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The latest offering from Christian publishing phenom Kingsbury spills over with her trademark sentimentality and easy prose, but is marred by melodramatic implausibilities. In the prologue, Emily Anderson, a beautiful, brilliant, athletic college freshman is pining for her lost parents, at which point the novel flashes back to how they got lost. While Kingsbury strives to make their disappearance believable, it never quite adds up. In particular, readers are led to believe that Emily's famous fighter pilot father had been inaccessible to her because she was spelling his name wrong when doing internet searches. Still, the story is less of a stretch than Kingsbury's mistaken identity novel, One Tuesday Morning, and this one is also more complex and nuanced: it deals with teenage pregnancy, Iraq and Afghanistan. Kingsbury indicates in her author's note she believes she has represented the debate fairly, and there's no doubt her treatment of the topic is gentler than most, but she conflates Christianity with conservatism and support for the war. Her one antiwar character is a liberal non-Christian who, despite being a seasoned war correspondent, appears never to have thought very deeply about her beliefs. As is the case with Kingsbury's other books, any shortcomings are unlikely to faze her ardent fan base.
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Sometimes hope for the future is found in the ashes of yesterday. Shane Galanter—a man ready to put down roots after years of searching. But is he making the right choice? Or is there a woman somewhere who even now remembers—as does he—those long-ago days . . . and a love that hasn’t faded with time? Lauren Gibbs—a successful international war correspondent who gave up on happily-ever-after years ago—when it was ripped away from her. Since then, she’s never looked back. So how come she can’t put to rest the one question that haunts her: Why is life so empty? Emily Anderson—a college freshman raised by her grandparents, and about to take her first internship as a journalist. But before she can move ahead, she discovers a love story whose tragic ending came with her birth. As a result, she is drawn to look back and search out the mother she’s never met. A young woman seeking answers to her heart’s deep questions. A man and woman separated by lies and long years. . . yet who have never forgotten each other. With hallmark tenderness and power, Karen Kingsbury weaves a tapestry of lives, losses, love, and faith—and the miracle of resurrection.

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  • File Size: 4542 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0310247535
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Zondervan; Book Club edition (September 9, 2008)
  • Publication Date: September 9, 2008
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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No. 1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Karen Kingsbury is America's favorite inspirational novelist. There are nearly 20 million copies of her award-winning books in print, including several million copies sold in the past year. Karen has written more than 50 novels, ten of which have hit #1 on national lists.

Karen's newest novel, COMING HOME - The Baxter Family - releases June 26 and is the subject of much buzz on Karen's active Facebook page, where she had more than 250,000 friends. There is also great anticipation over THE BRIDGE, Karen's much-anticipated first hardback release with her new publisher - Simon & Schuster's Howard Books. THE BRIDGE is a love story set against the demise of the American bookstore.

In addition, Karen has ventured into the area of short pieces with her new non-fiction series - KAREN KINGSBURY, THE REST OF THE STORY. Her first piece, I CAN ONLY IMAGINE, has touched the hearts of tens of thousands of readers interested in knowing more about Karen's personal life and the motivation behind her Life-Changing Fiction (TM). I CAN ONLY IMAGINE shares the story of Karen's brother, his struggles, and his quest for redemption.

Karen's novel LIKE DANDELION DUST is the subject of a major motion picture currently in theaters. Like Dandelion Dust stars Academy Award winning Mira Sorvino and Barry Pepper, along with Cole Hauser and Maxwell Perry Cotton. The film has received more than 30 awards in the Film Festival Circuit including numerous Best Picture awards. Several of Karen's books are currently under theatrical development.

Karen's most recent series - the Bailey Flanigan Series, wrapped up in March. Coming Home - The Baxter Family - is a stand-alone novel about John Baxter's 70th Birthday and the tragedy that happens during June, 2010 with Take Four. The series is about two producers looking to change the world with the power of film. The Above the Line series also includes Karen's popular characters from the fictitious Baxter Family. The Baxters were first introduced to readers through the five-book Redemption series, and then the five-book Firstborn series, and finally the four-book Sunrise series.

Dubbed by Time Magazine as the Queen of Christian Fiction, Karen has also been a featured guest on the Today Show, Fox News, USA Today, and numerous other television programs and magazines. Her fiction has made her one of the country's favorite storytellers. Others of her emotionally gripping titles include the 9-11 Series, Even Now, Ever After, and Between Sundays.

Karen is also a public speaker, reaching more than 100,000 women annually through various national events. Karen and her husband, Don, live in Nashville, TN with their five sons, three of whom are adopted from Haiti. Their daughter Kelsey is an actress who has appeared in several Christian films. She is newly married to Christian recording artist Kyle Kupecky. The two also live in Nashville.

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124 of 136 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 1, 2007
Format: Paperback
I've loved several of Kingsbury's novels, and liked several of them. I just finished this one, and I was quite disappointed.

