Thursday, February 14, 2013

Catherine's Pursuit by Lena Nelson Dooley

Back Cover blurb:
In book three of the McKenna’s Daughters series, Catherine McKenna begins a journey to find her lost sisters that turns into a spiritual journey for the entire McKenna family.

When Angus McKenna was forced to give two of his daughters to families in the wagon train, he promised he'd never try to contact them. Catherine made no such pledge. But when she sets out to find her sisters, she doesn't go alone. Angus sends Collin with her. Will they discover the two women---and love?


Read the first chapter here:

Chapter 1
September 19, 1885
San Francisco, California
Catherine Lenora McKenna could hardly believe the long-awaited day was here. Her eighteenth birthday. Now she was an adult, and her father would have to stop hovering over her as if she were a fragile china doll in one of his stores. She would be free.
Holding her hands above her head like the ballerina in the music box on her bureau, she whirled in a circle that lifted the hem of her blue taffeta skirt to a scandalous height. That didn’t matter, because no one was here to catch a glimpse of her ankles anyway. Not even her personal maid, Julie, who had gone downstairs to grab Catherine a more substantial breakfast from the kitchen before she fainted dead away.
Aunt Kirstin wanted Catherine to eat very light before her party tonight, where a sumptuous banquet would precede the ball. There would be presents to open as well. Catherine hoped her father planned a spectacular gift for her birthday ... maybe to send her on a tour of the Continent. Of course, Aunt Kirstin would probably accompany her, but at least she would be able to see more of the world for herself, not just read about it. Europe should be beautiful in the autumn, or in any season of the year. Since both of her parents were born in Scotland, she wanted to visit there as well as London ... Paris ... Rome. She had read every book and magazine she could get her hands on, so she knew so much about Europe.
A thrill of anticipation shot through her whole body. Visions of crossing London Bridge, strolling along Avenue des Champs Elysees, or touring the Colosseum danced through her head. Pictures she’d enjoyed studying with their Holmes stereopticon. She wondered if Father would accompany her or if he would allow Aunt Kirstin to be her only escort ... besides a few servants, of course.
“Where is Julie with my food?” Catherine huffed out an exasperated breath. “Am I going to have to go to the kitchen myself?”
She thrust open the door and hurried down the hallway, the sound of her footsteps lost in the thick cushioning of the carpet. At the top of the front stairs, she stopped to see if she could figure out where her aunt Kirstin was before she sneaked down the backstairs.
Peering over the balcony railing, she caught a glimpse of her aunt’s face through the partially opened door to the library. Her brows were knit together into a frown as she stared at someone in the room with her. Catherine had never seen such a fierce expression on her aunt’s face.
Father’s voice was muffled as he said something to his sister-in-law. What is he doing home at this time of morning?
Catherine wished she could tell what they were talking about. She had never heard her father use that tone with anyone, especially not Aunt Kirstin. As if he were angry or terribly upset.
Catherine leaned farther over but kept a firm grip on the railing so she wouldn’t tumble down. A drop like that onto a marble floor could be deadly.
Aunt Kirstin gripped each hand into a fist and planted them on her hips. “Just when are you going to tell her?”
Come to think of it, her aunt was using a harsher tone than Catherine had ever heard her use.
Father didn’t answer.
 Catherine quickly crept down the stairs being careful not to place her foot on the second step from the foyer, which would squeak and reveal her presence.
At the bottom, she straightened and checked her reflection in the gilt-framed, oval mirror beside the front door. When she found everything satisfactory, she tiptoed toward the library.
“I don’t know.” Her father’s words stopped her in her tracks. What did he not know?
“Angus.” Aunt Kirstin’s voice was firm and insistent. “She deserves to know the truth. And now she’s old enough to understand.”
Catherine didn’t hesitate to enter her favorite room in the house. She pushed the door farther open, and both her aunt and her father turned startled eyes toward her. The two looked as if they had been caught in an act of mischief.
“Tell me what? What will I understand?” Her questions hovered in the air, quivering like hummingbirds without a way to escape the net of tension that bound the three of them together.
Her father glanced at her aunt, then turned his attention back to Catherine. The deep scowl on his face dissolved, and he dropped into the closest chair, dejection dragging his shoulders into a slump. Tears welled up in his eyes and rolled down his cheeks unheeded. He didn’t even blink.

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Author Bio:
Award-winning author, Lena Nelson Dooley, has more than 700,000 books in print. Her book, Love Finds You in Golden, New Mexico, was given the 2011 Will Rogers Medallion Award for excellence in publishing Western literature. Lena is currently under a 3-book contract with Charisma House/Realms. The first book, Maggie’s Journey released in October 2011 and received the 2012 Selah Award for historical novels, and the second book, Mary’s Blessing, released in May 2012.

In addition to her writing, Lena mentors other authors and received the ACFW Mentor of the Year Award. She is a frequent speaker at women’s groups, writers groups, and at both regional and national conferences. She has spoken in six states and internationally. She is also one of the co-hosts of the Gate Beautiful blogtalk radio show.

Lena has an active web presence on Shoutlife, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Linkedin, Pinterest and with her internationally connected blog ( ) where she interviews other authors and promotes their books.


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Lena is giving away a copy of Catherine's Pursuit. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses.  To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.

Happy Reading!
Caroline Brown


Anonymous said...

Thanks for this review of Lena's book. I've been wanting this series since I first saw it. Please put my name in the drawing. Thanks Caroline
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Amy C said...

I love this series. Can't wait to read Catherine's Pursuit.
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Teela said...

Wonder what pops and auntie are hiding from Catherine?? Thank you Lena for this giveaway. I do hope that I'm the LUCKY one to win this book!

Diana Flowers said...

I loved the first two in this series and it would be such a blessing to win this one! I HAVE to find out what happens! :) Thanks so much for the opportunity.


apple blossom said...

Oh, I have others in this series thanks for the chance to win this one.

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Merry said...

I loved the peek at Catherine's Pursuit. Thanks for a chance to win it!
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Wendy Newcomb said...

I really want this book, thank you for the chance to win it.


Charity U said...

I can't wait to read this one! :)


MsRubyKat said...

Would love a chance to win Catherine's Pursuit. Read Maggie's Journey and really enjoyed it.

Karen G

karenk said...

thanks for the chance to read this wonderful novel

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KayM said...

I just have the first book, which I haven't read, yet. I'd love to add this one to my TBR pile. Thank you for the opportunity.
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Lena Nelson Dooley said...

So many friends and fans come here. I'm so glad to see each one of you. Knowing that I'm blessing people with my books encourages me so much.

Patty said...

Would love to have the last books in this series! I have a copy of number 1 so would just need to get a copy of the middle book.


Cyndi said...

Another book for the TBR pile! :)


HomePlace Gatherings said...

Thanks for offering the book as a giveaway! Hoping I win. :)

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Lane Hill House said...

I have been waiting for Catherine's Pursuit. I would love to win a copy!!!
Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House

Lena Nelson Dooley said...

So many more comments. I love every one.

Linda Kish said...

I would love to win a copy of this book.

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Kay from NY said...

I really would like to win and read this book and the others in the series. They sound like great reading. Thank you for the opportunity.


Amy R.S. said...

Thanks for the giveaway. I just got the first one in the series, would love to win this one.

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