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Leaving (Bailey Flanigan Series) Paperback – March 15, 2011
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After another audition,she waits anxiously to hear if she's made it. Bailey's parents brace themselves for the inevitable day when she leaves the family nest. Meanwhile, Cody, Bailey's once boyfriend, has disappeared without a word, leaving a hole in her heart...and in her family's. Why hasn't he contacted them? Ashley and Landon are friends of the Flanigans, and Ashley worries about Landon's cough. As a firefighter, he volunteered at Ground Zero, and Ashley wonders if he has suffered side effects. Their son, Cole, will soon be aging out of the Little League and is growing up. Leaving is about families and relationships and the different kinds of 'leaving' that occur in life. Well-drawn characters and hometown stories make this another Kingsbury hit. -- CBA Retailers & Resources <br><br> (CBA Retailers & Resources) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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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Top Customer Reviews
This Cody/Bailey storyline has been going on for years already. Now, I see that Karen's going to drag it our over four MORE books. Ugh. I'm really struggling to finish and I'm not sure I have it in me to read all four of them.
First of, as another person mentioned in their review- the Cody and Bailey drama is OLD AND TIRED. I wish they would either get together or be done with each other. I'm not sure I'll be able to read three more books about them and their drama.
The next problem I had with this book (and with some of Karen's other books) is that everybody's dreams come true and everyone has plenty of money. I feel like she gives very little credit to people who want to have normal lives and normal careers. It would be nice to read about normal people honoring God through normal jobs such as teachers, bus drivers, stay at home moms, coaches who don't get famous or win all the time, librarians, waitresses, etc. People who don't have money all come from broken homes or bad situations. What ever happened to honest hard working middle class families?
My last problem with this book is that Karen can't keep her character's straight. Her information has been so inconsistent that it's hard to keep up with. I thought Brooke was the oldest sister? This book says it's Kari. Janessa was born "Janessa Belle" in Sunset and in this book she was "Janessa Faith." Another thing I have found is that the age gap between Connor and Bailey is forever growing. The book says they're three years apart, but I don't see how that is possible if she is 21 and he's a junior in high school. That would make them four or five years apart. Those are only a few examples, but there were several little botched details like that throughout the book and they were kind of annoying.
Overall, I would have to say this book was ok, but pretty disappointing. Hopefully the next one will be better.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I don't think there is a Karen Kingsburys book I don't enjoy. She's an amazing author. Her books are inspirational.Published 16 days ago by MilitaryMamaRN
I was totally involved with Bailey and her life. Karen Kingsbury is an excellent writer and I enjoy all of her books. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kate
Although this is not of my favorite books by Karen Kingsbury I still did enjoy this book. It was relatable to me in a number of ways especially to Bailey. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Wriitten4God
The 4 books in this series is just awesome, I could not put my kindle down at times, just wanting to see the next thing to happen.Published 4 months ago by Pierrette Corriveau