Monday, June 25, 2012
Review: The Final Baxter Family Book "Coming Home"
If you have followed this blog for any length of time, you have heard me rave about author Karen Kingsbury and her famed Baxter family. A family that I have lived life with through the pages of 22 books.
For those not familiar with this fictitious family, it all started with the Redemption Series. It is in this series that Karen Kingsbury introduces the Baxter family. As readers watch them live their lives they can't help falling in love with the characters. The author kept the story going through five series building on the lives of the Baxter family and their friends. Her newest stand- alone book, Coming Home: A Story of Unending Love and Eternal Promise, closes the door on this beloved family and book series.
I remember reading the first books in the Redemption Series. I was hooked; gobbling up every book as soon as it was released. Meeting the characters, I identified with different personalities and situations. I cheered them through success and cried with them through life's pain. [Yes, even I shed tears at moments!]
But, I have to admit that I am happy that the series is closing its door. Being sorely disappointed in the last few books, I didn't want to pick up a new one and then be let down. You may ask, then why keep reading? Well, I guess I needed some closure to the people in these books. This is also a testament of how good her series begins.
Without giving away any details, Coming Home was more of what I had expected from Karen Kingsbury. In some ways, I felt like it was nice to have her back. During the Bailey Flannigan series it seemed she got caught up in the fantasy world of her real-life daughter. Like all of the previous books, the final one centers around the extremes - extreme joy, extreme sorry, extreme love, extreme apology. But in the author's defense, real life can be very mundane and she has to keep it interesting, I guess. I found the book very predictable but I still turned the page to read more.
I am thankful to say that for me Coming Home provided the ended that I needed. While the last few books have not been tops on my list, I am reminded that the Baxter Family books are still ones I highly recommend.
Have you gotten hooked on the happenings of the Baxter Family?
Thank you to Zondervan for allowing me to review this book.