Longing

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While Bailey Flanigan wrestles with feelings for Brandon Paul, Cody Coleman's work coaching a small-town football team has brought him and his players national attention. In the midst of the celebration and success, Cody finds himself much closer to a woman who seems to better understand him and his new life. Even so, never does much time go by without Bailey and Cody experiencing deep feelings of longing for each other, longing both for the past and for answers before they can ...
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Longing (Bailey Flanigan Series #3)

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Overview

While Bailey Flanigan wrestles with feelings for Brandon Paul, Cody Coleman's work coaching a small-town football team has brought him and his players national attention. In the midst of the celebration and success, Cody finds himself much closer to a woman who seems to better understand him and his new life. Even so, never does much time go by without Bailey and Cody experiencing deep feelings of longing for each other, longing both for the past and for answers before they can move forward.

Will an unexpected loss be the turning point for Cody? Will Cody and Bailey find a way back together again for the first time in more than a year? And if they do, will their brief time together be enough to help them remember all they've been longing for?

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Kingsbury's third title about struggling actress Bailey Flanigan (Leaving; Learning) picks up her story in Hollywood, where Brandon Paul, her one-time costar, is wooing her with a more upscale life than she could ever have with Cody Coleman. Meanwhile, Cody is enjoying the success that has come from coaching small-town football. He's also getting closer to another woman who seems to understand him better than Bailey did. Can Cody and Bailey find their way back to one another? VERDICT Readers who were disappointed with the second book will be glad to see Kingsbury moving forward with Bailey and Cody's story. Still, it's nowhere near as promising as the first volume. Bailey is just not likable, and readers will again root for Cody. For better inspirational fiction about actresses, try Christopher Coppernoll's Screen Play.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780310276340
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Publication date: 10/31/2011
  • Series: Bailey Flanigan SeriesSeries Series , #3
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 204,707
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Karen Kingsbury
New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury is America's favorite inspirational novelist, with over 15 million books in print. Her Life-Changing Fiction has produced multiple bestsellers, including 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, and their six children, three of whom were adopted from Haiti.SPANISH BIO: Karen Kingsbury es autora de mas de treinta titulos, incluyendo algunos EXITOS de venta, uno de los cuales se uso para la pelicula de la semana de CBS. Es una de las atoras favoritas de novelas inspiradoras.Se han impreso mas de dos millones de ejemplares de sus libros. Kingsbury reside en el estado de Washington con Don, su esposo, y sus seis hijos, tres de los cuales los adotatron en Haiti.
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  • Posted December 19, 2011

    God used this book to draw me back to a life of glory only to Him, and can do the same for so many others. I recommend this book to EVERYONE!

    So first of all, I'd like to inform you all that I am a GUY that read this book. And a teenage guy at that. And to be quite honest, until recently, I would have never even thought about picking up a Bailey Flanigan book. I would not have been caught dead reading a romance book in a house full of boys (except for my lovely mother, of course). But my mom had been talking excessively about these books for A WHILE, and I could not help but be interested. I borrowed the first of this series from my mom just to glance through it and immediately became hooked. The story was the best I've ever read and literally brought me to tears. It made me realize what a life in service to Christ is really meant to look like. I had not exactly had the most intense relationship with God, but He used this book as a tool to bring me back to Him. My relationship with my family has grown INCREDIBLY this past month, after reading the Bailey Flanigan books. Also, right before I read this series, I had just gone through an extremely difficult break-up with my girlfriend of nearly a year. God used this series to heal me in this time of sorrow, gave me the courage to forgive this girl(and to also ask for her forgiveness in some things), and provided me with a much greater understanding of what it takes to be in a godly relationship and marriage, when that time comes in my future. But best of all, I am developing a much deeper relationship with my Savior. I have recommitted to serving my God and living a life of glory to ONLY Him at all times, no matter the circumstance. I thank God for giving me this tool to bring me to my knees and to steer me back into a life of complete devotion to HIM always. I thank Mrs. Karen Kingsbury for writing these stories that God uses to touch thousands of people, and for painting this picture of a life made for Christ, that so many of us need. And i thank my mom for letting me borrow this book and for being such a godly positive influence in my life, along with my dad and the rest of my family. I recommend this book to anyone who is in need of a powerful relationship with a mighty Savior... that is EVERYONE!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 30, 2011

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    Great continuation of story, mixed feelings!

    I was lucky enough to receive an advanced copy of Karen Kingsbury's highly anticipated new book, Longing. This aptly titled novel is book number three in the Bailey Flanigan series, and one that I have been itching to get my hands on since I stayed up all night to finish the previous installment. Let's just say that I stayed up way too late finishing this one as well. Kingsbury has a way of writing characters that wrap you around their fingers, making you care deeply about their fictional lives. After reading every single book in the Baxter series I have an investment in the love story between Bailey Flannigan and Cody Coleman, and Longing finally took a definitive step towards the future of their angst filled relationship. To say that it is a step I am conflicted about would be a gross understatement.

