Monday, November 14, 2022

Celebrate Lit Blog Tour: Catching Hope by Kathy Cassel

Book: Catching Hope

Author: Kathy Cassel

Genre: YA

Release date: March, 2022

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?


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I normally am not interested in YA/Teen Christian books. The synopsis of Catching Hope by Kathy Cassell was really intriguing and I gave it a chance. Kathy Cassell is new to me, author, as I have never read any books by her.

Lexi Michaels is on her first real vacation in her lifetime. She was just adopted and she is going to Haiti with her Dad, her twin brother Levi, her adopted brother Chad and her new cousin Jen. Her Dad is a pediatrician and he is going to be volunteering at a clinic there. Lexi gets bad vibes about a guy at the resort they are staying at. It seems the family isn't welcomed to Haiti. The 4 teenagers decide to go exploring the Island when a Natural Disaster happens and the teens are in danger. The teens, who haven't gotten along much, must work together to save their lives. Will the teens be able to work together? Will Lexi finally find a place of belonging after being in the foster system for many years?

WOW, this book was short but it sure packed a lot of adventure and drama in the book! I started reading and couldn't put it down, which truly surprised me as this genre is not a norm for me. I really like how Lexi is so level-headed and releases fears that have been within her for a while. Jen, the cousin, wasn't too fond of the new family members at first, but she grew to love them through all their adventures and drama. The 4 teenagers learn some life lessons and some Godly lessons on their adventures. I HIGHLY recommend this book for Teens and Youth, but also feel adults would love it. GREAT BOOK!

Kathy Cassel is author of more a dozen fiction and non-fiction titles for preteens and teens, including 2021 Selah Award finalist Freerunner and the iParenting award winner Christian Girls Guide series. Kathy has lived on three different continents with her USAF husband, has eight children, five adopted from Haiti and the United States, and six grandchildren. To better relate to her characters, she enjoys learning their skills such as whitewater rafting, scuba diving, and riding a motorcycle, but draws the line at sky diving.


More from Kathy

My Experience with Haiti

Prior to the 2010 catastrophic 7.0 magnitude earthquake that caused immense damage to the country of Haiti, many people would not have been able to tell you that Haiti and the Dominican Republic share the island of Hispaniola just a two hour flight from Miami.


I knew where it was because our family had adopted a child from Haiti in 1997. At the time the earthquake took place, my husband and I were in the process of adopting twins from a different orphanage in Port au Prince Haiti. It had been over three years and our adoption was not yet complete. During those three years I visited the twins at the orphanage five times. Other family members went with me on some of those trips, and at one point, all of our children still living at home went to visit the orphanage.


This was an eye opening experience for my family. In fact, I volunteered us to do the daily wash. That meant hand washing clothes and sheets for 135 orphans using large metal tubs and harsh soap, then rinsing the clothes in other tubs before hand wringing them and hanging them on clotheslines. Once home, my children no longer complained about unloading the dryer!

Cooking was done in large pots over open fires and mainly consisted of rice and beans, or red sauce over rice. The cooks originally prepared the food in a wooden shack, but more than once one of them would get so hot she’d pass out, so an outdoor area was set up for food preparation.

After the earthquake, there was a mountain of paperwork to be done to get refugee status for children in the orphanages who had families waiting for them. Finally the children were brought to the United States, although some of the orphans went to other countries too, to be united with their forever families. Sadly, many were held in the airport for days before being released. For our family, the long wait was over January 25, 2010. Now our family is complete with three birth children and five adopted children, three of whom are from Haiti.


Some of the places mentioned in the book resemble real places in Haiti, although they have been fictionalized. I hope you will not only read Catching Hope, but will also take time to learn more about the country of Haiti.

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To celebrate her tour, Kathy is giving away the grand prize of a $40 Books-A-Million Gift Card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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Stormy Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

Catching Hope sounds like a 'glued to the pages' read that my granddaughter will want to read! Thanks for sharing it with me!

Thanks, Kendra, for sharing your star rating!

Have a spectacular day!

marisela zuniga said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks for sharing, the book sounds wonderful

Roxanne C. said... Best Blogger Tips

I usually stick with adult Christian fiction for my own reading enjoyment, but Catching Hope does sound like a great story for all teen and adult alike.

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