Love Story: A Novel

Karen Kingsbury has remained my favorite author for a few years now. I quickly discovered that her books were truly life changing fiction. Not only has each book been a rapid page turner but each book has uniquely drawn me closer to Christ.

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I was delighted when I had seen on my Facebook news feed that Karen Kingsbury has another book coming out. Love Story: A Novel (The Baxter Family) will be released June 6th. This book must be on your summer reading list.

I had previously met the Baxters on several occasions. I recently hung out with them in the Christmas novel. The family is an ideal overflowing with love and laughter. Additionally, they have a passion for pursuing Christ. This precious family is not without their faults or hardships.

I was pleasantly surprised with the story line in this book. I had not expected that John Baxter would share his love story (from his deceased wife Elizabeth)  with his granson. The story was captivating. It was discussed previously that they had a son who was adopted, but the details had not been previously revealed. Furthermore, why the family does not indulge in alcohol is included.

I simply love that all the characters from other books in this series are included. Such as Bailey Flanigan or now Bailey Paul. Bailey’s and Brandon’s love story continues as they welcome a precious child into the world making the beginning of a new chapter. Furthermore, Cody Coleman makes an appearance. He encounters hardships along with life altering decisions. How can he honor God in the midst of all the chaos? Each love story mentioned is priceless and precious.

Bottom line: I would most defiantly recommend this book to anyone. People of all ages can enjoy this book. My only disappointment, as usual, was that I finished it in under a week. You don’t need to read any other books related to this in order to read this one.

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Description:

“From the day they met, John and Elizabeth were destined to fall in love. Their whirlwind romance started when they were young college students and lasted nearly thirty years—until Elizabeth died of cancer.

So when John Baxter is asked to relive his long-ago love story with Elizabeth for his grandson Cole’s heritage project, he’s not sure he can do it. The sadness might simply be too great. But he agrees and allows his heart and soul to go places they haven’t gone in decades. Back to the breathless first moments, but also to the secret heartbreak that brought John and Elizabeth together.

At the same time, Baxter family friend Cody Coleman is working through the breakup of his complicated relationship with Andi Ellison. He is determined to move on when a chance sighting changes his plans—and heart. Can Cody convince Andi to give their love another try, or is it time for them to say goodbye, for good?

As school comes to an end, Cole presents his report on the love story between his grandparents John and Elizabeth Baxter. It is a tale that touches the hearts of the entire family, and one that causes Cole to better understand his own beginning.

Whether you’re meeting the Baxter family for the first time or finding them all over again, Love Story will stir your heart and remind you of the generational impact of love and the eternal bond of family.”

Check it out on Amazon

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When Chronic Pain and Illness Take Everything Away: How to Mourn Our Losses

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When Chronic Pain and Illness Take Everything Away: How to Mourn Our Losses is a practical book for anyone who battles a chronic illness or chronic pain. Esther is an inspirational individual who has thrived in many aspects of life despite chronic illness, without a doubt she is a role model. Reaching out as a compassionate friend she gently teaches her readers about the grieving process and coping with chronic illness and chronic pain. She is transparent with her faith journey as well as her struggles and victories.

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Grief is an overwhelming aspect of chronic illness that threatens to take over. It breaks a person down. Those facing chronic illness and chronic pain grieve the person he or she was before the pain, their past, broken relationships, shattered dreams, and the person they had hoped to become. Chronic illness alters every element of life. At times, with the pain and additional symptoms, those with chronic illness don’t want to deal with the emotions. However, emotions are healthy and a part of life.

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Personally, the emotions tend to hit me like a ton of bricks in a delayed reaction. Grief with chronic illness was no different. I get consumed with daily life not processing what I am going through on an emotional level. Maybe you can relate. Once the emotions hit it is overwhelming. I officially got my diagnosis in my late adolescent years. I took a season to grieve all the things I missed out on like prom and mission trips I had planned out. That season I grieved the friends I lost.

I have worked through a lot of the grief but there is still some work to be done. Support is essential when working through it. This book provides a positive outlet for grief. One of my favorite things is that there are writing prompts to assist the reader in constructively working through emotions.

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Amazon description: “Chronic pain, illness, and disability take so much away. Sometimes it seems as though they take everything we have ever loved and held dear.

Our physical abilities and our jobs. Our current passions and future dreams. Our finances and our friends. Our sense of community and our ability to engage the world in ways we could before.

Chronic pain takes away our sense of self and who we always thought ourselves to be. How in the world are we supposed to deal with this fact?”

Make sure to pre-order your book here! In addition, feel free to drop by Esther’s blog: Life in Slow Motion.