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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Book Review

I love to read. At times though it is difficult for me to find a good devotional. I am not a big fan of the yearly devotionals at the moment, not for any particular reason. I received Jesus Today by Sarah Young as a gift. This is probably my favorite devotional. The author talks about herself for a few pages. I found her story relateable and inspiriting. She wrote the book while ill. Later finding out she has Lymes. The only compliant I have is I wish she had written more about her personal journey.

The devotional is for 150 days. The format is lovely, easy to follow, and the devotionals are short. It is ideal for a busy schedule. The way the book is written is unique, it is as if God is speaking directly to you. Everything is aligned with scripture. I feel like a lot of prayer went into writing this book and that the Holy Spirit spoke though Mrs. Young. I have enjoyed every page. I have grown closer to God, connected with him in new ways, and learned a lot.  Each day there are generally three Bible verses written out, which is convent for people on the go. There are pages just with a Bible verse or an encouraging quote as well. I love Mrs. Young’s writing. Once I am complete with this devotional I will be reading another written by her. I strongly recommended this devotional.

Here is one that I enjoyed:

“Trust in Me forever for I am the Rock eternal. It is easy to trust me for awhile-especially when things are going well in your life. But I am calling you to trust in me at all times, no matter what is happening. I understand what a difficult assignment this is and I know that sometimes you will fail this venture. But I continue to love you perfectly even when you don’t succeed. Let this assurance of My unfailing love draw you back to Me-back to trusting Me.

Though your trust is imperfect and unsteady, I am the Rock eternal- absolutely steady and unchanging. You can rely on Me! When your walk through this world feels wobbly, remember that I am your Rock. I always provide a stable place for you to stand. I can easily bear all your weight, including the weight of your problems. So come to Me when you are feeling heavy laden with worries. I invite you to lean on Me-Trusting Me with all your heart and mind. “
“Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding. ” Proverbs 3:5 AMP
Share your favorite devotional in the comments 🙂