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Product Details

  • Series: Katie Weldon Series
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; Original edition (April 21, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310729718
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310729716
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #392,632 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up-Following the advice of her friend Christy, Katie follows her heart to see if the answers to some of life's questions lie in missionary work. She makes the spontaneous decision to join Eli, a fellow classmate and potential beau, in Kenya after their college graduation. Her initial impression of the country is marred by her uncomfortable journey from the airport but that changes when she is warmly welcomed by Eli's parents at their conference center, Brockhurst. Almost instantly Katie begins to fall in love with both Eli and Kenya. As her relationship with him grows, she begins to see a long-term future for herself within his family and as a contributor to the well-digging projects associated with Brockhurst. However, her faith is shaken when it becomes obvious that she and Eli have differing career interests that could lead them in opposite directions. Katie's spiritual and emotional journey is a universal one that will resonate with many teen girls. However, some readers will be turned off by outdated cultural references and word choices. Those readers will also be suspicious of the idealization of the simplicity of Kenyan culture. Christian faith and values are an overt part of the plot and provide the foundation for Katie's decisions. However, readers do not need to be versed in the Christian faith or the previous books to enjoy the romantic journey.-Lynn Rashid, Marriotts Ridge High School, Marriottsville, MDα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

About the Author

Over the past 25 years Robin has written 82 books with almost 4.5 million copies sold worldwide. To her great delight, Robin’s books are doing exactly what she always hoped to do – they are traveling around the world and telling people about God’s love. She is doing the same. Over the past ten years Robin has been invited to speak at events around the US and Canada as well as in South America, Africa, Europe and Australia. Robin and her husband have two grown children and have been married for 35 years. They live in Hawaii where she continues to write and speak.  

 


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"Forever With You", Robin's newest book is available from her Online Shop at shop.robingunn.com. This first book in the Christy & Todd: The Married Years series picks up where the last Katie Weldon book ended.

You are warmly invited to visit Robin's website at www.robingunn.com. Be sure to sign up for the Robin's Nest Newsletter and have a browse in the Online Shop.

Over the past 25 years Robin has written over 85 books with over 5 million copies sold. She and her husband have two grown children and live in Hawaii.

Her best-selling, award winning novels include the Christy Miller series for teens as well as the Sierra Jensen and Katie Weldon series.

The popular Glenbrooke series features eight gentle love stories and her Sisterchicks(R)novels are a favorite among midlife readers who enjoy the emphasis on travel and friendship in the series.

Robin's standalone novels include "Gardenias for Breakfast", "Under a Maui Moon", "Canary Island Song" and "Cottage by the Sea". Her newest release, "Victim of Grace" offers a personal glimpse into her life as a wife, mother and writer.

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As I read and reread each book, it's like being with great friends.
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Finally & Forever is the fourth and final book in the Katie Weldon series and is a great conclusion to it.
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I love her God moments and the joy spread through the book by His hand.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Laura A. Jackson on April 28, 2012
Format: Paperback
Readers who have "known" Katie for years have come to expect the outrageous from our spunky friend, so Katie's spontaneous decision to go with Eli to Africa came at no surprise. What awaits her in Africa is a beautiful conclusion as one of my favorite characters finally stops chasing whims and finds what she's always wanted--a godly man and a place to belong.

Once Eli and Katie arrive in Africa, Katie is in for a culture shock that translates to some fun adventures: hugging giraffes, eating ostrich meatballs, and getting an African massage. Balancing the fun jokes Katie spouts as a defense mechanism is the great call Katie feels to help bring awareness to the needs in Africa. A call Eli doesn't share. Instead, he feels called to travel from village to village, assessing needs and setting up missionaries who come to help. Will the two be able to realize their dreams without losing each other?

I am just going to bullet point my thoughts:

1. I love Eli. I'm so glad RJG didn't have Katie settle for Rick. A fun, quirky character like Katie needed more adventure than Rick could give her.

