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Leaving
     

Leaving

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by Karen Kingsbury
 

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The Bailey Flanigan series begins with Bailey leaving Bloomington for the adventure of a lifetime. She has won an audition for the ensemble of a Broadway musical in New York City. She’s determined to take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, but is she really ready to leave family and friends for the loneliness of the city? And what of Cody? His

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The Bailey Flanigan series begins with Bailey leaving Bloomington for the adventure of a lifetime. She has won an audition for the ensemble of a Broadway musical in New York City. She’s determined to take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, but is she really ready to leave family and friends for the loneliness of the city? And what of Cody? His disappearance has her worried about their future and praying that their love can survive. In order to be closer to his mother in jail, Cody takes a coaching job in a small community outside Indianapolis. New friends, distance, and circumstances expose cracks in his relationship with Bailey Flanigan. Love, loneliness, big opportunities, and even bigger decisions highlight the first book in the new Bailey Flanigan series that features members of the popular Baxter family and finally completes the Bailey Flanigan/Cody Coleman story.

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Publishers Weekly
Characters from Kingsbury's Baxter family epic recur in the first of a new series about young actress Bailey Flanigan. Bailey, who has appeared in a film of Unlocked (a real novel by Kingsbury) and is awaiting a callback about her Broadway audition, has a problem: Hollywood hottie Brandon Paul, reformed bad boy and film co-star, is after her; star NFL rookie Matt Keagan is another potential interest. But Bailey really loves Cody Coleman, the regular-guy Iraq war veteran who abruptly left her. Ex-POW Cody is teaching and coaching at a rural high school, visiting his druggie mom in jail, and trying to forget Bailey, whom he left out of fear of his mother's unsavory connections. A parallel story involves firefighter Landon Blake, whose ground zero experience is affecting his health. Fans won't mind the self-promotional reference to Kingsbury's previous book as they enjoy the treacly confection of Hollywood and heroes the popular novelist offers. (Mar.)
CBA Retailers and Resources
After another audition,she waits anxiously to hear if she's made it. Bailey's parents brace themselves for the inevitable day when she leaves the family nest. Meanwhile, Cody, Bailey's once boyfriend, has disappeared without a word, leaving a hole in her heart...and in her family's. Why hasn't he contacted them? Ashley and Landon are friends of the Flanigans, and Ashley worries about Landon's cough. As a firefighter, he volunteered at Ground Zero, and Ashley wonders if he has suffered side effects. Their son, Cole, will soon be aging out of the Little League and is growing up. Leaving is about families and relationships and the different kinds of 'leaving' that occur in life. Well-drawn characters and hometown stories make this another Kingsbury hit. -- CBA Retailers and Resources

CBA Retailers & Resources
After another audition,she waits anxiously to hear if she's made it. Bailey's parents brace themselves for the inevitable day when she leaves the family nest. Meanwhile, Cody, Bailey's once boyfriend, has disappeared without a word, leaving a hole in her heart...and in her family's. Why hasn't he contacted them? Ashley and Landon are friends of the Flanigans, and Ashley worries about Landon's cough. As a firefighter, he volunteered at Ground Zero, and Ashley wonders if he has suffered side effects. Their son, Cole, will soon be aging out of the Little League and is growing up. Leaving is about families and relationships and the different kinds of 'leaving' that occur in life. Well-drawn characters and hometown stories make this another Kingsbury hit. — CBA Retailers & Resources

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780310266990
Publisher:
Zondervan
Publication date:
03/22/2011
Series:
Bailey Flanigan Series , #1
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

New York Times best-selling author Karen Kingsbury is America’s favorite inspirational novelist with over 20 million books in print. Her Life-Changing Fiction™ has produced multiple best sellers including Unlocked, 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 including Women of Faith. She lives in Tennessee with her husband, Don, and their five sons, three of whom are adopted from Haiti. Their daughter Kelsey is married to Christian artist Kyle Kupecky.

