“Catching Hope” ~ a JustRead Blog Tour (& giveaway, ends 6/28/22)

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Catching Hope JustRead Blog + Review Tour

Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for Catching Hope by Kathy Cassel, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Catching HopeTitle: Catching Hope Author: Kathy Cassel Publisher: Haven Point Publishing Release Date: March 22, 2022 Genre: Teens/YA, Christian Catching Hope: A pursuit fraught with danger. Newly adopted Lexi Michaels is taking her first real vacation as she, twin brother Levi, adoptive brother Chad, and new cousin Jen head to Haiti where their dad, a pediatrician, will be volunteering in an island clinic. But who is the man who displays such hatred for the Michaels when they arrive at their resort? Is an attempted burglary as random as it appears? Will Jen ever accept the newcomers to the family? When the four teens set out to explore Haiti’s sights and history on their own, an unexpected encounter and natural disaster plunge them into adventure and danger. With their very survival at stake, can the four teens work together, or will Lexi’s dream of a “forever family” end in tragedy? PURCHASE LINKS*: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | BookDepository | IndieBound | BookBub

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kathy Cassel

Kathy Cassel is the author of eleven books for Christian preteens and girls and three Young Adult Fiction books.

Kathy grew up in northern Indiana, lived on three different continents while her husband was in the USAF, and now lives in the Florida Panhandle. She and her husband have eight children, five of whom are adopted, three from Haiti and two from the United States. They also have six grandchildren. Kathy’s favorite activities are those that involve traveling and adventures that include her children and grandchildren. In order to better relate to the characters in her stories, Kathy has done things such as whitewater rafting, certify in scuba diving, and get her motorcycle endorsement. She draws the line at sky diving. CONNECT WITH KATHY: Website | Facebook | Instagram

TOUR GIVEAWAY

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Catching Hope JustRead Giveaway

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About Catching Hope

Truly, reading Catching Hope was a thrill of a ride–along with a breath of fresh air! Cassel created 4 unique teen characters for her YA novel: Lexi and Levi, a girl and boy pair of twins who have literally spent their lives in the foster care system. The pair have been recently adopted by Dr. and Mrs. Michaels. Then, there’s Chad, their new (also adopted) brother. Last, their new cousin Jen, who is extremely unfriendly and devoted to shopping exclusive (read: expensive) boutiques on her vacations.

Levi’s high-functioning autism symptoms are, they believe, the reason the two kept getting moved from home to home and were never adopted. (Until that last home, that they were saved from at the last moment.) Lexi will do anything to defend her brother and she loves him fiercely.

Now, the four have arrived in Haiti. The doctor and his wife help to support a clinic near a resort the family will be staying at, and due to a cholera outbreak, they’ve moved their medical aid trip up and brought the kids and their niece. Little do they know that the family has acquired an enemy–who’ll stop at nothing to bring about his revenge.

My thoughts

I so enjoyed reading Catching Hope! Although I’m not in the target audience of YA books, I do enjoy them from time to time. They provide, as I mentioned above, a bit of fresh air in the eyes of characters who haven’t completely lost their naiveté and the world is often fresh and bright. Now, having said that, I also have to say that here, it’s not completely true. With Levi’s and Lexi’s (who’s the narrator of Catching Hope) years spent in and out of foster homes, they know that life is not always fair, nor the treatment of others, good and right. Jen brings a “rich girl” mentality to the group; to her, a resort vacation should include lots of pampering. But Chad, raised by the Michaels since he was six, has the ability to love, serve, and support others, as well as something special that sets him apart. But, they’ll need all their strength plus the ability to work together for the adventure that none knows is ahead of them.

Cassel dedicates her book to “…all the Haitian children who came home to their forever families in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake.” The author clearly has spent time in and loves the nation of Haiti. If you take a peek at her author bio, you can see that she is the mom of 8 children, 3 of them adopted from the island nation (and two more adopted, besides her three biological children). So she is able to utilize her knowledge of foster care, adoption, and the people of Haiti into her story. (Not to mention its landscape, environment, and culture!)

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. What a fantastic subject matter to enthrall younger readers! Cassel’s adventure story is believable, and so engaging, as are her characters, each of whom brings something interesting to the story. I think that teens and even many tweens will love diving into the life and recent culture not only of Lexi and Levi (and their teen relatives) but the recent history of Haiti. There is some peril and pain; but this story of hope and of overcoming is a must-read for anyone who loves a story of the journey of faith alongside a fantastic adventure story.

Enjoy! –Wren

Disclosure: I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

5 thoughts on ““Catching Hope” ~ a JustRead Blog Tour (& giveaway, ends 6/28/22)

  1. Catching Hope sounds like my granddaughters kind of book, thanks for sharing it with me! Thanks, FINCHNWREN, for sharing your thoughts! Have a marvelous weekend!

  2. Pingback: Welcome to the Catching Hope Blog + Review Tour & Giveaway! – JustRead Publicity Tours

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