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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Center Street (June 15, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931722854
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931722858
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (143 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,706,836 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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[Kingsbury] delivers . . . genuine emotional punch.—Publishers Weekly

"Karen is a gifted writer who confronts the hard issues with truth and sensitivity."—Francine Rivers, bestselling author of Redeeming Love --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

USA Today and New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury is America's #1 inspirational novelist, with more than 15 million copies of her award-winning books in print. She has written more than 40 novels, ten of which have hit #1 on national lists. Karen is also a public speaker, reaching more than 100,000 women annually through various national events. Karen and her husband, Don, live in the Pacific Northwest with their six children, three of whom are adopted from Haiti. Her website is www.karenkingsbury.com.

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.

Customer Reviews

It is a heart warming story that keeps your attention.
Dayna
So true to life, sometimes GOD uses small children to bring others into faith and love for our Lord of all.
Margaret Hanners
The religious message is crammed down your throat repeatedly which I most certainly did not enjoy.
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97 of 98 people found the following review helpful By Samuel B. White on July 5, 2006
Format: Paperback
Neither this book's cover nor the copy on the back enthused me to read it. I'm a guy and am drawn most to books that promise some excitement, whether that be through physical action or (preferably) a mind-thumping, heart-racing thriller. So this book sat on my desk for two weeks and I regarded it much as I might have a vulture that was sitting there, rasping, "Read me." I wound up taking it to Boy Scout camp (I was a sponsor) where I ...

read it in one day!! In fact, I almost finished it before lunch.

Now, some people make a determination between writers and storytellers. Those who do so generally praise writers more. I prefer a good storyteller, myself; because good writing--even great writing--doesn't hold my interest if there's no story there. Kingsbury is a simple writer and a GREAT storyteller. (Notice: I didn't say "but a great writer"; to write simply is a gift many writers don't have--and which modern publishing sometimes frowns on.)

The Story

Molly and Jack Campbell have everything. Great house in a fancy neighborhood, high-paying job, and a beautiful little boy named Joey. Things just absolutely couldn't get any better.

Until it's discovered that Joey's birth mother forged the signature of Joey's birth father, so the adoption was a fraud. Joey has never known anyone else as his parents, but suddenly he's being thrust into a volatile household of people he's never met and, especially, a father who doesn't know how to show love without violence.

Molly and Jack begin to explore every option they have for keeping Joey, even some fraud of their own. Hovering around the edges of all this drama is God.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Christina Lockstein on August 4, 2006
Format: Paperback
Like Dandelion Dust by Karen Kingsbury is a fabulously written story. Jack and Molly Campbell have the perfect life with their adopted son Joey. Until Joey's biological father Rip decides he wants his son back, and the courts agree with him. How far will Jack and Molly go to protect their son from his abusive father? I hadn't read anything by Kingsbury before, and I now sincerely regret that decision. She knows how to craft a story filled with emotion and drama without going into melodrama or stereotypical characters. Her descriptions of characters' actions make each scene come alive in a way few authors can. I was moved to tears at least twice during the book. And while the book has a Christian message, it's never pounded down the reader's throat, but the way God affects each person by the end of the story is profound. This is a deep emotional novel with the message that God is in control, and we need to have the faith of a child to trust him.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By L Carty on June 17, 2006
Format: Paperback
I just got done reading this book. I knew that I wouldn't be able to put it down when I started. That's the way it is with all Kingsbury books but I wasn't ready for this one. Wow- it was so great. If you like her books you will love this one and if you've never read a Kingsbury book this is a great place to start. Have plenty of Kleenex ready.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Ane Mulligan on July 28, 2006
Format: Paperback
I'm a devoted Karen Kingsbury fan. I've read many of her books and loved them all. All but this one. While it still has her wonderful writing and deep characters, the overall feeling of the book is depressing. It's heavy ... dark. Yes, it has a happy ending, but it's slower than her other books.

Digging deep into the psyche of the characters, she portrays them well, but I found myself skimming and turning pages to get to the action. Will I read another Kingsbury book? You bet. But this one is not a keeper in this reviewer's opinion.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Christina Hunel on June 18, 2011
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It is an obvious book, you can see where it is going right away.
The little boy it the story the author tried to make him 'too cute" with a the mispronounced words. The adopted
family and kid were too perfect
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. Walker on July 14, 2006
Format: Paperback
I own every book Karen Kingsbury has written and this one did not disappoint me. Again, Karen has proven to be the best Christian fiction author out there. Like Dandelion Dust contains a powerful message...A must read!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Lucia on October 17, 2006
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Molly and Jack Campbell lead an idyllic life - they enjoy a loving, compassionate marriage; Jack has a great job, they've enjoyed the perks of his business success without being swallowed by the "corporate monster", they drive an Acura SUV, and have a loving son in Joey - a gift from heaven above, an adoption that's allowed them to have everything they've ever wanted in life.

The icing on the cake: they've just moved to Florida to live with Molly's sister and life-long friend Beth and her family. Though Beth has gotten a little "preachy" in the last couple years as she and her husband Bill get more and more serious about their "God Thing", Molly is looking forward to meshing their families - a bright future of walks in the park, weekend picnics and family adventures on the lake.

If only she could get Beth to stop harping about church and an intimate relationship with God and enjoy the ride. After all, they have the best life could possibly give them - what more could God possibly give?

Several states away in Ohio, however, Wendy Porter - abused, victimized birth mother of Joey - trembles in both excitement and fearful anticipation at the release of her husband Rick from prison, after his arrest for assaulting her several years before. She has good reason to be excited: Rick claims to have found "religion", given up the booze, and has taken anger management classes, promising her a whole new world and a brand new Rick.

She has good reason to be fearful, though, for she's hid both her pregnancy and adoption from Rick these past years. What will be his reaction when he realizes she not only kept the truth from him, but forged his name on the adoption papers - what will happen to the "brand new Rick" then?
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