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Leaving 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 359 reviews.
12GABBY12 More than 1 year ago
LEAVING- Kingsbury- By Hana Gabrielle Packard LEAVING brought every precious moment I've experienced in my life to the forefront for me to cherish. This book encourages us to love with everything in us. I'm, more than ever, inspired to not put off instilling the faith of God's love into my family. We are reminded that the LASTS often provide opportunities for FIRSTS. I felt refreshed, up-lifted and blessed, as I always do when I finish Karen's books. Karen has an amazing gift of showing us God's love through her amazing gift of writing. I love the close relationship that Bailey and Jenny have. This is about a girl who has such a strong faith in God and thinks of Him in all she does. The pieces of scripture and the struggles that each character faces and how they learn to lean on and trust God are inspiring. You will feel the raw emotion of loosing love and the exhilaration of the premier. You mustn't miss this one!
BookaholicTracy More than 1 year ago
This was a great read. The writing is beautiful, the story wonderful. I can't wait for the next book to come out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First off I must say that I have been counting down the days for Leaving to be released. I finished this book in two days and I must say I loved this book! I laughed, cried, and had all sorts of mixed emotions for this book. I have always loved Bailey and Cody together but by the end of this book I am hoping that Brandon finally gets his chance at love with Bailey. I really am excited to read the rest of Bailey's series Learning, Longing, and Loving. I am sure there will be lots of twists and turns that Bailey will have to face to find her way in life and in love.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the baxter family drama and now I LOVE this! Amazing book. Definitley worth the money! -Isabelle Jay
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my very first time reading any book by karen kingsbury! I would have to say that leaving is very good. I didnt wanna put it down! This book is for young gurls becoming women! I have read the second one in this bailey flanigan series. I liked this one better than that one for some reason.
linda clough More than 1 year ago
Thank you for infusing your stories with this verse from the Bible. It has such great meaning. You are truly gifted. You have been given a great gift from God. I enjoy everyone of your books and learn so much from them. I even share them with my husband. I love the whole Baxter & Flanigan series and they mix with each other. I will always look for the next one. Thank you so much.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Introduction I read Leaving by Karen Kingsbury. While reading this book, I had many different emotions; happiness, anger, heartache. It covered many subjects such as religion, break-ups, fame, and hard times. It gave the readers a chance to relate to the story in at least one way. Description and summary of content The story is about a young girl in her early twenties who is trying to find her way. She recently went through a break-up with the love of her life; but is trying to get past the anger and hurt she feels towards him. Her life-long dream was to work on Broadway and she finally had the chance. She was moving to New York, leaving her family, friends, and neighborhood to chase her dreams. While in New York, she fell in love with the famous Brandon Paul. Evaluation I really enjoyed this book. It is very inspirational and encouraging. Everyone can relate to this story and the challenges it presents. Conclusion I recommend this book to anybody. While it covers many subjects, it is still easy to understand and relate to.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
5 stars great author, she is awesome
BrucieAZ More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books I have read lately, you did not want to put it down, and when you finished you could not wait to get the next book which I am reading now "Learning". It keeps you guessing what will happen next and if it will be what you want it to be. Very inspirational and a lot of it really hit home for me. Being a person who has asthma I really related to the story. Gotta get back to "Learning" so I will know who gets whom.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Has Karens usual good stuff but I had trouble getting into this one. Brandon's character just seems hollow to me and the story didn't move very far from where the last one left off. Could be because I'm a huge Bailey/Cody fan and I spent the whole book holding my breath and hoping she wasn't going where she seems to be going. Feels like a betrayal almost!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Once I started reading the 'Bailey Flanigan' series I could hardly wait for the next book! It was one of the best series I've ever read, I wasn't disappointed!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Karen Kingsbury is sooooo talented. I loved the entire series and now I wish there were more storys in that series.
GodBlessAmericaJB More than 1 year ago
Bailey Flanigan is a wonderful role model for young women today. I am so happy that Karen Kingsbury has given Bailey a series of her own. We have "watched" Bailey grow up though out several other series by Mrs. Kingsbury. Leaving is book #1 in the Bailey Flanigan Series and was well worth the wait. This book will touch the hearts of all mothers who are watching, waiting or have already seen there daughters grow up and leave home. It was wonderful to watch Bailey pray and listen to God's will for her life. The story line for Cody was also used to show his spiritual growth and the redeeming power of the Lord. I look forward to reading, Learning(book #2), Longing(book #3) and Loving(book #4) in this series. I was great to see Landon and Ashley's story continue in this book also. This couple models a Christian marriage as it should be in a world gone crazy. Through many heartaches this family has grown and become even more faithful to the Lord. I am praying that these characters will have the happy ending I am hoping for, but then again, God is in charge and the story line will go His way. Keep the books coming, Karen as you continue to let God use you to make a difference in this world through your writing. You have a fan for life. I received this book from Zondervan for my honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I haven't finished it yet, but the book moves rather slow. Enjoy the quotes from the Bible and the story of life experiences but wish there was a little more excitement to keep you interested.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent book- I could hardly put it down. I read through this whole series very quickly. These books are encouraging, and inspire me to walk out my belief in Jesus in a very practical way.
Gulfview More than 1 year ago
Very good book, You will want to read it again, I read the whole book in two days, it;s that interesting!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved every book in this series! I flew through the whole series on the edge of my seat. Love this author & everything she writes. There are always a few twists & turns you never expect. The characters become your friends and you want to root for them on their journey of life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was an absolutly inspiring book! Would recommend to anyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amberpelt will bbl
renee99 More than 1 year ago
This book was, as always, very well written, but unfortunately a little predictible and slow. A little bored by about the 5th chapter.
readitforpleasure1st More than 1 year ago
I tried really hard to concentrate on a storyline, but this author's "faith" kept me so distracted and went on & on & on about the message of God that I just gave up! I can appreciate and respect someone's belief, but this wasn't my cup of tea.
TStephens More than 1 year ago
Leaving" by Karen Kingsbury follows the story of Bailey Flanigan, a young woman who might just have found her next chapter in life. But as with many new changes, people leave and move on, including Bailey and she comes to embrace the fact that Jesus is the only one who won't leave her. From the first chapter, I was hooked into the story. The characters are real and relate-able and the format is very reader friendly. The author has nicely woven together this novel with powerful messages such as knowing that God has a plan for you and praying for others. This stories evokes emotions that make this book such a pleasure to read. Readers teen and up will definitely enjoy this novel. I am looking forward to reading more in the Bailey Flanigan Series. Disclosure: A copy of this book has been provided without charge by the publisher in order to complete this review. All opinions in this review are mine.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought the entire set on my NOOK and am bored to death. I keep hoping the story will improve. The story has way too many words and I'm now at a point where I'm skimming over the repetitve and non-essential dialogues. Baily and Cody...wishy-washy and immature. Ugh! What a disappointing wasre of money!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A Great start for a series. Looking forward to the next two. Ms. Kingsbury is a great writer and knows how to catch your attention and keep you all the way.