Thursday, April 6, 2017

Baggage Claim by Cathe Swanson

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About the Book

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Book: Baggage Claim
Author: Cathe Swanson
Genre: Christian Suspense/Romance
Release Date: February 14, 2017

There had to be at least one healthy branch on his family tree…
Who can he trust?
Ben Taylor, widower and father of four lively children, enjoys his easy, uncomplicated life. He likes his work and has a competent nanny to manage his household. Everything is good until he decides to seek out his biological parents and discovers a family tree with tangled roots and broken branches.
His comfortable life crumbles when he gets caught up in a criminal network of fraud and conspiracy at his new job. When Ben is forced into a dangerous alliance, he scrambles to find a safe situation and protection for his children before setting out to clear his name—all without getting himself killed in the process.
A nanny with a past…
Becoming a nanny was the perfect solution when Teresa Cooper needed a place to hide ten years ago, but now that she’s no longer in danger, she’s ready to move on and make a new life for herself. When Ben asks her to take the children to an unknown relative in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, she finds herself in hiding again, this time with four children in tow.
As the children explore the wilderness of the Upper Peninsula, Teresa begins to wonder about God’s plan for her future. Who is this stranger Ben trusts with his children? Why here? Can a city-bred nanny find joy in this wild corner of God’s creation?

My Review:

The write up for this book drew me in enough to read it. I thought it would be a light read, but it isn't. It's a different read, but my problem is that it frequently feels disjoined. I was lost for a long time on the fact that Ben had four children and not three. We don't really get to know the kids, they just zoom about doing crazy kid things. The romance aspect is almost not present, but that is ok. I can deal with that. Jarring that takes place from wait, what, we just were dealing with one thing over here, to boom, where am I now? What just happened? How did we get here? That was hard for me. I reread several chapter endings and new chapter beginnings because I was getting lost. After a bit it would clear up, but the transition threw me each time. Ben sure is naive to be working in the field he is in, and as disconnected as he was, but then, he was trying to raise his children alone. Finding his birth father was interesting, but then that took a back-seat to other things. 

The secondary plot was interesting and explained in exhaustive detail. For me that wasn't necessary, but it might be for others. The who-done-it was reasonably good, but some of it felt like I missed something. I did like the book over all, I just wish I knew why I feel like I lost things in several places. 

My copy came from Celebrate Lit. My thoughts and opinions are my own, and I wasn't required to leave a favorable review. 

About the Author 

catheimageCathe Swanson lives in Wisconsin with her husband of 32 years. They enjoy spending time with their family and being outdoors, kayaking, hiking, birdwatching and fishing, but summer is short in Wisconsin, so it’s important to have indoor hobbies, too. Cathe has been a quilter and teacher of quiltmaking for over 25 years, and she enjoys just about any kind of creative work, especially those involving fiber or paper. She enjoys writing stories with eccentric characters of all ages. Her books will make you laugh and make you cry – and then make you laugh again.

Guest Post from Cathe Swanson
When I was in high school, I thought I might like to become an occupational therapist. Instead, I got married, had babies, raised the children and launched them into the world. I took a few years to regroup, and then I started thinking about what I wanted to do with the rest of my life.
Shortly after that, my dad had a stroke, and when he came home from the hospital, I was fascinated by the work of the visiting therapists. I did some research and learned that physical and occupational therapy assistants make pretty good money and are able to do the best part of the job – the therapy. Therapists are often bogged down in paperwork and periodic assessments. The assistant has all the fun, and it’s just a 5-semester program.
So I trotted on down to the local community college and asked what I had to do to get signed up. The counsellor talked for a while about prerequisites, petitions, waiting lists, internships, and other such things. Eventually I realized she was trying to tell me that I was too old to embark on this career. Too taken-aback to be offended, I went home and wrote a book about it instead. After all, I’d invested a lot of time in research.
I’d been writing stories for years, and already had the bones of Baggage Claim. Once I gave my young hero a job as a physical therapy assistant, the story took on life. My mother’s interest in genealogy had sparked a question: What if a nice, normal person wanted to track down their biological family and it blew up in their face? So that’s where I sent my hero, and as one of my reviewers said, “It was not a Hallmark moment.”
I’m very happy as an author and have no real interest in becoming an occupational therapist. Indeed, that rejection was a turning point for me. I could have pushed forward and got that degree, but instead I went home and wrote. I have no regrets.

Blog Stops

March 29: A Greater Yes
March 30: Genesis 5020
April 1: Quiet Quilter
April 2: autism mom
April 7: Carpe Diem
April 8: Karen Sue Hadley
April 9: Bigreadersite 


To celebrate her tour, Cathe is giving away Grand prize themed gift box that will include:
A decorative suitcase box
Earl Grey Tea
A handmade mug rug
A pretty mug
14 handmade all-occasion cards
And a paperback copy of Baggage Claim!! Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries!


Anonymous said...

I really loved this book--it was my favorite so far this year. Ben, Teresa, and Jonah were so real to me. I'm sure hoping Cathe writes a sequel!

Danielle H. said...

yours is the first review that had anything negative to say about the book. I'm glad you shared your honest thoughts so if I read this and feel the same way, I'll know I'm not alone. I do think this premise sounds interesting.

Carol E. Keen said...

Hi Nzfilbruns,

I'm glad you liked it! The sequel will probably be along soon.

Blessings, Carol :)

Carol E. Keen said...

Hi Danielle,

I hope that it's just me, and the premise is quite interesting. Please do read it and then you can let us know how you feel. Thank you so much for stopping by and posting!

Blessings, Carol :)

Nancy Griggs said...

Baggage Claim sounds like a great book.