by Karen Kingsbury


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ISBN-13: 9780310276357
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 03/27/2012
Series: Bailey Flanigan Series , #4
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 135,303
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Karen Kingsbury, #1 New York Times bestselling novelist, is America’s favorite inspirational storyteller, with more than twenty-five million copies of her award-winning books in print. Her last dozen titles have topped bestseller lists and many of her novels are under development as major motion pictures. Her Baxter Family books have been developed into a TV series now available everywhere. Karen is also an adjunct professor of writing at Liberty University. In 2001 she and her husband, Don, adopted three boys from Haiti, doubling their family in a matter of months. Today the couple has joined the ranks of empty nesters, living in Tennessee near four of their adult children.

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Loving 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 292 reviews.
rayfaith77 More than 1 year ago
*SPOILER ALERT* First of all, I want to start off saying that Karen Kingsbury has been my absolute favorite author since I picked up Ever After in the book store one day. I would have never DREAMED that I would be sitting here giving one of her books a one star review. But, I also never dreamed I would be sitting here crushed because Bailey and Cody's love story ended the way it did. So my question for Karen is this: why? Why lead the readers to believe Bailey and Cody were meant to be together forever? Why let the readers fall in love with their imperfect, yet perfect, story? Why did you never even give Cody and Bailey a chance? I would feel better about this ending if there had been closure to Cody and Bailey's relationship. If Bailey and Cody had actually dated for a while, and decided that it wouldn't work out for them. Instead, I'm supposed to believe that out of the blue Cody suddenly decides that he never really loved Bailey at all. WHAT? Where did that come from? Cody ran because he loved Bailey; he thought he was loving her by protecting her. Maybe he didn't make the best decisions, but what Bailey and Cody had was way more real than what Bailey and Brandon have (and ever will have). I have tried to feel the love between Bailey and Brandon, and its not believable. Brandon is a little too mushy, a little too over the top, and I am probably one of the most romantic people you will ever meet. I'm sorry, but he makes me sick to my stomach. And honestly, I felt like I was reading Dayne and Katy part II, except I actually enjoyed their story. You could feel the love between them, the way they get lost in each others eyes and have a true, genuine connection. (like Bailey and Cody!) Here's what I think: Karen couldn't separate real life from fiction. She had to make Bailey and Brandon end up together because her daughter Kelsey's fiancee Kyle played Brandon. (Don't get me wrong, I love Kelsey and Kyle. I think they are a cute couple, and I pray God blesses their marriage) Therefore, she had to find a way to do this in the smack middle of the story: and she did it by attacking Cody's character and questioning his feelings for Bailey. Honestly, at the end of Longing, Karen had destroyed Bailey and Cody's relationship so much I felt like it would take a lot to repair it. But I thought Karen was being the great author that she is and building up the suspense so that we would be happily surprised when Bailey and Cody did end up together. Side note: why is there such a big deal made of Cody's past? ummm.... has everyone forgotten Brandon's past? I mean if we're going to bring up one, we have to bring up the other. What Karen didn't realize was that she also cheapened Bailey's character in the process. Bailey sold herself out to marry a movie star. So much is said about Cody not being worthy of Bailey. But the new Bailey is not worthy of Cody. Cody has grown into a amazing man of God, who would have been ready to marry Bailey if Karen had so chosen. In short, I truly feel like this series was a waste of time and money. It dragged out far too long, with a unsatisfactory ending. A telltale sign of this is I have never reread any of the books in this series, like I have done with all of her other books. The only book I remotely liked was Learning. I wish I had my $10 back for Loving... I know this is crazy and that these are fictional characters but I am truly heartbroken. As another review said, I feel tricked. I don't
ibjoy1953 More than 1 year ago
************************BEWARE SPOILERS************************** Loving by Karen Kingsbury I have never been so disappointed or letdown by an author as I am with Karen Kingsbury. The Bailey series was by far Not my favorite, but I hung in there because I wanted to see Bailey and Cody get together in the end. Isn’t that what is suppose to happen in the writing world? Karen made an extremely bad error in the writing world by taking two series and lifting up her hero, Cody, building up that relationship with Cody and Bailey and more importantly Cody and the Lord, then dumping him, kicking him to the curb. And she changed her mind at the last minute for family reasons??? That sure tells us where all of us fans, those of us who have purchased all of Karen’s books, been faithful readers and followers where we stand. Loving is the worst book I have ever read and the worst ending to a series I’ve read, and I am a book reviewer, so I read hundreds of books a year. I know I get too involved in characters, but Karen did this to us in the last two series about Bailey and Cody. I just can’t see how she can create a character like Cody, put him in a family that will love him and raise him, and then try her best to politely toss him from the family as an outcast. Now he will no longer feel secure with this family that he loves so much. Sorry Karen but you blew it with this. The sad thing is, a huge percentage of teens and young adults who read