Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Coming Home by Karen Kingsbury*A Review

 Coming Home is a novel about tremendous victory and unprecedented loss, a story of faith and a forever kind of love, love that will stay with you long after the last page. This stand-alone novel will serve as either a grand introduction or a beautiful conclusion in the saga of the Baxter Family. The Baxters make plans to come together for a summer lakeside reunion, a celebration like they haven't had in years. But before the big day, the unthinkable happens. As the Baxter Family rallies together, memories come to light in the grief-stricken hours of waiting and praying, memories that bring healing and hope during a time when otherwise darkness might have the final word. In a season that changes all of them, the brilliance of family love overshadows even the valley of heartache as the Baxters draw closer to God and each other. Along the way, secrets are revealed and the truth about the Baxter Family history is finally made known. Ultimately, in this portrait of family love, the Baxters cling to each other and to God's promise of forever.

Reading level: Ages 18 and up
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Zondervan (June 26, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0310266246
ISBN-13: 978-0310266242
Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.8 x 8.4 inches
Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces

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.

  Coming Home by Karen Kingsbury was a very emotional book.  It was full of great joy, sadness and peace with much tragedy.
  Coming Home is the final book in the Baxter series. Which involved about 18 or so books. I was hoping for a very sweet, happy ending, but it wasn’t meant to be. I do think this ending was much better, full of heartache, pray and longing. I knew from reading about Coming Home that some kind of tragedy, but expected one much different.
  The only part I didn’t care for in this book was the retelling of all of the sibling’s lives at their worse places in life and how they pulled through with God and their families. I know Karen probably did that to give those readers who didn’t read the original Baxter books back story, but it was like reading those books again. It wasn’t anything new. So I would have changed that part.
  The title has so many meanings in this story and find each one so wonderful. You can go home in a number of ways.
  A lot of readers don’t like the Baxter’s because they seem so perfect and close to God, but I like that and believe that there are people who are like that in real life. When I read a book I want to read about someone who is uplifting not someone who is always going through bad times and depend on themselves and not God.
So I recommend Coming Home to everyone. A great book to read if you’re a new Karen Kingsbury fan or been one for years.

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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

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