Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Loving by Karen Kingsbury*A Review

The answers Bailey Flanigan once longed and prayed for are finally becoming clear. In Loving, the fourth and final book in the Bailey Flanigan Series by New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury, Bailey is planning a wedding and making decisions that will shape her future. Bailey enjoys the beginning of her new career and time spent with Brandon while Cody faithfully coaches his team on and off the field. Will she spend her life with Brandon Paul in Los Angeles, or will her heart draw her back to Bloomington, Indiana and Cody Coleman, her first love? Bailey has learned much and grown over the years, but the greatest challenges, the richest joys, and the deepest heartaches are still to come. Featuring members from Karen Kingsbury's popular Baxter family, Loving completes Bailey and Cody's story --- the finale thousands of fans have been waiting for.

Reading level: Ages 18 and up
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Zondervan (March 27, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0310276357
ISBN-13: 978-0310276357

New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury is America's favorite inspirational novelist, with more than 15 million books in print. Her Life-Changing Fiction has produced multiple bestsellers, including Leaving, Take One, Between Sundays, Even Now, One Tuesday Morning, Beyond Tuesday Morning, and Ever After, which was named the 2007 Christian Book of the Year. An award-winning author and newly published songwriter, Karen has several movies optioned for production, and her novel Like Dandelion Dust was made into a major motion picture and is now available on DVD. Karen is also a nationally known speaker with several women's groups. She lives in Washington with her husband, Don, their daughter and five sons.

  Well in the fourth and last book Loving of the Bailey Flanigan series we find out who Bailey marries and why. I really love the characters in this series because you get glimpses of the Flanigan and Baxter families and they are loved.
  I thought that the Bailey series went on to long and feel we could have found all of this out in a book or two. Everyone loves Bailey, but to much of a good thing is not good.
  I think Bailey made the right choice and I was hoping she would see things my way. It is finally nice to see everyone happy and finding what and who they are suppose to be with in life.
  Their were some tender, touching moments in Loving and I enjoyed reading it and read it faster than usual. I love books by Karen Kingsbury, because she really knows how to write a book and keep your interest right to the end.
  I also like in Loving that Bailey made some decisions that she really wanted to and didn’t let others tell her what to do. It seems like she grew up in this book.
  I highly recommend Loving for everyone and especially for you Karen Kingsbury fans. A great keeper of books.

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Thank you to Zondervan for providing this book for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255


Danmark said...

I read this book because it is the last book in the Bailey Flanigan series, and I am the kind of person who finishes what I start. That being said, I am glad this is the final book I have to read as I am tired of reading the perfect life of Bailey Flanigan where her only struggle is how to deal with the fame of having a Hollywood actor for a boyfriend. That is a struggle I cannot relate to. Everything else about her life is just too perfect.

The character of Bailey is unrealistic. She lives a charmed life with a stable family background and a successful career. She is so talented that she has danced on Broadway and also starred in a major motion picture. With all this success and being in the center of the spotlight, she is still humble and innocent. Money is never an issue especially since her boyfriend is a millionaire with a successful career in acting. She is also a virgin who saves herself for marriage. All her boyfriends seem to respect her wishes and never push her into a tempting situation.

Unknown said...


It's possible. But the reality is some have different suffering and trials, to go through.
The important thing is not how perfect someone life may seem. It's that it wouldn't
have been possible without Christ and the blessings.

I also wish my life had that. But that's not my life. But still Christ is my Saviour and Lord. And I don't need my life to be perfect to be glad and like stories of christians who had the support they needed and could live godly lives.

His Grace can heal, refine and free. And I still have hope for my wounds and issues.

I trust in God first. Hope deferred is hard. But even though sometimes I have moments of thinking from a place of why is my life like this. God is still there, even when I don't feel it at times. And I know that because God always helps me come out of that back to Christ-centred thinking.