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Wasn't that interesting. To make the story even more nostalgia, Kingsbury threw in an update on Bailey and Brandon.

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Again, it paralleled her real life daughter, Kelsey, and I skimmed through these sections too. Overall, the story moved rather rapidly. A month in one novel with not a lot of action. More telling than showing. If you want to know what has been happening to the Baxters, then this might be the perfect novel for you, but for me, I didn't learn anything I didn't know, and I prayed the novel would hurry up and end.

I received a complimentary copy of Karen Kingsbury's Love Story from Howard Books, and the opinions stated are all my own. View 1 comment. Jul 13, Sarah Marie rated it it was amazing Shelves: to-review , audiobook , christian. The ending was a little rushed, but I was so invested in this story and I loved all the different stories that Kingsbury showcased. Review to come. How they met, fell in love, and raised this incredible family. As soon as my kids were in bed that night, I started reading. And was somewhat disappointed. It focused on the relationship issues between Cody and Andi.

Which I expected to be a part of the overall story based on the synopsis copy. In fact, I would probably say this story was more about them than the Baxters.

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At the start of the book, Cody and Andi are no longer engaged. So there is no planning or upcoming wedding for Bailey to have her heart touched by. First, I love all the Baxter and Flannigan series characters. I love the characters. I love the stories that Karen Kingsbury tells about her characters. I love the messages of hope and redemption that infuse her stories. I guess I just wish her books would return to being more focused. In the original Baxter series, I became attached to the characters because each book focused mainly on introducing and exploring one character at a time.

The other characters were there but not the focus. And I miss it. It was embedded, yes. It was told, yes. Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for an advanced copy. If you would like to read more of my reviews, please visit www. Apr 05, Callie rated it really liked it Shelves: read-in I was so excited that I got the chance to read Karen Kingsbury's new novel before it comes out in June!

Many years ago I got sucked into the world of the Baxters through Kingsbury's books, and it's been exciting to see her writing more books about them again. In Love Story, we finally learn the full story of John and Elizabeth Baxter, how they met and fell in love, and how Elizabeth was sent away to have their first baby out of wedlock, forced to give the baby up for adoption. That sounds terribl I was so excited that I got the chance to read Karen Kingsbury's new novel before it comes out in June! That sounds terribly sad if you haven't already read the rest of the Baxter Family books and know how it all worked out, so I wouldn't recommend reading this book at all unless you've read the rest of the books in those series.

A lot of the characters and stories in this book won't make sense or mean as much if you don't already have the backstory from the other books. I also liked how Kingsbury gave us updates on Bailey's marriage and Cody's life through this book. Bailey and Cody were some of my favorite characters from her series, and it was fun to see how things are working out for them.

The only thing I haven't loved about Kingsbury's books in the past is how she will have God "speak" to her characters. At times she has even said that the characters heard God's voice audibly, and I have had concerns with whether she is giving the correct impression of how a Christian can expect to hear from God. I'd hate to have a Christian who was younger in their faith feel like they must be missing some way that God is speaking to them, instead of realizing that God speaks to us through His word, the Bible.

There were a couple instances in this book, but I do appreciate how she almost always has God "speak" something that comes from a Bible verse at least. Thankfully I find that Kingsbury has been toning down that aspect of her stories in her more recent books, which has let me enjoy them even more. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and finished most of it in one sitting on a Sunday afternoon.

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Kingsbury's writing is done in a way that keeps you reading, and I'm a sucker for a happy ending. If you have read any of the Baxter books in the past, I definitely recommend catching up with the Baxters and Flannigans with this book! Note: I received a digital copy of this book for free in exchange for a review. This is my honest opinion. Mar 10, Melissa rated it it was ok. Another sweet addition to the ongoing Baxter Family series. This one doesn't cover much new ground, so longtime fans of the books and characters may be disappointed, but the tale will be easy to follow for those new to the series.

John and Elizabeth's background isn't a surprise although it was nice to get a little more detail; however, it wasn't as touching as it could have been. The remainder of the subplots mostly stay on the surface and don't 2. The remainder of the subplots mostly stay on the surface and don't get spiritually or emotionally deep.

Even the PTSD storyline is glossed over and not thoroughly explored. There are too many characters to touch on, although Kingsbury does try to do just that. John Baxter's year-old grandson Cole is given an assignment in which he asks to interview his grandfather about how he met and fell in love with his grandmother Elizabeth. John deeply contemplates whether or not he should, but he feels led and, over the course of a few weeks, tells Cole and his daughter Ashley the tumultuous tale of their love story.

Cody Coleman is trying to make sense of his feelings after his engagement to Andi Ellison is called off for a second time.

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Can he allow himself to share the most vulnerable parts of his life with her, or should they part ways for good? Jul 21, Anna rated it really liked it Shelves: chic-lit , library-checkout , christian-fiction. I have read the entire Baxter series and have come to know and admire the Baxter and Flanigan families. The love story of John and Elizabeth was sweet and touching, the beginning of a journey of joy, sorrow and trusting in God to be there through it all. Paralleling their story is that of Andi Ellison and Cody Coleman, who have had their own share of heartaches and misunderstandings.