this series and especially Longing will get a misled message. Wonder how many will go out there trying to find a rich kid that has all the money in the world to woo them literally any way they want. I’m afraid a lot of guys may be treated just like Karen treated Cody just because they are looking for those riches and the fake relationship that comes with it. Karen is leading a lot of young ladies on the wrong road and for that, I would want any of my family to read her books. That said, I do not recommend this book, nor do I recommend this series for anyone to read because it is critically leading our young ladies in the wrong direction when it comes to dating and marrying. And yes I know this is ‘just’ a book. But how many people out there actually take the Baxter’s and Flannigan’s for real people. I’ve heard Karen speak in person, and I have seen how adult ladies act at those conferences about her books. How much more will teens and young ladies idolize her enough to listen to this incorrect advice? This book was provided by the publisher, Zondervan in exchange for an honest review. I was not required or expected to write a positive review. The opinions in this review are mine only.
Rocket26 More than 1 year ago
I am not sure how you can review this book without giving hints to what happened so you may want to stop reading now. I AM VERY saddened by the outcome of this series. If you invested your time in The Baxter series where we first meet Bailey and Cody then you may understand.
AJ4ever More than 1 year ago
"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm, plans to give you hope and a future." Jer. 29:11 Bailey Flanigan's life verse...the scripture her mother told her to hold onto, to believe and to live like it was absolutely true and Bailey did just that, believed. This one very powerful verse is what you should take with you as you read LOVING, the final book in the Bailey Flanigan series, a verse that Bailey, Brandon and Cody lean on, live by, as they go through life. The answers to many of the questions in the pages of LOVING, come down to this verse. Will Brandon commit to the movie contract and risk losing Bailey? Will Bailey stay in LA or move back to the safety of Bloomington? Where is God leading Cody to continue his coaching? What are they all willing to sacrifice to hold onto that true love? And the answer to a question we all want to know, who will Bailey marry, Cody or Brandon? They all seek God for these answers, listening for His voice, never giving up and trusting Him to see them through. For they know, He will give them hope and the future He has planned for them. And they also learn that with those plans, God doesn't promise there won't be some fears, heartaches and uncertainties along the way, but to be still and listen. He will not lead them astray, because He wants only the best for them. I encourage you to read LOVING from cover to cover, not skipping to the end to see who Bailey marries, by doing that you would be cheating yourself out of a beautiful, well-written story. Go beyond the answer to that one question, remembering Jer. 29:11, as you journey through the pages of LOVING. Clear your mind, open your heart and listen to God as He speaks to you through the words of LOVING. God IS there, waiting to give you a story which includes healing, forgiveness, hope and of course, love. The ending will make perfect sense, you will understand why Bailey marries the man she does, for the plan for their love was created by God from the beginning. A forever love meant only for them. I loved this book and do highly recommend it. It was the perfect ending to a series that I will truly miss. Every time I finish one of Karen's books, I get a feeling of spiritual renewal and LOVING was no exception. The verse Jer. 29:11, will forever be with me, for I know now that only God knows the plans for me. Karen has said many times that, "God puts a story on her heart, but He has our heart in mind. And that only He could do that." How very true this statement is. The story may not always end the way we think it should, but we need to remember, God is the Author of our lives.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As an avid KK fan and reader, I was disappointed in this book. I felt that it was unrealistic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Karen Kingsbury is still a great author but I am so very bummed with the last book in this series. I think this is more her real life scenario rather than fiction. :(
ChristyL0 More than 1 year ago
I was glad to see the Bailey Flanigan series come to a close with this 4th book. Overall the the whole series was unbelievable, and just wasn't what I was expected to come from my favorite author. Karen Kingsbury is a wonderful Christian writer and has written many books and series that are full of page turning love, joy, desires, sadness, mistakes...real-life stories. Unfortunately this series was not one of them. It was full of far-fetched Hollywood type drama, that was just too over-the-top, and very hard for everyday readers to relate to. Most the characters in this book and the three preceding it, were ones her readers have grown to love over the years. Many of her previous books (20+) mentioned the Flanigan family along with other characters that were important to this series. One being Cody Coleman. He was a fan favorite that readers have known and loved for a long time and unfortunately many times during this series was not portrayed in good light, which seemed so sad. Especially knowing this was not always his true originial character. I wish Kingsbury would have never led us to love Cody because it hurt to see him get tossed aside throughout this series. Instead I feel Cody's character changed so the whole story could change too. I believe in my heart this story-line did not finish how it was orginally planned, and that is hard to wrap my head around. If you are reading this series/book as a stand alone, then you might enjoy it. If you are reading them as an avid Kingsbury reader, you just might find it very disappointing.