2. I love Eli and Katie's relationship. RJG does a great job at balancing their passionate feelings with a determination and a choice to keep their relationship pure. Sometimes Christian fiction makes it look easy to be pure when in fact, it's not.

3. RJG is the master of sharing a Biblical truth without being preachy. She nailed it again in this book.

4. In this book, we as readers finally get to know more about Katie's relationship with her parents. I've read every book with Katie in it, and I always wondered why she felt the need to tell random jokes even at inappropriate times. I know now.

5. I really like the ending!

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By jess on October 14, 2012
Format: Paperback
I once told my roommate about my friend whose boyfriend had lived in Edinburgh with his grandmother. And then I paused and couldn't remember anything else about him. Because he was not really my friend. He was a character in one of Robin Jones Gunn's YA series. Not to sound like I didn't have any friends (I did!), but Christy Miller and her friends were my good friends. They weren't real but they were special to me and I always envied their friendships and their lives. My high school self was so sad when I got to the end of the series.

Needless to say, I was overjoyed when Gunn released the Christy & Todd College Years as well as the Katie Weldon series. There were three in both those series so imagine my surprise when I saw a fourth Katie book online!

Katie's story had left off with her getting on a plane to Africa with Eli. And I loved that it ended there. No expected happily ever after and marriage, (what authors seem to think is a woman's ultimate purpose and goal in life). I was so glad that Gunn had just left it at Katie following God, and it just so happened at Eli happened to be called by God to the same place.

So. With all of that said, I was kind of disappointed to see another book because I knew it would have to be the clean, resolved, marriage-plot ending instead of simply letting a character be single, be okay with that, and be content following God without a man.

I ended up actually really enjoying the final book in Katie's series, Finally & Forever. It picks up with Katie on the plane to Kenya with Eli. They're off and running as soon as they arrive with adventures and thought provoking conversations, family drama and hilarious situations. And it's good.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By cllane2 on April 26, 2012
Format: Paperback
This is the 4th book in the Katie Weldon series. At the end of the third book, Katie has decided to join Eli in Kenya and she surprises him at the airport. Finally and Forever begins with Katie and Eli on the plane traveling to Africa. Katie gets to watch at Eli goes home, she gets to see him in his element and meet his family. As Katie and Eli spend time at Brockhurst, the retreat center Eli's parents work at, Katie meets people who help her figure out what is next and what her purpose at Brockhurst is.

I've grown up reading all of Robin Jones Gunn's books. As I read and reread each book, it's like being with great friends. This book was no different. I couldn't wait to read it. It came in the mail yesterday, and I tossed it in my bag to start reading when I was on break at work, then I stayed up after work until I finished reading it. I had the biggest smile on my face while I read it, and was even giddy with laughter reading it! I hope that there will be another series, Katie and Eli, the African Years. I can only hope!
I give this book 5 stars!!!

I received this book free from Zondervan for the purpose of this review.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mika on February 12, 2013
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I loved this book!!! What a great ending to the Christy Miller Series then ending with the Katie Weldon series! This book was a great final to the romance of Katie & Eli ("Goatee Guy"). I bought it on Kindle for PC, and loved the ease of reading. Another FANTASTIC book by RJ Gunn! :)
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Megan on November 19, 2012
Format: Paperback
Finally & Forever is the fourth and final book in the Katie Weldon series and is a great conclusion to it. I have read and enjoyed the Christy Miller series, the Sierra Jensen series, and Christy and Todd: the College Years; and while I have always liked Katie she was never a favorite of mine. I now have a whole new perspective on Katie and I loved learning why she behaves the way she does. She is now quite possibly my favorite character from these series.

The ending was so sweet and perfect! I would love for there to be another series with Katie, similar to the way Christy Miller had a second series "Christy and Todd: the College Years". Though, if I am completely honest, I would love for there to be more written about Christy & Todd and Doug & Tracey too. Needless to say I completely recommend this book - it was excellent!!!
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