Can they find a path back to one another? Karen Kingsbury's novels always leave me with hope that faith will susta I have read the entire Baxter series and have come to know and admire the Baxter and Flanigan families. Karen Kingsbury's novels always leave me with hope that faith will sustain me through the difficulties of life, and bring about the moments of joy that lift me up. Aug 04, Emma rated it liked it.

I will always love the Baxter family and Karen Kingsbury has a beautiful soul. And the cover of this is so cute! But the more Kingsbury I read, the more repetitive she gets. Her stories are cute and warm fuzzyish and in general fun adult reads. But the same lines she uses over and over for every character can get annoying. But sometimes she just goes so much into the story or adds just a few too many details, which contributes to this less-thanstar review that it seems like the wrong things are emphasized, whether purposefully or not. And in the end, I enjoy a cute story.

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Will I read another Kingsbury in the future? Most likely. Just no longer as impressed as I used to be. Nov 08, Rachelle rated it it was amazing. This is the first book I've ever read by Karen Kingsbury. I found it at my local library and decided to give it a try. I read this so fast, just devoured it! The intertwining love stories are so tender, clean, heartfelt, and punctuated with real life troubles and overcoming of problems. I want to get to know the entire Baxter family now and can't wait to read more by Karen.

Dec 04, Rissa rated it really liked it. May 03, Karen rated it it was amazing Shelves: baxter-family.


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I just love the Baxters and am so excited to have them back in my life. We all know the story of John and Elizabeth, but to finally get all the details and the emotions of their beginning - so so sweet. Yes, I cried! Feb 26, Alyssa rated it it was amazing. Karen Kingsbury made me feel the feels. Aug 02, Reagan Soper rated it it was amazing. I loved getting to know Elizabeth a little bit more and seeing Cody and Andi and Brandon and Bailey awwww especially at the end.

Jun 28, Annette Moore rated it it was amazing. This was such an awesome book! If you've known the Baxters for years or if you've just been introduced to them with this book, you'll feel just as welcome in their midst, just as included in their day to day activities, and you'll fall just as in love with them.

Cole Blake, Ashley's sixteen-year-old son, has been assigned to do a heritage project for school wherein he must interview someone and write down their story,and he's chosen his grandfather, John Baxter. He's asked John to talk about his This was such an awesome book! He's asked John to talk about his and his grandmother's story--how they met, fell in love and began their family. At first, John is nervous and reluctant to go back to those days, and he's even considered simply politely declining the request. His reluctance stems from the fact that elizabeth,his first wife and beloved, died several years ago, and he's remarried and isn't sure if going back and remembering the details of those earlier years will send him back to a place from which he never wishes to return, and he fears he could even cause his wife now to feel alienated if he goes through with it.

However, after much prayer and consideration, he decides to go ahead with it, and in the next several weeks, we travel back in time with John as he recounts his love story with Elizabeth to his grandson and daughter, Ashley, Cole's mother. In the process we learn about both the joy and heartache of John and Elizabeth's beginning. One of the things I dearly love about Karen Kingsbury is that she doesn't gloss over or sugar-coat the mistakes the Baxters--or any of her characters for that matter--make--that just because they're strong believers in Christ doesn't mean they haven't messed up.

However, the running theme throughout all of her books is that even when we mess up, God is there to pick us back up, dust us off, clean us up, and He's there for us as we try again. Will they finally--after two failed engagements--find their way back to one another? This is a beautifully written love story--and I'll very likely read it again at some point! I loved it! May 30, Zac Weikal rated it it was amazing.

This review was originally posted on Buy, Borrow, Skip I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Cole has a heritage project for school and wants to talk to his grandfather, John Baxter. As you can imagine there are mixed emotions in the family as John will h This review was originally posted on Buy, Borrow, Skip I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

As you can imagine there are mixed emotions in the family as John will have to relive his life with Elizabeth Baxter. Since John is remarried, this creates an even more awkward situation for him. I absolutely loved the concept for this story. I thought the class project was a brilliant and interesting way for the story to play out. In what could be a long drawn out family history lesson-turned into a trip to the past where I was standing and watching a love story blossom. View my full review and any exclusive content on my blog Buy, Borrow, Skip Jun 18, Cathy rated it it was amazing.

I just finished this book last night and it was exquisite I have read all the Baxter books so I was really looking forward to hearing John and Elizabeth's story. It was beautiful and heartbreaking, poignant and tender. My husband is going through some tough health issues right now so this book really hit home for me. It made me think of our love story There were a lot of deep spiritual truths and insights that I just had to write down. I also loved t I just finished this book last night and it was exquisite I also loved the way KK wrote the story of Andi and Cody in this book also.

