Book Review: “Pursuit” by JoAnn Durgin

Pursuit: A Christian Romance Novel (The Lewis Legacy Series Book 8) by [Durgin, JoAnn]


Pursuit is JoAnn Durgin’s latest book in the Lewis Legacy Series and is my favorite of all the books in the series.

Pursuit stars Will Lewis, the next to the youngest child of the Lewis clan. As a toddler, Will was fascinated with outer space. As he grew older, he never wanted to be anything else but an astronaut and completely focused on, worked and studied towards that goal and he has finally made it. In just a few short months, he will command his own crew on a thirty-day mission to the International Space Station. Nothing will interfere with this, his ultimate goal. Nothing and no one will distract him.

Enter Dalton Smith. The girl next door with the unusual name. Dalton is a Christian singer/songwriter who has gained popularity among Christian music-lovers. With her wit, charm, beauty, not to mention curiosity about NASA and the space program, she is just the distraction that Will does not need. But distract she does! It was so much fun to read how Dalton helped Will get his head out of the clouds and his feet back on the ground.

Ms. Durgin obviously did her research as Pursuit is filled with interesting facts about NASA and the space program, which in my opinion, made the book all the more captivating.

In Pursuit, there is suspense, a beautiful love story, a reunion with the rest of the Lewis family (which is why I encourage you to read the other books in the series, although each book can be read on its own) and the Christian message that Ms. Durgin includes in each of her books.

If I had to rate this book on a scale of 1-10, I’d give it a 15. It’s well-written, fun to read, and has a wonderful message.


Book Review: Catching Serenity

Author, JoAnn Durgin, has another best seller in her latest book, “Catching Serenity.” Striking a perfect balance between intrigue and romance, the story immediately captivates the readers’ attention with a cryptic note sent to the heroine, Serenity, by person or persons unknown. With every chapter, the reader is drawn more into the characters’ lives and the mystery that surrounds them. We are not only attracted to the characters because of the mysterious plot, but also because of their attributes.  A heroine who is strong, yet vulnerable, a mother who will sacrifice everything for her family, a stoic father,  and a hero, Jackson, who is protective and loyal, are the characters you will love long before the story’s end.

As the mystery builds, so does the romance. This part of the balance is written so well that one’s heart dips and soars along with Serenity’s. The reader experiences the love that Jackson has for Serenity, and as their relationship falters, one may even get a little teary-eyed. 

The lives of the hero and heroine are also used to point the reader to God’s unconditional love for each of us, his forgiveness, mercy and grace.  

If you love to read Christian romance, you will love this book!