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Forever (Firstborn Book 5) [Kindle Edition]

Karen Kingsbury
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Book Description

A fresh, new look for the bestselling Firstborn series—the second installment in the continuing Baxter Family Drama from America’s number one inspirational novelist, Karen Kingsbury. Revisit the Baxter family in all their life-changing events, or share the series with someone who hasn’t discovered it yet.

Katy Hart is thrilled about her future with Hollywood’s Dayne Matthews. But as she plans a wedding and looks for a house on the shores of Lake Monroe, she receives tragic news. Now she and the Baxter family must travel to Los Angeles to sort through their options. While paparazzi hound them, Luke Baxter wrestles with feelings that have troubled him for nearly a year. Ultimately, the Baxters must pull together one last time in an act of service and love to help Katy and Dayne find what they’ve always been looking for—a chance at forever.

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From the Inside Flap

A Dream Come True
Katy Hart is thrilled about her future with Hollywood’s Dayne Matthews. But as she plans a wedding and looks for a house on the shores of Lake Monroe, she receives tragic news. Now everything about the future they planned together is hanging on the brink. Only a miracle can help them find their way through.

A Public Struggle
Katy and two of the Baxters travel to Los Angeles to sort through their options. While paparazzi open fire on the Baxter family, Luke helps field requests from the media. At the same time, he must wrestle with feelings that have troubled him for nearly a year.

A Family’s Undying Love
Ultimately, the Baxter family must pull together one last time in an act of service, a labor of love to help Katy and Dayne find what they’ve always longed for—a chance at forever.

A story about surviving tough times, about drawing strength and hope from family and deep faith

About the Author

Karen Kingsbury is currently America’s best-selling inspirational author. She has written more than 30 of her Life-Changing Fiction titles and has nearly 5 million books in print. Dubbed by Time magazine as the Queen of Christian Fiction, Karen receives hundreds of letters each week and considers her readers as friends. Her fiction has made her one of the country’s favorite storytellers, and one of her novels - Gideon’s Gift - is under production for an upcoming major motion picture release. Her emotionally gripping titles include the popular Redemption series, the Firstborn series, Divine, One Tuesday Morning, Beyond Tuesday Morning, Oceans Apart, and A Thousand Tomorrows. Karen and her husband, Don, live in the Pacific Northwest and are parents to one girl and five boys, including three adopted from Haiti. You can find out more about Karen, her books, and her appearance schedule at

Product Details

  • File Size: 1530 KB
  • Print Length: 363 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1414307640
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.; Reprint edition (March 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0063J8HDE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #513,283 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A sweet "conclusion" for a beautiful story March 21, 2007
I have to admit that I had my doubts when I bought this book... the last couple of books in this series were quite repetitive and more of the same. But I was beautifully surprised with Forever because it is really one of those books that you cannot put down even though you know how it is going to end. The dialogues between Dayne and Katy are so sweet and romantic that you will always be wishing for more. And we will get more about them in the new series "Sunrise", which I cannot wait to read!

But, as in the other books in the Firstborn Series, Forever is not only about Dayne and Katy. Forever is also about Luke and his struggles with himself now that he has a brother. I particularly liked this part of the story because what happens with Luke can be applied to many situations and provided me with things to think about in my own life.

Again Kingsbury has created an inspirational story based on faith and love that is not only romantic, but also moving and motivating. It is definitely a must read!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Forever April 10, 2007
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I have read this book plus the other 4 in the series. They are all fabulous and I enjoyed them immensely and have donated them to my church library. I have read all of Karen Kingsbury's books and am looking forward to Sunrise when it is released.

Marilyn Fitzgerald

Carlsbad, CA
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fame, Forgiven, Found, Family and Forever...... June 27, 2007
I hope that as you read this book, "Forever", you have read the four books that precede it. I dearly LOVED this series. I couldn't put any of the books down for more than a moment. The characters became as real people to me as they did to the author. One thing I found interesting to my own value system is that most other "Christian fiction authors" I have read, are quite squeaky clean i.e. no profanity, no sex scenes, etc. With one phase of the story of this series taking place in Hollywood, the story did encompass the lifestyle of the stars of a movie as you read about in newspapers. It was handled delicately and yet it made the story more believable. As much as some may prefer to have none of this side of life exposed, it does exist. I believe an author who has the ability to include these incidents while maintaining the art of forgiveness of the characters, is doing a wonderful job of spreading understanding, forgiveness and showing the consequences of one's actions which we can all apply to our individual situations, when we choose. I highly recommend each of the books in this series. I loaned these books, one at a time, to a friend who came back every day or two for the next one. After completing each one, she would comment, "I wondered what my neighbors thought, as I sat on my porch, reading this book, with tears streaming down my face." Karen Kingsbury has that ability .... you laugh a while and cry a while..........
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4.0 out of 5 stars 4 stars April 9, 2007
Dayne Matthews' star is on the rise. He is on the Hollywood A list, has found his birth family, is engaged to the love of his life, and most importantly, is saved and knows Christ. Then, in a scene that echoes Princess Diana's death, Dayne is in a car wreck that leaves him in a coma. His new found family and fiancee wait and pray, but the challenges ahead do not end when he wakes up, they only begin.

**** This story feels very real. While all the characters are Christian, none of them are white-bread, cardboard, overly pious bits of fluff that are too Pollyanna-ish to be believed. Each of them faces temptations, whether it is lust, anger, unforgiveness, or waning faith. I wish more writers had Ms. Kingsbury's honesty about the life of faith. Her skill is such that even if you have missed the other books in the series, you can follow the plot of this one easily. She is a treasure for Christian readers. ****
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome ending to an INCREDIBLE series May 13, 2007
By Jcksn6
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This book was the last in this series. It was incredible. I was fortunate to discover Karen Kingsbury at a time where I could read this series of books back to back and didn't have to wait for #5 to be released.

Now I find out that the Baker Family novels will be continued in another series of books. YEAH!

I love Karen Kingsbury. Her novels are full of God's word and truth. Her stories mirror real life situations. We can all relate to these family love stories as well as family tragedies. The Bakers are now a permanent part of my family. I love they way this one ended and can't wait to read more. 5 ***** for this book
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5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT March 17, 2007
By Dee
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Karen's books are addictive. I see a new one, and need to order it, and once they arrive I cannot rest until I complete it. In the Baxter family's tragedies, Karen's writing skillfully kept my eyes on the Lord and His gracious promises. The Baxter family became friends and Karen allowed me to become involved in the lives of her characters and I found myself drawn to pray for them. Thank you, Lord, for the beautiful writing gift given to Karen for the benefit of her readers.
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3.0 out of 5 stars One Book Too Many February 29, 2012
I love Karen Kingsbury as a writer, I believe she has an amazing gift and is one of the few authors who has managed to get me so invested in their characters that I haven't been moved just to tears, but to sobbing to the point of my poor husband needing to console me over the happenings to fictional characters!

However, the truth for me is that this series was one book too long. I admit that I didn't even finish this book - I made it halfway through, put it down one day and never picked it up again. It wasn't that I stopped caring about Dayne and Katy, it wasn't that the writing wasn't good, getting them to their destination just took too long and was too drawn out over books 3-5. It felt contrived and like the publisher had taken a premise/relationship that could sustain a 3-4 book series and decided to squeeze an extra book out because they knew it would sell.
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More About the Author

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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