First off, I know the routine: when Amazon readers don't agree with the reviewers, they huff and click on "not helpful," presumably to protest the reviewer's opinion. Bring it on, because I know the type, and I'll get "0 of __" by this one for sure.

Anyway, the first third or possibly half of the book was very engaging, full of deep character development and a lot of interesting events. My biggest complaint was a few fluffy Nicholas Sparks-like descriptions of unimportant scenery, to fill space. During this portion of the book, I shed quite a few tears and had high hopes for the rest.

But then we skip ahead a few years (possible almost-spoilers to follow), and the story falls apart. The plot holes grow from needle-pricks to concrete tunnels. In the main development, which really won't be a surprise (and that's OK), an 18-year-old soccer player manages to do what police, private investigators, four 60-something adults and two 30-something, supposedly intelligent, adults have failed to do, and all with a few keystrokes on a search engine.

As Christian fiction goes, this is just mediocre. It reminds me of Dee Henderson's first book (the name escapes me), and it's light on God's Word, heavy-handed on political opinion, and simply not believable.

I like Kingsbury a lot, and would recommend her book "A Time to Dance" to anyone and everyone (technically, I think it should be required in every Christian marriage counseling session). But I'd recommend "Even Now" only to someone who thinks Nicholas Sparks is a literary genius.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By on March 2, 2006
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Can a young boy and a young girl fall in love during grade school, carry that romance into high school and have it last? Or are those romantic feelings passed off as "puppy love?" The answer to these questions contains one of the themes of this page-turning novel from Karen Kingsbury.

The prologue begins with a young woman, Emily Anderson, wondering about her parents. Because her grandparents raised her, Emily has no memories of her mom or dad. When her grandfather finds a box full of her mother's writings, Emily begins to learn some answers.

In the first chapter, readers meet Shane Galanter and Lauren Anderson, who are inseparable whether at church or at school. Their emotional love becomes physical and Lauren is pregnant. As strong Christians, they never consider an abortion. Because Lauren and Shane are 17 and soon entering their last year of high school, suddenly their parents are entangled in the future of their relationship. Samuel Galanter and Bill Anderson are partners and close friends at a Chicago bank. Their wives, Sheila Galanter and Angela Anderson, are also close friends. Lauren and Shane are desperate to keep their child and stay together, yet their parents are determined to separate the couple.

With his limited money of $380 Shane goes to a jewelry store and purchases a promise ring for Lauren. Inside the words are engraved Even Now as a summary of his feelings about this season of life.

Because the two sets of parents doubt that a young couple's relationship can last, they take their own drastic actions to sell their business and homes. The Andersons move to Wheaton, the Chicago suburb, while the Galanters move to southern California.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie Cavallo on December 9, 2005
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I loved this book!! It's a book that will give you hope when your feeling low. Wonderfully written, Karen Kingsbury explores all the characters so you can't help but root for them. Excellent read, perfect for those days when it's raining and you want to curl up with a good book.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By M. Sirak on March 19, 2006
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Karen Kingsbury has done it again!! In her new book "Even Now", Karen tells of how God can work in spite of our human mistakes. I highly recommend this book to young people who are in serious relationships. It really shows how your actions can affect you for the rest of your life. The great thing about this book, and all of Karen's books, is that even in the worst situation possible, God is at work and waiting to bring peace and forgiveness! I loved this book!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mary A. Kavanaugh on March 10, 2006
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This book was up to Kingsbury's usual level of excellence. I enjoy all of her books and have read many and look forward to reading many more.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Vickie G. Adkins on February 8, 2006
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Even Now tugs at your heartstrings, not only dealing the the past and current newsworthy issues, but past and current feelings as well. You feel like you're in highschool again, living through the eyes of Lauren, and then her daughter Emily. Kingsbury is one of my all time favorite authors. Great storyline!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. CUNNINGHAM on August 18, 2009
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Karen Kingsbury's "Even Now" contains some similar plot lines to her own "A Moment of Weakness:" Two young people are deeply in love. An unintended pregnancy results. Due to their parents' deception, the lovers are separated for many years, but they are never able to forget about each other. In both books, the father is denied from knowing his child in the early years. Also, the man is about to marry someone else but breaks in off when he finally admits he is still in love with the woman from his past. The last parallel between "Even Now" and "A Moment of Weakness" is that the central characters forgive their parents for their terrible lies way too easily.
I also have to agree with the reviewers who found some parts of the story highly unbelievable: Due to a nurse's ambiguous words, a young mother is convinced her baby is dead. She decides to run away without even seeing her beloved daughter again. This teenage girl manages to drive across the country, change her name, put herself through college, and start a new life, all without being discovered for years. Yeah, right. Her parents must have hired some pretty bad private investigators if they were unable to do what their granddaughter did in just a short time.
Having said all of the above, "Even Now" is still worth reading. It's an engrossing story, even if the ending is very melodramatic. (The ending does NOT involve a wedding, by the way.) Like in most of her books, Karen Kingsbury slips in some commentary about a major social issue-this time the war in Afghanistan.
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