LibrarianLauraJ More than 1 year ago
In the third book of the series, one sentence stood out to me: Your first love isn't always your forever love. Although Kingsbury had invested years in the Cody and Bailey relationship and fans had grown to love them both as they read about their growth from teenagers finding their way to adults fulfilling their God directed destiny, I could buy that after so many missed chances for happiness, it was just too late for them. (Although, it could be argued that they had so many missed opportunities for love so that the publisher could drag out more books on the same people.) At the end of the third book, I knew I would be happy with whichever guy Bailey ended up marrying. However, this series could have been wrapped up in two books. Because it was a four-book series, I felt the author was dragging out the story lines and ended up giving us the same story from a few years ago. This book could have been called Dayne and Katy Part Two. It was the same plot, and at Bailey's wedding, they even played the same song from Dayne and Katy's wedding. I skimmed through most of the Bailey and Brandon scenes because I felt like I was rereading the Fame series. I'm a character-driven reader. Bailey was one of my favorite characters in the Baxter series, but she became stagnant and boring. I grew tired of hearing her thoughts, going back and forth between loving Brandon and not wanting to live in LA. Readers heard all that before in Katy. I felt she never struggled and therefore never grew. She was a flat character. I liked Brandon in the third book, but he became tedious in this book. Too perfect. Too predictable. I don't know if that's because Kingsbury based them on her family and therefore didn't want to write about their flaws, but it made for a boring read. Cody is an amazing character. He struggled, he messed up, and he grew. I loved the Cody and Andi scene at the beach, and I love the redemption in both their lives. I didn't like how fast they "fell" for each other, but at least they seem real. The most touching scene was when Andi was able to see the little boy she gave away for adoption. Kingsbury should stick to stories like that instead of celebrity-driven plots based on her family. Kingsbury's books have always been about real life experiences. Sometimes they are too real and I long for a happy ending. :) But, this series was too unbelievable and far-fetched to be life-changing fiction.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
****************Spoiler**************************** Very disappointed in how this story played out. I would've loved to have seen Cody and Bailey together in the end, especially after all they'd been through.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can't believe this book has such high ratings! Did I get the wrong book? I wasn't overly impressed with this series from the get-go (same old story lines, obviously based on author's family, dragged on and on and on) but I love Karen's books for the most part and I was interested in reading the conclusion to this love story. Oh, how I wish I hadn't. Not knowing would have been far better in this case. My friend and I were discussing the book afterward and she said the book was like having a teacher who let your class vote on a pizza party or a broccoli party. The teacher talked about pizza in a positive manner all the time and of course, it was the natural favorite among the kids anyway. Everyone voted on the pizza except for one or two people but because the teacher liked broccoli, the class showed up (all excited for the pizza party, of course) only to find plates of. . .you guessed it. . .broccoli. A silly analogy but that's really what reading this book felt like. If someone holds a gun to my head, I'll read this series again. Otherwise, no way! Am I being dramatic? Yes, of course! But I really, really, really didn't like this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was the worst book I have ever read. It felt like I was reading Kelsey's love story instead of Bailey's. This was my last KK book. I'm extremely disappointed in the book and the author.