    Because this is an advanced review and the book does not officially release until November 22nd, I don't feel like I can fully explore the direction Kingsbury takes Longing. I do not want to ruin the story, or even reveal any of the little surprises that pepper the book from beginning to end. I do feel the need to point out that I was ultimately a little disappointed in this novel. I'm afraid Team Cody might not even been in the game anymore. Maybe my heart broke a little, even though all the characters seemed to reach resolutions they were happy with. I just wasn't happy with them, not yet anyway. But, Brandon's character has won over Bailey, he's won over Karen Kingsbury,
    and maybe by the end of this series he will win over me.

    Of course, there is still one more book until Bailey, Cody and Brandon's story is ultimately complete. The final installment, Loving, is due out early next year. It goes without saying that I will be counting the days.

    Disclosure of Material: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Zondervan. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 22, 2011

    longing

    This book is the third in the bailey flanigan series!! THIS IS THE BEST BOOK IN HER SERIES THUS FAR... BRAVO KAREN KINGSBURY

    If you are a fan of karen kingsbury this book will be the best you have read in this series yet..... :)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2012

    Disappointing

    I was really disappinted with Longing and how Karen has taken this series.
    For one-Brandon. Ever since he became a Christian, he's been too perfect. No struggles with girls and drinking like before. He's had almost no character building. His endless supply of money allows him to fly across the country to see Bailey almost anytime he chooses, and also makes so he never has too sacrifice anything for her. He hasn't been able to prove whether he'll be true in the bad times like he is in the good.
    Bailey is also too perfect. Her hardest decision is choosing between 2 guys who absolutely adore her. Her choosing rich Hollywood heart throb Brandon over Cody whom she has so much history with and has had lots of struggles to strenghten his character, seems a little shallow. It is said that a girl looks for a guy like her dad. Cody couldn't be more like Jim Flanigan if he tried. He also truly loves Bailey and not just the idea of her like Cheyenne says he is.
    Cheyenne had no right telling Cody that Bailey is not the right girl for him. That was for Cody to decide after seeking God's will.
    The author has practically taken Bailey's "fiction" story, and turned it into her daughter Kelsey's real life story. Karen has lost the line between the 2.
    Even though I didn't like Longing too well, I will say this. Karen has written a captivating story that kept me turning pages. If Bailey marries Brandon, in my heart she marries Cody!! TEAM CODY FOR EVER!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 24, 2011

    Highly Recommend-great book!

    Karen Kingsbury has the great God-given gift of writing. Her books are always centered around Christian values which is so refreshing. Longing is no different. In Longing, Karen takes the reader on a journey of love, friendship, hardships, and redemption. I enjoyed reading about the budding relationships that have been forming between the main character Bailey and Brandon but where does that leave her relationship with her first-love Cody? This book leaves you suspensed and waiting for more. Longing really brings to life the everyday struggles of each character and how they strive to overcome them. Every character becomes apart of you. I cannot wait for the next book: Loving. Everyone must read this series and especially the book Longing!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 21, 2011

    Highly Recommended!!

    Book number three in the Bailey Flanigan series leaves us wondering--in the best possible way! This is the best book in the series so far, Karen Kingsbury at her best. You'll laugh, cry and cheer all at the same time. I would recommend reading the Baxter family series if you like this one, because it gives Bailey's background and also lets you into another wonderful facet of Kingsbury's imagination. This book is great for all ages of adulthood, but for me, a mid twenties woman, it especially resonated, making me think about my life choices up until now. This series, and any other book by Karen Kingsbury, will change your life if you let it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2011

    It is good.

    I have to say i like the book and i could not put it down but i really don't like feeling like the baily and brandon are going to be another dane and katy type story. And i like cody better than brandon.i dont know i am kind if feeling like baily should just focus on god and not worry about a relationship right now.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2011

    Best ever

    This is a book it so great you cant put it down i have read every one if karens books. They make you feel close to the lord and helps you walk in his faith daily

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2011

    Outstanding

    This is the best out of the series

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2013

    Plz stop

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2013

    Miranda

    I smirk and shiver in delight yeah thats right i give your di.k a small squeeze.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2013

    Is a bad book

    Nina martinez

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2013

    AWESOME

    I love this book and you will too!!! Just read it, you wont be sorry!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2013

    Highly recommended

    Loved this book read in 3 days

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2013

    Book Rating

    A very good book that I really enjoyed. I am looking foward to reading more books by this author.

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  • Posted September 15, 2012

    Highly Recommend

    Karen is such a great writer. She leads you to places you don't think she'll go. Once I started, I coudn't put the books in this series down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2012

    I can't belive!!!

    I can't belive she's married to Kyle Kupecky. I really miss him :(

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2012

    Awesome

    This was your best work. It was convicting and inspiring. Love it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2012

    I love all of Karen Kingsbury's books

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2012

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    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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