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Coming Home: A Story of Undying Hope

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24 out of 30 people found this review helpful.

Coming HOme a great ending to a great series

Coming Home. Ah, those two words for many of us evoke thoughts of family, safety, warmth, togetherness. In Karen Kingsbury’s last Baxter book Coming Home- A Story of Unending Love and Eternal Promise, I would say the descriptors are more like heartbreak, battle, loyalt...
Coming Home. Ah, those two words for many of us evoke thoughts of family, safety, warmth, togetherness. In Karen Kingsbury’s last Baxter book Coming Home- A Story of Unending Love and Eternal Promise, I would say the descriptors are more like heartbreak, battle, loyalty and eternal hope. This book opens with Ashley Baxter rallying the troops (her siblings and their families) to pull off a 70th surprise birthday party for their father and patriarch of the family John Baxter. And so all of the siblings are invited and heading back to Indiana to take part in this special celebration with each one asked to write a special letter of love for their father. In the process the reader gets to take a walk down memory lane as each sibling recalls their own story and how their Dad was influential in it. For me, a true blue Baxter family fan, I found it enjoyable to look back on each character’s story and journey and how love of family and faith in God brought them through. The Baxter’s weren’t perfect, in fact some of their choices along the way were choices that were not what we would hope they would make, but no matter what, their love for each other and trust and faith that God was working in the midst of the rebellious times proves to be what gets them through. For a new reader, you could actually learn about each character’s back story in a condensed fashion and so I believe you could engage in this story. I thought it was well done.

The tragedy in this story, and there is tragedy, was pretty heartbreaking. I can’t give it away as that is too much of a spoiler. But, I will say that the Baxter family rallies around each other as they have never had to do before and it is hard, heartbreaking and yet in that way that Karen Kingsbury always has with her storytelling, it is filled with heart, faith in God and their deep abiding love for each other that actually leaves you with tremendous hope and faith. I thought this ending was very fitting and there is a hope that Karen Kingsbury will still give us certain little sneak- peaks into the Baxter’s lives in the future through other books. I will have to say that for some reason this series has struck a chord with me and I know many other’s as her books are often NY times bestsellers. There is just something about the Baxter family that you just really care about these characters and what happens to them. And so with this last book, as I began to read it, I thought that the title was so apropos “Coming Home” as that is how you feel about the Baxter’s that they are real and could be your next door neighbors, and what wonderful neighbors they would be.

5 stars

I received a free digital copy if this book for review purposes. All opinions expressed are honest and my own.

posted by girlsmama on June 26, 2012

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3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Worst Kingsbury book ever

I have read nearly all of Kingsbury's books and I can't believe she would finish up the books on the Baxters with a horrendous accident killing so many people. Her latest books have really gone downhill, especially her series on Bailey Flannigan, but this is a new low....
I have read nearly all of Kingsbury's books and I can't believe she would finish up the books on the Baxters with a horrendous accident killing so many people. Her latest books have really gone downhill, especially her series on Bailey Flannigan, but this is a new low. A slap in the face to faithful fans. A cheap trick.

posted by 13162542 on December 28, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2012

    Worst Kingsbury book ever

    I have read nearly all of Kingsbury's books and I can't believe she would finish up the books on the Baxters with a horrendous accident killing so many people. Her latest books have really gone downhill, especially her series on Bailey Flannigan, but this is a new low. A slap in the face to faithful fans. A cheap trick.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 29, 2012

    Coming Home

    the quality and depth isn't there anymore. KK needs to recapture the style that was in the Redemption series with co-author Gary Smalley. The grieving was inadequate, lacking in the amount and degree for such a tragedy. Even if Candy was morally reprehensible the Baxter's should have prayed for her to have a change of heart, even Kari helped Tim's mistress after his death.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2012

    Pffff

    Yeah right....just what i need...another made up fairytale about how a loving and supportive a family is supposed to be.....i filed this under Y...for yeah right

    2 out of 27 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2012

    Like reading the same books......

    I can't get into this book. I have read all the books on the Baxter's but this book is a repeat of all of them again. I have picked up the book 5 times but can't get into it. I am disappointed in it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2012

    Ooops my mistake

    Every other word is related to God during the first 15 pages. Just too much. I believe in the LOrd GOd Almghty but to much is too much even for the most religious.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted October 25, 2013

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    Its silvergrace!)) She lased at his furiously. "Get off me!" She yowled

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    Between the plot spoilers, the kids chatting, kids playing kitty cat games, the sexting on here, the off topic stories...its hard to get a true review. Bn needs to monitor these things more closely, especially the plot spoilers and the kids using the nook as a chat room and a role playingsite.

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