simplyjewels More than 1 year ago
When I was given the copy of Loving on the cruise by Karen on stage it was the most wonderful gift that I wanted to run off the stage and go and read it immediately. I have read the reviews that were posted and I honestly disagree with many of them. I believe that this was honestly THE BEST BOOK out of the Series!!! As I went to my cabin and layed down to read it I prayed that god would truly bless bailey with the man who god has truly chosen for her and in the end he truly did that it made me cry tears of happiness and joy . I too can relate how god has truly chosen the one for me!! I was introduced to him 8 years ago and we share the same faith where before the men that I had chosen without truly listening to his word knew that when I finally did meet my husband today I cried those tears of happiness and joy it was as if god were sitting there with us on our wedding day truly blessing us... I know that any Karen Kingsbury friend will truly love this story and know that in her heart and pen god completely guided her throughout LOVING!! I know that today is the release day and many of you will want to skip to the end to see who god has chosen for her but do not do that!! Read it as you have read all of her books with a smile on your face and the excitement that you always have. Truly listen to the message of this story, I know that I surely did. Thank you Karen for writing gods word and sharing your heart with all of us... 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away.
marski90 More than 1 year ago
I have read every book of Karen's and have always been a fan. I have several family and friends that her books circulate thru... Some have said from the beginning of this series that it was time to wrap this up, it was getting redundant and unrealistic. I, however, hung on waiting for the "way Karen always ties things togther" . By the end of book 2 I was fatigued, book 3 frusrated and to be honest I almost didn't even finsh Loving. I simply lost interest. Several times I felt like I had read parts of it before. So much Hollywood lingo - contracts, executives, meeting, paparazzi chases - did we not endure this thru the Fristborn series with Dayne and the Take One series as well. I don't know the obession with the "star struck" stuff, but frankly I grew bored with it. I also struggle with the favoritism that Karen has developed into her writing. Most of her previous books were "Ashley" based.... always about Ashley. I realize this series was to be about Bailey, but in my opinion she developed into a unrealistic perfect character. I was always proud of her in her younger years for standing firm in her faith, but as a grown young women, I didn't feel drawn to her anymore. She turned into someone that was more pampered, priveleged, and self righteous One thing I did learn throughout this series that the character that had really grown on me and that I cared most about the outcome of - was Cody. His character was one that was dear to my heart, and yes I was disappointed Karen didn't unite him with Bailey. However, even after it was clear Brandon had won over Karen and Bailey, I still cared what happened to Cody. Frankly the last third of the book I skimmed the book and read the Cody parts. How sad it that....after 8plus books I didn't even care to read the wedding scene of Bailey...... obviously the author screwed up when the reader has little interest about the person the series is about. Karen is a good author but she botched this whole series by beating the same past themes of her books to death, and by making so many drastic changes and abadoning all the groundwork she had laid. She failed to keep it real - about real life struggles, hurts, failed pasts, forgiveness, and stuff we all experience. Many of us don't deal with movie contracts, Hollywood lifestyle, dating an actor, and having a NFL coach for a Dad. Just not captivating. I will not be in a hurry to buy her stuff anymore, the quailty of her work has seemed to dwindle in the past few years. I have discovered a couple other authors that write with so much more depth - check out Tamera Alexander, Susan Mae Warren and Rachel Hauck, they will not leave you dissapointed like I was this this whole series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
SPOILERS I have numerous problems with this book and ending to the Bailey series. 1. I get KKs daughter (kelsey) is getting married to the guy that plays brandon in the promotional videos and such and all and that Bailey is basically a fictional version of Kelsey, but it really bugs me how she based the books off of her daughters life events, a lot. This is a book shes writing and she has all the power to make the outcome as she wants because the book will not determine whether the outcome of her real daughter and her fiancees relationship. 2. This is the exact replica of Katy and Daynes relationship: famous boy meets small town indiana girl that has an interest in theatre, boy and girl do movie together, boy gets saved because of girls strong faith, guy becomes obsessed with girl and wants her to star in more movies with him and is increidbly romantic and rich and does very cute things...(ect) dont get me wrong, i loved Katy and Dayne's love story, But i dont want to read about it twice! Shes written some really great stories and you would think someone with her experience of writing could manage to come up with something more creative. Karen, you disappoint me. #teamcody
KPow1 More than 1 year ago
KK has written some awesome books, but this Bailey Flanigan series has not been among those. My problem is how "perfect" people like the Flanigans and Brandon get front and center, while "real" people like Cody and Andi get the sidelines. There is nothing real about the Bailey in this series. She comes from a perfectly happy family that never fights or does anything wrong. She is the perfect daughter who never rebels or fights with her parents. Her boyfriend is a Hollywood movie star with tons of money and time to fawn all over Bailey. He always says the right thing and they never fight either. In real life I would see that marriage crashing and burning as soon as tough times hit. And what is with the obsession KK has with Hollywood? Haven't we already been down this road with Dayne and Katy? She decides to make 2 more series featuring the Hollywood life. I would rather read about real people with real issues. The Baxters were real people. They death with adultery, rebellious children, unmarried pregnancy, infertility, drug abuse, etc. And they were made stronger through all this with their faith in God. The Flanigans have never been tested in this way and that is disappointing because to me that makes their faith seem unreal. Lastly, I want to know why Bailey gets her "happily ever after" while Cody gets hung out to dry? Seriously, 4 books should have been enough to give him a "happily ever after." But I guess KK is planning a Cody Coleman series next.
