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Longing (Bailey Flanigan Series Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Karen Kingsbury
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Longing, book three in the Bailey Flanigan Series, picks up where Learning ended. After a long and lonely silence from Cody Coleman, Bailey Flanigan becomes closer to her one-time Hollywood co-star, Brandon Paul. Nights on the town in New York City and long talks on the balcony of Brandon's Malibu Beach home make Bailey dizzy with new feelings and cause her to wonder if her days with Cody are over forever. Meanwhile, Cody's work coaching a small-town football team has brought him and his players national attention. In the midst of the celebration and success, Cody finds himself much closer to a woman who seems to better understand him and his new life. Even so, never does much time go by without Bailey and Cody experiencing deep feelings of longing for each other, longing both for the past and for answers before they can move forward. Will an unexpected loss be the turning point for Cody? Will Cody and Bailey find a way back together again for the first time in more than a year? And if they do, will their brief time together be enough to help them remember all they've been longing for?


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    About the Author

    New York Times best-selling author Karen Kingsbury is America’s favorite inspirational novelist with over 20 million books in print. Her Life-Changing Fiction™ has produced multiple best sellers including Unlocked, Leaving, Take One, Between Sundays, Even Now, One Tuesday Morning, Beyond Tuesday Morning, and Ever After, which was named the 2007 Christian Book of the Year. An award-winning author and newly published songwriter, Karen has several movies optioned for production, and her novel Like Dandelion Dust was made into a major motion picture and is now available on DVD. Karen is also a nationally known speaker with several women’s groups including Women of Faith. She lives in Tennessee with her husband, Don, and their five sons, three of whom are adopted from Haiti. Their daughter Kelsey is married to Christian artist Kyle Kupecky.


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    • File Size: 1495 KB
    • Print Length: 337 pages
    • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0310276373
    • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
    • Publisher: Zondervan (December 4, 2011)
    • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B004PYDM4S
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    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #118,949 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    113 of 124 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars Longing for this series to end November 28, 2011
    Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
    Once again Karen Kingsbury delivers a tale that keeps readers guessing as to what happens next. However, as with the first two books in this series, Longing falls short of being a captivating story. This fan just wants to know what happens next so we can move beyond this series. This story is moving slower than the proverbial molasses dripping uphill.

    There are many faults with this writing that began with the Dayne Matthews story. The obvious fascination that Kingsbury has with fame and Hollywood is a bit suspect. You should write what you know not who you know. A fictional story should be inspired by and not based on the lives of the people around you. Kingsbury has lost the distinction between her daughter, Kelsey, and the character, Bailey. If you follow her on Facebook at all you'll see all the similarities between the Flanigans and the Kingsburys.

    The blinders are certainly on in telling the story of Bailey Flanigan. Bailey is a too perfect to live up to character. Her biggest struggle is choosing between two guys who both worship the ground she walks on. You could say that both of them put her first in their lives although both take the easy way. Cody chose to walk away putting Bailey's perfection above his desire to be with her. Brandon uses his unending money to court her but since his funds are unending it isn't like he sacrifices a lot for her.

    There is a line that summarizes my problem with the entire series. "In Bailey's presence Brandon was clearly a new guy." Bailey did not save Brandon nor can she be the reason for his transformation. Brandon, Bailey, and Cody need to have personal relationships with Christ driven by their desire to pursue Him not their need to live up to the expectations of anyone else.
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    56 of 62 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars Bailey or Kelsey? December 7, 2011
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    I've been a Kingsbury fan for many years, but I am honestly considering giving up on this series. When did the lines between a fictional character, Bailey and the author's daughter, Kelsey blur so completely that they became one person. The thing that bothers me most about this book is that the Cody-Bailey relationship has been built over more than 10 books and was suddenly thrown away in one! How does that even happen? I understand the principle of character development, but this was too far a stretch for me.

    I'm very disappointed in Bailey for falling for the cliche hollywood prince charming over someone who she has so much history with. It is completely unbelievable that the girl who pined over Cody for years would suddenly become so shallow to say, "I've found a guy who has tons of money and speaks like he's reading from the script of a romantic comedy. That's my true love." Sure...

    I have nothing at all against Brandon. I'm glad that by meeting Bailey, Brandon changed his ways from a Hollywood playboy to a respectful young man, but I just don't get that feeling when she is with him as I always had with Cody. What does that have to say for the girls of this generation? That we'll marry the first rich guy who says they've changed for us and shower us with expensive gifts over someone who we have a longtime, deep emotional connection?

    Finally, I'm not buying the patchy logic that Kingsbury constructed to justify the ending of Bailey and Cody. Basically Cheyenne tells Cody that if he kept on running away from Bailey it meant that he didn't really love her, but this contradicts Ashley and Landon's relationship (the reason why I started reading Kingsbury books).
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    2.0 out of 5 stars Longing is not Kingsbury's best work. January 5, 2012
    By Casey
    Format:Paperback
    Disclaimer: This review contains spoilers and it is WAY too long.

    I have been a Kingsbury fan for a while now. I began reading the Baxter series almost 4 years ago. The Baxter series is actually made up of several series including the Redemption series (5 books), the Firstborn series (5 books), and the Sunrise series (4 books) and then moves into the Above the Line series (4 books) and the Bailey Flanigan series (4 books). Longing is the 3rd book in the Bailey Flanigan series. I have also read many of her books that are not a part of this series.

    The reason that I fell in love with the books that center around the Baxter family is because I related to them. They are most definitely fiction books; however, they dealt with true-to-life issues. And in the midst of these difficult issues, Kingbury always found a way to make God real to her characters in one way or another. These books have encouraged me in my faith on countless occasions.

    I wish I could say that Longing made an impact on my life the way that her other books have. However, this book fell short. I have loved reading about Bailey Flanigan and her family and friends through the years, and as silly as this is, I even remember when Taelyn was young praying that she and I would have a relationship like the mother-daughter relationship that Jenny and Bailey Flanigan share. However, in the past few books, especially this one, Bailey Flanigan and the entire Flanigan family have been portrayed as too perfect. While they have minor issues that they have to deal with on occasion, it is never anything that actually touches their family. Sure their friends deal with some tough issues: drugs, illness, etc, but the Flanigan family seems outside the reach of major problems.
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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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