Come home, Serenity. Things aren’t as they seem. Time to find your answers.” Returning to South Carolina, she prepares to face her demons and the ailing father she left behind, hoping to make peace with both.
Child psychologist Jackson Ross is a man with a surprising past. He’s ready for the quiet life and eager to establish his practice in the quaint, coastal village. After he hires Serenity to decorate his new office, he’s drawn to the beautiful and enigmatic woman yet sees she’s haunted by a past she can’t escape. Wanting to help her, he begins to suspect one of his young patients may hold the key to unlocking Serenity’s secrets. Jackson follows his instincts and discovers the shocking truth, but how can he tell the woman he’s grown to love what he knows—and set her free—without compromising his professional ethics and losing her forever?
CATCHING SERENITY: A poignant story of faith, hope and love, and discovering the everyday miracles from an all-powerful God.
Mildred’s comments: Joann Durgin provided an e-copy of her book for me to read and review, so I began reading with no preconceived expectations. In fact, if I had been looking for a book to read, I’d have probably passed Catching Serenity by on the simple grounds that I usually prefer a light-hearted, short read that may give me a chuckle here and there. Something to take my mind off reality and that I can finish quickly.
Catching Serenity is not light fluff to read and forget. Serenity and Jackson continue in my mind as I’m amazed at their stories. The author has painted a complex story of intrigue with plenty of emotion to involve her readers and have them wanting to see what will happen next. Since my reading time is limited, I grabbed a few minutes each evening before going to sleep and soon found the required one chapter becoming two or even three before I had to put my e-reader down and go to sleep. The story is long for me. I believe Amazon says it’s 388 pages. But not once did my interest lag.
I did suspect the outcome of some pertinent clues along the way, but that didn’t stop me from wanting to know what had happened to Serenity’s mother and why her father believed her still alive after five years of silence. What happened during that time of such a great loss for Serenity? Finding the answers brought up in this book was easy. All I had to do was keep reading, and I certainly did that all the way to a satisfying ending. The characters are not perfect, but while they are wounded, they are strong in Christ’s strength. Faith and trust are woven throughout, giving the reader an example to follow while we hope nothing like this ever happens to us.
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Would I recommend this book? Yes! If you want an intriguing story with a satisfying ending and a happily ever after, I highly recommend Catching Serenity by JoAnn Durgin.
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AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY: Catching Serenity is JoAnn Durgin’s fifth published, full-length novel. She is the author of THE LEWIS LEGACY SERIES: AWAKENING, SECOND TIME AROUND, TWIN HEARTS, and DAYDREAMS (Torn Veil Books), and Christmas novellas, MEET ME UNDER THE MISTLETOE and its sequel (coming for the 2013 holiday season), STARLIGHT, STAR BRIGHT (Pelican Book Group/White Rose Publishing). An estate administration paralegal in a Louisville, Kentucky law firm, JoAnn lives with her family in southern Indiana. A member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (national and Indiana chapter) and the Louisville Christian Writers, JoAnn’s prayer is that her contemporary romantic adventures will touch hearts and lives with the redeeming love of Jesus Christ.
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