Jess_Mill More than 1 year ago
************************** SPOILERS ************************ Very disappointed. Kingsbury made a huge error by changing her mind at the last minute for "family reasons". I didn't want a Dayne and Katy part II, and I didn't want to see her daughter Kelsey's love life played out in Bailey's book. Since Cody was first introduced to us in the Baxter series, their relationship has been built to the reader as something as a work in progress. Cody needed his own time to work through his issues and find the Lord, and Bailey needed a chance to get out and see what she wanted to do with her life. In Longing, I had a good idea of where the book was going, but I needed to continue on and see for myself. Once Andi was reintroduced into the story I knew exactly what was going to happen. I feel like Karen kicked Cody to the curb and threw him out of the family he had grown to love. What was the point of their presence in the last 12+ books if it was only going to come to this point? Karen admitted to having changed her mind at the end of Longing, and I wish she had stuck with her original instinct. She chose to please her family instead of her plans. Authors need to be able to flow with their own creativity, but this did not ended how she planned so many years ago. I struggled with what rating to give this because pushing the characters aside [I tend to get emotionally involved] it was a pretty decent book. I could feel Brandon's love for Bailey through out the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wasnt totally happy w the whole cody/brandon/bailey thing. Kinda disappointing end 2 the series:(
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Okay i understand that a lot of people r disapointed with this book so am i but at the end of the day it is just a book. Karen is still my favorite auther and i will still read her books i am just not too thrilled about this one. She has written so many great books she is allowed to have a doozy every once in a while.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although I generally enjoy Karen Kingsbury's books, I was very disappointed with Loving. Readers of her earlier series will be upset that Cody and Baily don't get back together and Baily ultimately marries Brandon. I always thought Brandon tried too hard to win Baily and that he saw her as a conquest-even after his salvation, while Cody's feelings always seemed genuine (strange how things got flipped around in this last book). While Brandon truly seemed to love Baily in book four, I just felt Cody was a better match for her. I think it would have been better if it ended up being Andi with Brandon while Cody finally reunited with Baily. Prehaps I might have felt differenly if Cody and Baily hadn't struggled through their relationship only to have it finally dissintegrate. Afterall, their marriage had basically been forshadowed in one of earlier series (if you remember way back when Cody was at war, and his life was miraculously spared during a bombing, Baily just "happened" to be praying for her future husband.). Unfortunately Karen twists all that around in this final book to make Brandon the one she had been praying for. Truly disappointing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not a great ending to the series...bittersweet and I was hoping for more
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I too enjoyed the series, but I was expecting a different ending. I guess since maybe that's what all of us were thinking, maybe thats why she went the other extreme!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good Kingsbury story that ends the Baily Flanigan series. Predictable, but great storytelling.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This bookk is perfect! God has a plan even if we cant see the end of the tunnel!!
rhoads12 More than 1 year ago
After reading these posted reviews, I will not buy this book. I will probably never buy another KK book again. Very disappointed in how Bailey and Cody's story turns out. I will be selling all my old KK books to second hand stores. Very disappointed with the ending to a great story. I'll be looking for another author to follow now. Anyone have any suggestions?
PhylJC More than 1 year ago
Karen leaves you guessing for much of the book. She writes so well that you won't be able to put the book down. Very well done, even if you wished Bailey would have married the other guy.