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In a predictable yet entertaining read, bestselling CBA author Kingsbury introduces heartthrob Dayne Matthews and the charming Midwesterner Katy Hart. Dayne, Hollywood's number one hunk, wants to work opposite someone who exudes innocence in his new romantic comedy, so he persuades his casting agent to bring an unknown woman from Bloomington, Ind., for an audition—Katy. Katy once aspired to be a famous actress—she filmed a made-for-TV movie—but now she directs a children's theater. Indeed, it was through the theater that Dayne first discovered Katy: on a trip to Bloomington, she had captured his attention during a performance. Because this is the first in a planned five-volume series, none of the plot lines tie up neatly. By the end, Kingsbury has revealed that Dayne has some deep, secret family links to Bloomington; presumably these connections will be explored in subsequent novels. The seeds are also planted for Dayne to become a Christian sometime in the series—we learn that he had something of a Christian childhood, but has since abandoned it for casual sex and trendy Kabbalah. Readers won't have to wait long to find out; Kingsbury plans to turn out this series at an amazing clip, with one novel every three months. (June 15)
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A Dream Come True
Dayne Matthews is at the top of the Hollywood list―a successful, popular actor with a bright future. He has everything a man could want―fame, fortune, and friends. But his heart is pulling him toward a woman and a family who have no idea how their lives are tied to his. . . .

A Wounded Past
Katy Hart, the director of Christian Kids Theater, is immersed in her new life. Glad to move on and forget her past, she finally feels at home in Bloomington, Indiana. With a successful community theater and the love of many friends, she thinks she is content. But that changes in an instant when she meets Dayne Matthews and he promises a future she left in her past.

A Painful Promise
As Elizabeth Baxter lay dying, John made a promise that he must keep. A promise to reconnect the entire family―including the one child they never spoke of.

A story of hope, healing, and God’s divine leading― even in the face of impossible circumstances
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Product Details

  • Series: Baxter Family Drama_Firstborn Series (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.; Reprint edition (October 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1414349769
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414349763
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.9 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (191 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,375 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Denika L. Penn Bootle on October 1, 2005
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Karen Kingsbury is an excellent writer. I have read her entire Redemption series, and passed each book onto friends. We all highly anticipated every issue and were always pleased with each one. I am sooooo happy she didn't stop with the Redemption series but allowed her readers to continue enjoying the lives of these characters with the firstborn series. I will continue to purchase whatever she writes.
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Another AWESOME book from my favorite author, Karen Kingsbury. She never ceases to amaze me and she captures my attention from page 1. When I read her stories, I get so involved in them, it's like I know the characters personally!!! Strongly recommend...but you would do yourself justice to start with her Redemption series. Although, you don't need to read the previous ones in order to follow this book and fall in love with it!
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Thank you!!!! Another book from Karen Kingsbury, who left us with "The Redemption Series" wondering what do we do now? Here it is. More answer's and then more question's added to this continuing "Baxter family" who we all cried with, lived with, and grieved with. I can't seem to get them read fast enough, for the rest of my family who are waiting in the wing's. The weave of morality through this book, is done in only the way Karen Kingsbury can do this. No hold's barred, she tell's it like it is, and you live though these people's live's with them. When you think you have it figured out, you don't. Waiting for the next one!!!!!!!
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I grew up in California, and was introduced to the business as a Model, and had many disturbing things happen to me, plus they put my address in the paper and I had many fan letters and untruths written! I got out fast! This was when Marilyn Monroe was trying to be a star, and I heard what she had to do! Anyway, I completely understood where they were coming from in the book. I appreciate that Karen prays for these characters, and it made me cry a lot!
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This book lets you learn more about Dayne Matthews, the person. This gives you more insight into who is is as a person and not only as an actor. His character is well developed and you learn more about his acting, Katy, the Flanigan family and CKT. The twist and turns in the plot keep you interested and it is hard to put this book down until you finish it then you can't wait to go out and get the next book in the Series.
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I was thrilled to find that Karen has continued on with the Baxter family. The addition of Katy has been great. She has such desires for her work and struggles with the idea of fame/romance or the life that she leads right there in Indiana with the CKT kids. I love the fact that she always goes to God for the right answer and to lead her to her future. I truly believe that she will find the happiness in time that she deserves. I love Dayne........he has had such a heartbreaking life and is so torn between what he does and the family he wants to claim. I love the fact that he respects them enough to keep the press/photographers away from them and ruining their lives. It's a hard choice which shows his real character. I hope in time through this series that he finds the family that he so longs for. Can't wait to continue reading..........Karen is awesome and really hits at the heart of things and ALWAYS looks to God for the answers. Fantastic!
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It took me a little longer to read this book. It is a good idea but it just seemed to drag in the middle and I had to almost force myself to read it. In the end I'm glad I finished it. I'm hoping that Book 2 will be great all the way through and not drag like this one did.
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FAME is the first book in the Firstborn series, which follows the Redemption series by Karen Kingsbury.

Dayne Matthews, Hollywood heartthrob, whom we briefly met in REUNION, is captivated by Katy Hart. Katy is a director of children's theater that Dayne stumbled across while he was in Bloomington, Indiana. Though their meeting was brief and one-sided, for whatever reason Dayne can't seem to get Katy out of his mind. When he returns to Hollywood and is cast in a new romantic comedy, the only woman he can picture to play his leading lady is Katy. After digging into her background, and finding out she was once an actress before a director of children's theater, Dayne convinces the casting director to give her a call. Dayne's infatuation with Katy is of overwhelming proportions. His mind wanders constantly about how it would be if they became more than co-stars. His fear-the Hollywood lifestyle will scare her off, and the down home, wholesome, Katy will never be able to see past his tabloid, playboy image.

Katy Hart cannot believe what is happening to her. One day she is casting the roles for her children's theater, and the next, she is being contacted by a Hollywood casting director wanting her to test for an upcoming movie starring none other than Dayne Matthews, Hollywood's own Don Juan. Though she is convinced it is some kind of joke or a mistake, Katy agrees to fly to Hollywood to do a reading. The electricity she feels with Dayne Matthews is immediate. And soon, Katy feels the struggle of wanting to reach for her dream, and the fear of being drawn into a lifestyle diametrically opposed to her conservative values.

I could not wait to read FAME. I've had it since its original release in 2005 but never found the time to read it.
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