Book Review: Sophie’s Path by Catherine Lanigan

July 8, 2016 Catherine Lanigan, contemporary, romance 2

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Nurse Sophie Mattuchi has seen a lot of angry patients in the ER, but no one’s ever rattled her like Jack Carter.

He has no right to blame her for his friend’s death. Sophie did everything she could. Didn’t she?

Yet his accusations sting, and that sets off all kinds of internal alarms. She’s never cared this much about any man’s opinion of her.

But Jack is different. He stirs up feelings. Strong feelings. Guilt. Anger. Attraction. Curiosity. Sympathy.

Sophie’s definitely not interested in Jack, but even if she was, he’d never forgive her for the decision she made that night in the hospital. Would he?

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SERIES: Shores of Indian Lake
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
PUBLISHER: Harlequin Heartwarming
RELEASE DATE: July 1, 2016
PAGES: 368

“What road had her bleeding heart taken her down this time?”

Sophie's Path book reviewAnother excellent offering from the July Harlequin Heartwarming releases!

Sophie’s Path, like the other books in Catherine Lanigan’s Shores of Indian Lake series, is full of characters that move right in to your heart. Many familiar faces return in this latest book, and while it does work fine as a stand alone the community and secondary characters are best appreciated as part of the series.

Sophie. Jack. Frenchie the dog. Jeremy. They all need a rescue of some sort, or at the least a redirection. A new path. It takes different forms in each character – and some choose to stay lost – but all poignant in their own way, and I could see something of myself in each one. (Hmmm… okay maybe not Frenchie. I’ll leave that self-identification to Zuzu. lol.)

Speaking of Frenchie? A-dor-a-ble. And Jack with Frenchie?!? Even more adorable. I melted to pieces when he wouldn’t let Sophie pay for the pet supplies – “Put that away. She’s my dog now.” But even without Jack, Frenchie is too cute. Zuzu agrees with my assessment of Frenchie’s adorableness…. and she also wonders why I won’t carry her around with me everywhere like they do with Frenchie. Sigh. I tried to explain that there is a considerable size difference between her and a Yorki Poo but she’s in denial.

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Please notice in the above picture that Zuzu’s HEAD is bigger than Frenchie’s entire BODY. But, again, Zuzu doesn’t see it. And while I’m talking about Zuzu, I’m starting to wonder if maybe she didn’t sneakily take over my blog after all. She talked about it – after the much-lauded success of her review of Kate James’ When I Found You – and I can’t help but noticing that in the past couple of weeks I’ve reviewed an inordinate amount of books that featured dogs.

And now Sophie’s Path. Hmmm…

Bottom Line: One adorable dog plus two stubbornly driven people makes for lots of opportunities to smile. But Sophie’s Path has plenty of opportunities for your heart to ache too. The subplot involving drug addiction is both sobering and inspiring, and while I wish Sophie hadn’t been thrust into a sponsorship role with no addiction-specific training (something that no one seemed concerned about in the story except me lol) I have a feeling that this happens more often than not. In this world where staying self-focused is the norm, Sophie’s Path encourages us to blaze a new trail – one which has us looking outside our own little bubble for a need we can meet, for a cause we can support, for a passion we can advocate. And Catherine Lanigan does all of this while giving us a sweet romance and authentic characters … and, of course, Frenchie.

(I received a copy of this book in exchange for only my honest review.)

My Rating: 4.5 stars / Loved it!

KissingBook Level: 3 / May forget to breathe on occasion

Reviewer’s Note: This is a clean read with no profanity. No problems recommending for my readers who prefer Christian fiction!

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about the author

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Catherine Lanigan is the international bestselling and award-winning author of forty published titles in both fiction and non-fiction, including the novelizations of Romancing the Stone and The Jewel of the Nile, as well as over half a dozen anthologies, including “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Living your Dream”, “Chicken Soup for the Writer’s Soul”, and more. Ms. Lanigan’s novels have been translated into dozens of languages including German, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Portuguese, Chinese, and Japanese. Ms. Lanigan’s novels are also available in E-books on Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.com, Apple Store, Mobi and Kobo. Several of her titles have been chosen for The Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Clubs. Her Vietnam war-based novel, The Christmas Star, won the Gold Medal Award Top Pick from Romantic Times Magazine and has also won Book of the Year Romance Gold Award from ForeWord Magazine as well as Book of the Year Romance from Reader’s Preference. Currently, she has published six novels in the Shores of Indian Lake series for Harlequin Heartwarming and has recently contracted for three more in the series.

Lanigan was tasked by the NotMYkid Foundation to write a non-fiction book addressing teen addictions, and she was honored by the The National Domestic Violence Hotline in Washington, D.C for being an outspoken advocate for domestic violence and abuse.  As a cancer survivor, Ms. Lanigan is a frequent speaker at literary functions and book conventions as well as inspiring audiences with her real stories of angelic intervention from her Angel Tales series of books.She has been a guest on numerous radio programs including “Coast to Coast” and on television interview and talk show programs as well as blogs, podcasts and online radio interview programs.

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What about you? Do you prefer a big dog or a small dog?

Carrie

2 Responses to “Book Review: Sophie’s Path by Catherine Lanigan”

  1. Kate James

    I’m reading Sophie’s Path right now, and I am loving it.

    Hmmm…Harley and Logan say they’re not sure they can spot the difference between Frenchie and Zuzu from the perspective of being carried around. After all, 75 lb Logan thinks he’s a lap dog!

    Congrats for the great review Catherine!

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