Cody has always been one of my favorite characters and I was pretty disillusioned with KK when she paired Bailey with Brandon instead of Cody. In this book I saw the true love of Andi and Cody and I finally got closure on the situation with Bailey. It is scary how my favorite book characters become so real to me!! I even catch myself praying for them sometimes. I give it my highest recommendation!!

Sep 24, Brent Soderstrum rated it liked it.

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This was my first Baxter family book. Although I enjoyed the John and Elizabeth story which John told to his grandson Cole or was it Cody or Caleb-to many names with Cs , I kept wondering why we also had the story of Ali and one of those C guys. I kept waiting for Kingsbury to tie the two tales together and I am still waiting.

John is asked by Cole to tell the story of his love story with his grandmother Elizabeth. Elizabeth died about 10 years previously a This was my first Baxter family book. Elizabeth died about 10 years previously and John is now married to Elaine. This is a little uncomfortable for John. He loves Elaine but he also thinks it will be hard digging up the past with Elizabeth. Surprise-John manages to tell the story.

I enjoy Kingsbury books because she doesn't hesitate to bring out God's word throughout the story and the story is always pretty good. This one is too just no need to add the filler. Jan 13, Deborah Oliver rated it it was amazing. I could not put this book down! I read all day long and read the entire book in one day.

The characters pull you in and Karen has a way of writing that makes you feel like you are right there and can see, hear and feel everything. The story switched back and forth between many couples--with the focus being on Cody and Andi, and John and Elizabeth with other couples of the family tree tied throughout. The way Karen writes so fluidly as to go back and forth between the stories, but yet not have I could not put this book down!

The way Karen writes so fluidly as to go back and forth between the stories, but yet not have you lose interest for one single moment, is truly amazing. Beautiful storyline, visual characters and incredible depth of detail and heart. She knows how to captivate a reader to where they just can't get enough. I have never read a page book in one day before, and now I cannot wait to read every book Karen Kingsbury has ever written! Oct 16, Karen rated it really liked it.

I'll admit that I was kind of 'getting over' the Baxter family after reading the entire series; however, now that all of these stand alone books have come out, I've fallen in love with their family again. This one did not disappoint, it gave the true history of John Baxter and his first wife-- laid the foundation not just for this series, but also shows how one marriage, intentionally living a certain way, can leave an amazing legacy and make and impact for generations. This includes the way tha I'll admit that I was kind of 'getting over' the Baxter family after reading the entire series; however, now that all of these stand alone books have come out, I've fallen in love with their family again.

This includes the way that their parent's raised both of them, the actions that they took in their youth because of their parent's decisions I also like that the story realistically portrayed feelings that John's current wife felt about him remembering his love story for his grandson's project. Aug 13, Randy Tramp rated it it was amazing. John Baxter agrees to relive his long-ago love story with Elizabeth for his grandson's heritage project.

First breathless moments and a secret heartbreak that brought John and Elizabeth together. Cody is working through his breakup with Andi or is he? When I saw this book, I knew I had to read this story. I enjoyed the books that Elizabeth lived. An amazing lady with an incredible story. I didn't want Love Story to end, and I know it won't. Many tears fell while I experienced this read, not only fro John Baxter agrees to relive his long-ago love story with Elizabeth for his grandson's heritage project.

Many tears fell while I experienced this read, not only from the words but also in my own life. I hugged my wife and kids more because like John and Elizabeth I also had and have a love story. Having read every Baxter book, this story felt as wells of love springing up all over again as each of the past stories were mentioned. This by far is the greatest of Karen's books. I wait with great anticipation for the next book of the Baxters. Sep 19, Stephanie Dulac rated it it was amazing. Feb 21, Miranda Smith rated it it was ok.

I grew up reading Karen Kingsbury, so of course I was excited to revisit the Baxter family. However, the characters have become less relatable. I loved reading their stories of redemption and struggle to get to where they are now, and of course I love to see them doing well, but I I grew up reading Karen Kingsbury, so of course I was excited to revisit the Baxter family. I loved reading their stories of redemption and struggle to get to where they are now, and of course I love to see them doing well, but I need to identify with them as real people, still working through things.

Aug 26, Jenni Heins rated it it was ok Shelves: adult-fiction. I can finally say I read a Karen Kingsbury adult title. And now I can be done reading Karen Kingsbury titles. I don't know if it's because I haven't read previous Baxter family novels or if the writing was just that poor. I want to recommend Christian fiction as I want people to read things that build us up; this just came across as cheesy and unrealistic.


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  • Aug 31, Leah rated it really liked it. This was a bittersweet story. Parts of it were so sad, but there is a happy ending. There are several storylines in this book, and I liked all of them, but I liked the story of Andi and Cody the best. Jun 23, Misha Navarro rated it it was amazing. Loved reading John and Elizabeth's love story. I wasn't expecting to see Brandon and Bailey or Cody and Andi, so their stories made this book even better. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Readers also enjoyed. Videos About This Book. More videos Christian Fiction.

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