Love Story by Karen Kingsbury
The Baxter Family #1
June 6, 2017 – Howard Books
345 pages – Contemporary, Romance, Fiction, Inspirational
I was given a copy of this book, free, in exchange for my honest opinion.
Oh man, why did I wait so long to pick this up? I was contacted a long time ago about reviewing this title. And it being one of Kingsbury’s titles, I immediately said yes. I really love Kingsbury, and do plan on catching up with all of her backlist titles that I have yet to read. But, she is one of those authors that you forget how much you enjoy until you pick up her books. Or at least I do. When I do -finally- pick it up, I am never disappointed. This goes back and tells the love story of John and Elizabeth Baxter, the beginning of the Baxter family. So if you have not read any of the other titles this is a good place to start, though there are references to previous events and characters from other stories, it is a story that can stand on its own.
There are three stories going on in this book. John is going down memory lane, for his grandson’s (Cole) heritage project, and reliving the heartwarming and aching story of is love story with his first wife, Elizabeth. Ashley is forced to confront her own past and rocky love history when her son, Cole, asks to know the story about his dad. Cole knows that the man that has raised him all of these years is not his biological dad, and Ashley assumes Cole is asking for a story that she is not ready to tell. Finally, Cody must admit that he has lost the one and only love of his life when he let Andi break off their second engagement and walk out of his life.
Each story requires each person to confront the mistakes that they made, relive the moments where love and God’s grace changed things for them. It is a sweet story, not just about the romance between couples. In each story, each memory that is shared, you can see how God is courting each person with all of their failings and flaws. It is beautiful as well as heartbreaking. The ebb and flow graceful dance between God and the people that He loves in classic Kingsbury style.
What You Should Know:
-This is the first in a new trilogy set in the Baxter Family saga
-The Baxter Family saga consists of 20+ books broken up into multiple trilogies and quartets.
-I have not read any of the Baxter books, but I have read quite a few of Kingsbury’s other titles.
-This book is worth purchasing, unless you are the type that has to have a series in all of its entirety. In which case I recommend borrowing from the library first to see if its for you, since this is such a long running series.